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  1. Steve_W

    fine tuners?

    OT, but does anyone know how the adjustment range of the Wittner's tuners compares with either Bois d'Harmonie or Pusch?
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    fine tuners?

    quote: Originally posted by: Michael_Molnar A properly set up violin does not need fine tuners other than on the E string. Mike in NJ They can be useful for quick minor (silent) adjustments in a performance situation.
  3. Steve_W

    fine tuners?

    Izzy, you may want to check the archives; I'm pretty sure this topic has been covered extensively at least a couple times in the last 3 or 4 years. As a player, I'll just say that I'm still happy with the Pusch tailpiece (wood with integrated fine tuners) on my main instrument. -Steve
  4. You say you "just" put them on. If you really mean that, I would suggest giving them a few days to settle in before you start worrying about them. I love Obligatos but I find that I need to leave at least a week to break in a new set on my violin before a performance, and the last set I put on, the A string didn't seem to reach its optimum tone for over 2 weeks! -Steve
  5. I bought my last bow closer to 2 years ago so maybe I'm outside the range of this study. I'm a dance fiddler and play a lot of gigs outdoors and in other places I'd feel uncomfortable taking a good wood bow, so was looking for a decent composite bow. I'd done some research and read some bow reviews on the internet and was particularly interested in ARCUS bows but wanted to try a selection of bows from different makers at different price points, so ended up going to the biggest shop in this area and trying several ARCUS, a couple of Codas and one or 2 other brands; basically a representative sample of what's available on the market at various price points. It took about a half-hour of playing bows against each other and against my main bow before I settled on a mid-range ARCUS (about $1400) that I loved the feel of. I took it out on a week's trial to make sure my initial impressions were correct before buying it. [i've used this bow daily, pretty much to the exclusion of my other bows, since I bought it!] I like Shar and use them fairly regularly for small purchases, usually items that my local shop doesn't carry, but didn't consider them or any other internet shop for this purchase. With a very good violin shop near my workplace and several others within 50 miles or so, I would always shop locally for a major purchase like an instrument or bow. -Steve
  6. Common advice to players is to check the bridge frequently to make sure the back is perpendicular to the top of the fiddle, which I follow, but it sounds like this advice isn't correct for bridges tuned by luthiers following the philosophy that Michael espouses. So how do I determine if my bridge is at the correct angle, if I don't know how it has been made (without pulling it off the violin to see how it stands on its own, I guess)? Is adjusting it so that there's approximately a 90 degree angle between the back and the top good enough?
  7. Correction needed: the article isn't from the Beeb, it's from the Telegraph, which tends to be somewhat more sensationalistic and provocative. Other than that, I agree wholeheartedly with your points 3 and 4, Lymond. -Steve
  8. Thanks to whoever recommended Robertson Davies' The Rebel Angels in the previous thread. As was mentioned, just a little violin content (one of the characters is a luthier and forger), but he's a wonderful writer; I'm happy to have found his books.
  9. She lives in Durango, actually; I don't think she does much session stuff. If you went to Alasdair's workshop on Sunday you might have met her - Maria. I understand the new stuff that Alasdair and Natalie are doing is pretty jazzy! -Steve
  10. Sorry to report that I checked with my friend and she couldn't recall what the last tune was! Yeah, Alasdair and Natalie are great together. She's off touring with somebody else at the moment though, and Alasdair was able to persuade Paul to play with him for those shows. I have heard rumors that Alasdair and Natalie are working on a new CD but don't have any details... -Steve
  11. I didn't attend myself (being in the San Francisco Bay Area!) but I have a friend who was there; I'll ask about the tune when I talk to her next. I envy you being able to see him play with Paul Machlis; I don't think they've performed live together for some time. -Steve
  12. Out of curiosity, does anyone know the names of makers currently building high-quality Stainer copies? Is there anyone making them with a modern setup, as opposed to Baroque? -Steve
  13. "We're curious about practice habits, both with respect to students and teachers (or teachers who also practice -- as one hopes they do, and which I'm sure that most do.)" Who is "we"?
  14. Some of the Scottish slow airs and laments do it for me. Tunes like "Da Slockit Light", "Alexander MacDonald of Keppoch" and "Tha a'aigne fo ghuraim/This Gloom on my Soul" can get me going, though usually not when I'm performing because I'm too aware of the audience. -Steve
  15. I've tried several "Kun-style" rests and the best one I've found for staying on my violin and not moving around or collapsing is Kun's new Voce rest (see here). The carbon fiber styling takes some getting used to (although it does make for a light and rigid rest) but the feet are a big improvement over the standard Kun style; they're wider and thus more stable, and grip the edge of the violin better. Also the distance between the feet can be adjusted in minute increments which allows a lot of flexibility in fit. -Steve P.s. although Dougie Maclean is best known for his folk songs which he accompanies with guitar, he's a wonderful fiddler! I highly recommend his CD "Fiddle" on which he plays self-composed fiddle tunes (all instrumental except for one track, I think). [edit: oops, sorry; didn't notice how old this thread was! Never mind...]
  16. Regarding adhesives, I've had success in gluing a piece of felt to a cake of Hill Dark with Barge Cement, which is a contact cement that's flexible when cured (sort of a super rubber glue) and bonds well to many different surfaces. -Steve
  17. Search the forum for messages with the subject of "flying" and you'll find a bunch of threads on flying with violins, including one from last year on flying with a double case, and another on flying with two instruments. Good luck! -Steve
  18. I'm not a good judge of pianist's abilities but he sounded great to me! He had a huge amount of poise and stage presence too; seemed to be a natural performer. (I guess it's obvious that to be featured on that program he'd have to be something special!)
  19. Thanks for the alert on this; I was able to catch the delayed broadcast here. Would have missed it otherwise. It was a treat to hear and see him playing, I don't think I'd heard that Schindler's List piece before and he made it sound great. -Steve
  20. Is this new? I thought it had been out for a while. At any rate, I know a couple players who use the Comford and like it; it apparently stays on the violin very well, but it is on the large side. I was considering this rest because I prefer Kun-style rests but have trouble with them collapsing or coming off [i've recently switched to the Kun Voce which has more stable, wider feet than the standard Kuns and seems to have solved this problem for me]. My main issue with the Comford is that as far as I know, it isn't height-adjustable. My preferences tend to shift over time and I don't like the idea of being locked into a single height. I experimented with different heights on the Voce for a couple weeks before I settled on a position, and I'd worry that something that felt comfortable to me initially might feel different later. -Steve
  21. I posted a link to the Chronicle article over on The Fingerboard, in the thread that Mr. Holmes had started on the stolen Feng Jiang. It has a picture of that violin (and the other 2 in the background), looks like a very pretty instrument. I'm happy for the luthiers that their violins were recovered! Amazing what some people think they can get away with... -Steve
  22. Be happy for Feng Jiang and the other violin makers/dealers that apparently got scammed by this guy, who will hopefully now get their instruments back!
  23. quote: Originally posted by: Jeffrey Holmes A violin by Feng Jiang (gold medal winner; VSA copetition, 2004) has gone missing in San Francisco, CA. The violin was shipped to a player there and apparently taken, box and all, from outside the house. If anyone hears or sees anything, please contact me, or Feng, directly. Sounds like it has been found (in the posession of the person who reported it stolen): S. F. Chronicle, 3/24/06 -Steve
  24. We may have had this discussion before, but does the fact that violin rosin is in a solid cake make a difference in its shelf-life? I'd guess that for industrial uses, the rosin is in some sort of powder, where more surface area is exposed to oxidation. I wonder how permeable to air a cake of rosin is; I can envision a scenario where a cake of rosin in regular use would have new, unoxidized surface exposed with each application and would last somewhat longer than predicted by the shelf-life of industrial rosin, but have no idea if this is the actual situation. -Steve
  25. Interesting; I'd heard of counterfeit Dominants but not any other brands. Wouldn't have thought that there would be enough sales volume to make it worthwhile! -Steve
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