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  1. Quote: Coda can be quite nice, however as with any bow there are instruments on which one will be underwhelming while on others the same bow will be quite outstanding. I have interesting true stories on that - but not for now. The carbon fiber bows - even from one brand - do differ one to another, so it pays to try a few. Andy Hi Andrew, I thought I'd take this opportunity to thank you for posting your composite bow reviews (here) which got me interested in checking out Arcus bows in particular. I've owned an Arcus Sinfonia for about a month now and love it! (I was looking specifically for a CF bow to use on gigs and chose this one after playing it along with a couple other Arcus', a couple of Codas and a Spiccato.) Afraid this isn't much help to the original poster, though, since as far as I can tell Arcus doesn't make fractional-sized bows. -Steve
  2. Quote: "Anyway, there are logs from the late 1800's early 1900's that sank from log rafts on lake Michigan which are being raised and sold to high end manufacturers because the wood has the tight even straight grain than modern grown lumber lacks due to faster growth varieties etc." How much straighter and tighter could the grain of the typical tight-grained tree that is harvested these days for tonewood be? Sounds like more hyperbole to me.... And anyway, does it really matter that the wood has tight grain? I thought it was pretty much accepted that at least for the top, tighter grain isn't necessarily better. I must say, Peter builds great fiddles and the sunken wood looks really handsome on his instruments but as a player I prefer the violin of his that I own, which he constructed using standard tonewoods, to the 2 or 3 of his I've played that use the sunken wood. -Steve
  3. Quote: The Pusch tailpieces are nice looking, but the tuners themselves are not very effective. In what way? I have a Pusch on my fiddle and it works just fine; I use it with synthetics and do probably 80% of my tuning with the tuners. I've had it for a year and haven't run into any problems. -Steve
  4. Quote: You can get a pdf version of the newsletter at this URL http://www.reuning.com/other/newsletter/re..._newsletter.pdf Terry Unfortunately this link leads to the Winter 2002/03 newsletter, which appears to be the latest one on Reuning's website. Chris (if you're here), will you guys be posting more recent issues? -Steve
  5. I'm sure the experts here will have more to say about this but as you've probably found out, there are a ton of those "Schweitzers" around; they're late-1800s Markneukirchen factory production, according to my violin guy (there was a real Schweitzer working in the early 1800s but his instruments are rare). I have one of these "Schweitzers" that's not too bad; in my opinion it actually works better for classical stuff than for Scottish fiddle, which is what I play now (I used it a lot for chamber music; it isn't loud but has a fairly full tone, a little dark. Works better on the lower strings than on the E string, which can be a little shrill). My main instrument, a benchmade copy of the Milanollo Strad by a local maker, blows it away in terms of tone, responsiveness and power (but cost around 6x what the Schweitzer's worth, so it's maybe not a fair comparison). In my opinion, my Schweitzer would be a decent instrument for an intermediate student but an advanced player would want something better. There are so many of these out there, though, I'm sure there's a range of quality. Hope this helps. -Steve
  6. Quote: Sorry, I can't hear you. (Just kidding ) Yes, it it would/will be very interesting. You would know that the ignored one had posted and who he/she had responded to, but you could only try to infer what that posting said from subsequent responses by the unignored. If a critcal mass of ignored members are posting, it would be a truly random discussion: everyone could be talking about something completely different. Oh, wait a minute, sometimes we already do that. There are several users who I'm currently ignoring (I love this feature! I find it has improved my attitude towards this forum quite a bit!) and there are some threads where they've posted consecutive responses! From subsequent postings I can tell I haven't missed anything interesting, though. However, if you're ignoring a user and are curious about what they said in a particular message, all you have to do is select "quote" on their message and you'll get a "reply to" screen with the text of their message quoted. -Steve
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    Quote: In My Honest Opinion I've always heard it as "in my HUMBLE opinion" (as opposed to IMNSHO: in my not-so-humble opinion). -Steve
  8. If you like a wood tailpiece with integrated tuners, Pusch is nice, and not as expensive as the Bois d'Harmonie. The only problem I've found with mine is that holes that the string ball ends fit through are smallish and some string brands are easier to use with it than others. Tonicas are quicker to fit than Dominants, for example. -Steve
  9. Those are both good links and I'm grateful to the people who did those websites but I have to think there's room for something better. The string chart doesn't include some popular ones, and the database can be extremely frustrating to use, if your interpretation of the colors doesn't match theirs! I wish someone would put together a database that could do some wildcard searching (for example, if I just wanted to know all the string types that had any shade of blue at the tailpiece end...). Oh well. -Steve
  10. In German this is referred to as an "ohrwurm" (earworm)! There's an interesting article on this subject on the BBC website here. -Steve
  11. Can you use Google, Teoma, or one of the other "biggies?" Discussions from this board often come up in search results I've done using those engines, and it makes me wonder if including "Maestronet Forums" in the search terms would limit results to these forums. -Steve W.
  12. Regarding the CO2 idea, here's a thought: wine shops here sell 750ml cannisters containing compressed inert gas, a mixture of Nitrogen, CO2 and argon, for use in preserving opened bottles of wine (you spray the gas into the bottle to displace the air before recorking; works really well). I wonder if this would be a more reliable source of inert gas than baking soda and vinegar. -Steve
  13. I think Dominants are decent strings (they work with one of my violins but not with the other) but I'd still like to know the details of Hillary's endorsement contract with Thomastik -Steve W.
  14. Guitarists: how about Jimmy Page or Eric Clapton? -Steve
  15. Quote: Yeah, but you have to sign up at the NY times and they latch on to you like a bulldog after that. I've been trying to get rid of their related e-mails for the last two years from a link that was posted here. That's not my experience. I've been registered with them for at least 3 years and have never gotten an e-mail from them. -Steve
  16. I second the recommendation on Bobelock; I have a Bobelock 1002 suspension case (Ifshin sells them for $149 velour, $189 velvet lining), and it's a good value; really sturdy & well-built with a nice cordura cover, subway strap, 3 strap rings. Interior is a little spartan, with only 2 bow holders and a single large pocket, no hygrometer or vaporette bottle, but it does have a string tube and a nice blanket. I also have a Weber that I use as my main case; it's really nice but was around 3 times the price of the Bobelock! -Steve W.
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    Fine Tuners

    Quote: Compared to properly fitted and lubricated pegs it's actually a real pain to tune synthetic strings with fine tuners- because they are relatively elastic, it takes a lot of movement of the fine tuner to produce a modest change of pitch. Nobody used to tuning with properly functioning pegs would want to use tuners on non-metal strings. As Michael mentioned, peg dope is your friend- use generously each time you change strings. Well, my experience is different. My new violin came with a Pusch tailpiece (wooden, 4 fine tuners). Having played for close to 40 years using only a fine tuner on the E, I was going to swap this tailpiece out but decided to give it a trial and was surprised to find that it was quite handy for fine adjustments. Using synthetic strings, I find myself using the fine tuners much more than the pegs since in this climate the strings stay in tune well enough that normally minor adjustments are all that are necessary, and tuning with the pegs is overkill. I don't know about other fine tuners but IMO the Pusch tuners work great with synthetic strings. -Steve W.
  18. Some previous discussion on this article (including a link to the online version) in The Pegbox here. -Steve
  19. I suspect that what you want to do is beyond the capabilities of the abc notation language but you might want to look into Phil Taylor's BarFly abc text editor/player/viewer (shareware, see his website at http://www.barfly.dial.pipex.com/ ). Abc notation works best for single-line stuff, although I'm currently using it to notate some violin/cello duets. What I like about abc is that the files it generates are in plain text so very small and easily shared across different computing systems, and the notation system is easy to learn and quick to input. The biggest problem I've found is that it doesn't do well at notating complex bowing patterns, and doing multiple parts is a little complicated. At any rate, BarFly's sheet music output looks fairly good printed but if you need something more professional-looking there are abc to pdf converters available, also an online converter at http://www.concertina.net/tunes_convert.html -Steve
  20. I use a fairly stiff, heavy-ish octagonal stick as my main bow but recently acquired a more flexible bow which was thrown in as a freebie with a violin I bought. In the last couple months I've had problems with 'tennis elbow' in my bow arm and have been working on playing with less bow pressure so I decided I'd try practicing with the new bow, thinking that its tendency to 'bottom out' more easily would warn me when I was pressing too hard. Surprisingly I also found that with the new bow certain things I'd been struggling with became much easier; for instance I've been working on Scottish snaps (short downbow followed by 3 slurred staccato notes upbow slightly off the string) and never was comfortable with them using the stiffer bow, but they're comparatively effortless with the new one! Eureka! -Steve
  21. I hope the moderators here don't mind me advertising another forum, but a lot of the fiddlers who used to post here have moved over to the FiddleForum board, at http://www.fiddleforum.com/fiddleforum/index.php . I'd invite you to visit and post your question there; you might get some interesting opinions. I've encountered June Apple but don't regularly play it (it's an old-time Breakdown); my opinion, though, is that some swing never hurts this kind of tune. You wouldn't want to play it without a touch of lilt at any rate. -Steve W.
  22. Quote: to be honest with you, the service at these shops aren't all that great. The pricing is a little rediculous, too. I'm not familiar with Stevens or Feller but I've always found the service at Ifshin's to be first-rate, and I've never been treated less than courteously, even on a Saturday afternoon when the shop is crowded. -Steve
  23. Somebody else already recommended the Seiko quartz metronome (around $30); I bought one a couple months ago to replace my Super Mini-Taktell and think it's a little louder than the SMT (click volume wasn't a big issue for me; I got it mainly for the silent operation feature and small size; I play for dancers and wanted something that I could use to surreptitiously check my tempo before starting tunes). If that's not loud enough, though, it does have an earplug jack, plus the blinking LED. I don't think you'd find the tone of the Seiko annoying; it has 2 different click sounds that are "woody" sounding. I've been very happy with it so far. -Steve
  24. Wow, those are nice! And expensive! -Steve
  25. I finally got around to seeing the film and loved it (in spite of the hash the writers made of the plot), of course I'm a Patrick O'Brian fan from way back--I've read all 20 of the books at least twice! Actually Russell Crowe's technique didn't bother me but I was disappointed in the music for a different reason: in the books, Aubrey and Maturin had only pretty poor, 'sea-going' instruments available, and limited resources of new strings, rosin, etc. The music made on those instruments wouldn't have matched the beautiful performances from the movie! Although it wouldn't have been as pleasant to listen to, I wish they'd been more authentic, then Killick's comment about "scraping away" would have made more sense! I did enjoy the music, though, particularly the 'improvisations' from towards the end of the film. -Steve
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