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  1. I think he might be referring to the "Acoustic Wave music system." 901's are really good- my father's got them hooked up through a Harman Kardon receiver to his Audigy 2- his Verdi collection has never sounded better. Once I clear enough space in my room, I'm getting the stuff he had in college- a Dynaco tube setup with amp, preamp, and record player, plus a pair of Bose 301's (I can get them for free, unlike 901's on Ebay).

  2. I had the exact same trouble with this piece, and I guess so do most. My teacher set up something where I'd start it at 40 to the dotted quarter note, eight times through the entire piece. I could up it one notch per day. I guess you could get by with fewer repetitions, and maybe starting a little faster, if you don't have 2-3 hours to spend on it, but that sort of stuff really gets you listening.

  3. The rules are simple. If you post an attachment, play Bach. It doesn't matter what, be it from the Sonatas and Partitas, the Suites, the six Partitas and Overtures in the French style, the minuets, but it must be Bach. Of course, all comments without attachments are welcome.

    I'm starting off with an excerpt from the Ciaccona...

  4. I don't have any viola recordings of Arpeggione, but I've heard a really great LP of it with Walter Hautzig at the piano, and I can't remember the cellist, though I think the name is something like Paul Olefsky. I've sightread the Mendelssohn sonata, and found it to be really pretty, but I've got too much on my plate right now, so maybe later.

  5. My seventh grade English class did just that after reading some book about music- I think it was "The Mozart Season" or something like that. We wrote page or two bios of the composer we chose, then we had to choose a poem, a piece of art, and one of the composer's works and write comparisons. Then we presented everything to the class, and several of us wore costumes- since I chose Paganini, I had to imitate his "stance"- what with his long leg

  6. I've listened to my Kreisler Beethoven CD a lot this week- the violin concerto + two different recordings of Op. 30 No. 3.

    When I was in grade school, I recall dressing up as Beethoven (and various other composers) for music class on their birthdays. The teacher liked it because of the many times that she didn't have to make a lesson plan for us.

  7. I've noticed that Obligatos are great on some violins, and not so on others, partly because they are very high tension. I use Pirazzi's on my violin, but I wouldn't on my mother's older violin (a 1790's French) just because the tension is too high.

  8. Uh-oh... I can see clearly between the block and the back of the violin. I also see the unvarnished wood where the button has pulled out, and the seam where the ribs connect is also out of order. Strings detuned as of ... now. It also appears that the chinrest has warded off some damage on the left side. Now I see more like a two inch separation on the right side. I'll be making a phone call in the morning. Thanks.

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