Marty Kasprzyk

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  • Birthday 06/02/1945

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    Olcott, NY, USA
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    Wine making, gardening, dog training,

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  1. Marty Kasprzyk

    Cork Burnish?

    It should work better than a cheap bottle's screw top which is better suited for scraping. But maybe you need a (or better) drinking partner.
  2. Marty Kasprzyk

    reivew of 'Gone' by Min Kym, book about stolen Strad

    I've mentioned before on MN that I thought Dunnwald's research was poorly done--he apparently started with his conclusions and then cherry picked his data to support his conclusion--that modern makers weren't duplicating Old Italian violin's frequency response curves. Hence Old Italian violins sound different than modern ones and are therefore are liked better by top players. So everybody is off doing wild goose chases trying to find the reasons why (wood age, origin, properties, treatments, finishes, .....). One more thing that Dunnwald did which I find dishonest, deceitful, (or at best to be more charitable) lazy was his failure to cite previous earlier research by Fredric Saunders in his references which showed the opposite conclusions. Saunders had found that some modern violins had indeed matched the frequency response curves of famous old instruments and had similar playing qualities. These were highly rated by two good players (one was Heifetz who had his own Strad and DG) in blind tests. I've attached one of Saunders' papers that I've previously posted on MN. Saunders The Mechanical Action of Instruments of the Violin Family JASA 1946.pdf
  3. Marty Kasprzyk

    Perfection Pegs

    Do they "turn out terribly" or just "turn terribly"?
  4. Marty Kasprzyk

    reivew of 'Gone' by Min Kym, book about stolen Strad

    I finally bought the book and recently finished reading it. It was interesting to see her progression of instrument selections when she was young. Dealers knew she was a prodigy and provided her with valuable old Italian violins. That's all she ever played. She never mentioned trying anything newly made and very affordable. The dealers controlled her. Their sales commission on a famous old Italian violin is much much more for them than on a modern one. I felt sorry for her all her pain. I should just give her one of my violins so she can finally forget about her lost Strad and forget about needing lots of money to find true love. Is she still single?
  5. Marty Kasprzyk

    Stradivari's secret was a concept?

    Get off the pot. Propose some violin tests between Strads and the rest of us dreamers.
  6. Marty Kasprzyk

    Poplar viola grads?

    Nobody can agree on what a viola should sound like so what ever you do will be disliked by somebody and liked by somebody else. So "Don't worry-be happy", "Stay calm and carve on".
  7. Marty Kasprzyk

    Stradivari's secret was a concept?

    After we finally discover everything Strad did and begin to use it, how exactly do we determine if our violins are as good as his?: 1. As good as a mediocre Srads. 2. As good as good Strads. 3. As good as the best Strads. I might be a science skeptic but I don't think of these questions that can be answered in any widely accepted way. So why bother trying to discover what he did?
  8. Marty Kasprzyk

    Stradivari's secret was a concept?

    That's what I've found too. There's an expression "Never tell a mother her baby is ugly." I get around this problem by asking players trying out my instruments this: "I want to start making another one soon. Do you have any ideas on what I should change to make an improvement?" This frees them up to be open and frank and their feed back is valuable.
  9. Marty Kasprzyk

    Stradivari's secret was a concept?

    A maker's personality is always reflected in the instruments they make which is why my violas and violins look and sound screwy.
  10. Marty Kasprzyk

    Stradivari's secret was a concept?

    Do we still need 4 wheel drive to visit you?
  11. Marty Kasprzyk

    Stradivari's secret was a concept?

    They might start out the same length but the string loading puts the top in compression which tends to shorten it with long term creep. The back is in tension which causes it to lengthen over time.
  12. Marty Kasprzyk

    Stradivari's secret was a concept?

    OK, I agree. The drain hole should be f hole shaped not round.
  13. Marty Kasprzyk

    Stradivari's secret was a concept?

    I was being fair. Are you asking me to be dishonest? But on an up note: I'm glad these people were studying violins instead of automobile braking and steering.
  14. Marty Kasprzyk

    Stradivari's secret was a concept?

    Somebody should come up with tubes made with f hole cross section tubes for trumpets, french horns, trombones, tubas, flutes, clarinets, etc. If the authors of the first two papers had used the author of your third cited paper, Jim Woodhouse, as peer review I doubt he would have approved the papers.
  15. Marty Kasprzyk

    Stradivari's secret was a concept?

    I very much agree. If a rock band is playing outside your window it wouldn't do much good to cover it up with masking tape. Gorilla tape is better.