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  1. Muswell

    Yehudi violn hold

    I saw a video of A-S Mutter playing when a cloth she was using ended up draped over the crook of her elbow. She doesn't use anything now.
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    Yehudi violn hold

    I don't need padding on my bony collarbone but that doesn't work with a Hill style chinrest which digs in.
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    Yehudi violn hold

    I suggest you start off with a chamois leather on your shoulder to give some friction. You can do without in time. Or you can fix a bit to the violin with elastic bands... only one thickness, not a pad.
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    Corner geometry question re Guadagnini, observations.

    I made my template for the outline of the Salabue last week. I got some radii for the corners but everything else was just averaging out the 2 sides and then fitting it all together by eye. The original is so wonky and asymmetrical that I decided that I was just going to fit to the general proportions and arching and not worry about the rest.
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    How to sharpen a Scraper

    I have one of these. It's most excellent
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    Ears ringing in pit orchestra

    I use a practice mute for a good proportion of my practice time in order to limit the exposure. My wife left a community orchestra because the rehearsal space was too small and made her ears hurt...and she's an oboist!
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    Do you use a peghole reamer sheath?

    I use the box it came in
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    Community orchestra

    I think it's because it's much harder to play a string instrument than it is, say, the flute at community orchestra level. Plus you only need 2 flutes but to match that you need at least 8 violins 2 violas and a couple of cellos. There is always competition for a wind seat but we violinists will be welcomed wherever we go. At one time I was in 5 community orchestras!
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    Tapered soundpost.

    What hardness pencil?
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    Tapered soundpost.

    That's it....6.5.
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    Tapered soundpost.

    I'm planning to fit the post to my latest today, now I have to worry about whether I want "free" or "edge
  12. Muswell

    Tapered soundpost.

    Then I wonder what happens if you go out of that range, either up or down.
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    Tapered soundpost.

    What are the reasons for choosing 6.5 rather than 6.0 mm, for example?
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    Galamian Violin Hold

    Anne-Sophie Mutter seems to be doing OK
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    Tips for Removing Cork Residue From Top?

    I suspect that is more to do with not damaging the varnish, and what they have been taught than technical difficulty. If you watch Rachel Podger play you'll see what I mean. I played without a chin rest for a few years and and it's not hard once you get used to it. Hardest part is shifting in the lower postions, which is what baroque players do all the time.