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  1. I glued it...and put a weight on it since I didn't have a clamp handy. Fingers crossed it stays put! ...but now I'm questioning Dwight's engineering skills...
  2. LOL...acronyms... Okay! Titebond it is! The fit is good. I think expoxy would be overkill...but we'll see! Thanks!
  3. Thanks! That will hold the best you figure?
  4. I don't know why I am glue-phobic. I have never experienced glue-trauma, but it is what it is! So...I am learning to spin fibre (on a spinning wheel)...and my bobbin came apart! It was mildly amusing because I couldn't figure out what was rattling! But my investigative skills rocked!!! Now...because the bobbin is constantly moving while in use, it needs a really secure bond. So...what is better, wood glue or CA?
  5. p.s. Don't overthink it. Get a violin from a reliable company. At the $300-500 price point, the instrument is inexpensive. You are not getting better value if you pay $50 more or less. Your daughter won't be playing it all that long. During that time period however, you'll get a 'feel' for what works, what doesn't and what you/she wants in her 4/4 violin. That's an important learning lesson. Again, if the violin is set up well, to make it easy for her to play, that's more important right now than tonal quality. Your daughter will learn to incorporate/adjust her playing for tonal quality over time, and of course, it is easier to discern if the the violin is easy to play to begin with (I hope that made sense! There are two tonal qualities. The one the instrument comes with and the one the student develops the ability to create). And...most instruments need to be 'fine-tuned' a bit. New strings are probably a must. Pegs might need adjusting, fine tuners may need to be changed, etc. What works in one environment (humid) won't work in a different environment (arid), and so on.
  6. Well...kinda hard to tell from that clip actually. Would have been more helpful if they just played a scale from the open G to high E on E. But ... it's probably a solid bet.
  7. I have experience with Eastman. I think their products are a good bet. I would avoid their 80 line, but the 100s are decent. And they get better as the numbers go up, 200, 300...etc. Regardless, make sure it's set up properly and doesn't have any issues.
  8. What an interesting provenance! Thanks for sharing!
  9. I have not travelled with my cello - yet. And when I do, it will be by car, so the semi-rigid case that came with my cello is perfectly adequate. I like it. It's surprisingly sturdy - and nice and light. But...if I were travelling by public transportation systems...I would get a hard case. One with backpack straps. No matter how careful you are, others around you won't be. I've seen people carrying instruments get jostled and bumped on subways. It's not pretty.
  10. Keep in mind that bows vary a great deal...and are much more "personal" than violins. It's really hard to know if a bow will suit the player without trying it out first...regardless of price/quality. This is why I have quite a few bows... Having said that...the YitaMusic bows I have, even the really inexpensive ones that came with the instruments...have been very playable. Not my favourites...but if it was the only bow available to me, it would be fine.
  11. I don't have experience with this make/model, but I have a bit with Eastman. They are comparable manufacturers. The entry level instruments are well made and sound. Great for beginners. Probably a bit heavy and less responsive than higher level instruments, but it takes a long time to develop the skills needed before you'd even notice the limitations. If it's in good shape - it's a good bet. It will need new strings at the very least.
  12. ...no, that's not quite what I was getting at...wasn't thinking of labels, just the overall form...
  13. @Blank face I just use the terms Amati, DG, Strad, etc., like I use the terms SUV, pick-up truck, sports car...just to narrow down the playing field of ID. They are all vehicles, and even within each group, they are not all the same, but it still helps to narrow it down for ID purposes...
  14. FWIW...my "cheap" new Chinese violin blows my cheap old violin out of the water...ditto with the bows. If I had had the Chinese violin to start with, I might not have stopped actively playing the instrument as a teen. As it was...I was just told I was an awful player...not one person ever questioned the violin, just my lack of ability (and I'm not remotely a gifted musician, which is part of the issue). It wasn't until I was an adult that I realized my violin was "dead" tonaly and unresponsive. I also still have it. Sentimental value. The original violins the OP posted looked like my dead one. Not every old violin is automatically better than a new violin. And unless you have someone (luthier) nearby for repairs, an old violin can be a huge liability and overall headache. ...and this example also proves the other point we are all trying to make - whatever violin you purchase...it has to be playable and rewarding enough for the child to stick with it. The sound is actually secondary to the set-up. As long as it does produce a decent sound it's fine. Most kids will outgrow their first violin long before they are "good enough" to deliberately produce a good sound. I will also point out that there are two reasons that kids (or adults) take music lessons. One, they have long-term plans to become a musician (not necessarily a professional, but a competent one) and two, just to try it out for the experience. The second reason can always pave way for the the first...but if not, that's perfectly fine. All knowledge gained is a good thing!
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