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  1. Oxford Dictionary: prov·e·nance /ˈprävənəns/ noun the place of origin or earliest known history of something. "an orange rug of Iranian provenance" 2. a record of ownership of a work of art or an antique, used as a guide to authenticity or quality. Well...with violins we generally try to ID the instrument (#1) - which is rather separate from provenance - which is more of #2...a record of the instrument's history. IMO, your violin is "the usual" as far as ID goes....and you don't have a record of its history (do you?). And even if you did, unless it was owned/played by some Big Names, or was involved in some historical event - there is no added value. Doesn't lessen its playability either way.
  2. Well, people do have lives - outside of MN! Violin looks like it is in good shape. It is not an expensive violin, so the value (to you) would be in sound quality. And...also in it's provenance - again, as it relates to you. It is not a family heirloom exactly, but it has a family story/connection.
  3. Never get between a woman and her favourite Italian... (...be it violins...or shoes...or pizza...)
  4. Yeah! And if you keep us posted, be prepared for a lot of 'constructive criticism'...much of which will be contradictory! Let the games begin!
  5. Meh. Nothin' a little duct tape can't fix! ... ...
  6. Rue

    whalebone lapping

    That is both incredibly cool and incredibly sad.
  7. I hope it has a long, much-appreciated, life!
  8. I bought one of those several years ago! LOVE the box. Bought it for the box. Have not used the rosin. Don't intend to ever use the rosin. It sits on the little music paraphernalia tray that attaches to my music stand (er, along with the working rosin). Always make me smile.
  9. I grew up with the philosophy that one was entitled to have access to the basics. However, past that, what level of access one reached was up to the individual. Therefore as far as arts education goes, basic information should be taught in achool. Advanced education was up to the parents. And that's why I never had private music lessons. My parents couldn't afford it. Is it sad? Yes. Is it fair? It should be, but it isn't. Even giving scholarships to deserving kids is far from fair or equitable. In my experience such awards always went to the popular kids... To rub salt in the wound...these kids never seemed to make the most of their advantage and eventually dissappeared from sight - yet many of the kids that struggled to achieve without any help - and who "made it" - did so pretty much entirely on their own.
  10. Traveling with a violin isn't that difficult since they're small. I'm assuming (by acoustic) you are not interested in an electric violin, although that would work well for travel. Depending on the model, it won't be as prone to humidity issues and is certainly quiet to play when it's not plugged in (therefore the sound would be 'thin') but you can also play with all kinds of volume and effects when you do plug it in. Otherwise I would just get an inexpensive "normal" violin. One that sounds "good enough" that you want to play it but is not so expensive you'd be upset if it happened to get damaged. To make it quieter to play - use a mute. There are also several different ways to mute a violin. Any of the other, novelty types, of travel violins I've come across, are not going to sound great. There's a reason they are few and far between. Any slight decrease in size (so slight to really not be worth it) results in a decrease in sound quality. FWIW, you could also consider a 3/4 size for traveling. It is significantly smaller, so you'd have to adjust your fingering etc., but that might not be a concern for you. For traveling I'd spend more effort looking for a good case than for a specialty instrument. Something sturdy with convenient carry handles, shoulder straps, backpack straps, etc.
  11. We are a small city with agriculture being a primary industry. We have access to a little bit of everything, but not a lot of anything. We have an orchestra, community orchestra, string groups, and a surprising number of other musical ensembles that I have never heard of but seem to enjoy some popularity. Advertising and awareness are an issue (and not just for me!). We have one main theatre, a couple of smaller ones, several museums (for local history primarily), one newer Art Gallery. Our arts-interested population is not large enough to support more than what we have. So for example, while in a large European city, if you have a sudden yearning to visit the opera...you can probably find one to attend. Here, you need to wait for one to show up...mostly there's at least one coming through a year. Same with ballet. Attendance at pop/country concerts and sporting events...is solid though!!! Lots of those!
  12. Excellent! A bow makes playing the violin a lot easier!
  13. Research? Not very much. However, I've been involved in Fine Arts (one way or another) since I first started taking my Fine Arts classes way back when. So, I hope, having experienced first-person discussion about funding, applications, etc. for the last 30 years 'entitles' (pun intended!) me to an opinion! Hopefully a reasonably informed one. I always thought the entire topic of 'funding' was a little hypocritical in and of itself. In an ideal world funding wouldn't be needed. But, if it was, in an ideal world it would be fairly distributed. We do not live in an ideal world. I've seen funding go to individuals who did not need it, who wasted it, in lieu of being given to deserving individuals who would have made the most of it. Politics, nepotism, etc. all play a powerful, and often negative role. So, watcha gonna do? It's a conundrum.
  14. Awesome scroll repair!!!
  15. It still depends on the local market. FWIW those rates are higher than the going rates here. Our orchestra does not get paid a huge amount. They supplement by necessity. So how are fees determined if not by the market? If a teacher wants to charge $100 an hour but no one can afford to pay that...does the teacher not teach or do they charge less? And...if there are "rich" parents that can, and will, pay $100...what about students who's parents can't? Is it then "tough luck"? If so, that becomes another issue of entitlement. In the real world there will always be rich and poor. An ideal of everyone having access to the same luxuries is nice but totally unrealistic. But there's still a difference between accommodating as many as reasonably possible versus catering only to the wealthy. ...just sayin'
  16. As a consumer...I also think $1200 would also be reasonable. Is there a bow included?
  17. I think it's all a bit "buyer beware" though. Before entering any field of study a student needs to research job prospects upon graduation. All institutes of higher learning have to function as businesses. They have to make money. They certainly aren't going say; "No! Don't get a performance degree...you'll never get a good job!" And...jobs generally pay what the market will will bear. If there isn't a big market for classical musicians they shouldn't expect a high salary. It's not "fair" but I also don't see a clear way to make it all fair either.
  18. Good question. I suppose if public arts funding goes to inclusive projects then it's not entitlement. If it goes only to support projects for the "elite" of whatever arts group it happens to be...then yes. By definition it would be. While I think arts funding is important for a community, I've seen/heard of enough funding going to projects of little/no interest - except for a select few - that I have become both very skeptical and disillusioned.
  19. @GoPractice I agree that moms are, in general, more interested in the details of "equipment" than dads are. Unless the equipment involves engines... Motorize a violin and let's see what happens...
  20. Adjust my example of an easy to identify "sign" that most (or at least many) people look for? I imagine that flame - when it is on poorer quality "tone wood" - is also used to command higher than deserved prices - again, because people associate it with high quality. Another example of a quick visual that people focus on is "shiny" wood...smooth, mirror finishes. They think it's a sign of high quality. And of course..."fancy violins" are assumed by newbies to be special finds. Why would anyone put in more work and then charge less? It is a valid question. Hard to tell someone who isn't interested in learning that they need to avoid (or at least be wary of) any shiny, fancy violin that catches their eye...and to not assume that violins with plain wood backs are automatically awful.
  21. FWIW...as interested as I am in the entire topic of miniscule differences between violins...and given how much time I've spent comparing f-holes and button shapes, etc. over the years... ...I still can't tell the difference between a Strad and a Del Gesu if I have nothing to directly compare against. So if I can't tell tiny differences apart, I don't expect the vast majority of violin buyers (who really don't care) are able to or are overly interested in learning about. What a greater percentage of (most?) violin buyers might be interested in would be obvious, unmistakable signs of quality or whatever may indicate a higher purchase price or status...even if those 'signs' aren't all that meaningful. So...the flame of the wood would be such a sign. We are conditioned to equate bold flame with higher quality.
  22. To be entirely fair to the OP, newbies who don't know anything about violins will start by asking questions on what little info they do have, so asking the value of a violin based on the label is an understandable and logical starting point. Then they find out how complicated it all is! ...regardless...still need photos... Any offense would be from the MN tendency to 'pile on the rabbit', which is not fair to newcomers.
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