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  1. Great to hear Alina's instrument sold. It was fun to play on -- very smooth sound with good response, especially on the upper registers.
  2. Was there for a few hours today, and plan on returning tomorrow earlier on before my flight back home.
  3. I went to the VSA for the first time this year as a player, and only from Thursday night to Saturday. The number of people I met and amount I learned from makers was incredible -- I've had a lot to think about since returning home. There were so many highlights for me as a player, but the ones I can think of off the top of my head include: Stefan's two instruments (DG and Strad) in the "new makers" room. Stefan talked me through his inspiration for them, and as (radically) different as they were, they both played wonderfully. I still think about them, more than a week after the VSA -- and I would have loved to take either home! The sheer number of submitted entries in the competition room. I thought I was prepared to try lots of instruments, but wow! I was immediately overwhelmed as soon as the doors opened Thursday night. Ihle's instrument, which had a crazy amount of grip on the G string. Really fun to play. Many of the amazing instruments and bows in the new makers room.
  4. I'll be there for Friday and Saturday -- my first VSA! I'm not a maker -- just a player who's interested in looking at the instruments and seeing the spectacle -- but I'm looking forward to it just the same.
  5. Thanks for the help Don and Mike. Which parts of the schedule (https://vsa.memberclicks.net/vsa-2014-schedule) are the "come and play some instruments" times, or is it more of a continuous, everyday kind of thing?
  6. Howdy folks, I wanted to attend the VSA this year for the first time, mostly as a player wanting to try the competition instruments as well as the 'side room' I hear they usually have set up. Reading the VSA website makes me confused about how I'm supposed to do this, though. Do I need to officially register for the convention if I'm there to play instruments? Will I actually need to be there for all of the days? The tentative schedule suggests the bulk of the time during the first few days will be judging, vendors, and seminars. Given what I want to do, should I focus my time around the "Exhibitor Hall" times? And are people really going to stick around from 11pm to midnight on Saturday for "Instrument and bow check-out"? Any suggestions would be welcome!
  7. I'm asking as a player looking for an instrument and as someone who, in general, is very interested in the "hardware" side of the business and wanting to grow my knowledge and understanding. Are attendees wishing to try the VSA (+ other) instruments required to purchase a conference pass? I'm afraid most (if not all) the talks around making would be over my head at this time. Best, Andrew
  8. Thanks David. Are players or other members of the public usually allowed to play and try some of the instruments bing presented? I've never been to a VSA before.
  9. Hi folks, Does anyone know if there are to be any well-attended modern maker exhibits happening in the US this year? Mondomusica has already passed and I won't be able to make it to the Players meet Makers event at AFVBM in Chicago this weekend. Does anyone know if Julie Reed is planning on running another exhibition this year? Best, A
  10. Claudia, Really appreciate the hard work you and Joseph Curtin (+ the rest of your team) have put into this. Has this paper been submitted for peer review yet? And assuming there will be follow-up research to be done, is there anything you can divulge regarding future plans? EDIT: I somehow missed the fact that the paper has already been published in PNAS, which I'm assuming means the paper was reviewed.
  11. Friends, I've been listening to Anne Akiko Meyer's newest album (Four Seasons), which is notably recorded on the ex-Vieuxtemps del Gesu. This got me thinking: are there other recordings where the instrument is known and is of some repute? There are plenty by artists who have notable instruments, but it's often not revealed which specific one they're playing on. The only other example I know off the top of my head is another Meyer recording "Seasons...dreams" which was recorded after she received use of the ex-Molitor Strad.
  12. Tarisio is also including some photos of Heifetz and the case:
  13. Ben, Brad: I believe this is the link you were looking for.
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