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  1. You can try to get a copy of this book, chinese version of "The Art of Violin Making". There are some translation of terms used in violin making. http://www.amazon.cn/%E5%B0%8F%E6%8F%90%E7%90%B4%E5%88%B6%E4%BD%9C%E8%89%BA%E6%9C%AF-%E7%BA%A6%E7%BF%B0%E9%80%8A/dp/B0011AZHGA
  2. I live in Malaysia. Half a year ago I ordered some posters from the Strad. I waited for 3 months but the posters just didn't arrive my postbox. I emailed the Strad and they said they will send me the posters again, provided that I use a trackable post. The postage price I need to pay, is, the same as what I paid for the posters+postage I ordered earlier (about 39 pounds). Should I ask TheStrad to refund me since I didn't receive my poster at all? Whose responsibility would it be in my case? SVS is relatively new compared to many others tonewood suppliers. Not a native English-speaking wood dealer, I believe it is challenging enough to be able to converse in English, not to mentioned understanding those tongue-twisting foreign rules and regulations. I believe they are trying hard to improve their service too. As far as import law is concerned, it is the importer's responsibility to get the required documentation. There's a good reason why your gov want to enforce on such a strict rule, even on firewood:- http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/newsroom/news_releases/archives/2008_news_releases/nov_2008/11202008_8.xml http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/newsroom/news_releases/archives/2009_news_releases/july_2009/07152009_6.xml
  3. Here is a 4 part documentary on Chinese violin factory by PheonixTV, how US financial crisis affected the livelihood of a small violin making village. sorry.. it is all in mandarin. from youtube part A part B part C part D
  4. http://www.violinist.com/luthiers/index.cfm?state=&country=Hong+Kong&submission=Browse You may also want to fly to taiwan to see the Chimei collection
  5. For violin I simply lay a sharp pencil on the fingerboard, and draw the profile on the bridge by simply moving the pencil across the fingerboard. Most pencils are 7mm in diameter, ie the tip of the pencil would be approximately 3.5mm. That sets the height of the E-string. For G-string just add 2mm from the profile, then use a nice bridge template to join this two points (E and G) together.
  6. Not sure if this has been posted here before. Some of the pages of the books are available online and there are quite a bit of useful information. http://www.karlroyviolinbook.com/toc.html
  7. You are right that most, in fact, all chinese names are family name first... However to most westerners it is common that the last name is the family name, and this may cause a lot of confusion. For example, "John Martin Smith" it is easy to tell that "John" is the given name or first name, "Martin" the middle name, while "Smith" is the family name. Now let's assume a chinese fellow named "Lo Su Ming". Now just imagine how confusing it is for him to fill in forms that look like the following :- *First Name: [ ] Middle name:[ ] Last name: [ ] There are millions of Chinese out there could not differentiate the differences between last name and first name -> "where should i write my surname/family name???" *First Name: [ Lo ] Middle name:[ Su ] Last name: [ Ming ] *First Name: [ Ming ] Middle name:[ Su ] Last name: [ Lo ] *First Name: [ Su ] Middle name:[ Ming ] Last name: [ Lo ] *First Name: [ Su-Ming ] Middle name:[ ] Last name: [ Lo ] In addition, it is common that chinese addresses each other using family name in official ocassion, for instance, "Mr Lu is a violinist" "Mr Ma is a Cellist" "Mr Li is a pianist". It is confusing for westerner to tell which name is the family name, causing embarrassment to both sides, hence it is common now most chinese introduce themselves in the western way, ie, given name first, family name last. Here is some example:- Yo Yo [Given name] Ma [Family name] Chinese name = 马友友 (Ma Yo Yo) Yun Di [Given name] Li [Family name] Chinese name = 李云迪 (Li Yun Di) Lang [Given name] Lang [Family name] Chinese name = 郎朗 (Lang Lang) Ming Jiang [Given name] Zhu [Family name] Chinese name = 朱明江 (Zhu Ming Jiang) btw, my given name is Keng Vui, and my family name is Yap. My christian name is Kelvin. In my Malaysian driving license my name is "Yap Keng Vui @ Kelvin Yap". Confused?
  8. here are some performances by Si-Qing (Given name) Lu (family name) in a private function:- [excerpt from Butterfly Lovers] [schubert's Serenade] [Joy of Spring]
  9. to log out look for "退出“, it's the sixth link at the bar that look like the following:- * maestronetor * 我的帖子 * 空间 * 短消息 * 个人中心 * 退出 * 网页游戏 * 论坛 * 搜索 * 帮助 * 导航 literally means: [user] [my post] [space][messages][user center][logout][webgames][forum][search][help][sitemap]
  10. I bet some of you may have problem reading Chinese. Those who are interested can try google translate. The translation is fairly accurate. go to http://translate.google.com then copy the address given above to the text box... here is a quick link to the exhibition:- http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=e...-31407-1-1.html
  11. hi, For those who want to listen to the soundclips, I have created an account in bbs.cnstrad.com named "maestronetor" with the name of our forum here as the passwd (the box where you put the pegs.) regards Yap
  12. The sequence of pics in http://www.chinaviolin.net/bbs/dispbbs.asp...ge=0&star=1 is as following:- Viola 1st prize Xu Yong Cheng (China) Viola 2nd prize Zhang An (China) Viola 3rd prize Ultrich (Germany) Cello 1st prize Kmin Sung (Italy- (Korean)) Violin 1st prize Ultrich (Germany) Violin 2nd prize Sa Tao (China)
  13. sound clips from bbs.cnstrad.com :- look for the mp3 links Gold - violin (Hinsberger,Ulrich) , played by Lu Si-Qing http://bbs.cnstrad.com/thread-31371-1-1.html Gold - Viola(Xu Yongcheng) , played by Roger Chase http://bbs.cnstrad.com/thread-31372-1-1.html Gold - Cello (Kmin-Sung), played by Markus Stocker http://bbs.cnstrad.com/thread-31373-1-1.html result page:- http://www.civmc.com/enbstzresult.htm
  14. pics of the winning instruments:- http://www.chinaviolin.net/bbs/dispbbs.asp...ge=0&star=1
  15. photos from the exhibition hall http://bbs.cnstrad.com/thread-31359-1-1.html
  16. results in PDF files:- http://www.civmc.com/bstzjieguo.htm
  17. hi folks, here is the link to the photos:- http://bbs.cnstrad.com/thread-31321-1-1.html the site is in chinese but i guess the photos speak for themselves. regards Yapkv
  18. “参赛乐器须由参赛者独立完成(包括油漆、装配等工序),并完全采用手工技艺。组委会有权核实参赛乐器由参赛者独立完成 的真实性,如发现由多人合作或使用机械开线槽等作弊现象,将取消其参赛资格并给予严肃处理。” 严肃处理 doesn't mean executed seriously. It should be translated as "Sternly dealt with". 没事干嘛断章取义。
  19. yapkv

    long arch

    I am in the midst of making my no 7... just finished with the purfling. Right now I am in the middle of finishing the arching while following this thread and trying to figure out how to form the arch correctly. I've just re-read Juliet Barker's book. At chapter 5 page 40 she suggested the making a cylindrical shape between the F-holes, whereas the highest point of the back can be found by "drawing lines diagonally from corner to corner and draw an ellipse that extends about 5mm on each side of this point and 20mm up and down". With that it is quite easy to get the flat plateau effect as seen at most violin tops. spruce has quite a strong long-grain properties but quite a weak cross-grain. I guess having a cylindrical shape area between the F-holes strengthen this area since a round shape is the strongest shape. That's also why most tin can has a cylindrical shape. However this makes me wonder, some violins I saw has a relatively flat area between the F-holes, some having more "acute" area. I guess that's why they sound differently. Now having the cylindrical shape between the F-holes, one can then decide how it raised from the neck-joint and saddle area... How these curves raise (whether quickly or slowly) would also somehow determine how the cross arch looks. A fast rising long arch may also cause the cross arch to raise rapidly, making the plate more rigid, hence better high-frequency response. A slow rising long arch would cause the cross arch to raise slowly, making the plate more flexible, hence better low-frequency response.... I guess that's how a maker could have done to compensate the strength of the top given different qualities of spruce. As for the back, I always wonder how a flat-back violin would sound. We can see from other discussion that a flat-back bass is more "punchy" while an arched back bass has more depth. is there anyone who can explain how different arches of the back affects the sound of the violin? On page 47 of Juliet's book, "On the back look for a continuous curve swooping down to the purfling. On the front let the arching spring a little more quickly from the purfling and keep the central cylinder". I guess this explain why the top arch and the back arch looks differently. Looking at the picture of an early violin, we can see the consistency since 1560. side view of Andrea Amati c1560:- http://orgs.usd.edu/nmm/Violins/Amati3366/...sSidewaysLG.jpg more photos of the Andrea Amati c1560 violin http://orgs.usd.edu/nmm/Violins/Amati3366/...iolinIndex.html sorry if there's any grammatical mistake.
  20. yapkv

    long arch

    Nigel Harris did some analysis on this topic.... http://www.oberlinacoustics.net/articles/a...ne.%20Part1.pdf
  21. yapkv

    long arch

    Hi all, I have just tried to fit the arcs again on the GDG's 'Kreisler' using OpenOffice's Draw... attached pdf file is the result. back arch radius ~ 1010mm top upper and lower arch radius ~ 505mm Credits to MD for his earlier posts regarding long arch shape. regards yapkv dgd_kreisler_long_arch.pdf
  22. yapkv

    long arch

    I was playing with carmetal again, now on GDG's Kreisler 1730 long arches, using image downloaded from Library of Congress seems to me the back arch is an arc of a circle. the upper and lower parts of the top arch are both arc of smaller circle. The middle of the top arch seems to be a flatter arc. here is a zoom-in diagram... the arcs seems to fit quite well.
  23. yapkv

    Madder root

    from http://taoism.about.com/od/herbsthatrectif...ian_Cao-Gen.htm Definition: In the Chinese Herbal Materia Medica, Xian Cao Gen belongs to category of herbs that rectify the blood. Taste: bitter Temperature: cold Channels Entered: Heart, Liver Actions: (1) Stop bleeding by both cooling heat in the blood and removing stasis. Also Known As: Common Name: Madder Root Pharmaceutical: Radix Rubiae Cordifoliae Botanical: Rubia
  24. I was following this youtube channel for quite some time. I found it very useful! http://www.youtube.com/user/noho91 it's in Japanese though. Here is his website in Japanese but I guess most people would understand by looking at the pictures. http://www10.ocn.ne.jp/~kouzou/
  25. I wonder it will show up in the chinese museum like after what the british/french/german/american/japanese/russian/italian/austrian ("Joint Army of the Eight Powers"?) did 100 years ago. I went to many chinese museum including those in Taiwan, Shanghai and Beijing and I hardly see any artifacts from the west. However whenever I step in to any museum in the western world I can always see chinese artifacts.
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