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  1. Quote: Any idea how it got into this condition? If you want to learn, this one sounds like a good one. I don't know for sure. It appears like it may have fallen on the edge. Perhaps the front and back seams were weak to begin with, and the fall finished the job. It's one of the well known student brands. Perhaps Glaesel. I just want to fix it because it's broken. I don't really have a use for it beyond that. I have been wanting to build a violin, so I could use this as a learning experience then. My first step shall be to clean my workbench and prepare my clamps and glue station! I've got a couple books that should help (one on building, and one on repairs). Thanks everyone for the advice. I'll be sure to report back how it goes. Actually, I'll probably have a question or two along the way. Perhaps I will refinish it too, to learn how to do that. Bob
  2. I'll try to describe it better. Imagine holding a violin out in front of you by the scroll, with the two f-holes facing you. Draw a vertical line down the center of the body. Left half and right half in two seperate pieces. That's what I have. The break generally follows the seams on the front and back. It goes through the end pin, and next to the neck. So I can hold each side of the instrument in different hands and inspect the interior. The top and the back are still firmly attached to the sides. The neck is still attached, too. Bob
  3. Hi, I recently acquired a violin that's broken in two pieces. The split follows the front and back seam in places, but mostly it's broken near the seam. It's not a very expensive instrument, but it's not bad. Maybe retail $400 new. I'd like to glue it back together. What kind of glue should I use? I know hide glue is used when building instruments but I wonder if a repair like this would be better with epoxy? It fits back together well, although there is a small piece "flaked off" that's missing. Bob
  4. Adult violin beginners might like to check out the Yahoo groups populated largely by adult beginners, including BAVS, FiddleCrazy, and Devilsbox. (Go to and search for the name of the group). It's good to know there are many other people who are also adult beginners. Disclosure: I moderate the last group; I haven't followed the first two in some time. Cheers. Bob
  5. You need one mic. Given twice the budget, two mics is better than one. A $70 mic that does OK for violin is the MXL 990 works. You will need a 40v phantom power supply. Behringer makes inexpensive mixers that will work. For $200, you can buy a matched stereo pair of MXL 603s. They seem to be a good deal. Regardless of the mics you acquire, you will need to learn where to place them in your room. Since your room is unique, you can only do this through trial and error. Probably one mic close to the bridge and one mic far away will work nicely. As for recording hardware, computers offer the best bang for the buck. The Turtle Beach Santa Cruz was the best value last time I checked ( About $89. You wire the mic to the mixer to the PC, and use some software to record. For free you can download If your recording needs are greater, then you can spend unlimited sums of money on this hobby. Bob
  6. Quote: Quote: If you did NOT agree, I'd expect you would protest strongly, and that it should be promptly removed. (But more likely you should feel flattered!) If I had felt proprietary about what I posted, I wouldn't have posted it in a public forum like this one. I just found it highly amusing to be asked for my permission after the fact. Had I objected, I would have have said so unambiguously! Obviously what you write is quite true about what you write, but it is not the law of the USA. Any person's writings are 100% protected by copyright, and cannot be reproduced without permission. There is an implicit permission granted to copy relavent parts of posts when replying to them, but copying them to other locations on the net is not allowed. That's why Connie asked. Bob
  7. Yes, thank you; we definitely would not quote anyone "we" who?
  8. You can buy "Lark Ascending" arranged for violin and piano. I think it's by International. If you don't want to pay for a pianist, you could easily sequence the piano part for MIDI. Time consuming, but easy. Bob
  9. As a moderator for Devilsbox, I invite anyone to drop by and read the posts before casting stones. Be forwarned though, it's a high traffic group. The 94 members made some 1100 posts last month, so 30 posts on a given subject is but one day's traffic. Our humor is dry, and we have a long "group memory," frequently recalling posts from years gone by. If you stick around for a while, you might even be cajoled into posting one of your own silly little tunes. Not so much because you're proud of it, but because music is such a strong form of communication, and what is friendship, if not communication. Bob Rogers