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  1. About two year or so ago I was the winning bidder in one of the rare books auctions. After the auction had ended I received an email from someone who raised some copyright issues. I then raised the questions with the seller. He/she never replied.
  2. "... or Zheng Quan or Chan Chong ..." No sure abbout Zhang Shu Mei but you can call Zheng Quan the father of violin making in China. He brought back knowledge and experience from Cremona and almost singlehandedly raised a new generation of violin makers. Zhang is very well respected in China (at least among the better informed ones).
  3. quote: Originally posted by: fiddlecollector Do you mean right along the back or just around the A string peg ,ive seen some with material removed around the A peg to increase easier access,but assumed it was done by someone other than the maker. Some basses,cellos can have cut outs on the back probably associated with viols. I mean around the A string peg. Why should anybody make a hole on the back of the scroll? Easier access does not appear to me to be a good excuse for such damage to the scroll. Regards, Warren
  4. Dear guys, I have recently come across violins with scrolls that are cut out at the back. Is the cutting out associated with any particular school? Have a nice weekend, Warren
  5. Dear David, I don't know what's wrong with the original links. They worked last night. Try these: http://www.cnave.com/productdetail.php?pid=93533 http://www.cnave.com/productdetail.php?pid=85908 http://www.cnave.com/productdetail.php?pid=85913 I have purchased from cnave.com before. They are quite reliable and efficient. As they are willing to ship to Hong Kong (which for one reason or another is considered foreign), I guess they will ship to overseas addresses. Warren
  6. Dear guys, For those who understand Chinese, I wholeheartedly recommend the various VCDs published by the Beijing Central Conservatory. For US$13, you can have detailed instructions on the Kreutzer given by Dr. Lin (the Chinese Galamian) of the Conservatory with demonstration by his students in a 5-VCD-set. For another few more dollars, you can get similar sets of VCDs on Kayser, Paganini's Caprices and Dont's. See the following links: http://big5.cnave.com:8080/productdetail.php?pid=85908 http://big5.cnave.com:8080/productdetail.php?pid=93533 http://big5.cnave.com:8080/productdetail.php?pid=85913
  7. I do know this ebay seller (Ned Nikolov). He is a Bulgarian who is now living in the States. I came to know him a few years ago on an online forum. We shared some common interests and talked about everything - politics, international affairs, history, lives in Bulgarian and in Hong Kong/China, etc. When he knew that I was looking for a better violin, he sent me a Stankov for a trial without asking for a deposit or security for payment. Holy cow! It put those more expensive Italian/French violins to shame. Although I did not (and still do not) like the antiquing, it sounded so good that I knew I should not miss it. For about $3,300 it became mine. (I understand that Stankov's violins are now selling for about $6,000). I have shown my Stankov to a few players. All of them (including a first violinist of the HK Phil who was once the Concertmaster of Juilliard Opera Orchestra) were extremely impressed. Ned is not selling on ebay for a living. He is promoting his mother country and his fellow Bulgarian makers who do not have many opportunities to promote themselves in the outside world. You probably will not see many of these higher end Bulgarian violins around because they are low production hand-made violins. Re-sale value? I don't really care. I am not going to sell my Stankov. By the way, if you do not like the varnish, ask Ned if he can get you one without antiquing. You may also consider commission one from Mr. Stankov with your preferred varnishing style. Hers is a photo of Mr. Stankov.
  8. Dear Steve, My experience with Bulgarian violins is limited to violins by a maker in Kazanlak whose name is Ivan Stankov. What I can say is his violins blow away everything I have seen in the same price range. Here is an example of his violins: http://tinyurl.com/zo5qe (usual disclaimer: I have no connection with the seller and not interested in the sale etc. etc.) Warren
  9. Hi skiingfiddler, Here are two close-up pictures of the neck/upper block, Regards, Warren
  10. Thanks for all the advice. You guys are really great. The original fingerboard is in good shape and I don't need a new one. The neck angle seems to be correct too. I have "successfully" repaired a few cracks in the past but am not going to touch thhis one until I feel more confident about my work. In any event, if I am going to work on it, I will not go beyond fixing the crack and regluing it. Retouching or revarnishing I dare not. Thanks and regards, Warren
  11. Dear all, I am an absolute beginner when it comes to violin repair. The violin here is one of four broken violins that I purchased on the bay to practise violin repairing. The other three are, as I expected, pure junk. This however looks reasonably good. I have proceeded to open the top and am not sure whether I should go any further. The internal work looks decent to my untrained eyes. The only significant damage is a long straight crack on the right f hole side that is not close the bar area. The question is - is this violin something too good for a beginner like me? Regards, Warren
  12. Tianwa Yeung's Paganini is featured in this VCD box side - http://big5.cnave.com:8080/productdetail.php?pid=93533 It is a set of 4 VCDs containing excellent instructions given by Professor Lin of Central Music Conservatory and demonstration by Yeung. The price for the set is ridiculously cheap (less than US$10). A must buy for those who understand Chinese. Warren
  13. In case you are looking for a physical copy, go to Rhythm Music House at 1/F, No.1A, Humphreys Avenue, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon. Hong Kong Tel: +852 2801 4939. It is just 20 steps away from Tsim Sha Tsui underground exit. I'm quite certain they have most of what you want. Warren
  14. I guess I am lucky here in Hong Kong. I have been a subscriber for a few years. Never missed an issue, never got an issue delivered late, and never got an email unanswered. Warren
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    Hart and Son

    Thanks Rob, That's what I want to find out. Have a nice weekend, Warren
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    Hart and Son

    I had the opportunity of trying a friend's Hart and Son, which was surprisingly good. Out of curiosity I did an internet search. It seems that Hart and Son violins are fairly high-priced (5,000 GBP and up). Are they more than ordinary trade violins? Warren
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    BAD EARS!!!

    Dear nickia, I cannot claim to be an experienced player, but, having heard your secret garden and noted your teachers' comments, I tend to think that you cannot have bad ears. If you can tell the difference while listening to a recording, you should be fine. My guess is that you are pre-occupied with other matters (bowing, tempo ...) while playing. Try to slow down a bit to allow yourself more time to listen to your playing. Also, don't get too concerned about techinical details. It's better to spend your time doing scales. Allow me to repeat the story of the ant and the centipede - when the ant met the centipede they were both browsing the edge of the ditch at the side of the road. But then the ant, who knew well the coordination problems of walking with 6 legs, asked the centipede "How can you coordinate walking with those 100 legs?" The centipede thought about it for a while and then just rolled over in the ditch, never able to walk again. Regards, Warren
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    Wilbaux violin

    Hi guta, Thanks for your post. The seller will probably let me try it for a week or two if I say I want it. I am not buying it at this moment, though (will need to have the CFO's approval).
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    Wilbaux violin

    Dear all, I have recently been offered a violin made by Isabella Wilbaux. I have no experience with her and wonder what you think about her violins. The following is the description given by the seller: "I'd like to share with that I currently have a truly high-end violin in my possession made by Isabelle Wilbaux from Canada. She won a Silver Medal for Tone at the last VSA International Competition in Portland OR (see http://www.vsa.to/2004winners.htm ). It's a Stradivari copy from 1716. On the outside, it's a simple looking instrument (no flying colors, or heavy antiquing), but upon a close inspection one can see a great refinement in workmanship, with flawless arching, thin bridge, and very light weight. Above all, however, the tone is PHENOMENAL! The instrument has a response like a Ferrari! The clarity and power of every note you play along the entire register are just amazing. The violin comes with a signed Certificate by the maker in French. Currently, there are no more than two violins by Wilbaux available in the USA. So, I think I have a unique instrument in my hands. Attached are some photos of the violin. Isabelle Wilbaux graduated from the Violin Making School in Cremona. Her teacher was Giorgio Ce. She has won numerous prices in Europe and Canada before winning the Silver Medal for Tone in Oregon last year." The attached file is some of the photos I received from the seller. Regards, Warren
  20. I have no experience with Ned's "white" violins, but the violins that he occasionally sells for his friends from Bulgaria are stunningly good. And, Ned is a real gentleman. Warren
  21. Hi Rosin, Quote: If you take your time and hunt around, you may be able to do better with that kind of money. Not too long ago a violin by Jivko K. Starchev, Kazanlak 2004 came into the Brobst Violin Shop, near where I work. It was a stunning looking, handmade violin by someone trained at the violin making school in Cremona. It was easily the tonal equal to any of the violins I saw at Cremona Violin Exhibit going for $13,000+, which the same violin shop held late last year. Needless to say, at $3,500, that violin was sold within a week after I saw it. I was told violins by this maker go fast. If you can hunt one down...... I don't know Jivko K. Starchev but have tried another violin from Kazanlak by Ivan Stankov. It outplays many other more expensive instruments. The attached file is a picture of Mr. Stankov with one of his violins I once showed a violin by Mr. Stankov (not the one in the above picture) to my daughter's teacher (he does know violin, he was the Concertmaster of the Juilliard Opera Orchestra and the Assistant Concertmaster and Principal of the Juilliard Orchestra when he was a student at Juilliard). He was deeply impressed and said that it is equal to a HK$100,000+ modern Italian (it so happens that HK$100,000 is almost equal to US$13,000, the figure Rosin quoted). Here is another violin from Kazanlak: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vie...ssPageName=WDVW What do you think? Warren
  22. I am listening to Julian Fischer's new release as I'm reading this. It is a very disciplined interpretation by a young player. I'm impressed. I got a CD of Olevsky's Bach in a local CD shop about a month ago and fell into love with it instantly. Olevsky's interpretation is quite unusual. He played very slowly. For an example, he finished the 3rd movement in sonata no.2 in 6 min 16 sec (Milstein finished the same movement in 4 min 35 sec). I somehow find his playing more Bach like. Warren
  23. Hi, You may be interested in "The Suzuki Violinist: A Guide for Teachers and Parents". The second part of the book is a piece by piece guide, which may suit you need. Regards, Warren
  24. There is a 5-page article on the Butterfly Lover in the latest (May) issue of The Strad. It's not an in depth line by line analysis of the music. But a good account of its history, style and basic structure. Regards, Warren
  25. I am reading the May issue of The Strad. There is a special report on China that covers Chinese music, Chinese players old and new, violin making industry etc. Highly recommended. Warren