Kat Dunham

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  1. Kat Dunham

    Best sounding offerings May Tarisio

    Did you play the 1951 Carl Becker and Son?
  2. Kat Dunham

    Publishers and clefs

    Many times a clef change will be used to avoid excessive ledger lines, which can be harder to read than switching clefs. 8va passages can be used for the same reason.
  3. Kat Dunham

    Andrea Guarneri cellos

    Paul Katz, formerly cellist of the Cleveland Quartet has a Cello by Andrea Guarneri. The cello was profiled in the Strad, last year, I think, with photos.
  4. Kat Dunham

    The current "Golden Age" of making

    From a player's perspective this seems like a golden age to me, not because there are a few exceptional makers, as pointed out there have great makers in every generation, but the sheer number of extraordinary makers working now and the general very high level of violinmaking overall make our time seem like something special.
  5. Kat Dunham

    CONTEST: Worst scroll ever

    A violin without f-holes or bass bar (or, presumably, sound post)?
  6. Kat Dunham

    Pitch, Patch, or Potter?

    I love that kind of thing... I'd pay extra for a violin with wood like that, with character marks.
  7. Kat Dunham

    Top 10 Living Soloists - your vote

    When I was a freshman at the Cleveland Institute of Music, many years ago, Szymon Goldberg came and played for the students, among other things he played the Schoenberg Phantasie for violin and piano. It was an amazing performance, exquisitely beautiful and moving.
  8. Kat Dunham

    Maybe a nice viola???

    T2 seems only to attest to the viola being labeled Margaret Shipman, maybe it's not by her.
  9. Kat Dunham

    Top 10 Living Soloists - your vote

    Augustin Hadelich, Alina Ibragimova, Janine Jansen, and, though she's not so well known, Bella Hristova
  10. Kat Dunham

    Tire Kicking; When Is It Okay?

    In my experience dealers are only too happy to put instruments or bows into the hands of players, whether they are seriously looking or not, and indeed I am the owner today of a nice Nürnberger bow that was presented to me in that way. Playing on equipment better that what one owns can awaken an interest in upgrading, I think dealers know this.
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    I wouldn't recommend this to anyone else, but in my last two purchases, a bow and a violin, I threw caution to the wind and didn't set out to something that was exactly what I wanted or thought was what I wanted, but bought (for very reasonable prices) things that were not currently playable, in need of restoration, but which I had excellent reason to believe were very fine. I've played and taught professionally since I left conservatory (40 years ago) and I was confident that given a first-rate instrument and bow I could figure out how to play them to best advantage and learn some things in the process. And so it has proved, it took time for me to learn the ways of both the bow and the violin, but it's been great fun and very educational and I like them each very much. The bow was an antique, but my bowmaker vouched for its authenticity and restorability and the violin was by a well known living maker, aside from a soundpost crack it was in very good condition when I bought it, and even considering the cost of the repair I paid much less for it than I would have had to do if I'd bought it in the usual way.
  12. Kat Dunham

    weird violin scroll

    Jacob Saunders has commented on the use of these pins in 18th century instruments... they keep the A string from rubbing on the E peg (or for that matter, the D peg). I've wished for one on at least one fiddle I've owned.
  13. Kat Dunham

    electric or acoustic with a pickup?

    I get a quite reasonable approximation of the acoustic sound of my 5-string viola by using the Headway Band... which is a piezo pickup that is in contact with the top of the instrument rather than the bridge. Since it's a pickup, there aren't issues with feedback.
  14. Kat Dunham

    Violin Strings on Viola

    Years ago I broke a G-string on my viola and borrowed a used one from a violinist colleague.... the silk winding extended a little beyond the nut, but it worked fine and I used it for many weeks before getting a new string.
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    No great amount of pressure on the fingerboard is needed.... pressing down hard will only make your difficulties worse. I have had several adult students with similar issues. Careful work over time can increase the flexibility in the left wrist and forearm so that you'll be able to play more easily. Patience is key though.