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  1. Here in the wet tropics it can be hot. (and humid) Unfortunately parcels in delivery vans and storage depots can also get hot. Here is an "oil varnished" Chinese violin where the cloth wrapping stuck to the varnish during transport. I know in an ideal world the varnish would be fully cured, the packages wouldn't get hot etc. My question is, is there some sort of wrapping (for example cling film or grease proof paper) that would stop the material of the case or violin blanket from sticking to the varnish despite getting warm during postage? Or clever packaging to prevent this?
  2. Favorite Online Violin Teachers / Pedagogs?

    For a method of teaching very young children, I find the Mimi Zweig site useful, especially now it is free. https://www.connollymusic.com/string-pedagogy?utm_campaign=String Pedagogy&utm_medium=SP.com website&utm_source=StringPedagogy.com
  3. What happens to strings?

    Dear Bohdan, Thank you for the interesting information. One of my children does seem to dissolve his A strings. I am currently trying an Avantgarde A. Assuming one hour playing per day (optimistic) and no obvious corrosion, how long should this string last before I should routinely change it?
  4. Dear Orry, This is my opinion based on my own experiences. I do not have specialist knowelege. I have four children on violin. (current age 10 to 16). I have found that the two most important factors for choosing an instrument are: 1. That the child likes their instrument. 2. That the instrument is set up well for ease of playing. Although I have gone down the auction route, it has taken many purchases and many mistakes to eventually find them all an instrument that they like. And it seems to be an individual thing as they all like their own violin and don't so much like their siblings violins. Unfortunately the nearest specialist violin shop is approximately 1500km from my location, hence the online route for me, and the need to learn to set up and do simple repairs. Overall it probably would have been more cost effective for me to pay more each but get them from a specialist luthier. If you are planing on purchasing only one instrument then my advice would be to try different violins from specialist shops and find one that your child likes before committing to the purchase. Unfortunately this takes time but in the long run I think you will find that it will be worth the extra wait and extra money to find an instrument that suits your child. My children don't care if the instrument is old or modern. One thing I have found is that the new violins, once set up, are less likely to develop problems than the old instruments. Also it takes time for a child to decide if they like the violin or not so if possible take some home on a trial basis.
  5. Carving Violin Bridge for Violin with High belly arch

    https://www.swstrings.com/product/lutherie/any/GP-SAN2 For my interest, are the bridges with adjustable feet considered inferior and if so are they less good acoustically?
  6. Tips for teaching vision impaired

    Thought I'd update that one of the students is now playing violin with their high school orchestra, while the younger one has changed to piano. Both continue to enjoy learning and playing music.
  7. Carbon fiber violins

    http://www.epochstrings.com.au Student violins, supposed to be hard to destroy. Come up on eBay second hand quite often but mainly in Australia.
  8. Metal pin under violin bridge foot

    As I happened to have this one out today, here are some photos, excuse the quality, very cheap USB camera.
  9. Vintage violin rare practice violin

  10. Is this a decent violin?

    http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/311880711806 "cheap playable one I wouldnt be afraid of losing and traveling with. I am rather small and I believe that a 7/8 would do me good." Be prepared to replace the strings and adjust the bridge height.
  11. Hearing the notes

    Frank, you may find this article interesting: http://music.indiana.edu/departments/academic/early-music/files/beyond-temperament-bruce-hayes Will, I find your comments very educational as always, I have learnt a lot from you over the years, thank you. I read once that "bending" some intervals (sharpening or not) is an artistic choice and depends on the style of music as well as artistic choice. For instance what would work on Romantic music would not necessarily suit Bach. I must confess that in the era BC (before children) I assumed that the way a piano was tuned was "the system" and hadn't thought about other ways to tune, or that intervals could be altered to add to the presentation of the music.
  12. Hearing the notes

    I think it was "Ear Training for Instrumentalists" by Matt Glaser
  13. Hearing the notes

    I found it helpful when I did a relative pitch ear training course, and also a solfege course (CD format) which I undertook while driving to and from work in the car. (I play very basic violin.)
  14. Violin Iron Brands Faked?

    I stamp my own children's Chinese school bows with their names. (After some went missing) (Ebay yitamusic) 2. Stamp Your Name on the Bow----Want a personalized bow? This is the service you can choose! We can stamp your name on the bow or frog. Price is 3USD per Letter. For example: "John Tomas" contains nine letters, so the service fees you should pay is: 27USD. You will get a stamped bow and the iron stamp itself. Send us an email to request a revised invoice if you want to have this service. It will take about 1-1.5weeks to make the iron stamp. So please expect a little bit shipment delay if you choose this service.