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  1. With regards to the pegs, did having the 'G' peg lower than the 'E' peg get in the way of the index finger or was there still plenty of clearance?
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  3. The varnish was thick and soft. It was advertised as oil but I suspect the same result would occur in a hot box wrapped in cloth no matter the varnish type. I sanded the marks with micromesh which made the marks less obvious but didn't remove them. I gave the violin to our local high school which they were very appreciative of. I suspect that by now the varnish marks will be less obvious compared with the general wear of being loaned out to students. In future I will try some abrasive powders, should I be silly enough to repeat this exercise. I like the idea of the suspension boxes above and will suggest it if I ever get another violin from China.
  4. https://newt.phys.unsw.edu.au/jw/powerhousetwins.html In this instance playing for three years didn't make a noticeable difference.
  5. https://www.sheetmusicplus.com/title/playing-with-colour-for-violin-book-3-sheet-music/20433105 Don't know if color coded notes would help but may be worth trying. "A carefully correlated blend of colored and traditional note reading, as used in Sharon Goodey's Playing with Colour for Piano, means reading is acquired throughout volumes 1, 2, and 3, resulting in complete comprehension of standard notation by the end of Book 3" Assessment by paediatric speech pathologist or occupational therapist may define the problem more precisely.
  6. https://www.ebay.com/itm/Special-4-4-Violin-baroque-model-European-maple-back-old-spruce-top-hand-carved/233559848798 This is advertised as a "baroque model". Is there a historical reference for connecting the tailpiece and fingerboard?
  7. Thank you. Yes, have tried the SAS and various centre mounted tall chinrests. Currently he likes this one the best.
  8. We are still dealing with this issue. (violin)(now 15 yrs old) Our latest trial is one of these : https://www.ebay.com/itm/CUSTOM-MADE-EXTRA-HIGH-VIOLIN-CHIN-REST/401511301172 combined with an (unfortunately expensive) Korfker shoulder rest with ergo pack. https://www.pirastro-shoulderrests.com/ This is the best combination for him so far.
  9. pjham

    Collin-Mezin

    http://www.luthiers-mirecourt.com/documentation.htm#Documentation If you haven't looked already, you may find this site with old catalogues interesting.
  10. There are various replacement slides such as: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Fix-A-Zipper-6-pack-Zip-Rescue-Instant-Repair-Kit-Replacement-Tool-Kit/192530261805 https://www.ebay.com/itm/3-Sizes-TV-6Pcs-Fix-A-Zipper-Slider-Instant-Zipper-Repair-Kit-Replacement-Zipper/162149848450 https://www.ebay.com/itm/10x-Metal-ZIP-SLIDERS-Replacement-FOR-No-5-CONTINUOUS-ZIPS-ZIPPER-FASTENINGS-DIY/142424082369 Need to free one end of the plastic zipper and thread the new slide on. I haven't tried the slide with the hinge.
  11. Or the whole back? From the Yitamusic catalogue. http://www.yitamusic.com/upload/violincatalog09.pdf Bamboo Back Violin Unique bamboo back violin. MV5308 4/4
  12. All of his strings wear quicker but especially the A. Sadly, none of my children wipe their strings. However, better to have to replace strings than have long string life due to lack of practise. The example was not meant as a problem, more to make the point that (as Don said), the A string may be less durable, but also that the chemical characteristics of the player may also be a contributing factor.
  13. One of my children needs his A string replacing more frequently than the other children. I wonder if it is due to corrosion produced by his sweat acting on the aluminium. Apparently the corrosivity of sweat depends on the amount of sweat as well as the chloride content. I wonder if the aluminium is more susceptible than the other materials on the strings. https://oem.bmj.com/content/oemed/14/3/191.full.pdf "Results Corrosion by Different Individuals.-Eight male subjects selected at random for preliminary experiments were asked to wear a rubber glove into each of which was inserted a small cylinder of degreased, polished mild steel. After one and a half hours, four of the subjects were found to have corroded the metal heavily and in addition had rust-stained hands, two produced slight tarnishing and two had a negligible effect. It appears that some individuals may handle degreased metal without having any effect while others produce heavy accumulations of rust."