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  1. I answered the survey with my viola case. It's a cheap-ass fabric-covered polystyrene rectangular number in the dullest dark blue. However, I do love the fact the pocket takes the shoulder rest (and a few other odds and sods, e.g. rosin) without issue. Of my violin cases, one is another fabric-covered, polystyrene rectangular one, but the interior is much more schmick looking than the viola case. Again I much prefer it over the classic shaped case the other violin resides in where the shoulder rest rattle around inside the case (or it would if I bothered taking that one anywhere). Neil
  2. I'm sore that we're now not seeing what he saw. Neil
  3. Welcome Zeissica. That viola is just as stunning as when I saw it at the other place. Neil
  4. Puts a whole new twist on "going to meet your maker." Neil
  5. That was a very enjoyable video. Thanks for posting it David. Neil
  6. There seems to be an assumption that 'some' luthiers are giving away instruments in order to get testimonial copy, but so far no one has admitted doing so. All in all it suggests to me that the assumption may be mistaken, or at the very least exaggerated. Neil
  7. I don't see a problem with a carbon fibre instrument in an orchestra setting provided it sounded good. Even with the all black dress code, I've rarely ever seen every member of an orchestra dressed exactly the same. I tend to think if you look around an orchestra and are upset because there's a CF instrument in there then you're basically just looking for a way to be upset. I should add that personally I'd prefer a 'proper' viola, but I really don't have a problem with CF instruments (if they sound good). Neil
  8. I'm intrigued to. All eBay shows is that the winning bidder had a user name of "n***o", rating of 508 and a 30 day bidding history that included the following: Cameras & Photo > Vintage Cameras Cameras & Photo > Lens Boards Cameras & Photo > Lenses Cameras & Photo > Remotes & Shutter Releases Cameras & Photo > Vintage Parts & Accessories Cameras & Photo > Vintage Manuals & Guides. Neil
  9. Maybe with one of these, but if the bubbles are running you might get an odd accompaniment. Oh, and careful with the spike, Eugene. Neil
  10. That's fantastic! Thanks Addie. Neil
  11. In addition to the many fine posts made by others, I think it is very important that we don't overlook Bill's point, and as such it deserves repeating - and sitting back and sipping. Neil
  12. I found Shtern ages ago (sorry that's not meant to sound like one-upmanship) when looking for Achron's Hebrew Melody. Two things stand out, one is that not only does his pinky come off the bow as Stephen noted so does the next finger as well (in one of the "plays and demonstrates" vidoes). The other is how almost rigidly parallel to the floor the violin is. It's not as though he's clamped down with his chin at all, nor does he have a death grip with the left hand, but the instrument just doesn't move. Neil
  13. I'm just a humble part-time photographer who's had to deal with stolen images before, so any thoughts I have on the plaster casts themselves would be completely uninformed. Neil
  14. As a general rule the copyright for photos belongs to whoever took the picture, unless very detailed and specific waivers are signed. Doesn't even matter if I set up the shot, and my camera and lens was used, if you actually clicked the shutter button then then copyright lies with you. As for comments by others about losing copyright by posting an image on the web, they're simply not true. Yes, it can be harder to enforce copyright, and it can be harder to identify who has misappropriated your images, but as Jerry and Jeffrey have pointed out it's perfectly possible to get the images taken down if they're used without your consent. Most often it doesn't require a lawyer at all. Either a letter to the site's owner, or failing that to the company hosting the site can be very effective. Even the much-maligned facebook will respond by forced take-down of misused images. Neil
  15. I think the bolded phrase is the part that is 'the hook' for the credulous. A missing Strad, 'found' and hooked up to its provenance. The perfect bait for something that, no matter how cynical or wary we may be, we want to believe. Same as it ever was, I guess. Neil
  16. I was going to make a (poor taste) joke about the fact that I'm a violist not a violinist, but then I read the article. It really is very cool that she gets to unlock that portion of her brain. Thanks for posting that Mark. Neil
  17. I'm not sure I can take a bloke who puts books back on library shelves facing the wrong way round seriously. An excellent video though. Neil
  18. Thanks, Rue. And yeah, it was the behaviour of the adults I was getting at - I can imagine them only being focussed on their kids performance, and not caring about the show when their offspring wasn't doing a star turn. Neil
  19. Great question, Jim! I'll join you and VdA on the bleachers because my questions are pretty much the same as yours. Thanks to those who have provided their thoughts and helpful info already. Neil
  20. I agree with all you say Rue, except maybe the paid security bit. I've seen the volunteer ushers back in Australia be very effective at controlling entry and exit. I've also seen the SFO do the 'audience etiquette' speech before a performance. Oh and both there and I think here in Ottawa there's bowls of cough drops/suppressants (no suppressors though - I think that was BYO) available at entry. One thing I will say about Nutcracker is that it is generally an atypical audience because of the large kid content in the ballet. Means a lot of parents are just there to see little Johnny and Jenny do their stuff. Neil
  21. There are times when I wish Maestronet had a "Like" button. This is one of them. While I don't completely agree with poptart, I do for the large part, and the passion alone of the post makes it an enjoyable read. Neil
  22. I think it's worth reinforcing that the sound on YouTube clips is often heavily compromised by compression or other factors. Because of that it can be a very bad medium for judging how a recording really sounds. Neil
  23. What the heck does any of that nonsensical diatribe have to do with the OP. It's nothing more than a bunch of patently absurd generalizations. Neil
  24. Completely and utterly OT, but I love the last picture with your furry assistant casting an expert eye! Neil
  25. Wow! I've only been to one ballet live and that was Nutcracker, so lot's of proud parents of kids appearing, but even then nothing like that happened. I'm a little surprised the ushers allowed coming and going. Maybe I'm now getting old, but yes the audience's behaviour strikes me as extraordinarily rude. Neil
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