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    Luthiery, fine woodworking, music, weaving, photography, astronomy. history, geosciences, intelligent discussion, iaijutsu and kenjutsu, nihonto (authentic Japanese swords)

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  1. Cheaper to present it here for our delectation. I'm sure that a joyous time would be had by all.
  2. You picked a really good bad example here. The differences between brands of binoculars (and camera lenses, and telescopes, and all other forms of optical equipment), which usually favor the more expensive models, can be readily and repeatably demonstrated both in the lab as well as in field performance, independent of a human observer's biases. I'll note that the price to performance correlation of optical equipment is far more dependable (and linear) than that of violins and any accessories associated with them.
  3. How much do you want?
  4. With some of us here, who have other sources of income, the intangibles are the most important part of the pay. It would be good for everyone to remember that M'netters are a rather diverse community, with differing goals (other than continually learning more about violins, of course).
  5. Some of the membership has good cause, but lunacy is a subject for another thread.
  6. I could make a nice, sarcastic pun on "guilt" out of that.
  7. IMHO, the parasitic resonance you're hearing is an artifact of a lackluster setup. They also never should have released the recording with the fiddle squalling like that.
  8. Photos?# How does it sound?* BTW, you might want to change your username to something less revealing. # If we can't examine it, we can't tell you anything. BTW, please tick every requirement in this thread: * Condition is crucial with these. If it's not yet in condition to play, it's not worth much. Busted Lowendalls are very common. Restored Lowendalls run between $1K-5K retail depending on model and playability.
  9. I was figuring that most beginners cut the notches too deep, and CA with a filler such as baking soda is a quick fix for that.
  10. I'd call that a questionable observation.
  11. You got a nice Markie for $29, prime "usual rubbish", circa 1910. Congratulations! You'll need minimal tools and supplies to: 1} reset, or, cut and set a soundpost when the old one doesn't fit right, (2 "cloverhead" setters, 1 pliers-type setter, Exacto knife or scalpel or sharp chisel [also for bridge and nut], soundpost gauge, soundpost retriever, razor saw, a length of violin soundpost stock, 1 stiff business card), 2} fit/cut a bridge (10 cheap Chinese bridges to practice on, 1 good Aubert bridge, carbon paper, metric vernier caliper, bridge template or French curve, General Tools 16ME or equivalent ruler/protractor, #2 pencil [for nut also]), 3) make a nut for the top of the fingerboard (warding files, fine sandpaper, super glue) 4) glue open seams (hide glue and means to heat and apply it accurately, a glass syringe with 18 to 22 gauge needles to get glue into cracks and joints, some spool clamps ). 5) refit the pegs (a bar of soap, chalk, pumice, or rottenstone, fine sandpaper, a 1/4" dowel as a punch and a nice chunk of oak for a mallet [for removing stuck pegs]) 6) add strings (set of stings such as Warchal Karneol or Infeld Dominants, some sort of fine tuner for the E string) Because, otherwise, you'll easily spend more than $500 on repairs. Directions for doing all that stuff is readily available, here and all over the internet. Good luck, and welcome to MN!
  12. Arrangements of Rachmaninoff's 18th. Variation on Caprice 24. Audiences recognize and like it.
  13. All of it. What's both encouraging (for my playing), and depressing (for the state of the world), is that I've never had difficulty getting gigs, or getting tipped when busking. Apparently us violinists are sufficiently rare these days that we are considered entertaining by our very existence, like a two-headed calf at the carnival. I play a diverse repertoire. including classical, opera, show and movie tunes, hymns/church music, C/W, folk/trad of several flavors, pop classics, and holiday stuff. I also repair and deal in violins. Maybe I've got Deconet in my bloodline somewhere.
  14. No, thank God. Most of my faddling is fairly coherent. Especially my fiddle-faddle.