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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. At the current gold price of $1508.05, that would translate to $14591.68. $275 would equal $20063.56. We really need to get back to the gold standard at $20.67 an ounce, right, Jezzupe?
  2. [Yawns and stretches languorously.] As David and Martin have pointed out, the serious debate on this (as on many another) matter closed long since. What's left is of the "nya-nyah-nya-nya-nyah", and "yo' mamma" level of discourse, the participants in which make a distressing spectacle of themselves. Spectacles attract spectators. QED. Now, please, can the chatter and pass the popcorn.
  3. My money's on the pit bull with the Sawzall.
  4. IMHO, the most telling test, for a solo instrument, is whether you can be heard through organ music (it's like having a whole orchestra in a box), but I feel that most of the effect is in the listener's internal "sound system". Play most of a violin concerto perfectly, who notices? They expect it. Just get one note wrong..................people outside smoking in the entryway are gonna somehow hear it over the traffic! Am I right, or what?
  5. Relax. This is all just an extended "dream sequence"..............
  6. Avoid the Jackson-Guldan. They're usually marginally playable VSO's of historical interest only.........Ahhhh, George has already said that while I was typing. Ditto on steel strings. You really are going to have to try out some violins. When you do, take a good friend along to listen to your playing. Choose a bow that suits the violin you buy, too. Good luck!
  7. With all the references to "Grasshopper", here's a koan which, IMHO, has some bearing on the content and utility of much of this thread: For those who may desire to improve their minds further, I recommend study of this classic thread:
  8. I can't ask that until you've got it back together, now can I? Thank you lots and lots for starting this delightful thread, and all the illustrations.
  9. Naw. I feel that General Relativity would be more fun. Anybody else here took a look at McCulloch's book and papers on Quantized Inertia? BTW, that's "epistemology".
  10. I find all of this most encouraging. Apparently everyone agrees that professional dealers can learn tricks. Who'd have believed it? [Disappears in a flash of unidirectional Unruh radiation.]
  11. Great photos. Thanks!
  12. Serious enough. Given that instruments not being bought strictly for restoration (where, presumably, all issues may be remediated in the right hands) require playing for evaluation, as well as that the larger sums involved encourage one to handle the fiddles first for a number of self-protective reasons, along with famous-maker instruments traditionally being offered for sale only in a limited number of prestigious venues, you are (of course) quite correct. My point is that, based on what I keep seeing stated here on MN, and in certain news stories, it appears that, under the pressures of the realities of Internet commerce, the prestigious auction venues are headed towards largely becoming eBay with much higher fees, no convenient shipping arrangements, and no buyer protection. IMHO, those of us who don't absolutely need to participate in these auctions (as you and your colleagues obviously do need to), should do our shopping somewhere else.
  13. [Munches some popcorn.] Yup. And this makes expensively fishing in the gilded shark tanks of the world's cultural capitals superior to stalking "attic Strads" on eBay in what regard, besides the availability of refreshments provided by the venue?
  14. IMHO, that's their style of haggling, which they are used to. It's valuable to remember, when negotiating with Japanese sellers, that their prices may be somewhat flexible if one is politely persistent.
  15. [Raises an eyebrow and shakes her head disgustedly.] C'mon, y'all are a bunch of jet-setting, world-class "fine violin" types. It's gonna take a lot more than a Jackson before I pull on a rubber glove for that.