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  1. Did 'Disney' plagerize Jeno Hubay?

    Well, darn. You got me all inspired, but alas... that copyright story is apparently an urban legend. Don't mess with Disney, you will be crushed. Seriously. As for the lifting of the theme, I can really hear what you heard in it, but I don't think that would stand up in court. There's a moment of it that is very close, but there is a whole form to the Sherman song...nah... I think that motif is public domain. Stamitz, Cannabich, or J C Bach probably wrote something using it. The brilliance of a lot of Sherman compositions and Disney stuff in general is that it sounds like a familiar tune when you first hear it. This style makes stuff out of a hundred basic song building blocks assembled in an endless variety.
  2. Did 'Disney' plagerize Jeno Hubay?

    The music Disney uses for the "Electric Parade" at Disneyland appropriates the first section of the traditional American fiddle tune "Forked Deer." I can't remember where I read that the composer was aware that they had lifted it, which I have to say is pretty pathetic. I mean, it isn't THAT hard to write a catchy tune like that. But it is a "public domain" tune, so I suppose it isn't technically plagiarism. "It's a Small World..." is such a generic tune that it ought to be pretty easy to locate a bunch of pieces that could have inspired the Shermans. Rue, I think you are mistaken that the song isn't copyrighted. For one thing, all creative work that can be documented is copyrighted by default in the United States, and, uh, this is Disney. They retain the rights, I am certain. You can release a version and see how long it takes you to receive a cease-and-desist order.
  3. Musician Needs to have Violin made for him

    Brazilian rosewood is a fabulous sounding wood for a guitar. The best, IMO. Its legendary ringing tone I'm sure is why this individual wants to see what a violin made from it would sound like. It is of course a protected species, so there is that problem. I am not sure that it would be as wonderful with bowed strings as it is with plucked strings, however. I could imagine it being too bright or even shrill. As for the scroll, you could make the neck and scroll out of maple or fruitwood or whatever. It wouldn't have to be rosewood.
  4. What Are Your Études Study Plan?

    Thirty-one?! I only count three of each. Finding the other 25 will definitely keep you busy.
  5. Bonmusica Shoulder Rest?

    I had this exact problem, being a long-necked guy, apparently. I had a shoulder rest that was very tall, and one time when I was at the violin shop for a different reason, the owner looked at my shoulder rest and asked me why I was using that ridiculous thing. He sold me a Kun Bravo and put on a taller chinrest. Mission: Accomplished...and the violin sounded much better, a payoff I hadn't expected. Try Nick Allen's suggestion, IMO.
  6. Roy Acuff's fiddle?

    A friend posted an article on this auction, and I noticed that Roy Acuff was certainly not playing this violin in the photo in the article... So I went to the auction to look. To my not-expert eyes this looked like the "usual rubbish" from Vogtland, c.1900. The bass f-hole was brutalized by someone, maybe putting in the label... Dog nose on the back of the scroll, looks like the rasped-off corners. The certificate looks questionable to me. I don't think this is an American-made violin from the 1940s, but I wondered what you all think. Here is a link to the auction.
  7. Help! Id needed

    So, are you the seller, looking for more information? Or a potential buyer looking for corroboration on the eBay ad? The experts here will give you good information, but when you seem to mislead by posting a violin currently selling on eBay, people can get a little ornery.
  8. Interesting violin on eBay.

    Weird scroll, apparently made weirder by the graft.
  9. I agree, but you have to consider is that just about anyone teaching violin learned as a child. At some level, they may be able to teach adults, but they don't really know what it's like to learn as an adult--the pedagogy isn't really designed for that audience. So they say things like that out of ignorance. An adult is an entirely different student than some obsessed seven-year-old (or a regular seven-year-old with a parent on a mission), so they don't know how to get you there. The problem is the teacher, not the student. Somewhat unrelated, but in my late 20s I was writing a lot of vocal music, and I hadn't grown up singing, and wasn't able to really deliver the material I was writing, so I sought out vocal teachers who could help me become a better singer. Most of them threw Italian arias on the piano as though we would start there, but I was a pretty highly-trained musician already at that point and knew that this wasn't what I needed, so I kept hunting until I found an awesome teacher who understood that I needed to learn to breathe first. She was wonderful. Anyway, I was describing this process to a friend who happened to be an elementary music teacher. Her actual response--"Why would you want to even try to learn to sing, you're not any good at it and never will be. It's a complete waste of time!" I was devastated and went back to my teacher to ask her about this. Her response--"She has no business teaching music--and, uh, you call this person a 'friend'?!" Within another year, working hard with my teacher, I could in fact sing comfortably, in tune, decent phrasing, etc. No, I will never be an operatic tenor, but I could sing and it was one of the best things I ever did for my musicianship. If your heart's in it, you love playing the violin, and you're willing to work hard at it, don't let anyone tell you that you can't do it.
  10. Are you learning with a teacher? There's the answer to your question, really. It sounds like you have a good instrument (how's your bow?)--can your teacher take your violin and bow and get what you want out of it? And of course, they would likely have a very particular response to your inquiry. OK, so the next thing. You've been playing three months. Getting what you want out of a violin will take a good deal longer than that--it's not "a" technique--it's an intricate balance of a bunch of them. If you listen to great players and are consumed with "I want to sound like THAT," you'll get frustrated and quit, because--being honest here--you won't get there for awhile. Instead, I would advise you to focus on goals that you can reach in a few weeks or a practice session. Can you get this Bb in tune? Can you draw a smooth bow stroke? Can you play this phrase in rhythm? You've got to find delight and satisfaction in things like that. Then there's the stealth learning that happens with any kind of repetitive physical activity. This is really the miraculous part, in my opinion. You show up every day (consistent focused effort is essential), working on this little thing and that little thing, and if you keep at it, you will start learning things you aren't fully conscious of, they will just arise. You'll keep listening to the players you love, and your mind will keep trying to get your muscle memory to hook up with your ideal sound. One day you'll play a phrase and the idea in your mind with coincide with the sound you are making and you'll say to yourself--that guy on M'net was RIGHT! And then the next phrase will utterly melt down into a wretched squeal, but you will keep going because hopefully you've accepted that this is a long journey. But if you love it (very important) and you keep at it, I think success is inevitable. Bon voyage!
  11. Nicolaus Amatus fecit in Cremona 16

    An actual Amati signed by Corelli would really be something, though this isn't anything like one, in my opinion (which is pretty much worthless). This looks to me like a violin made in the vast cottage industry in the Vogtland region of Southern Germany in the early 20th c. The neck has become unmoored from the top block, so that would have to be dealt with, but it looks like good materials were used in making it. Sometimes these can sound surprisingly good, so maybe this could be interesting to set up and see what you've got...
  12. buying a violin upgrade for a teenager

    One thing that would be interesting for you and your son is to take the trip to a real violin shop, and--dare I suggest this?--let him play violins outside your price range. I've played very expensive violins that were...meh... and some that! It is not a bad thing to learn what the range of experiences is, so that if you come upon a violin in your price range that has "it," both of you will know--and I think those deals exist in your price range. In the meantime, in my opinion it makes sense to get a nice setup on the violin he has.
  13. Vintage Cello

    Uh, what cello? You need to post images. Some new folks are somehow able to do that, but usually you have to wait until you've had ten posts to add images. You can post them on a photo-hosting site and provide links, though. Read the thread at the top of the page of the Pegbox on how to photograph an instrument for identification purposes. And, welcome!
  14. Hanns Khogl violin 1680?

    Yes, I very much appreciated his honest appraisal of the situation. When it is appropriate to do the work, he's very good, so I feel fortunate that he's only an hour away, because otherwise it would be pretty bleak in this part of the country. And not only did he not advise repair, but he refused to accept payment for opening and closing it, as well as providing a recommendation for excellent authentic Mexican food in the area. What more could you want in a luthier? The problem is that of all of those repairs, there are two, a bassbar crack and a crack in the upper treble bout, that have been filled with... glue... of some sort. You can see them in the first images I posted. I mentioned earlier that when I strung it up, the fingerboard started to sink towards the table, and it seemed that the table was sinking in. Which is too bad, because it had a lovely, if delicate tone. For an afternoon.
  15. Hanns Khogl violin 1680?

    That's interesting and it makes sense, thanks for explaining.