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  1. It's not unlike a Hardanger fiddle, or perhaps a sarangi, with the use of sympathetic strings. I don't think it would sound like a Cremonese violin, but it might sound kind of cool.
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    Ears ringing in pit orchestra

    Um, since it's "not a big issue in this instance," and since in fact there is relevant information in the old thread, remind me again why you felt the need to gum this thread up with objections to its existence? If a topic has relevance over decades, so what? Who made you the boss?
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    Since you seem to be posting violins for ID on a regular basis, you might make an effort to take clearer shots that would make identifying the instruments easier. Awhile ago, a helpful member posted the following thread that you ought to read, and then perhaps you would get a better response from the experts... Cheers, Paul
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    Baroque performance practice or not?

    I think that's just Bill being a troll. I mean, if he didn't catch the four-decades-as-a-pro, I suppose the degrees, CV, university teaching (even...gasp! theory!!), whatever, would be lost on him. I mean, this is a guy who got worked up because I used composers' first names. I appreciate the sincere responses in this thread, thank you, and now... for Bill, here's Freddie! ...and, you know, that treble line there has the stems on the wrong side.
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    Baroque performance practice or not?

    Move the goalposts much, Bill? Anyway, I guess we're OK now with diversity in clef calligraphy. I could go with a Josef and an Antonio, but I think perhaps that you grasped the lesson.
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    Baroque performance practice or not?

    Keep trying, Bill. Wolfgang didn't get the memo either. And no one told Ludwig.
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    Baroque performance practice or not?

    I'll be sure to let Johann know, I don't think he got the memo on the g-clefs...
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    Baroque performance practice or not?

    There's no way Bach didn't play this stuff. By all accounts he was capable--didn't someone figure out that he owned a Stainer? What else would you play if you were Bach? Biber and Corelli? I confess that all my evidence is intuitive, but this seems so obviously to be his own violin repertoire to me.
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    Baroque performance practice or not?

    Pfft, relax, Bill. I've been composing/arranging professionally for four decades; no one's ever had a problem. You should see my usual scribbled version, which was actually praised for its graphic simplicity by none other than my professor at the time, Pulitzer-prizewinning composer Roger Reynolds. Here are my treble, alto, and bass clef manuscript calligraphy designs, which is what I use every day. I was trying to make it nice for this audience, and I'm sorry you had trouble figuring it out. Prepare to clutch your pearls...
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    Baroque performance practice or not?

    Thanks for the reply. I feel like there's a lot I don't know about Bach, no matter how much I play it. That's the lesson, of course.
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    Baroque performance practice or not?

    A little off-topic, but something I am screwing around with on a motive that occurs several times in the Prelude in this Partita is this sort of echo. I can't remember if I've heard someone do it, but it sounds good. Would it be legit Baroque performance practice?
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    The "Usual" or something else?

    Yes! I have a nice old violin that I play most of the time, but I also have a early 19th-c. Saxon with some worm damage and many repairs. This fiddle has a dark and oddly echo-ey viola-esque sound that I think is the archetype of the American fiddle sound--it almost sounds like there's some kind of mute on it, except it is still pretty loud--and I think that sound has been alive and well into the bluegrass era (Vassar Clements, Kenny Baker, Byron Berline, etc). Whenever I have a client who wants that classic fiddle sound, I'll play whatever it is on my good violin, and invariably they will prefer the tubby sound of the old Saxon. It does have a decent setup, and I go with Dominants on it...I'm afraid that if I put steel strings on it that it might disintegrate in a puff of wood dust.
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    Case humidifier

    I use an Oasis case humidifier for my violin, and their guitar versions for my guitars. The precipitude appears to use a similar technology. The "Damp-it" humidifier, where you wet the sponge inside a rubber tube and stick it in the f-hole seems crazy to me, and I have seen plenty of examples of water damage from them.
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    Embarrassment of riches and practicing

    Hm, here's a radical view--in my opinion, exercises and etudes rot your soul. I'll tell you what to play--play the Bach S&Ps. Some unnamed violinist told CPE Bach that his dad's solo violin works were all you needed to master the violin. Because no serious violinist (I'm a fiddler, though classically-trained as a composer and pianist) would ever take this approach on, in the spirit of science/art I am actually doing this (besides playing tons of traditional fiddle music that I've played for decades), and it has been wonderful... My "exercises/etudes" consist of confronting passages that are difficult (plenty of those in the S&Ps) and practicing them very slowly until I get improvement, then moving on. I spend an hour or two most days on this. I find that playing real music, where every note is meaningful, has been incredibly satisfying, and my improvisation chops have seriously improved as a result. Just an idea.
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    William Duke violin

    You can edit your posts, you know. I mean, if you were really sorry.