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  1. http://www.jaybuckey.com/vibrato.htm
  2. I bought my violin from a US seller for practically nothing on ebay ($AU190). Everyone who's heard/tried it, loves it. If I'd bought anything comparable from here, I'd have paid more than 10 times as much. I did try to buy an instrument here first, but even though I said I could only pay up to $AU2000, all the dealers pulled out their "cheap" $3000+ violins. The one I ended up with (from Tennessee) is great and my teacher often puts his own $25000 instrument aside to play it. I also saved $AU300 by buying my Coda (colours) bow directly from the States ($540 including shipping as opposed to $840 at the store down the road). Accessories usually come to Australia via a wholesaler, so the products get marked up twice.
  3. quote: Originally posted by: violingirl78 I have a student who is playing on the wrong size violin. She is playing on a 1/2 size violin and should be on a full size violin. The problem is is that her parents already bought the violin. I don't understand how they could be so stupid!! The mother asked me if it would hinder her child's playing if they didn't get a full size violin and I said yes. It's been at least two months and they still haven't gotten a full size violin. I don't think it's a question of finances because the kid goes to a private Catholic School!! Please advise because the student playing on a wrong size violin is a bad reflection on me. Just because the child is attending private school doesn't mean money is not a problem. Money was a problem for me because my daughter attended private school. Instead of treating the mother as an idiot, why not help her find a store which will exchange the half-size instrument for a full-size one?
  4. From a recent newspaper article -- Suzuki parent quoted about sitting next to whizz kids in group classes: "You just accept that you’re in a different league and you’re there for a different reason."
  5. Got this email from the seller this morning: "I HAVE HAD AN UNFORTUNATE SITUATION. IT SEEMS THAT SOMEONE HAS TAKEN MY CODA BOW AND HAVE TAKEN MY FROG WITH THE SILVER CROSS THROUGH IT AND PUT ON WITH A CIRCLE WITH THE EYE. MY FRIEND HAS HER OWN DEALERSHIP AND SELLS VIOLINS TO THE SURROUNDING SCHOOLS AND IS NOW DOING AN INVESTIGATION ON THIS MATTER. SORRY FOR THE MISREPRESENTATION . I AM NOT SELLING THIS BOW AND IF ANYONE BIDS ON IT THEY ARE BEING INFORMED OF THIS PROBLEM. AS SOON AS I GET ANOTHER CODA BOW I WILL LIST IT AT THE SAME LOW PRICE. IT SHOULD BE WITHIN A FEW WEEKS. THANK YOU FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING FOR THIS HAS REALLY BEEN A BAD DEAL FOR ME.SHELLY" But on the listing, she's added this: "On Feb-22-05 at 11:34:31 PST, seller added the following information: THE BOW YOU ARE BIDDING ON IS A CARBON GRAPHITE CODA BOW CONSERVATORY.<P> THERE HAVE BEEN MANY CONCERNS THAT BECAUSE OF THE PARISIAN EYE WHICH APPEARS ON THE FROG MIGHT INDICATE THAT IT IS NOT A TRADEMARK USED BY CODA. YOU MAY BE THINKING OF THE CROSS WHICH APPEARS ON THE FROG.<P> IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO VARIFY THIS PARISIAN EYE WITH CODA, PLEASE DO SO BY CALLING 1 888 CODA BOW, THEY WILL TELL YOU THAT THE PARISIAN EYE IS ON SOME OF THEIR BOWS.<P> THIS IS A GREAT VALUE FOR SUCH A BOW AS THIS ONE.<P> THANK YOU" The cello bow has been taken off eBay, but the violin and viola bows are still there...
  6. I know exactly what you mean. I took a 10-year break. It took me weeks to let go of the fact that I "used to be able to play" and accept that the best way to get back up there was to start right at the beginning with the basics. If you can't afford a teacher, try to find someone else to play with regularly. There are a lot of "teach yourself" books out there, but get Simon Fischer's Basics if you can't afford anything else (or borrow it from your local library); there's an exercise in there for just about everything. And there's lots of free stuff on the internet.
  7. Check this out. "Shaydj426" did sell a real Coda bow on eBay in November and had no trouble with the camera... Guess we found the same pic at the same time, Singing Maple...
  8. When my daughter was in grade 8, her school orchestra did a nice routine with stuff like "Gold and Silver Waltz" - not marching exactly, but lots of movement (including kneeling down in parts). I think simple tunes, on the andante side rather than the allegro, would probably be best to try out.
  9. Same user also listed Coda Conservatory viola and cello bows. Both have the same dodgy-quality pix of the non-stamped side of the frog, but there is something very strange about the inlaid eye on the viola bow. Not a plain French, but doesn't look like a Coda logo either. I emailled this seller asking to see more pix of the violin bow, including the other side of the frog, but have no response yet.
  10. Good idea. Just did that.
  11. Is this a real Coda bow? I thought they had the brand inlaid in the frog, rather than just a circle.
  12. The varnish seems to have been finger-painted onto the back. Love it! So do the 34-or-so "bidders", apparently.
  13. I'm not using paint stripper; just spirits and steel wool. I'm going to clear varnish it. Wanted a wooden case that looks like a wooden case :-)
  14. I'm stripping the black paint off an old wooden "GSB" violin case and it only occurred to me about halfway through that I didn't check to find out if the paint was lead-based. I haven't been able to find out much about these cases on the net (other than a lot are being sold on eBay). Does anyone have a link that might help?
  15. This week, a seller refused to let me have an item for which I was the high bidder. It was a no-reserve auction, but she decided my bid was much too low and told me I would have to make a much higher offer if I wanted to buy the item. I refused to do so. I lodged a complaint with eBay but, as the refusal to sell took place in a phone conversation, they say they don't have enough prove to take action against her. Today, I logged in to find that she has left negative feedback for me: "Buyer declined to inspect item after telephone conversation". Now, whenever I want to purchase an item, sellers will think I backed out of this purchase when the truth is that I simply refused to be extorted.
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