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  1. Then label in mine is exactly the same minus the year and signature. I've heard that at some point in Mr Juzeks life, he stopped making violins, and started finding and affixing his label on them. I guess maybe that's why I have. I didn't figure it was a rare gem of an instrument, I just really enjoy how it plays so easily, and how well it speaks in higher positions. Thank you again to everyone for the help, it is very appreciated. Joe
  2. Wow I wasn't expecting so many responses. I was mostly just looking to get some educated guesses at the rough value of my instrument. Maybe I'm too cynical, but I don't feel comfortable taking an appraisal from one person and calling it golden. I'd just feel more comfortable getting a couple of appraisals, and having a plethora of guesses that I could read from. The luthier I purchased the instrument from gave me a guess of it's value, not an official appraisal; but he was also trying to sell the instrument. Don't get me wrong, he's a nice guy and I trust him well enough, but there were some caution flags with his sell of it. I'll try to get in contact with Mr Juzek at Metropolitan Music. As per John Juzeks years of life, I'm not really sure. From what I've heard, I'd guess something like ~1890-1950, give or take 10-15 on either end and in either direction. It sounds as if the height of his professional life was about 1920-1940. Here's a link to some pictures I took of the instrument just now. It looks a little harshly yellow in this light, and the pictures are of fairly low quality, but I guess it serves it's purpose. http://s1227.photobucket.com/albums/ee423/jmills3939/ I'm not sure it that link will work, so I'm sorry if it's a no-go. Thanks again for everyone's help! It is greatly appreciated. Joe
  3. Hello, I'm new to these forums, but figured I'd check here to see if anyone can give me some feedback. I recently purchased a John Juzek violin. The label reads: John Juzek Violinmaker in Prague at the bottom in much smaller font it says "made in Czechoslovakia" The luthier I bought it from said it was a first generation Juzek. I did a bit of research and came up with information that indicated that the instruments with labels that said "violinmaker in prague" were Juzek instruments from before he died, but also that the ones that said "made in czechoslovakia" were after his death (and the sell of his workshop from what I understand). I'm a bit mixed on which way to side with the label on this one though. I want/need to get it appraised for insurance reasons; but wanted to see if anyone here might be able to give me a general range of what these instruments typically go for. I understand you can't really give a precise guess without seeing the instrument in person, so I'm not really even hoping for anything other than "within a few thousand of X". If anyone thinks they might be able/willing to take a guess, I would be happy to put together some pictures of it. Any help is appreciated! Joe
  4. intriguing... Not to be offenseive, but you're site is lacking in ways... I have a decent bit of experience in graphic design, and some in web design as well. I'd be happy to lend you a hand in making your site more enjoyable to the eye, and still lite on bandwidth usage and disk size(my forte). Email me if you're interested. jmills39 service is juno.com Oh... and the offer was for work, free of charge...
  5. Quote: I think people who love Beethoven's music would love Mozart's too perhaps exclude those who have not been exposed to it Not sure if I understood what you were saying... but it sounds like you're saying I haven't been exposed to mozart's work... I just don't care for it much. I enjoy some of his choral work, but other than that I find it uninteresting. I'm not insulting... I'm just saying I don't care for it.
  6. Quote: Your last teacher clearly knows little about the viola literature. No, the solo viola literature will never approach that of the violin , but it contains a lot more, and better, music than non-violists realize. And that's leaving out of account chamber music, where there's enough for many lifetimes. The emphasized part in the above quote, was the point of the statement.
  7. Over the year I spent looking for my current violin, I played a few viola's, just for kicks. I thought they were quite nice too.. But remember nicolo... the jokes aren't at the instrument, so much as they are at the music that's written for them... I haven't seen the bulk of viola music... but my last teacher assured me that not nearly enough challenging, and interesting music had been written for the viola. I still love the violin more though. Maybe it's my size... I just find it easier to relax, and get more out of the violin, than I'm able to with the viola(it makes me feel like I'm on one of the mideval tortue tables that stretches you out.... :-/
  8. Mozart who? I agree with frungy... I just find Beethoven's violin concerto a bit boring... it goes on and on and on... the second movement too. Though the third is nice. I like the first theme in the piece.... but the violin part is just boring... I'm sorry if that offends anybody. Don't get me wrong... Beethoven's music is my favorite... that just doesn't mean I am blindly crazy about all of it. But for the sake of the topic... I like is romantic works more.
  9. Well, I'm a bit uneducated on the Mendelssohn violin concerto, but tomorrow I'll put a clip of the cadenza Bell plays on my site, and maybe I'll be able to get a more definative answer.
  10. I'm beginning to think that this is a somewhat dumb question that I should know the answer to... but oh well. I bought a copy of Joshua Bell playing the Mendelssohn violin concerto, but the cadenza he plays is significantly different than the one in the sheet music I have. I guess it could have been similar to the instance when Oistrahk rewrote the Tchaikovsky concerto... or maybe it's just that there are several cadenzas for the Mendelssohn. I know with classical music, the cadenzas were generally not written, but improved by the performer. Anyways, would anyone happen to know the answer to my question? Which again, is on the matter of the cadenza that Mendelssohn wrote for his concerto. I ask, because I like the one Bell plays, much more.
  11. Quote: The main reason for the change, I have been told, is that the oils from your skin are absorbed into the wood and "season" it. Whether it's true or not, it sure seems plausible. I wouldn't think so.... seeing as oils would make the wood more weighty, thereby keeping it from projecting as well, and sounding as brilliant. If it was oils that made it better, there wouldn't be a whole lot of sense in have a finish on the instrument, except for looks... and perhaps minor protection against the elements. A teacher of mine once told me that rubbing olive oil on the top plate gave her instrument a warmer sound, but dampened it a bit. So perhaps the oils would tend to give it a broader or more warm tone. But I would prefer brilliance and response over warmth and broadness; to a degree at least. Another note... if you have a cushioned device that could securely hold a violin upright, and not put additional stres on it, I would wager that playering music "at" the instrument could help to mature it while you are not playing it. I expiremented with that once... apparently not long enough to make a noticeable difference though; however it makes sense. Playing an instrument is effectively making it vibrate... and sound resonating in a violin is just that. But I have no proof of the concept, nor any idea if it could potentionally prove to be damaging.
  12. Thanks for the tips... I play in the Clear Lake Symphony actually. It's a great group. We don't rehearse at UH anymore though. We're playing Rach's 2'nd piano concerto on the 11'th, among other pieces. Thanks again, Josef
  13. I've had the desire for a while to get the right people together to start a string quartet... but I am uncertain as to how to find people my age that are available and/or interested to do the same. I live in Houston, so I know it's not that there's a lack of musicians here... any suggestions on how I might go about finding other musicians my age, that would be interested in starting a quartet?
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