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  1. A beautiful looking bow, Dwight. Congrats! I think these are fine innovations if it simplifies the maintenance and longevity. I am intrigued by the Nehr design and have considered commissioning one as well. Most of all, enjoy playing your new bow!
  2. Don, that is a great example using something other than violins. Even without the mics, it's clear that Pavarotti is the superior instrument with regard to projection and quality.
  3. I think David touches on a good point. Often, I think that this "phenomenon" of great violins sounding softer under the ear is just miscommunication and misunderstanding. What the player is hearing in these cases is less harshness and more quality, which they may equate to "softer" because they are used to a harsh under-ear sound that doesn't carry all that well. I've played many violins that sound brash and loud under ear, but the frequencies they produce do not come together properly to actually project well.
  4. Or, do they concertize on these instruments and leave their GdG/Strad in the case (and also in the program)?
  5. 1) Good rosin doesn't need to be scratched. Cheap rosin is so hard that it doesn't work, and that is where this myth began 2) The "+" sign pattern is not good. It causes fracture points for the rosin, and if the grooves get deep it can scratch and damage the stick. Move the cake in a random pattern so that the top remains level, and you can also use the entire cake this way.
  6. Fantastic idea! It might be nice to have periodic interviews with great contemporary violin and bow makers.
  7. There is no need to get violent, although if you get enough makers or players together, this is almost inevitable.
  8. I agree with that completely-- Dominants have a richness to the core of the sound that isn't as present in PIs. But what PIs do well is indeed impressive, and they still remind one more of Dominants than of the other Thomastik lines, like the Vision family. Evah Golds are truly amazing sounding strings -- for a short time. PIs on the other hand (and Dominants) hold their quality much steadier throughout their lifespan IME.
  9. Some notable soloists that used to use Dominant strings have switched to Peter Infeld over the last several years: James Ehnes (with aluminum D and Gold Label thick E) Pinchas Zukerman (sometimes uses Vision Solo as well) Glenn Dicterow (with aluminum D and tin E) Noah Bendix-Balgley (with Gold Label thick E) As well as some great quartet violinists: Emerson String Quartet Takacs String Quartet Aron String Quartet Classically, Thomastik-Infeld lists Hilary Hahn as a Dominant player, but word is that she changes to a new set 24 hours before every concert. There are well-known players like Itzhak Perlman supposedly using Dominant strings, but closer inspection of publicity and concert photos show that he often uses an Infeld Red D/A, sometimes a PI D, and sometimes what appears to be a full set of Peter Infeld. It seems to me that testing PI’s, they are much like a more refined Dominant string. They retain many of the qualities Dominant made popular, but they add some increased longevity, more focused sound, improved response, and possible more sound colors. They also seem to be a drop-in replacement adjustment-wise. What do those of you who have tried both Dominant and PI think? Are Peter Infeld the “new dominant” among classical players and soloists? ** I know there are many people using other strings by Pirastro and other makers, but this thought is limited to the scope of Dominant users switching to Peter Infeld.
  10. Wikipedia says this about that: The chemical composition of wood varies from species to species, but is approximately 50% carbon, 42% oxygen, 6% hydrogen, 1% nitrogen, and 1% other elements. I've been had!! And Wikipedia says this of cellulose: Cellulose contains 44.44% carbon , 6.17% hydrogen, and 49.39% oxygen. So, if wood is comprised mainly of cellulose fibers, and cellulose fibers are primarily carbon, wood is an arrangement of cellulose fibers comprised primarily of carbon. No?
  11. Artificial wood? Isn't wood made of carbon fibers?
  12. Another option is to learn how to tune the G-D-A with the peg, which is normal for synthetic strings.
  13. But I just said: Also, I don’t think the il Cannone sounds that great. :-D
  14. Probably not very. Also, I don’t think the il Cannone sounds that great :-O He had some great PR going though, to become such a legend.
  15. Yep, I'm missing the point :-D Carry on...
  16. You should probably get rid of all that modern stuff in your car, too. After all, cars didn't originally have ABS, airbags, traction control, etc. You might as well ditch your smartphone for a feature phone too -- who needs the internet in their pocket? In fact, why not digress to a landline, or a party line. The shoulder rest is not trying to improve the violin. It's providing access to the violin to those who wouldn't otherwise be able to play well without it. A hundred years ago there were other factors. Those than didn't have the physique to play without a rest played poorly, or simply quit. There is no reason for that today -- with custom chinrests and various shoulder rests, almost anyone can play well. Having taught violin at the university level for the last 20 years, I can easily see who will benefit from a shoulder rest and who may not need one (or may be better off with an anti-slip pad of some sort). Should a student feel inadequate because they aren't able to play without a rest because they simply lack the physical qualities that would make that possible? I think not. But people seeing these discussions on the internet who don't have an experienced teacher to snap them back to reality may forever suffer.
  17. You probably should give up your TV, car, computer, cell phone, and any other modern day inventions. Surely they are not needed, they were unnecessary for hundreds of years :-D
  18. Some people do that, but it's rare. His shoulder appears to be rotated quite heavily to me on the left side for support anyway. Perlman, Zukerman, Mutter -- there is some shoulder interaction there as well. If you want to be dogmatic about it, go ahead and play without one. But take a good look at your body structure first , as you could well find out that YOU would personally play better with a rest. And since you're freeing up the back of the violin, you might sound better, too. Or, be like people who just want to be restless for no good reason and struggle with vibrato, endurance, shifting, and stability ;-)
  19. The violin used to be played primarily by men wearing suits. And if you're talking about Menuhin, there are other reasons for his ill-ease. Most people who play at a soloist level without a rest have a good reason to say they shouldn't be used -- their physiology is such that they cannot see how it would be a benefit. For those with sloping shoulders, narrow shoulders, there is little alternative. From a sound perspective, most instruments sound better with a shoulder rest than with their back blocked from vibration with a shoulder. You can easily feel the back of your violin as you play to see how much it vibrates and how much sound is produced there.
  20. Most professional players and soloists actually use a shoulder rest, most commonly a Kun. Heck even Zukerman stuffs a pad under his jacket, which I consider a form of shoulder rest. Mostly, I see amateurs on a quest to play without the rest, when they should really focus on good posture and practicing their instrument. There is no great violation in using a rest.
  21. Zukerman and Perlman were pretty early adopters of Dominants. Prior to this they used a full set of Eudoxa. You can still see Eudoxas in their older video performances on youtube.
  22. Would vodka work? I usually have some handy while practicing anyway :-D JK -- I still plan to just replace strings on a regular basis.
  23. That is super interesting David. Can we get this rep as a forum member? Cleaning strings sounds about how I feel about cleaning bow hair. It's less hassle to periodically replace. I don't want solvents ending up in the tips of my bows or "oops" on my varnish. One can be extremely careful and still have a mishap.
  24. It's interesting that pure unwound gut strings do not suffer from the same tonal degradation as wound strings, in my experience. Once settled, they sound the same until they start to fray badly. This seems to support the theory that debris between the windings as well as metal deformity could cause the degradation in modern strings. It's interesting that with all the advances in materials and manufacturing, we still have many fine players using one of the original synthetics (Dominant).