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  1. Thanks for the replies. Interesting ideas there. Matt, is the thin piece on top that is adustable split on the bottom and hinged some how just before the c bout?
  2. Thanks for the replies. I do have a $50 6" Delta variable speed bench grinder already. I wonder if it could be converted into something like a Tormek?
  3. Anyone ever tried the Waterstone wheel for the Tormek grinder? I'm looking for sharpening stones or tools to sharpen gouges and plane blades. The Tormek seems to me to be an expensive sharpening system for a hobbiest, probly an overkill. I'm just getting started and looking for some advice.
  4. Curious if there are any good ideas for a carving cradle. I'm getting to the point of needing to make one.
  5. I am looking for a good violin. Prefer vintage but will entertain newer. Any recommendations of GOOD dealers or makers out there who would mail a violin on a x day trail to buy option. (ebay makes me nervious). My location is south Louisiana but I will be moving to Oklahoma in 1 month. (Had enough of Hurricane shock & awe for a life time!).
  6. I've never seen a finish done like this... http://cgi.ebay.com/RARE-4-4-G...08QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem
  7. Curious poll... (A) Play only. ( Build instruments only. © Play and build instruments but playing is my priority. (D) Play and build instruments but building is my priority. (E) Play and build all day, its my living. (F) Play and build giving each satisfactory time. (how do you do it?) I try to do both ©. I would love to send more time in building but my practicing is to demanding to achive the level of playing I want to do. I try to practice 1.5 to 2 hrs a day. Curious how many are like me.
  8. I love guts (on a good day) but it looks like the humitiy in south Louisiana is killing me. I'm currently playing with Olives. The variation of how these play is to eratic for me. So I am looking into going with an Obligato G & D with a Larsen A & E combination. My question is I have read that the Obligato Welch size is more simular in feel to guts, it that true and would I need to consider a match for the Larsens. My experience with Olbigatos are with mediums and I never liked the E string and heard alot of good on the Larsen E and A strings. Any comments out there?
  9. I was in a music store the other day and picked up and played an electric Yamaha violin on display. I must admit I was some what impressed. It didn't have that accoustic sound of course but was very easy to play and fun to see what sounds you could get out of it. Any body on this site use these? If so what make and where do you use them. (i.e. a band or church). Do you use any extra sound devices on them like an electric guitar?
  10. I have to agree with you on the Chinese instruments though some I've played are very good. I prefer a 100 yr old beat up but true and playable German violin over a new Chinese instrument any day. As far as instruments over the $5K price range that are sold at most violin shops I've seen would be very hard to justify buying. Most are money traps waiting to sping on the violinist who (like me) are lusting for the joy of owning and playing a supreme violin. The price tag on most all 2k-20k violins are inflated 99% of the time and deflated 99% of the time after purchase (unless you buy a Strad, Del Jesu, etc..., but those prices are 50k++). The problem is finding that 1%. The real value of a violin is how easy it is to sell for the price asking inside the time you need to sell it. Example you can unload an expensive Strad in 1/2 the time at or even more than the price you paid for it where a lesser Italian violin in the 10k-20k range would take for ever to sell. Most 2k-20k instuments will never resell for what you would pay for it from a violin shop inside the time you would need to sell it. There are a lot of invaluable violins that owners would never part from originally bought for less than 2k, but owners tend to sell more costlier violins due to circumstances and then sold for a big loss.
  11. Thanks for the reply. Andrew my problem is more the sound I'm getting in 3rd - higher positions is unreliable. I can't seem to pruduce a consistant good tone but a dead one. This is more of a problem with the Oliv D/A string than the medium Obligato's. The current Kaplan E string sounds great. I also notice I have to be real careful how much rosin is applied to the bow or it gets real bad and I don't think I'm over rosining. If the sound starts deadening I'll wipe the bow down some with a clean rag and this improves the sound but makes it harder for the bow to grip with out screeching. I have been thinking also of trying different rosin for the Oliv's. I currently use Tartini Green & Hill Dark.
  12. I hate to spark another string review but... I am thinking about using a steel A string in combination with G, D (Olive, Eudoxa, or Obligato - most likely the Obligato's) and a Kaplan E. These I have all used and seem to work best with my bright & loud violin. The A string I've never been to happy with, expecially in 3rd-5th position. I have thought about using a Helicore A. Any suggestions? I have seen a Eudoxa set with a chrome A, anybody out tried that?
  13. Nemo

    bow hair question

    What are the tale tale signs that bow hair is going bad?
  14. I have heard some say that the bleached white bow hair is ruinious to the texture of the hair. I wonder what good quality hair is? I have an excellent bow stick but wonder if the hair quality is bad. The sound seems to have more "hiss" than normal.
  15. Sorry about the slow reply. I have often thought about the bow hair on the bow I am using. It is a wonderful old octagon pernambuco bow but it seem to have more "hissssss" sound on the strings than other bows I have used. This might be a good question for Andrew Victor, what are the qualities of good bow hair? I have heard some say avoid the bleached white hair which they say destroys the texture. The violin at one time played in a way that you had to be careful not to play harmonics and you really had to push to get the sound right. Thats why I had the bridge lowered.
  16. I am having problems getting a good harmonic sound. It seems to want to play the note dull instead of putting off a ringing harmonic sound no matter how light I apply the pressure. I did lowered the bridge some a while back, but I wouldn't think that would create this problem, could it? I can get some harmonics but I find having to really move the bow quickly. 1st positon A on the E string is very difficult.
  17. I'm a intermediate player. Have been re-evaluating my scales study that I've been neglecting some what. I have been using the Hrimaly scale study. In this book there is a barrage of scales in all positions and multiple positions. No one can realistically run through them all in a practice and work on any thing else. With that said, what would be a realistic scale study to incorporate in to a 1-2 hour practice considering time to work on other things?
  18. Ditto: Pirastro customer service is very very good. I owe them a big "Thank You" for the trial set of Oliv's they sent me.
  19. Wound Gut, do you find Eudoxas any different to play than the Oliv's?
  20. I have to agree with Yuen. I recently went on a 6+ month bow search trying out a bunch of different CF bows and some equal value pernambuco bows. I drove Shar and other dealers crazy and spent a lot of money on postage + insurance. At first I only wanted to spend $300 but soon after starting the search that price jumped to $600, then $900, then $1500, and then I got real worried! The result: I never found a good (meaning one I was overwhelmed with) pernambuco for under $1100 and CF bow for under $700. Only two CF bows I tryed I thought might work for me where the Coda Classic and the hybrid bow sold by Shar. But as fate would have it (thank the Lord) I was fortunate to stumble on a used pernambuco octagon bow for $1200 that blew away any new bow in the $2000 dollar range. You might want to think about saving your money and buying a good pernambuco bow while they are still able to be found. Good luck. Your going to need it.
  21. I did about a year ago. I'll never go back to dominants! Obligato's are great, at least with my violin & bow. I recently tryed Oliv's, but switched back to the Obligato's 3 months later. The Oliv's where great sounding strings but way to tempermental for me. They dove me crazy. The Obligato's sound as good minus that bite you get with gut. They actually do feel like low tension gut and are easier to play than gut. I hope to soon try Evah's on my violin but don't know if I'll like the higher tension.
  22. I have a set of Obligato's I want to put on a violin but I have some how I've mixed up which is A or D! One has a brown peg thread and one a light purple. I know the D is silver and the A is not but I can't tell by looking and the diameter seems to be simular on both strings. Any suggestions?
  23. That's funny . I suppose though if I were a blue grass or cajun fiddler, I would probly want a playable old battle axe for out door jam sessions or festivals. I would not want to use a 5k-10k-20k violin or a 3k bow outside in Louisiana's humid hot weather not to also count all the possible mishaps that could happen.
  24. Why would you want to handicap yourself by playing with an inferior instrument when you could excel with a better? It takes a life time to learn this thing already why make it worse on yourself! Kind of like a bad marrage, why fight forever with an old stubborn nag when you could have a meaningful relationship with a virtuous compatable mate
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