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  1. I agree that her playing has vastly improved since the earlier clips too. I note that she was using the same instrument in the earlier clips. I do not think it is any coincidence that at the same time her tone production and cleaniness of right-arm articulation has improved, she is now physically moving around far less during a performance. I think Ms. Kim's improvement is definite evidence that excessive moving around on previous ocassions hinders tone production, clarity and accuracy. I would really still like to see her reduce the waist bends, but she is much nicer to watch now than even a year ago. I hope she continues to work hard on this aspect of her playing
  2. If you look at the cover of Jasper Wood's superb Canadian Caprices CD, he is holding his Scarampella violin (on loan from the Canadian Arts Council) shod with Helicore strings without fine tuners. Except for the E of course. I've tried most steel strings - both solid and stranded (rope) core, and I think Helicore are the only ones you could practically use without fine tuners.
  3. Johnny, Pirastro do make the Eudoxa cello D which is a combination of aluminium and silver. If it is anything like the Eudoxa "brilliant" D string for violin, then it would probably sound less scratchy and more smooth than the pure aluminium one. I am guessing the design (cello Eudoxa D and Violin Eudoxa brilliant) is philosophically similar. Apart from that, many players (both violin and cello) will often use wound gut for the lower two strings and steel (or synthetic) for the top two. I am seriously considering going this route - with either Eudoxa or Olive on the bottom two and something like Flexicore or some sort of synthetic for the second string. I just can't quite get used to wound gut on my violin A string - I tend to prefer a string that can take more pressure and has a clearer sound.
  4. Hi Jimbo I'm of the opinion that this is pretty much a case that you get what you pay for. The Bois D'Harmonie might be more expensive, but they are *far* better carved than the bulk imports from say China or India and the basic material used seems quite superior as well. They are also far more attractive visually, although I suppose that is partially subjective. I have used them before and they are the best "sounding" tailpieces by far. Last time I used one and someone heard me from a distance, they could not believe how much better the violin was sounding (they were not aware anything had changed on it, and I never said anything before they commented). In any case, I don't know that $100 US is really expensive if you are buying fittings for a fine quality violin. There are plently of tailpieces around for 4 or 5 times more than that. I do think they probably aren't worth it on lesser violins though. To Claire: Thanks alot for that. At Manfio's earlier suggestion I did write to his email address, although I sure hope he can understand English lol. I've written to a few places today (Canada and US) and I'll see what responses I get in the next couple of days.
  5. Actually I don't want the fine tuner model. I am after the plain one without any tuners at all.
  6. I saw the site. Unfortunately the prices are extremely high, like about 70% - 80% higher than the US price! Manfio, what do you mean - that I can buy them straight from D'Harmonie themselves? I live in Australia btw. Thanks
  7. I am trying to purchase a tailpiece. I have given up on Johnson Instruments because they do not respond to my queries. Is there anywhere else where people have successfully bought them? I have been looking at various distributor websites but none of them seem to even list them as products. So I guess I would like to know of anyone who has gone to a particular, specific shop and successfully purchased one please. Thanks.
  8. OK, I found Eric's Website. It certainly looks like very high quality stuff. I know you only get what you pay for. The pricing looks perfectly reasonable, but I think those fittings are a little bit out of my price range. They are about 50% more than the Bois D'Harmonie it looks like.
  9. Thanks everyone for your input. Yes, I had seen the single tuner Bois D'Harmonie fittings at their website. I would probably get the fitting through Johnson, since they appear to be the US distributer. Johnson does not list the single tuner models, but they didn't list the smaller 108mm models either. Since they told me they can get it to order, maybe they can get the single tuner one as well. I'm not totally convinced about the Bois D'Harmonie tuners though. I have one of their larger 112mm models with the 4 fine tuners, and I'm not really sure whether the string sits firmly enough over the tailpiece saddle so that the true after length (sonically speaking) is the actual distance from the bridge to the saddle. The strings only seem to bend slightly across the saddle. If you remove the tuner though, the string obviously crosses the tailpiece saddle at a good angle with firm contact. Does anyone have any comments about that? Yes, I had heard about the Pernambucco as well. Can someone point me in the direction of Eric Meyer's fittings please? I'm not in a huge rush yet, so I still have a bit of time to make my mind up. I would like to see them.
  10. Thanks Guta. I just decided to try to do a "mock up", even though I don't possess the proper equipment nor any decent photoshop skills. But this is what it would sort of look like with the Bois D'Harmonie boxwood tailpiece. Personally I think it is quite appealing if some imagination is used.
  11. Hi all, I am contemplating purchasing a good quality tailpiece for my violin and would just like to ask a few questions. The one I am looking to get is the Bois D'Harmonie French style (without tuners), and I would be putting a Hill style tuner on the E string using a loop end E. My violin is a small patterned Del Gesu copy (350mm) and it would seem the standard 112mm tailpiece is going to be difficult to fit. In order to get the string afterlength correct (I am basing this on the 1/6th rule, to be fine tuned after the initial fitting), I think I am going to have to get the 108mm model. The current tailpiece is around 112mm, but the afterlength is too short (about 5mm if following the 1/6th rule) and there really isn't much more room left at the saddle end (maybe 1mm - 2mm to play with at best). So based on all that, is my deduction correct that the 108mm model is the best size to purchase? Secondly, I am thinking of which wood the tailpiece should be made of. I am wondering if the considerations here are not just aesthetic. I read an archived post here that suggested the D'Harmonie boxwood models may have a slight sonic superiority over the ebony model. On the issue of appearance, my feeling is boxwood might look quite appealing on an antiqued Del Gesu copy, where the varnish is a deep amber with a yellow base. That said, my pegs and chinrest are ebony and I have no desire to change them. Do you think such a combination would look odd? Most pictures I see of violins on the net are without the chinrest, so I am having trouble visualising what the combination might look like. I could play safe and just get ebony, but the boxwood is very appealing.
  12. Hi Bryan, Sorry about the delay in getting back to you. I should now be OK for PMs (I didn't realise I had them turned off). Also, I was just looking again through my string collection. If you are willing to give me the Eudoxa A, D and G (I actually have an E), then I can offer you all the following, each with about 5 - 10 hours use maximum: Obligato G weich Tonica G weich Tonica D weich silver wound Pirazzi G weich Pirazzi D weich silver wound That makes me feel less guilty about the fairness of the swap I think, although unfortunately I have no A string to give you.
  13. That is a really kind offer Bryan, but unfortunately I'm not sure I can think of anything to give you that would be a fair swap!! The only low tension strings I have lying around that I definitely don't want are an Evah Pirazzi D and G string, which have about 5 hours total playing time each. I'm not sure that would be a fair swap though - I absolutely hated them and even though they were a "soft" tension they felt very unlike Eudoxa!!! That said, if you want to swap your Eudoxa A and D (I already have a G) for my Pirazzi D and G I am happy to do the deal. I just feel like I would be swapping an Ikea for a Victorian masterpiece though. But PM me if interested. I live in Australia, but strings coiled in a flat envelope only cost a few dollars to ship.
  14. Andrew, I agree about the low tension Obligatos. Of all the Pirastros, I probably like these the most, although for me the Larsens have a better balance of warmth and brilliance (the Obligatos for me tend to "tone down" any brilliance whereas the Larsen's seem to be more neutral). Anyway, I would encourage people to try low tension synthetics in general if they can afford to experiment, since in all cases I have tried them, they have brought the sound closer to what I used to get with wound gut. It's interesting in that nowadays I just play for my own pleasure / displeasure and the violin pretty much lives it's whole life in the one room. The temperature and humidity are pretty consistent all year round. I wonder if I should try a full set of's been around 22 years since I did that.