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  1. Kallie

    conservatory violins history lesson needed

    I play one that says "Artist Violin Guarnerius", with the shield carved on the back of the pegbox. Some of those can make excellent playing violins, however the quality does differ. I've seen good and bad ones. Time period of 1890s to 1930s.
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    Violin ID - W.H. Spence Bulawayo 1962

    Thank you very much, as always.
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    Violin ID - W.H. Spence Bulawayo 1962

    Possibly yes, but does it not seem a bit too well made for an amateur to have made it from scratch? Unless it is by a maker who knew what he was doing. But that makes me wonder why there is no mention of the maker anywhere.
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    Violin ID - W.H. Spence Bulawayo 1962

    Hi Ron, thank you very much. Yes it's been a while. Thank you for checking. The violin looks decent yes. My guess would be it was a violin bought in "white" and then reworked or rebranded by a hobbyist repairman/maker.
  5. Hello, Does anyone perhaps have any info on a maker/shop "W.H. Spence"? Couldn't find anything on Google. The violin is also signed on the inside on top. Only visible repair done previously is at the button. Thank you in advance.
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    Bonmusica viola rests

    I use one for my viola. Works very well. If you don't have the option to try out different rests at a shop, I would think this would be your best option as it is adjustable. Had one for my violin as well, but switched to a Mach One knockoff (same shape cheaper price) that I got on Ebay.
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    Why would a string break here?

    Thank you for the advice. Bohdan Warchal is also a member of this forum, so he might see this topic and reply himself. For what it's worth, I've been using Warchal Strings for about a year now and can honestly say they are some of the best strings that I've used. Specifically on my violin as well, where I've used the Brilliant, Brilliant Vintage, Amber and Karneol. Thank you. Will order a new string with my next order.
  8. Hi, Just wondering if there is a specific reason a viola string would unravel here right in the middle between nut and neck body. It's not near the nut or bridge, so no sharp points could have damaged it. The string is a Warchal Karneol. To be fair, I've had this string on for over a year, so it definitely does not bother me that it broke now. Just wondering if there is a specific reason for it to unravel in such a strange place. The rest of the string is perfectly fine. No damage/unraveling anywhere else. Thank you.
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    Concert Etiquette for luthiers

    Step 1: Buy a front row ticket with your instrument at the ready. Step 2: Pray that the Soloist break a string. Step 3: Casually hand instrument to soloist, and again, casually, say: "Keep it, you need it more than I do" Step 4: Profit.
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    Who's new?

    Some of these have been around for a bit, but I like them. Janine Jansen Hilary Hahn Maxim Vengerov Anne Akiko Meyers Corina Belcea (Could make it, with a good marketing campain. Currently focuses on her string quartet I believe) Cloe Hanslip (well on her way I believe. Only needs a big marketing campaign) Sadly I see so many performances of good players, yet you hardly ever hear from them again after that one competition or event.
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    Season's Greetings...challenge!

    No problems yet with my Warchals. On Dominants, the A string unravels after about 1 month already. On multiple violins. With a smooth nut. So cant be blamed on that.
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    Season's Greetings...challenge!

    Thank you. If I may give you some advice that I wish I knew when I started: Learn wrist vibrato first. It's more difficult to learn, but easier to incorporate arm into wrist, than it is to incorporate wrist into arm.
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    Season's Greetings...challenge!

    Speaking of, my violin has Warchal Brilliant Vintage strings on. Had it for months now and the sound remains solid.
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    Season's Greetings...challenge!

    Thank you. Would appreciate any input on repertoire and what to work on as well. Happy to learn whichever way gives results.
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    Season's Greetings...challenge!

    Great to hear. Could you perhaps suggest some studies/etudes/technical pieces to work on to build up to Bach Sonatas/Partitas? I've started with the Mozart 3 some while back but left it for a bit. Will go back to it now. About my violin, yes. I've been in love with it ever since I got it. (Rue, sorry for hijacking the post. At least it's all going in a positive direction! Closer to world peace indeed!)