4fiddlinkids

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  1. Erika, that makes a lot of sense since I have seen symphonys with 2 assistant and associate CMS and the symphony I have noticed only has one "acting" and one assistant. Thanks
  2. Those are the reasons I thought also, but why would the symphony list both positions? I have not noticed it with the concertmaster position, but rather with the associate and assistant CM positions. I am trying to find an example.
  3. This seems pretty basic, but can someone explain the definition of the term "acting" when used to describe orchestral positions? I have noticed many symphonys have an "acting" associate concertmaster and an associate concertmaster. The "acting" position seems to normally sit one seat behind the same position with the regular title.
  4. To add to the earlier comment from Dr. S, the "bite" is generated by the higher bow speed at the begining of the note (slowing as the note progresses). I was taught to not increase bow pressure, but rather to use bow speed to produce the effect.
  5. Dutch you are too quick. I noticed my spelling error as soon as I hit submit. By the time I edited, you had already "busted" me I tried several internet searches also and could find nothing.
  6. Can anyone provide any information about Giuseppe Tarasconi (late 19th century)?
  7. Is anyone aware of any associations for violin enthusiasts at the local level? I know that there are some state level violin maker's associations, but I am thinking something more general (for both makers and players)? My wife plays flute and our city has a fairly large flute club. In addition to organizing workshops, masterclasses, lectures, and networking opportunities throughout the year, they have an annual "flute fair" with a young artist competition, instrument dealers, concerts, etc.
  8. The article references private transactions between buyers, middlemen and sellers. Here is another (incomplete) list of products also sold using these dubious arrangments: carrots, shirts, shoes, carpeting, wood, personal hygiene products, office supplies, home furnishings, tires, toys, etc. I wonder if there would have been this much attention if the dealers mentioned in the case had bought the instruments and they (the buyers) happened to be incorrect in their identification, or if for some reason the demand for violins dried up and the market for buyers went away. Would anyone have lemented the poor businessmen who made a big bet and lost millions? Although I am not a violin dealer, from what I understand from general business principals, the idea is to buy an object (in this case a violin) and hopefully sell it at a higher price. Out of the difference, the dealer must re-coup costs (insurance, travel, real estate, etc), and hopefully turn a profit. Also remember that if the dealer is using his own capital to buy the instruments outright, he is locking up the money until the instrument is sold. Could the dealer have otherwise invested the capital for a larger return (that is a lot of money to lock up in inventory if the instruments don't sell)?
  9. We have a unit made by a company called Tascam (CDVT1). Runs about $150. It works pretty well but does distort a bit if you slow down to about 25% of original speed.
  10. Do you know if video replays will be made available?
  11. Try cozio.com. The sight is a great resource and lists historical prices on specific instruments going back (in some cases) centuries. FYI...in 1905, the ex-Marie Hall sold for 1,600 pounds. In 1988 it sold for 473,000 pounds.
  12. 11 years old and a Milstein fan, good for you!!! They discuss him briefly on the video "The Art of the violin".
  13. Barry, I think I may be fairly close to you (Northeast burbs). Schedule may be crazy next few weeks, but I would be interested in trying. Not a pro, but have played (classical) for quite a while. I sent a PM with contact info.
  14. No, the bow stays perpendicular to the strings the majority of the time (considering he has only been playing for a year). I am talking about tilting the bow so that he is playing with the edge of the hair closest to himself Hair is closer to fingerboard, stick is closer to himself). Stillnew has the correct idea. My concern is exactly as stillnew has suggested; the player has a tendency to force the bow away from himself, thus straying over the fingerboard.
  15. Would anyone be interested in supplying opinions on the reliability of certificates? Many instruments are sold with a cert, but obviously, not certs are created equal. A certificate by Hill would obviously bring a stronger level of comfort (higher price), than one by a lesser dealer. If we assume (I know that is a big assumption), that the certificate is authenticate. How would you rate the certificates frequently seen on instruments.
  16. One of my sons tends to tilt the violin bow "out" (away from the bridge). I have always been taught to keep the bow parallel or slightly tilted "in" depending on the tone desired. Our teacher does not seem particularly concerned about the issue, but my son does have a slight tendency to let his bow wander over the finger board. His bow hold seem ok (pinky, fingers and thumb in correct position), so I think it may just be an issue of having him raise his wrist a bit and focusing on rotating in. Appreciate other opinions on A) is the outward rotation of the bow an issue and does my proposed fix sound appropriate?
  17. Many shops will offer to give you 100% of the price paid on a trade-in for a more expensive bow (or instrument). If you have one shop you like to buy from, ask if they have this policy.
  18. Not sure if anyone ever watches their auctions. The next event is scheduled for July 10th. Nothing earth-shattering as far as instruments are concerned this time around (IMO), but the "flash" program they use to view details on instruments is absolutely amazing!
  19. There is a piece in the Suzuki violin bok one named "perpetual motion". This piece also has a variation in which each note is played twice (and it is normally palyed in 1st position). Moto Perpetuo is by Nicolo Paganini and is significantly more difficult. Although there is nothing terribly challenging from a technical standpoint, the piece is 6 pages, all 16th notes and has no rests. It is normally played very fast.
  20. Has anyone heard when the catalog will be available online?
  21. I agree with sartory. If you find a shop that you trust and feel comfortable doing business with over the long run, many shops will allow you to "trade in" a violin (purchased from the same shop of course), for an instrument of higher value. If there is any damage to the instrument, that will be figured into the equation. It can be hard to "bite the bullet" and front the money, but you usually often receive a better instrument (IMHO).
  22. Ravel's "Bolero". Twenty measures of a nice melody; then repeat ad infinitum (with a crescendo addded to break the monotony).......
  23. "On this subject of thunb pushing the violins I remember seeing a VSA artcle about this same topic but for new violins as a way of expediting the break in period. The speaker would stress the violins with his thumbs to create a better sound." I can just see the next auction viewing as 2 dozen MN readers show; the sound of splitting front plates fills the room.......
  24. Is it possible to save the videos to a DVD?
  25. No free coffee at Christies? Are you serious?