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  1. My 15 year old has become increasingly unhappy with his violin and as he will be heading to music 'academy' next year it seems time for him to upgrade. Several times, we have visited shops and he has played violins in his price range - around 3000 pounds - but he hasn't liked much (anything). One of the teachers at his music school recommended that he look at Bulgarian makers (teacher is Bulgarian). He played around on the internet, listening to some clips and while he said it was really hard to tell much, he liked the general sound of a Dimitrov strad copy. Does anyone know anything about this maker or have other recommendations. Thanks, Ruth.
  2. But Bonnie, don't you say in the first email that the violin came from eBay? That's why people are skeptical. The value estimate by the violin shop also seems to indicate an insurance valuation for a workshop violin rather than the price of a handmade Italian violin. Drac shouldn't be mean to you. The violin may well sound great and may well be old. I've seen plenty of old German or Czech violins with Italian labels so it doesn't have to be Chinese (although good Chinese violins often sound a heck of a lot better than old German or French violins). The violin could also be authentically Italian but a lots of things are pointing in other directions and that is what Drac is reacting too. I'm glad you like your 3/4 violin. I'm also a small violinist but play a no-name 7/8ther. Someday I hope to commission a smallish full size violin!
  3. Hello, My husband and son will be visiting Brisbane for 3 weeks and would rather not haul a full-size violin from Norway to Australia. Could anyone recommend someplace that might be willing to rent a better quality violin to someone visiting for a month? Thanks, Rutherford
  4. I'm feeling grumpy so this may sound more testier than it is meant to be but... practise what and for what reason? Obviously, one practises a tremendous amount prior to ..doing something.. performing in front of people, trying out for something etc.. Then one practises an amount for ones own satisfaction and improvement - a friend who is a concertmaster in a small scandinavian orchestra does not practise 3-4 hours a day when not working on something. Obviously, if one wants to practise for 4 hours a day, one should. But a child, even an older one, should not (just my opinion) be encouraged to practise 4 hours a day on a regular basis for the sake of a theoritical career in a non-existent profession. Just in a bad mood after a long day at my non-existent profession.
  5. One is tempted to say that one never practises - only performs to a very small audience
  6. It did present problems that the person carving the lion had never seen a lion.
  7. Any museums, shops trings related things to see in Budapest? (yes, Dean, I won this time
  8. I would love to say what I think of his products ...but they are very difficult to order..
  9. for my kind of music, helicores sound great. They tear up my fingertips a little..
  10. Wow.. this is one hard to find movie. None of the obvious suspects have it, there does not appear to be a single copy in Norway (at least not at a public institution), Indiana University does not own a copy, Amazon UK lists only the unavailable soundtrack. The French distributor listed in the write up doesn't seem to still have it (but I don't speak French and can't poke around too effectively). The nationale bibliotheque (forgive my French) seems to have 2 copies but one is not kept in Belgium. .. On the other hand, Bertha Thomas wrote a novel in 1880 called The Violin Player and Leslie Thrain penned something deemed an irregular poem titled The Violin Player in 1889. Both are in the British Library. Let me know if someone finds an actually circulated film copy.
  11. The orchestra Visions are my favorite strings (having tried Dominants, Tonicas, Obligatos, helicores) on my main fiddle. I play mostly folk music. They do wear out sort of 'overnight' at around 4 months but have a sound with more 'bite' than most but without a shrill steel quality. I am interested in how humidity affects string life. I feel like strings for less time in our new place - very high humidity near salt water - but don't really know if that is true.
  12. Hmm.....people are more honest in the 'top draw EU' countries or in the US or in the UK (thought the UK was a EU country but never mind)? I suspect that it might take more than a few months to learn some things..
  13. Another scroll to look at.. http://www.nrk.no/nyheter/dist...teina/1.4123933Text">Text
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