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  1. Wales has some of the most beautiful landscapes in the United Kingdom. I am sure you will enjoy it.
  2. Christopher, Here you go! http://www.trendhunter.com/trends/hitman-pro-yo-yo
  3. Virtuoso violinist and polio survivor, Itzhak Perlman, says all children must be vaccinated against the disease, as the WHO warns of possible new outbreaks in conflict zones. http://www.reuters.com/video/2014/07/01/new-polio-fears-amid-barriers-to-global?videoId=316608492
  4. Next time I go to Bremen, I will make sure to ring and ask if I can buy an E string from you... will bring some beer! )
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    Il Canino

    Grazie Piergiuseppe, I had a trip back to my childhood courtesy of your post!
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    Il Canino

    I don't know if Stradivarius wrote that, but "Questa è la misura del canino" means this is the size of the canine (i.e. dog) http://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/italian-english/canino?showCookiePolicy=true#examples_box And, yes "Il Canino" is grammatically correct. It would could mean either "The Canine" or The Eyetooth (Bruce has already explained which one is the eyetooth). In this case and given the reference to a puppy (cucciolo) it will clearly mean "The Canine". Cagnolino is the diminutive of cane, meaning little dog. Not necessarily a puppy. I haven't seen "musura" before. It may be a typo from Jan.
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    Il Canino

    Paganini's violin is "il Cannone" which means cannon, like this http://www.google.co.uk/imgres?imgurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.paulfrasercollectibles.com%2Fupload%2Fpublic%2Fdocimages%2FImage%2Fm%2Fo%2Ft%2FSiege-Yorktown-Cannon-410.jpg&imgrefurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.paulfrasercollectibles.com%2FNews%2FMedals-%2526-Militaria%2FSiege-of-Yorktown-cannon-brings-%2429%2C000-to-Bonhams%2F14209.page&h=256&w=410&tbnid=Nz8P3mFA1OmMSM%3A&zoom=1&docid=jIbXV0YATcpRGM&ei=eIqsU9KeLbSf7AbVg4CADQ&tbm=isch&ved=0CCAQMygBMAE&iact=rc&uact=3&dur=486&page=1&start=0&ndsp=24 "Canino" means canine, like this http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Dalmatian_dog.jpg
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    Making Colour

    I just visited the Making Colour exhibition on the National Gallery, UK. http://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/making-colour It is an amazing exhibition about history and techniques for the creation of pigments; and how the artists (and more importantly our brains) create colour. They also look from the science point of view at how and why the colours we see today frequently are not the colours the artist saw when the work was finished. I would recommend it if you happen to be in London before 7th September 2014. Whilst they don't discuss varnish colour, I would imagine that some of the pigments used for oil paintings, fabrics, lakes, were used by the great makers of the past. So, maybe those instruments were more red or more yellow than they are now? This is the official blurb: ‘Making Colour’, the first exhibition of its kind in the UK, invites you on an artistic and scientific voyage of discovery. From sparkling minerals to crushed insects, learn about the surprising materials used to create pigments and the incredible journeys made by artists in their pursuit of new hues. Span hundreds of years from the early Renaissance to the Impressionistmovement as you take in displays of paintings, mineral specimens, textiles, ceramics and glass. Journey from lapis lazuli to cobalt blue, ancient vermilion to bright cadmium red, through yellow, orange, purple and verdigris to deep green viridian – in a series of colour-themed rooms. Finally, enter a dazzling central room devoted to gold and silver. ‘Making Colour’ is complemented by an interactive display that introduces a new world of contemporary scientific thought on colour. Designed to demonstrate how we perceive and register colour, the experiment will reveal how the eye and brain respond to colour in unexpected ways.
  9. Hi. Just a brief note to thank all the people who most generously share their knowledge and experience in the different forums; be it about identifying instruments, suggesting the best approach to tackle a repair or just sharing the work done. I don't post much, but gladly read a lot and really enjoy it most of the time. So... thanks, thanks, thanks! Zinguri
  10. I saw this amazing video of Da Vinci's viola organist and thought you would be interested... http://www.theage.com.au/entertainment/music/leonardo-da-vincis-wacky-piano-is-heard-for-the-first-time-after-500-years-20131118-2xpqs.html Regards, Zinguri
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    Tapped Out...

    Have you heard about Richard Roberts from London? http://www.piano-tuning.co.uk/ He is a homeless piano tuner, a competent tuner by the way. Z
  12. Lusitano: I have been using the steel wool since I was playing (cello) in a youth orchestra. That was what I first learn and that is what I have always done with regards to looking after strings. I have never had any problems with the winding. I would rather think that keeping the strings free of rosin makes them last longer. I learnt to play in Mexico and we did not have money to change strings frequently. The whole orchestra did the same. Most of the teachers and the conductor were Russian. I guess they also were used to make the strings last. Not sure what strings you use. I use Larsens and the "C" string alone is more expensive that the whole set you use. Therefore I must look after them well, but I am not trying to convince you to change your ways if that works for you. I do not play the violin, but my 2 children do. I have cleaned their strings regularly and so far no accidents whatsoever. I have used the iron wool with the following violin strings: Tonica, Zyex and Obligato. Disclaimer: This is not an open invitation to use iron wool in your strings if you feel that is not right. If you dare to try, make sure you use the finest one, AND make sure is free of soap as many packages come with soap which usually is pink.
  13. I don't use alcohol. Every time I finish playing, I clean the strings of the instrument with some iron wool. That keeps the strings free of rosin. Then I clean the instrument.
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    Amati book

    Has the "Amati's DNA" a good amount of pictures? Is it similar in style to the Asmolean Stradivarius?. Thanks