richardz

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  1. Where do you get the "parchment" mentioned? What is it called when ordering? How is it attached? Hide glue? Can other glues be used? thanks!
  2. I managed to get an appointment and go to the shop for adjustment. It was interesting but not entirely conclusive. As soon as he saw it was a Titanium E (as opposed to a regular Vision Solo E) he said "Nobody uses those...Nobody!" He put a Goldbrokat medium E on it and said it was a more appropriate string. I played it a little in the shop and obviously the brilliance was reduced. The shop was very busy with people coming and going and he finally said it wasn't a good time to be there. I ended up leaving and he didn't charge me anything. Afterward, I played the violin in a resonant space
  3. Craig and Deans: Ha, you folks were posting while I was writing. I had thought about the soundpost, but since over the years I have a collected lot of strings to experiment with, so will not cost me, I thought I would start there. Now that you guys have spoken up, It's got me thinking I should probably do as you say. It actually took me a lot of string experimentation to settle on the Vision strings and I am very happy with them, so maybe a soundpost adjustment would tame the brilliance and i can stay with my best choice. It's a newer violin and was set up by a friend who has a good sh
  4. Dwight: Obligato in is a direction I've never tried. Besides yourself, it has been suggested by a couple of friends and I read a bit about them, so I have a feeling I'll be adding it to my string collection. Somehow I had them confused with Edoxas which I tried once and didn't like, but now I see they are a whole different animal. Not sure about the Pirazzis for this violin, It seems to work best with the more focused/less harmonics Visions. I do have an EP gold E here somewhere, and you're right it is sweeter/warmer will give it a try. Thanks Jackson: I've never used gut strings, an
  5. A couple of months ago I bought a violin that is bigger and louder than my previous violins. It has been very enjoyable to have an instrument who's sound fills large spaces and is also still heard in the midst of other loud instruments. The problem is, it now leaves my ears ringing after playing for a couple of hours. One remedy is to play it more softly when volume isn't needed and I've been experimenting with that, sort of like having a race car but not driving it fast all the time...medium for around town, and all out only when necessary. I guess it's the concept of a violin that can
  6. Do you then put parchment over the repair? Do you use the little plastic tube which is attached to the string, after the repair?
  7. I'm curious about Warchal Brilliant "Vintage" (I think they are called)...said to be specially formulated to bring more life to older violins. I've got a very old French violin I've tried every other string/set up on and while some have been pretty good, I'm still looking. Has anyone tried the Warchal Brilliant "Vintage"?
  8. La Folia: Yes I've been on the long road of improving my single string bowing and that's what lead me to begin working on double stops. I have been researching teachers in my area and may go that route. It seems my brain/body is slow to absorb a large amount of new ideas, and change my old bad habits. Getting individual concepts and working on them over time seems to work. I may try a teacher though. In the past whenever I did that they did not teach technique at all, only repertoire. In retrospect it doesn't make much sense, except in negative interpretations. My next teacher will be one wh
  9. David Burgess: What a great idea using the actual string/bridge as it's own self-contained mini-vice! Sounds like for students and mere mortals the superglue/soda might work, but you might need to add parchment over it. I'd be interested to hear how it works for you.
  10. Haven't tried it yet, but I recently saw a pro guitar repair video on youtube where the guy used baking soda as accelerator and substance for filling a nut groove. He packed the groove with baking soda then added CA. Claimed it was hard as bone. I do plan to try it sometime on a violin bridge. The best part is the baking soda causes instant hardening. He also demonstrated hardness by making a small separate batch and then whacking it with a hammer. It didn't break.
  11. Carl Stross: Thank you for the clarification. Makes a lot of sense. Just so you know, I wasn't overlooking the rest of your advice : ) Bill Merkel: Thank you. These sound like great suggestions and exercises to get the finer points of double stops. Also, in my initial post I mistakenly said bow angle, meaning the angle of the bow in relation to the bridge. I did hear a better sound with the tip in front of the frog as you say. Everyone: Thank you all for the outpouring of great advice. This will keep me busy and headed in the right direction. I'm excited...I had great resul
  12. I know about things feeling like a lot of work. Lately I've learned to be more patient with myself and take a long time to build a better stronger foundation and not expect to be able to do certain things right away. Carls approach and attitude sounds like it's along those lines. The muscle strength and correct feel can slowly build that way. Lately I'm thinking months instead of days or weeks. It works.
  13. Thank you Carl. I like the idea of playing piano for equal bow pressure. I am learning to go easier for longer, rather than attack, so this will fit right in.
  14. Aha! This is the type of thing I'm looking for. Thank you Will!