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  1. quote: Originally posted by: ctviolin When I asked my wife if I could wear the pants in the family, she said, "Why, of course you can, dear..." then she patted me on the head, took the checkbook, and sent me off to work in my shop. Hmmm? Craig, do you usually wear skirts in the family? After being cynical, now I am being silly.
  2. And by two well-known and well-respected makers to boot! Who said men ruled the world? Apparently, that person didn't know better.
  3. quote: Britney Spears is a mediocre singer at best but she is a hotty... quote: Britney Spears' singing is a bonus
  4. quote: Originally posted by: yuen For example, a violin I saw on line priced $3600 because so-and-so in a shop repaired it. A piece junk went in (about $400); a piece junk came out. ($3000). Another example, a maker signed the label $8000, on sale. (It was a $500 violin with a ok coat of varnish) When so-and-so is mentioned under such circumstances, I would assume that the so-and-so is a big name (big shot?) in the violin maker/player circle. I am wondering why would such a well-established fella repair junk violins? Is the repair label even authentic? The same train of thought applies to the second scenario, if a maker commands $8,000 for his/her instrument, why didn't he/her destroy the junk violin of his/hers as quality control? While waiting in line at Walgreens to pay for the milk, I browsed one tabloid. They said that Britney Spears's estranged husband was near broke because his concerts were cancelled--No one wanted the tickets even free of charge. His success was a direct product of Spears's star power... Is his concert worth going? Why could she redirect the flow of audience if not? And why would I waste my life on junk like that each time when I am near the checkout line at Walgreens? Grrr, Homo sapien is a deep mystry to me.
  5. Nut Peg, If the technical merit was what you were looking for, Pegbox will certainly be a better place to start this thread. Auction scroll is usually where most people focus on the auctions. In fact, a friend, who's a violin maker poster on this board, told me that he never visited Auction Scroll until I asked him to look at a particular thread...
  6. Totally. Although the post was addressed to Cassi, the details are very helpful. Thank you very much, Jacob. I wonder how the sound is like.
  7. As always, thanks a lot for taking the time to explain, Jacob. It would nice to see more shots of the violin even the back from another angle. This particular shot actually resembles one of the not-a-top-grade Chinese violins I have, which mostly have Himalayan maple back. Certainly, it is not easy to ID the origin of wood by looking at it. So my previous post should say, "The wood looks different from the Himalayan maple I saw, and I suspect that it is European wood." The reason why I suspect that it was European is because in practically all the descriptions associated with Chinese violins regarding wood is either implied Asian wood or explicitly European wood. Also I forgot to mention that I was only qualified for a guessing game player. By the way, the edge on the photo looks kind of flat. But I noticed that some of my Chinese have flat edges and some deep--We Chinese like to have "Catch all" safety net?
  8. The wood looks to me is more like European wood. If it is indeed Chinese, it certainly looks like a high end to me. My Radoni and Roth (1991, earlier ones are not as shiny) are shinier than my Ling Wang 905 and Scott Cao 850. So varnish alone may not be a good indicator, I don't think.
  9. Hi Dean, Having been in a similar shoe, I can certainly relate to what you are going through. I wonder whether it might be feasible for you to visit your parents. Often when people get older, at certain point, they behave more like a child. So the "tactics" parents use to sweet talk with young children might ironically work on grandparents as well... I hope your mother gets well soon.
  10. Cassi, The varnish looks shiny, I got that. But what do you mean by "hard"?
  11. quote: Originally posted by: GMM22 If one wishes to learn anything, the only real requirements are the ability to read, very strong desire, and patience. Certainly this is the kind of mentality I admire, and admire openly. However, I would like offer a word of caution as a fellow adult beginner. Violin playing is very physical, and personal in nature. As a result, instructions given should be applied on a personal basis. That means something "absolutely" work for me may not work for you. Therefore, a good teacher should be like what Galamian preaches: The teacher must realize that every student is an individual with his own personality, his own characteristic physical and mental make-up, his own approach to the instrument and to music..."Right" is only what is natural for the particular student...The efforts of the teacher, therefore, must be devoted to making every student as comfortable as possible with the instrument... Although you are asking for general principles, the answers might not fit your individual needs--Not knowing you, and not knowing how you play. The situation is not too different from asking the experts here how to discern a violin of English, German, French and Italian etc. Even if you've got the de facto standard of how to ID a violin, it doesn't guarantee that you will ID every violin correctly. In addition, there are a lot of online courses, which can lead to a diploma or degree. Will you call such system "formal education"? Asking advice from a free online forum is also a form of education except that you don't need to pay and no homework to do. Consequently, there will be no guarantee on the quality of the faculty members or the award of certification. So why get stuck on the "formal" education or not? From my experience, I would highly recommend any adult beginner to start with a qualified teacher for at least a minimal of 6 months before he goes off on his own. As for me, if I can afford to have a teacher, I will certainly retain a highly qualified one.
  12. quote: Originally posted by: Andres SenderMiles--Allegro isn't getting the Haslop version. You beat me again in observation. In any event, I would follow sue on this DVD set (or other DVD's for studies). But before I part with my "King", I would like to hear 3rd and more opinions.
  13. quote: Originally posted by: Andres SenderPerfect. Or would any owner of this DVD set be so kind to post a clip or two to illustrate their points in their thumbs up/down comments? Youtube is a great place for such purpose. Many thanks in advance.
  14. I don't know how advanced you are, but it might not hurt to follow the progress of Jerry's kids. A third one is going to join these two soon as well. My level is too low. So I decided to start the easiest Wohlfart before the project (etudes). http://maestronet.com/forums/m...d=314712&enterthread=y
  15. http://cgi.ebay.com/AEGIDIUS-K...0QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem It looks like eBay is making bidder more difficult to protect him-/herself. Another eBay way of protecting/pro sellers?
  16. miles

    Bow hold

    Hi Cassi, No worries. The smiley face says it all. When I first started, I was like a white paper with no blemish (my teacher liked it). Because my teacher was very strict, I did not have the guts nor had I the smarts to try anything else... It's all good for me as it turned out. However, I'd say if the student can follow the orthodox, great. If not, then try something else to make playing a high level. I have watched quite a few examples that unorthodoxical were successful: An old man playing the guitar with a fork; disabled man writing with his foot (his hands were disfigured), so on and so forth... Often time it is the desire for innovation or the need for alternatives to lead the breakthrough. For those who can afford not to conform, go for it. For me, I know my teacher was an excellent player, and I was willing to pay a premium to learn how he played. So I never tried anything contradicted to what he said. No need.
  17. miles

    Bow hold

    quote: Originally posted by: Cassi as far as i am concerned, what i do in the privacy of my home is my own business! Of course, but no if you have private lessons at your teacher's home. The other day, I was asking my second teacher (my current one) about bow hold. She told me that she just saw a soloist at a concert, whose fingers were very unorthodoxical (not curved?). However, his playing was fantastic...So I guess do whatever works for you if you can play at a certain high level.
  18. miles

    Bow hold

    quote: Originally posted by: Cassi if nothing else, i think it's about impossible to play with your thumb straight! give it a try! Believe it or not, some players I saw could do it albeit mediocre playing, Cassi. I've never gotten the chance to try it when I first started. My very first teacher was very strict. He would never start the lesson if I didn't cut my finger nails to his "prescribed" length or take off my rings. You can imagine what he would do/say if my thumb was not bent....
  19. Thanks, Bard. Apparently, Mr. pknorr got a great deal on the $127 violin (bargain of the year on eBay thread); so I guess he still pocketed quite a few thousand dollars.
  20. Interesting analogy, David. I totally agree with you regarding the muscle memory and kinesthesia, Andres. But I susepct that David was responding directly to nikia's original question, which implied that he could not have developed RELIABLE muscle memory yet. Therefore, what David suggested appears to be the prelude to what you were talking about. Just my $0.02.
  21. Congrats on your new viola,viola29! I bought a violin 3 or 4 year-old Gem (1 or 2?) to "see" what a gliga sound was like. Showed it to my luthier friend, and he immediately frowned at the thick bridge. Upon my request, he played the violin anyway. He was quite impressed with its sound even though the bridge was too thick. So likely you've got great bargain there. A new setup on it might get you further than what you thought it would.
  22. Thanks a lot, Andres. You've taken out the guess work for me by providing the threads. Thank you again!
  23. quote: Originally posted by: lastchair I have a violin that is 1/2mm off the specs. Hi Clare, What do you mean by "the specs"? I'm ignorant, and would like to know what they are and where to get the specs. I wonder if the specs are model specific, say Strad 1705 vs Strad 1724 for example. Many thanks in advance, miles
  24. quote: Originally posted by: Bob A All the auctions of his I've seen have had reserves; I guess he's not interested in selling for less than he paid. Thanks a lot for the reply, Bob. I don't blame him for not wanting to lose money on the sale.
  25. quote: Originally posted by: Marie Brown Chicago is known for violins, crusty and zesty.. Totally. Make it Giodano's--Chicago's own! Happy Thanksgiving!
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