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  1. punned again... Joe, the article was great! Wondering why there wasn't more discussion here...
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    What Did this Poor Viola Do to Deserve This?

    You asked "What did this poor viola do to deserve this?" Nothing. It's a viola. https://www.classicfm.com/discover-music/instruments/viola/viola-jokes/ and http://datimp.com/viola.html and http://www.mit.edu/~jcb/viola-jokes.html there are more, but I'm laughing too hard.
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    Modern bow makers suggestions

    Matt Wehling.
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    Pirastro Korfkerrest

    Are you using version 1 or version 2?
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    Where is pahdah_hound?

    Sometimes even Lyndon offers useful advice, but yes, same questions over and over, retreaded. So what happened to pahdah_hound?
  6. Roman Kim will be appearing with the Santa Monica Symphony in a free concert at Santa Monica High School, Barnum Hall, Oct 20, at 730 PM http://www.smsymphony.org/events/74th-season-premiere-concert. Some have compared him to Paginini. Don't miss this. Here are two of his performances:
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    Warchal 'Timbre' Strings

    Then there are Trade Secrets. These are the IP that one might use to make the strings, and copying that is unethical. Using a patent when it expires is different. For strings, one would have to figure out how all the pieces came together to "clone" the strings. If one could do that - reverse engineering - without access to proprietary information and without violating current patents, then those strings would be legal and ethical. Of course, that doesn't mean that a dominant company in the field would not sue a competitor that could not afford a costly legal fight, in an attempt to keep said competitor off the market. (pun intentional) Or even "legally" keep a competitor off the market via an agreement. See the drug fight over Ciprofloxacin between Bayer and Barr (later bought by Teva) for example. Such agreements have been held to be illegal throughout the EU, and more recently by the US Supreme Court.
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    Warchal 'Timbre' Strings

    Second Michael's thoughts. Apparently Bill wasn't kidding. Why would he suggest such a thing and apparently betray even his own principles? ("just this one thing") I can't begin to state what a pervasive problem is Chinese theft of IP (intellectual property). Dominants may be overpriced, and I don't particularly like them, but that's still no excuse to support and purchase counterfeit items. Really, it's a huge problem on Amazon. As an LA Times article pointed out, it's actually to Amazon's benefit to have counterfeit products that Amazon shuts down only after someone complains. http://www.latimes.com/business/technology/la-fi-tn-amazon-counterfeits-20180928-story.html It's incredibly unfair to smaller merchants. And just because someone might want cheap strings, is no reason to proclaim that someone should copy your favorite and sell it for throw away pricing. Thomastik deserves some remuneration for having conceived the strings in the first place. The way to force Thomastik to lower prices is not by encouraging counterfeits but by purchasing Dominant's competitors. If you want a larger discount, become a dealer and sell oodles of them.
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    Amazing deal?

    This seller has been talked about before on MN. His prices are extremely high, sometimes double or triple what I percieve to be "the going rate." He oversells the items' "features." Though I haven't kept up with him, he used to issue his own certificates, which was the source of some derision here, perhaps because of his lack of expertise.
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    Violin Cleaning Journal Article Wins Noble Prize

    Puns, you say? Not by maestronutters.... BTW, there is what I believe to be a genuine Don Noon at Shar. https://www.sharmusic.com/Instruments/Violin/Professional-Violins/Don-Noon-Violin-Carlsbad-CA-2013.axd I guess you now have really made it! 'Grats! No certificate however, so maybe anyone's guess. 7 -up?
  11. Ig Noble, that is. In Chemistry, not Violin Repair.... My favorite set of prizes, from my favorite journal From the Journal of Irreproducible Results, (now an unfortunate name change to Journal of Improbable Research) a highly respected journal out of the bastion of intellectual perspicacity in Cambridge, Hahvad. See here: https://www.jstor.org/stable/1506167?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents And for press reports of this momentous occasion, we turn to the BBC, for those of us who favor Swans : https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-45513012. Reemember when there was a discussion(s) about violin cleaning? Here is the link for one of them: Everyone wanted a substitute for spit. Some recommended water; others Hill's polish, etc. Or maybe no one recommended violin polish, especially not Hill's from Shar. I offered to have sent our esteemed moderator something I picked up from a vendor that was called "Violin Spit." The vendor claimed that she analyzed spit and created a substitute with enzymes, etc. Turns out she was on to something... Someone also mentioned cleaning kid's faces with mother's spit, but that came from Ahn Ahbah, not Hahvahd.
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    Worth Repairing/Restoring?

    Jacob *was not* trolling you. Your responses indicated an insipid insensitivity and some lack of verisimilitude: most new members are not so quick on the rejoinder, and lurk, search MN for past disussions, or listen to better understand flow. When you ask questions that have been debated many times before, or ask ill-formulated questions, yes, some on MN become impatient with you and think you are trolling.
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    Worth Repairing/Restoring?

    Landolfi, Jacob Saunders is one of the most knowledgeable respondents on MN. I value his contributions, even if at times he might seem a bit prickly. (I think of him more like a sabra...) It would be a shame to lose his expertise. Your comments seem unusually insulting. In your vernacular, Jacob really is a "hot shot." You haven't reached the level of a Martin Swan who can jibe with Jacob and (I hope) not really insult him. I prefer to think of their tete a tete as "professional jealousy." At times, it's even instructive!
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    Worth Repairing/Restoring?

    Mostly! The corpus callosum doesn't cross everything over.... See this explanation of decussation, https://www.quora.com/Why-does-our-left-hemisphere-of-brain-control-our-right-side-of-our-body-and-the-right-our-leftand the reply below it which shows that only part of the optic tract - and no olfactory - decussates. But I thought this was interesting...(from wiki) The front portion of the human corpus callosum has been reported to be significantly larger in musicians than nonmusicians,[19] and to be 0.75 cm2[20] or 11% larger in left-handedand ambidextrous people than right-handed people.[20][21] This difference is evident in the anterior and posterior regions of the corpus callosum, but not in the splenium.[20] Other magnetic resonance morphometric study showed corpus callosum size correlates positively with verbal memory capacity and semantic coding test performance.[22] Children with dyslexia tend to have smaller and less-developed corpus callosums than their nondyslexic counterparts.[23][24] Musical training has shown to increase plasticity of the corpus callosum during a sensitive period of time in development. The implications are an increased coordination of hands, differences in white matter structure, and amplification of plasticity in motor and auditory scaffolding which would serve to aid in future musical training. The study found children who had begun musical training before the age of six (minimum 15 months of training) had an increased volume of their corpus callosum and adults who had begun musical training before the age of 11 also had increased bimanual coordination.[25]
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    Social media marketing

    Not so fast. Facebook can do live meetings, video clips, and function as a more modern web page. After that, there are Instagram, Snap, and YouTube. Next in sequence would be orange hair's fav, Twitter. Only then do you get to the fake news, DDoS attacks on competitors from the bot armies recruited from IoT devices, etc. Also noteworthy: ask any Gen Y or Z: fb is considered as old fashioned as a normal web page. To lure youngsters, most on this site would require a social media marketing consultant.