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  1. Good analysis, VdA; even the time periods align - violin construction and label.popularity.
  2. I have called makers before when I see their stuff at auction. To the best of my knowledge, they did not bid on it. If they did, it wasn't much. To a one, they were extremely helpful: telling me, variously: a) it was an early model, my new stuff is much better; b) it's pretty good, sounds like a bargain; c) fantastic deal, I know where it came from, it's a customer of mine who bought something better, or a customer of mine who is retiring, etc.
  3. Why not write and ask him if this viola is his? http://directories.thestrad.com/servicescourses/stringservices/pawlikowski-jan-zaklad-lutniczy/
  4. B.S. Where would you obtain multiple wood chips with original varnish from good Cremonese era instruments? Not every useful experiment relies on statistics and numerous samples, as any student of science realizes.
  5. No, I agree "everything (?)" now is edited. What I meant was that the definition and room acoustics are largely heard in (e.g., Heifitz) older recordings versus newer recordings. Much more diffuse sound - I was thinking it's more recording technique, for the most part and not the medium (higher definition here means better S/N). It's not the microphones so much, as current darlings include some older tube based mics possibly as old as 60's, certainly 70's - Neumann U87, (U47 was for vocals), Coles, etc.
  6. I heard Stern in concert in the mid-late 1980's. Considering his age, I was impressed, but definitely a few notes out of tune and some bow slips. My recordings of Heifitz sound really good, but definitely the recordings aren't up to current "close mike" standards.
  7. Not pseudoscience at all. You may argue that he is measuring the wrong thing, or that what he is measuring is not related to sound or quality or any number of other qualities, but he is proceeding in a far more rigorous fashion than most discussions here - to state the obvious.
  8. Here's another story - I am guessing David needs something for retirement...https://apnews.com/6348e9ad4e2340238b280618a4dad46c Maybe we Yanks can write our congressperson to suggest that this purchase be prioritized by LoC?
  9. Aaron Rosand was one of my teachers' teacher. Rosand would regularly call him, ask how he was; my teacher was his student a very long time ago, may have been one of the first. From all accounts, not only a fantastic player - a really great clip in the Strad tribute - but a very nice guy, and an incredible teacher. May his memory be a blessing.
  10. My sentiments also, except no bare ground. I create enough non-purposeful nicks and scratches with out any help, thank you. :-D
  11. This performance by Kim was from a while ago, before he started using a fretted violin and his prism glasses. Remarkable rendition; he's an amazing violinist.
  12. How does it sound? Any nasal characteristics?
  13. Really easy to filter that list...maybe we should offer to do that for Jeffrey?
  14. OK, this is very weird - not the height difference, but look closely: There is someone standing directly behind the gentleman on the far right. There appears to be no music stand for him - is he singing? Is he serving as merely a fill-in? Afraid to shoe his face? A back support for someone? Stage Manager? There's plenty of atge room; what is he doing there? He doesn't appear to be a photographer or sound tech.
  15. I enjoyed the twenty topics, because otherwise I would be lost in deciding which boards to read, but was wondering how the spam got there. I thought if you were a new poster, everything was held back until 10 posts? That should control the false posts on the 20 new topics... Can we reinstitute that, and make Jeffrey work for, say, double his pay??? :-D 1) Are they spoofing/ brute forcxing someone else's account? 2) Or, are they posting 10 times, then showing their true selves? That's a lot of work to post spam. 3) Did they find a vulnerability in a site that badly needs a redesign so they can post without approval?