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  1. Maybe Cantiga A? Fairly low tension, likely won't t overpower the dut strings.
  2. So...Nigel Kennedy withdraws from a signed gig. In this case, I think he was completely correct. https://www.udiscovermusic.com/classical-news/nigel-kennedy-cancels-classic-fm-concert/ and https://www.thestrad.com/news/nigel-kennedy-pulls-out-of-royal-albert-hall-concert-citing-musical-segregation/13663.article Literally, classicfm said no we don't want you because you want to play a small, lyrical piece - likely an encore - that might not be "understood" by our target audience???? Even the orchestra acceded to his wishes for no conductor for his main piece. I don't get this at all. Full disclosure: I have become a jimi hendrix fan as I heard others play his work on different stringed instruments. I would love to see a Nigel cover of this... and
  3. for a microsecond...I read Jezzupe stripper. @chiaroscuro_violins I have wondered about that too... I have seen a few violins that were extensively repaired - oodles of cracks on the top - would never consider buying, but they sounded great. A topic for another dicussion... Also, probably impossible to know with certainty what other "repairs" might have beeen done - regraduating, bassbar, etc. Controlled experiment - sets of 2 identical violins, as practically can be done; smash (lightly) and repair one; gauge results....Smash differently - once, sound board, small cracks; another, cracks the length of the top, etc. Repeat, with various parts of the instrument, then combine in defined patterns...Then we could have Andreas french polish and see if they sound or measure differently... Impractial, to say the least...
  4. Yes, @Davide Sora I knew it was the same referred article we have discussed before. I am impressed that there are so many articles in the popular press referencing it; this one seemed a little more balanced. @Don Noon slo-o-ow burn! Trenchant. Exactly, @chiaroscuro_violins. We know that not all of AS's violins were equally good - at the very least, there are different shapes - i.e. long pattern, and we have what is nearly universally recognized as his golden period, etc. I have also heard from way more than 1 dealer that not all Strads are equal, and as discussed before, someone trying to make their mark will not turn down a Strad if it is loaned to them, unless they are already famous. Of the 3 or 4 of Tony's creations I have been privileged to play, I can attest that even in my hands they are most definitely not equal, though all were set up by known luthiers, and in good condition (irrespective of past repairs). OTOH, @Strad O Various Jr., I also believe you are correct, our man Tony got many things correct, and wasn't afraid to experiemnt. That seems to have been his "secret," with lots of self promotion, an astute business sense, and the fortune to have had most of the world's best players on his violins. I recall many here pointing out that at one time, Stainer violins were more popular than Strads.
  5. Some denatured alcohol includes some proportion of methyl alcohol; the fumes can be poisonous. Common denatured alcohol in the US may include as little as 50% Ethanol, and can include up to 10% methyl alcohol. Stick to everclear.
  6. Sadly, there are many states where you can't buy everclear 190, including Nevada, so it's not just CA. I think everclear is preferable to denatured alcohol, as it doesn't have benzene added to form an azetrope to aid distillation. Or at least, that's the rumor. The benzene could be removed, but I have never been able to find if that's usually done. I wish there was a luthier or woodworking license one could obtain that would allow us to buy Everclear; it's not like we plan to drink it.
  7. Yet another article about the Strad varnish chemistry - the Angewandte Chemie, 2021 paper...https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/09/study-confirms-superior-sound-of-a-stradivari-is-due-to-the-varnish/ Any additional thoughts? At least this summary and intro was written well, and fairly conveys some of the prior work...
  8. There is more discusssion of Yitamusic at violinist.com. You will find opinions all over the place. IIRC, setup is only, mostly OK, and can usually be improved. Definitely not the worst, and usually not as good as what a good shop stateside will do... Realize that must maestronetters don't deal with stuff this low end, except to tell people, "you get what you pay for..." (Thanks chiaroscurro. ) :-) Looking at your past posts, why not go to a shop or three in your area and try a few violins, rather than trying mail and auction offerings?
  9. I would look for members of the American Federation of Violin and Bow makers, or at least VSA members: https://www.vsaweb.org/ Years ago, I had similar fears: most violin shops seemed to work in an older fashioned way - they would give you a receipt describing your violin, but many wouldn't even slip a tag on violin- how they kept them separate I'll never know. (It seemed that all the luthiers I dealt with had a razor sharp memory) Most shops now label the violins, and they have insurance against damage, theft, fire, etc. Many photograph the instrument both before and after, to avoid specious damage claims. You might ask the shops their policy regarding lost violins, and how they care for the instruments set for repair. Really, though, my violins always arrived better than when I left them. Except for Auctions, some seemed to be the worse for wear compared to their picture. :-)
  10. There is/was an Aussie project on kickstarter to create a very small long lifed (battery) GPS tracker. Likely still too big for a violin, unless one were to hollow out a larger chin rest, but easily concealable in a case... From what I have seen, better than all the other solutions extant. Still waiting for mine. Project delayed considerably because of COVID, shipping restrictions, and esp. the "chip shortage." There are the blue tooth trackers (trackR, Apple's entry, etc.) that have a limited range, used to be ~ 30', now IIRC, some can go to ~ 120', and are small enough to be concealed under a finger board or under a chinrest, and resonably negligible weight. These devices rely on crowd sourcing for tracking, so perhaps not immediately useful in the case of theft, but the batteries usually last 6 months to a year, so a reasonable chance the location could be found eventually, unless someone discovered the hidden device. My guess is most thieves wouldn't check. Maybe later, when the violin passes to an intermediary?
  11. In the states, shank is not the lower part of a limb, but a shiv, or a home made knife like weapon, especially those made in prison. Both shank and shiv are also used as transitive verbs. I think @jezzupe was referring to this colloquialism.
  12. Marilyn Wallin, former VSA prez... When I took Joe's varnish workshop, there were several women there, established luthiers, including an instructor from Chicawgo School o' Violinz... In Darnton's summer class, at one point, it was half women. Could the US be ahead of Europe? Looking at the Italian Syndicate, Cremona Consortium there are few women who are established. I counted 4...sad. Of course, there may be others who identify as female; I just made a non PC judgement.
  13. https://www.classicfm.com/discover-music/instruments/violin/luthier-dishwasher-violin-torture-instagram/ I must be missing something; this seems incredibly stupid, sort of the insane art that was really trash, popular in the 80's or so. Or has classic fm stooped to new lows?
  14. I'm kidding; it stands for Violin Shaped Object, implying it is neither suitable for man/women/beast.
  15. @Jack VSO stands for Violadamore Subject Objectionable, or a pseudo violin not even suitable for VdA to work her magic on.
  16. I had the same question...55K, plus fees... The dates are validated, so it's clerly old, but...66K? Clearly someone thought it identifiable. Bid history is unremarkable, it wasn't a bidding war between 2 people as some others are that go for excessive prices... DATE & TIME BIDDER ID AMOUNT Jul 20 11:00 Guguteolina $10,000 Jul 20 11:00 ag1666 $11,000 Jul 22 19:36 lionnest $12,000 Jul 29 22:51 Bacchus $13,000 Aug 2 12:42 ag1666 $14,000 Aug 5 08:26 GuiR $15,000 Aug 5 08:58 ag1666 $16,000 Aug 5 08:26 GuiR $16,000 Aug 5 08:58 ag1666 $17,000 Aug 5 10:45 dzigibau $18,000 Aug 5 11:05 jaboo $19,000 Aug 5 11:27 ag1666 $20,000 Aug 5 12:45 Ideal $21,000 Aug 5 12:56 lionnest $22,000 Aug 5 13:11 Ideal $23,000 Aug 5 13:14 Bowjob69 $24,000 Aug 5 14:31 lionnest $25,000 Aug 5 13:14 Bowjob69 $25,000 Aug 5 14:32 lionnest $27,500 Aug 5 14:35 Bacchus $30,000 Aug 5 14:40 lionnest $32,500 Aug 5 15:02 Guguteolina $35,000 Aug 5 15:03 Bacchus $37,500 Aug 5 15:02 Guguteolina $37,500 Aug 5 15:12 lionnest $40,000 Aug 5 15:12 Guguteolina $42,500 Aug 5 15:19 lionnest $45,000 Aug 5 15:31 dzigibau $47,500 Aug 5 15:48 Bacchus $50,000 Aug 5 15:52 dzigibau $55,000
  17. How would Don age the "wood?" Paddy Murphy as he appeared on Frank Hall's show: https://www.theviolinchannel.com/violin-made-entirely-from-car-parts-ireland-1972-paddy-moran/
  18. Helix LT, not IT; it's a somewhat pricey guitar effects procesor, considered to be quite good, better than the run of the mill ones that are so common. https://www.musicarts.com/line-6-helix-lt-multi-effects-guitar-processor-with-backpack-main0388842
  19. I have very sad news to report. Guido Lamell, a long time 2nd violinist for the LA Phil, and conductor of the Santa Monica Symphony Orchestra, died yesterday. He was an enthusiastic, accomplished teacher, musician, mentor, and conductor. I imagine there will be a much more focused, well-written obituary, but the below notice is all I could find. https://newdeaths.com/2021/07/15/guido-lamell-death-obituary-guido-lamell-cause-of-death/ This a huge and unexpected loss.
  20. Bow looks way too crude to be a Grand Adam...Not even close.
  21. Franken-thuggery or art? Should we keelhaul Thackray and cover him with hot varnish? Or annoint him to the Cremona priesthood? https://www.newyorker.com/culture/cultural-comment/the-urge-to-destroy-a-violin #violintorture #drunkluthier #violinsadism
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