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    Wow! Sounds like an early example of the Jackson-Guldan method. Then again, I seem to recall that some early Spanish guitars (and viols?) were made by carving the whole body cavity from one piece. Like carving a canoe.
  2. Studied with Thibaud, Enesco, and Flesch before the war. Narrowly missed being torpedoed when escaping to Britain in 1940. Became a major soloist. Played with John and Yoko.
  3. I've heard it called a Spohr design. Combines chin and shoulder rest. Best part is, it stays on the fiddle in the case.
  4. Nice piece and a good performance. Thank you, Marty. And congratulations, Dwight!
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    I'm curious whether the maple used gives you that impression. An imported scroll (and neck) would likely use European maple, a U. S. builder probably a new world variety. Can you (or anyone else here) identify the maple(s) of the scroll and body?
  6. Oops, I missed the "m.s." in the excerpt above. If that applies to the whole passage, then it isn't the flamenco-style strumming after all. (Might be easier with right hand though?) (Edit: ) I now see that neither of the two scores on imslp has the m.s. indication, so I guess the composer intended right hand. (2nd edit:) Just checked Hilary Hahn's performance on Youtube. As I expected, she plays LH pizz for the open E only, then strums with right hand.
  7. For what it's worth, flamenco guitarists call that kind of strumming "rasgueado".
  8. It's not gonna sound great with the bridge in the wrong place,. And oh— does it have a back?
  9. Perhaps the place has changed since Johnson's day? "Why, Sir, you find no man, at all intellectual, who is willing to leave London. No, Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford." — Samuel Johnson
  10. An attempt is made here to classify and characterise the different kinds of E-strings. This may be useful information for some, though not everyone will agree with the pros and cons given: https://store.fisherviolins.com/Guide_To_Violin_E_Strings_a/298.htm
  11. Augustine nylon guitar strings were on the market from about 1948. They were endorsed by Segovia, and almost overnight no guitarist was using gut strings. The plain (unwound) nylon strings had taken longer to develop than the wound basses. But so far as I know no synthetic E-string has ever been been available for violin, so that synthetic-core sets still use a plain steel E, or a metal-on-metal wound string.