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  1. 5 hours ago, Richf said:

     I find bows especially difficult to photograph -- the nice flaming in the wood doesn't show here at all.  

    I imagine a darker background would help.  Your camera sets exposure for a white scene, and underexposes the dark stick.  Quite common in bow photos here.

    Focus is good though. :)

  2. 3 hours ago, The Violin Beautiful said:


    If you’re not sure which shop to try, just ask your son’s teacher or any serious players you know.


    Agreed;  you need advice and help from a player, a teacher, or a repair person.

    Also, many shops that sell student violins also rent them.  That's usually the best way to start.

  3. 45 minutes ago, MarkBouquet clearsky said:

    There's just no escaping the fact that clamping the violin between one's chin and shoulder is an unnatural way to hold it.

    And another option:  many fine Indian players brace the instrument between the chest and the right foot. 


  4. 7 hours ago, Barry J. Griffiths said:

    Yes. Carbon fiber bows do not generally play better than pernambuco, but they play better than pernambuco bows which have been confiscated.

    If a foreign orchestra is playing in the US using carbon fiber bows, this will be all the justification needed.  Confiscations have occurred, and appealing to New York musicians to lend their bows to strangers in the hours before a concert is not the ideal position to put yourself in:


  5. 4 hours ago, PhilipKT said:

    In the 70s, wouldn’t the label, even if it was itself fake, have been labeled “west Germany”?

    A little off topic, but I'll raise a question here about labeling laws: I have a "da Salo" model Höfner violin labeled "made in Germany". Höfner was manufacturing in Schönbach (Czechoslovakia) until after World War II.  I have assumed my violin is an early Bubenreuth product (1950's), on the assumption that by 1960 or so the labels would have to specify West Germany. Does anyone know when the phrase West Germany became mandatory?  (This violin, by the way, was shipped not to the USA but to India.) Thanks for any info.

  6. On 1/9/2019 at 9:08 AM, Emilg said:


    I'm not a native English speaker, but it should have been "cornerless" i presume?

    For what it's worth, builders of flatback mandolins (such as Gibson, etc.) routinely refer to their corner joints as points, so you often hear about two-point and three-point mandolins, etc.  Wouldn't expect such talk from Tarisio though.

  7. He was one of the last of a great generation (that of Menuhin, Ricci, Starker and so on);  we still have Gitlis, who studied with Thibaud in the thirties.  Parisot taught many summer workshops at the Banff Centre, along with such distinguished contemporaries as Zoltan Szekely and Lorand Fenyves. 

    I seem to recall a story that the ribs of his cello were marred by marks supposedly made by Napoleon's spurs, when the emperor tried to play it.  Probably apocryphal, of course— could have been anyone's spurs. :wacko:

  8. Interesting.  I have a bow (nickel-mounted, 59g, plays well) with the same brand, but with HOMA stamped above the frog on the same facet.  On the other side of the stick there is another stamp:  D.R.S.M. 870255 (or 670255?).  I gather HOMA was a Hoyer brand name and the DRSM number is a corporate registration number, but don't know in what period that brand and number were in use.  Any info would be appreciated.