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  1. 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.
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    shoulder rest

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

    I think something along those lines was discussed here: https://www.fiddlehangout.com/topic/50102
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    Ode' to #5

    As Cole Porter advised, "Do do that poo poo that you do so well!"
  5. A violin, then, if that is your best guess. But can you narrow it down a little? The OP knows it isn't a Vuillaume, and asks what it REALLY is. No need to tell him the bad news, the unavoidable facts, etc.
  6. What the OP would like to get is an authoritative opinion on what the violin IS, not what it ISN'T. That would involve looking at the violin, not the labeling.
  7. 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: https://www.violinist.com/blog/laurie/20146/15870/
  8. 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.
  9. Actually, the majority are pointless (in both senses).
  10. 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.
  11. Oops. That was Rostropovich's cello. So I'm forced to conclude either that the student I heard the story from was confusing two of her teachers, or that Napoleon tried out every cello that came through Paris.
  12. 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.
  13. Ah, Hindemith. An old retired symphony violist who had seen him play in NYC told me: "He played the viola like he was digging his grave!" I took that as a positive thing: committed.
  14. Right. For guitarists the note called and notated as middle C is the bass clef C. A lot of guitarists aren't aware of the anomaly.
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    Bow marked France

    Yes, "bee wood". Try "bois d'abeille".
  16. Amazing! This sent me back to look up Franz Clement, who premiered the Beethoven violin concerto. We're told "He would alternate his virtuoso performances with lighthearted showmanship, with such intermission antics as playing a sonata on one string with the violin upside-down" (Wiki).
  17. If you really want to save money, an eight dollar set of mandolin strings gets you two complete sets for violin. And no cutting needed. (No, I haven't tried it.)
  18. Looks like a distant kinsman of the Pechenart oddity discussed here a while back:
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    Bow ID

    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.
  20. Nice blonde by Galen Hartley (2015). I like the look, but would want different fittings.
  21. Beautiful thing! Made for Ysaye around 1920 by Sartory. That's quite late in Y.'s career, so it probably didn't get much use by him. Fascinating to read that it was later owned by the concertmaster of the Sioux City (Iowa) orchestra.
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    Neudorfer bow

    Nice profile of the man and his work (in Italian) with good photos on Paolo's bow blog: http://www.atelierdarcheterie.com/Articoli_old/RudolfNeudorferarchettier.html Your stamp seems to be unknown to Paolo: Gli archi di primo livello sono solitamente timbrati "RUDOLF NEUDORFER", gli altri più semplicemente "R. NEUDORFER".
  23. Is it maybe this one? https://www.violins.ca/fittings/tailpieces/bogaro_clemente_carbon_tuner.html
  24. Interesting question. Albert Augustine began marketing nylon guitar strings in 1948. Complete sets were out by that date, I believe, though we're told the wound bass strings took longer to develop than the plain trebles. Plain synthetic trebles (irrelevant for violin) were apparently in use from about 1944. It seems surprising that synthetic violin strings came along so much later. There must have been a long period of development and experimentation, but it doesn't seem to have left many traces. If Eudoxa was the most widely used string before the synthetics came along, can one guess that Synoxa was the first Pirastro synthetic?
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    Very nice. But how about this one? Available in my town for $250. Ad warns: "This is NOT a finely made violin." Easier to pull out of the case and show off though.