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  1. J-G

    Vecsey Tartini

    Good stuff. (The von Vecsey, not the Perlman.) There's also a great version of the complete sonata done by Vasa Prihoda, and it looks like that is also on You Tube. The Carmen clip is a little disappointing. Well, he was eleven, and there was as yet no way of editing recordings. But Midori was not much older when she played that sensational Carmen for Bernstein's birthday concert, also on You Tube.
  2. Wonderful stuff! The Gran Duo video brings back memories of a really buffo festival performance long ago with Gary Karr and Ruggiero Ricci. John Ogdon was the pianist, and he joined in the fun too. Thanks for posting.
  3. A wood-block sounds like a good idea though. I once saw a cellist crack the rib of his Vuillaume in a rehearsal when directed to deliver a hand-slap during a modern piece. A local quartet used to have the violist, who used a cheap bow, do all the col legno. The others simply ignored the marking.
  4. Question seems mighty abstract. Perhaps you have a particular case in mind? Tell us about it, with photos if possible .
  5. Interesting discussion of the character of the vibrations that occur within the stick in Andreas Grütter's little "book" about the bow, in the chapter on Damping: http://www.andreasgrutter.nl/bow-couch/damping.html
  6. Holy cow! "Dead silence in the woods; melodious already dead gray." The really shocking fault (aside from "dead" for "living") is missing the two verbs and putting instead an impossible noun and an ungrammatical adjective. Can computers really be that dumb?
  7. You might try contacting Michael Richwine at K. C. Fiddles. He may know something about the builder, and he posts here.
  8. Thanks for that, Martin. That's the information I was looking for. The 1886 date then is probably correct. So a slightly less pointless label than those presented by Jacob.
  9. Not a Klotz, and probably not made in 1886 either. I wonder if the phrase Deutsche Arbeit may have been a labeling requirement for domestic production at some point. To me it has a 20th-century, if not a post-1933 ring, but I haven't seen any information about just when it was used. Whatever its origin, the violin itself looks like a decent instrument, and in this price range it's really all about finding something that plays well and sounds good in your own hands. So it's another anonymous old German violin. Enjoy it!
  10. Good long list of books, articles, blogs and videos in the first post of this long thread on the Lemuel site: https://www.violins.ca/forums/viewtopic.php?t=1672&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=0 The Bolander book 1000 Bows and a Tribute is available as a free download.
  11. J-G

    Peg size

    Interesting information. I'm curious whether the different tuning ratios produced by different shaft diameters are an issue that enters into the choice of pegs to be used on new violins. Is this why the smaller shafts are preferred, with the larger shafts destined for worn pegholes?
  12. That is, as out of tune as every piano performance is? Yet string players do play with pianists and do get in tune with them.
  13. In my experience, pianists giving an A for tuning normally play the D below as well, often with an F or an F# between. So the violinist is tuning the two middle strings to the piano. The outer two strings will be tuned by ear, but whether that gives "just" or "tempered" pitches may well vary from player to player; in any case the difference is a very few cents. But when you're playing in A major, where do you place the C#? This is where there is a real divergence. My impression is that players in (say) a quartet are willing and able to go flatter than when playing with a pianist. But I'm not sure this is consciously thought of as a choice of "just" over "tempered". Could be simply a knack for getting in tune with the environment.
  14. Nice demonstration of three different mechanical approaches in this Sassmanshaus video, but no discussion of the arm's role:
  15. Makes sense; thanks, Brad. And yes, if it plays well there's nothing to fix.
  16. Here's a playful version I especially like-- no violin, but a nice grasp of the style.
  17. Thank you for that, Andy. I dare say many of us here will have occasion to recall your experience when facing the same issues.
  18. Thank you, Martin. That clarifies the point I was asking about.
  19. Certificate is dated 14 August, 2000. Anything to be made of this? The bow is said to be "made by Louis Bazin", but then described as "quite typical of the work of the final years of this workshop".