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  1. I can only add that I have a professional colleague who owns, and plays every day, a gorgeous Ruggeri that's been French polished at some point in its life (she bought it at Moennig back in the mid 80's). The Belgian bridge she has on it was cut by Morel, and it has even less wood above the 'heart' than in Jeffrey's pic. (I can't speak to the projection of the FB, but I have no reason to think it's other than correct). Cellists have always suffered from the fear of their sound being compared unfavorably to other, 'louder' players. Just in modern times, Rostropovich was highly influential in convincing a lot of good players that loudness and length of endpin were correlated. (FWIW, I don't subscribe to this 'theory', and never have.) The modern taste for Belgian bridge is related to the fact that the sound is brighter, which sounds 'louder' to the player's ear, which of course makes it easier to hear oneself, whether in solo or in orchestra. For anyone who's interested enough to search it out, David Finckel has a whole series on YouTube, and he specifically says most all cellists these days play with a Belgian bridge (I don't believe he says why). But then, he presents some of his more weird ideas as Gospel (as string players are often wont to do), so take what he says with a (large) grain of salt. EDIT: Found it for you. If you don't agree with some of his advice, don't feel alone. Also, the instrument is by Zygmuntovich.
  2. Here's what to think: I think he may have been a little bit gay ("not that there's anything wrong with that"... )
  3. My mother would have thought I had become a success in life if I could only have been the cellist on Lawrence Welk.
  4. For sure. Word is it wasn't 'great', but then, as you say, it's remarkable he did it at all. I can tell you personally it's not one of the easy solos!
  5. No, No, I was just trying to be funny. Kitsch reminds me of the very worst that can happen musically, that's why I find it so compelling!
  6. http://www.bso.org/g-m/jules-eskin.aspx Not long ago I heard from an unimpeachable source he recently played the solo to Brahms 2nd. concerto. If it wasn't this season it was the last.
  7. This thread is both compelling and disgusting, like an accident on the highway.
  8. Not that it's important, but I was always told he was in the back of the 2nds. Much old information comes 2nd. hand, but even if possibly differing in detail, it can still be accurate in toto. Silverstein was the longest - lasting and most famous concertmaster in North America. Perhaps he'd have more press had he spent his career in the media capital of the world, but still I'm stunned that people on MN would say they didn't know who he was. This leaves Jules Eskin as the only active player of the 'old guard' in Boston.
  9. Everything's easier when you're surrounded by good players. Just step into your local HS band room sometime and listen to them trying to tune!
  10. 1) Well, 17 years really is seventeen years. Expensive though it was, I think you got a lot of useful life out of it, especially considering the extreme temperatures you experience in a log cabin. 2) Call your 'Michigan supplier' and complain in strong terms. My experience is they have excellent customer service. I've worked with them since the 60's, and any problems I've had have always been resolved in my favor.
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    My experience offering advice on the Internet is there's always someone waiting in the bushes to offer a "...but..." We're talking art objects, not real estate. The latter is easier to value because there are comps and usually recent sales, not to mention banks, appraisers and real estate agents who keep close tabs on valuations. Violins are much different.
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    Say what, Pancho? Re-read the OP.
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    Strads are found in attics all the time; you shouldn't have to look long. Just ask David.
  14. Exactly right. I'm a cellist, and I once complained to my long-ago concertmaster that much of the time I couldn't hear myself in orchestra. I said it must be a relief to have your sound coming out right at your ear. His response was, yes, he could hear himself a little, but the sound was so small as to be useless. Presumably he played by 'feel.'
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