GeorgeH

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  1. Atypical construction violin

    This has more than just the thru bridge. The crazy neck and saddle make it look like some kind of prototype. Also, it does not appear to be a sound "post," and I can't tell if the base bridge foot is sitting on the top or not.
  2. Atypical construction violin

    It appears to have something other than a sound post. It looks like the treble bridge foot is sitting on a block where the sound post would be. I guess that the idea is that the vibrations are transferred to the top via the "sound block" because it does not appear that the foot of the bridge is in contact with the top at all (I am assuming that the block is in contact with the top).
  3. CAVEAT EMPTOR

    I have an old Saxony c. 1800 with the similar artwork, but a different maker, on the fake label. It isn't the prettiest violin and it shows its use and age, but it sounds wonderful. Mine looks Klingenthalish.
  4. HELP VIOLIN ID

    As I understand it, the upper and lower ribs are jammed into the outside mold corners first, and then the c-ribs are jammed in, which is why the c-bout ends miter into the upper and lower.
  5. HELP VIOLIN ID

    Hi Thomas! Then Saunder's "Corner Blockology" suggests outside mold construction, which would account for the equilateral triangular blocks, the miters, and the 2-piece bottom rib. Method 2 as described in this link:
  6. HELP VIOLIN ID

    Some better photographs would be helpful. Is the bottom rib one piece or two?
  7. Anyone else think the art world has gone mad

    Maybe this. Also based on the Shroud of Turin.
  8. Anyone else think the art world has gone mad

    Why not? In a world where 1% of the population owns 50.1% of the world's wealth while the bottom 50% own less than 1%, I am happy to point out the irony of spending almost one-half a billion dollars for a painting of Jesus. It isn't just the art world that has gone mad.
  9. I spotted this cornerless cello on Craigslist. I've never seen one before! https://philadelphia.craigslist.org/msg/d/200-year-old-signed-chanot/6389046445.html
  10. so ugly it's almost cool...

    If you want to please @Violadamore then you need to tell her how it sounds. Anyway, it is a nice piece of erotic art.
  11. Anyone else think the art world has gone mad

    Yes! I was off by an order or magnitude! By 30 or 40 good Strads!
  12. Anyone else think the art world has gone mad

    Or 3 or 4 good Strads.
  13. Zigeurnerweisen

    The golden rule of learning to play something fast is learning to play it slowly and perfectly first. Now, I don't know this particular passage, but here are some things I find helpful when I am struggling with a passage that I want to play fast: 1. Practice it slowly with very short bow strokes. 2. Start and end the passage at different points - particularly just a few notes ahead and a few notes after points where your fingers start to trip or bowing messes up. 3. Create very small loops around problem areas that start and end on the correct up-or-down bow stroke so you can practice these small loops repetitively. 4. At the points where your finger or bow start to trip: stop just before the problematic note, set up your fingers and bow completely, and then proceed. Practicing this way allows you to slowly shorten the gap between stopping and set-up until it no longer exists. 5. Play the passage using different rhythms and the bow strokes - the crazier the better! This can help reset your muscle memory so you don't make the same mistakes when you go back to playing it as written. 6. Record yourself so you can hear what you actually sound like, and identify problematic areas. Phone recordings are fine for this.
  14. Violin type Nicolo Gusetto

    @Jeffrey Holmes @duane88 Thank you both for the clarification regarding percent depreciation of a violin with a well-repaired sound post crack in the top.