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  1. You see medullary rays on a violin bridge. They are the flecks.
  2. I'm a commercial plant breeder, while it's been a while since my plant anatomy class, I believe I am correct. You really see these rays in Quarter sawn White Oak.
  3. I believe that Medullary rays are the botanical term for what what causes this phenomenon. These rays are most commonly seen in quarter sawn wood. It's how water and nutrients get from the vascular cambium to the center of the heartwood in a tree.
  4. A close second is a good violin teacher plus a local pianist friend that will play Sonatas with me. I make sure to bring them fruits and veggies from the garden when it is in season.
  5. I was fortunate enough to see one last week undergoing a restoration, It certainly wasn't squared off or more coarsely made like Dutzenarbeit violins. I finally got an in person tutorial from a decent restorer, and while they all are not as direct as Jacob, I appreciated his time to explain things.
  6. I understand, "the time to bare my soul and record myself" mindset takes some preparation: Then things became a dumpster fire..... so what to do. I would have switched to scales and tone production after a short break and put the violin away. You did play for an hour, I wouldn't have gone that long under the situation ! Your violin is your friend, but sometimes the best of friends don't always get along.
  7. It is.... I needed this after a rough morning
  8. smf

    cold violin

    Cracks and seam openings are your main risks. If your case has a humidification system, that helps. I would expect an older instrument to be more susceptible to this. But, I bet you will be fine. Give it a couple hours.
  9. I suppose JBV was in the right place at the right time and knew it. Somebody who could actually realize that at the time had to have a lot of insight. I'll look into some of the biographies. I will tell Kate hi for you when I see her. She made me a splendid bow that, with a good teacher, is changing how I play.
  10. The latter is what I meant, that a Derazy or Bailly is a relative bargain but just not as consistent as a JBV violin would be ? Do you have any reason why this happened ? Thank you for taking the time to explain things to me. I'll never have the cash for a JBV, so I'll be happy with what I have and really enjoy practicing on my Mittenwald violin and Modern Bow (Kate Mohr tourte copy).
  11. Thanks, then you are saying the high tides of increasing valuations are lifting all the values of these french makers... So "premium" for being a JBV is not as high as I would have guessed ?
  12. Many people worked in the JBV shop over the years and many left to start their own shops. Understanding that, in general, these violins are worth way less than one of their earlier JBV violins, I don't expect them to appear or sound that much different. From a player's perspective, I suppose a really nice Bailey or Gemunder should be just as good ? I don't regularly get to play many nice French violins. Those of you who see a lot of violins for work might be able to give a little perspective. Should you buy the JBV or should you buy a Bailly or Gemunder and a nice Lamy bow and still have a nice part of a house paid for ?
  13. Also bring fruits and vegetables from the garden to your lesson to share ... Be interested in each other, then the back and forth work between players becomes a little easier.
  14. smf

    Coda Luma Bow

    I have a $500.00 (new) Diamond SX bow that I have loaned out to a friend's wife. I played on that bow for a couple years before getting one made by Rodney Mohr's daughter, Kate. I think my Coda is a great bow for the price. It's very consistent and mine has a nice bounce to it. As far as bow strokes go, it does everything an advanced ameteur would want. As a negative, I don't think it quite draws as pretty of a tone out of my current violin as my wood bows do.... but my wood bows cost a lot more. I think of Coda bows as the Honda Accords of bows... Consistently, pretty darn good. I would also check out some Brazilian wood bow makers, you can find some really nice bows there.
  15. An intermediate to advanced student could (Along with a nice graphite bow) have years of fun with that. I bet your luthier recognized that. Its the appropriate tool for the job.
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