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  1. 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.
  2. I actually think he liked the violin, I think there is good respect for the basic french workshop violin in my area. It's nothing special, but would be hard to replace. I play OK, they handed me a Bergonzi and a Peccate while I was getting some work done...
  3. After having one of my violins worked on, the shop manager looked at me and said of my early 20th century French workshop violin, "very nice fiddle, don't ever sell it " I hoped that meant that it was a great value for what it was rather than its so bad it would be best to keep it with a mediocre player like you...
  4. This is true. There are some differences between parallel braced and X braced archtops (w/Parallel braced having more punch and x braced guitars having more warmth). I had a '37 Gibson L7 (X braced 17" guitar same body as a L5 with less decoration.) Flat-top guitars have more sustain and many sound a little more bassy and muddy than a comparable quality archtop. You might also want to consider a OOO body martin style instead of an archtop.
  5. Likewise, softness in a bow might be the over-muscling arm or stick noise, the hard pinching in the fingers...... guilty as charged. I just got a great teacher after a long time out of lessons. She's working me through a whole bunch of tension issues. I may need a thumb transplant, as the one I have doesn't seem to follow directions to relax.
  6. That is beautiful. The recording sounds great, and he is happy. I can only wish to do as well in my future. You are a good son.
  7. Nice... We sometimes have a rabbit problem in my garden, and my dogs like green beans and tomatoes. I put up a small fence around my raised beds, and will occasionally get the air rifle out if something really important is getting munched on by the rabbits. Lately, the cats and coyotes take care of most of the rabbits. If you put the work into the beds, you take it personally when somebody else gets them.
  8. Nice garden. A deer fence with a watchdog ?
  9. This year, I was not able to play violin in church for a very long time due to COVID. Peter, I miss many of the same things that you do, but I was blessed to have my daughter's boyfriend over (both of them are grad students). We were able to play Christmas music (voice, violin and guitar) for his mom and family halfway across the world. In a couple of hours we will do the same for my mom in a nursing home. Those tiny little moments of making a connection are priceless. While you can miss the Christmas eve service, I encourage you to not miss making the connection with others. Blessings to you and your family Scott
  10. smf

    T Grabenzee violin

    Your logic is the same as what I thought. There is a lot of unknown about the violin, besides the fact it came from my old violin teacher's estate. If I plan on pursuing it, I'll post some pictures. Thank you
  11. smf

    T Grabenzee violin

    my teacher had passed away and I'm in no hurry to buy it. I'm around the Chicago area, so there is no problem finding a place to take a look at it. It's an older violin, so unknown condition issues are a big deal. It does have Sotheby's appraisal from about 5 years ago.
  12. I am in the beginning process of perhaps purchasing a violin that used to belong to my old violin teacher. it is labeled T Grabensee circa 1858. I am not at the stage where I can get a lot of photos, but was wondering if any Grabensee violins have crossed your paths, and what you thought of them ?
  13. #1) I would like to own the Lamy violin bow that I tried several years ago at Eric Swanson's shop in Chicago. It was a beautiful bow owned by a CSO violinist who was thinning his bow herd. It drew such a nice tone out of my violin. I will not make the same mistake if another bow like that one comes up. #2) My late violin teacher's italian violin he won from the Renenyni Competetion in Budapest. I miss the man and his kindness.
  14. I worded my short response too quickly. Of course the violin was made by many people, It's just that the Scroll and neck looked even more out of place on my violin. I'm familiar with the information in your link. My violin is a trade instrument, and I am happy to have it. I have a nice WM Lewis and sons German trade bow to go with it. Lewis and sons imported many many violins and bows.
  15. I have a similar mougenot made for the American market in the 1930s. The scroll and neck were obviously made by a different set of set of hands than the body. I’m on the road but will try to post some photos of mine tomorrow evening
  16. If somebody is in need of a 3/4 size violin (Shar Beginner level, set up and plays well), I have one to give away. The deal is when you are done with it, you have to find it another home.
  17. Having a teacher helps tremendously, but paying attention to what you are doing and having an idea where you are going makes the musical journey possible. I would add that playing with other people is very important.... good food, company and music help make us all better people.
  18. Progress for me never was linear. Just try to practice in a meaningful connected way most days and one day you will be able to do things you could not do otherwise. It just happens.
  19. It worked for me... PhD in Quantitative Genetics. One of my statistics professors was really big about visualizing data. He said most folks cannot think about more than a couple things at once. He called it two dimensional thought. I had no problem thinking about several variables at once and how one thing would change the other. (Multivariate thought). Certainly the violin is a multivariate instrument that gives you instant feedback about what you are doing wrong or right. I really think the best violins and bows can give you almost too much feedback.... but it sure is fun to play such instruments.
  20. No problem, I loaded up my wife and made a long trip to grad school many years ago. They were good times. I hope your time at Indiana will be good for both of you. If you end up here on short notice, that is OK.
  21. If you wanted to change your route and go through Iowa on I-80, you could stay the night at my house in Geneseo, Illinois (Quad Cities where Illinois and Iowa meet up). We should have a nice assortment of sweet corn to eat by then. We have two golden retrievers, but they are pretty harmless unless you are a pheasant or a duck. From Geneseo, you are probably 7 hours or so from Bloomington IN. It's a very nice town.
  22. I suppose the Becker Family figured out the summer violin making vacation many years ago... It worked out pretty well for them. A few years down the road, I would like to go to Oberlin some summer and just watch, grill nice steaks for everybody and bring a couple of bottles of really good bourbon.
  23. ... A button down shirt and khakis should get you into most places during the day. Add a Blue blazer and a tie and you are good to go just about everywhere. I play violin at an assisted living home on most Sundays, many of the residents just wear sweats now. Getting dressed can be really tough when everything does not work as well as it used to. Since it's after labor day... i suppose I can't wear my white tennis shoes. Rue, If I wear a shirt, folks can't see the giant violin with flames shooting out of it I just got inked on my back.
  24. Society has become more informal, there is no doubt about it. People also work many more hours per week than 3-4 decades ago. Some families have a hard time putting together a sit down meal, let alone get everybody dressed up to go to a concert. We should be focused on instilling a love of music for people of all ages first, the formalities can come later. One day all of us may be in wheelchairs wearing sweatpants. I just hope somebody still likes me enough to take me to a concert.
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