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  1. Now I remember that you mentioned having Swedish connections in your family. The great thing about abba is that most of their songs are uplifting. Once in a while I get into the mood to listen to Japanese pop music. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qv1MvCLjHKU Hungarian belongs to the same group of Finno-Uighur languages. I don’t know which was more difficult to learn Japanese or Hungarian. In Japanese you can’t rely at all on any previously learned languages and need to dive into 2000 Chinese characters with multiple variants of readings. The relief is that the grammar is not too complicated. In learning Hungarian the biggest obstacle was my German speaking colleague.
  2. Just listened to it. Sounds almost like Beethoven. I am kidding only half way, because Beethoven used in some of his compositions repeating chords under a melody. (Waldstein sonata) At which loudness do you listen to this? I ‘tasted’ heavy metal music only once in my life and I could literally hear the music in my bones. That’s simply too loud for my taste. The music itself wasn’t so bad.
  3. Schumann wrote in his piano album, Album für die Jugend, a piece dedicated to G - A - D - E. Besides, Gades son, if I remember correctly, became a violin maker. Concerning Brahms’ hatred towards other composers it is at least known that he was a fan of Johann Strauss. We know as well that the word fights of music critics made him an enemy of Wagner, something which allegedly wasn’t so extreme in reality. i suppose that Brahms, who really worked hard on his compositions, despised composers going for superficial effects in seducing the audience. (And there were many around in his days) In the past I was hunting for lesser known violin compositions and the Sonatas by Gade were one of the best finds. Another one is the violin sonata by Anton Rubinstein. There were also some interesting cello pieces, do you know the cello pieces by Jacques Offenbach?
  4. This just interests me. Each time I listen to those sonatas I feel that they foreshadow the sonatas by Brahms. This makes me really wonder if Brahms had known the sonatas by Gade. Maybe someone here knows more about it? in any case I find the sonatas by Gade in some aspects very modern for their own time. And I wished they had a more prominent place in the recital repertoire.
  5. That’s it! I usually exposed this once more to uv light before processing it further.
  6. The label says all. This maker restored the violin. Ildebrandus Pasius sounds to me like an italianized name. (Hildebrandt Pass?) For the attribution of the violin I agree with the rest of the crowd.
  7. There is to my knowledge no reference work to learn this stuff. Things are scattered in small bits in the literature. It takes years (if not decades) of practice to develop a ‘good eye’ for instruments by analysis and intuition.
  8. Then you get a 35-36mm distance. I’d make a new top.
  9. I don’t know if this wax addressed to me. (Probably not) For the bass bar position the bridge feet width is more important and in the worst case I would make a cutout on the bass bar if it runs over the hole. (But this happens only on bass bar replacements of old instruments with a narrow ff spacing.) Concerning the difference of the inside versus outside measurement, I think we should keep in mind that those makers who used the system didn’t know millimeters and therefore it doesn’t matter. It’s about dimensions and proportions.
  10. One thing I can say now about any experiments is that thinly built boxes are much more sensitive to alterations and therefore I find it extremely important under which conditions the experiment has been made. Do you remember how solid your box was?
  11. It’s not that simple. F-hole spacing belongs to one of the things which certainly has no direct effect. Presumably if you plug the upper lobes, you change more the air resonance than anything else. However it can be the logic result of other changes which are good for the sound. Did you ever try to set on a violin by Johann Georg Thir a wider 43mm bridge? This might give a better answer.
  12. I suppose if there is any work you don’t like you play the last movement of op 135. i have the Recording by the Melos quartet (I think it was an occasional find in New York) but still want to have the recording by the Guarneri quartet.
  13. I would definitely add wings and use a wider model. Especially because those narrow wings won’t be visible if well executed. Nothing will be inside the purfling line.
  14. Can’t tell you if the mentioned violins by Antonio Stradivari have a good sound. But there is a clear development from narrow c-bouts and proportional narrow f spacings towards wider overall dimensions. If we really accept the idea that makers like Antonio Stradivari developed the dimensions of their models by trial and error, this is a clear development and presumably for acoustic reasons. The Marsick Stradivari (I think it was made in 1732) has 46mm f-hole spacing. I think with the c bout width Stradivari a kind of hit the limit for the bow clearance and for this reason didn’t go further. A paper written by Jansson describes the bridge feet width as one factor for the bridge hill resonances. Unfortunately the corresponding original bridges by Antonio Stradivari are not preserved which would tell us much more about the intent in this development. I am convinced a wider f hole distance with a wider bridge makes a difference. I arrived in my new concept violin at a 46mm bridge which sounds better than any tested 42mm model. C bout width is 117mm and f distance still 42mm but the logical next step is to make a top with 46mm f hole spacing. However, my permanent warning for alterations in dimensions is always the same. By changeing one parameter we cannot expect a miraculous result, because other parameters are involved. If the f hole distance gets wider it might be necessary to go further down on the overall thickness of the central strip (defined by the width of the f holes) Almost as if you would calculate the volume of this portion. (So with 42mm and 2.5mm thickness at a length between blocks of 320mm, you get theoretically 3.28mm thickness for 46mm f hole spacing) In Reality this is certainly more complex.
  15. 日本語で返事をいただいて、ちょっと驚きました。また日本へいらっしゃいましたら、声をかけください。 Tried to open the link to get a bite of listening to stuff I usually don’t listen to, but the channel refuses listeners in Japan. That’s Jaco’s son singing?
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