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About Zeissica

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  1. Violist Marc Sabbah

    Nice! I haven't heard of him before. And I haven't heard the Telemann since working on it in college. That instrument sounds nice, too. More of an "alto" viola than a "tenor" viola, but I like it.
  2. Bow Purchase Indecision/Regret

    Hi Jeremy, As I was reading your story, I realized you fell in love with the Tepho as you went along, and while you were playing a lot. I've also had the experience of thinking "I can't play at all" after taking a break from the viola during a business trip, or sometimes even after playing the violin for a week or two. I suspect that once you get back into the routine, you will fell more comfortable. The other thought I had is that you mention early in your story about your general indecision and doubt. This is part of your personality and it is something you alone can deal with. It is easy to obsess about "the gear" and wonder if there is something better out there (there often is) and whether or not you made a bad decision. I think you were methodical during the process, and picked out the best of what was offered. My personal opinion is that you feel your bow technique is weak, then work on that. I think part of you knows you got a good bow. Now comes the task of getting the most out of it.
  3. violin ID, handwritten text inside, can you read it?

    That does hurt to see a nice fiddle broken up like that. I wish I had more to offer than my sympathy!
  4. Fast string crossings

    One approach is to isolate the issue and practice *only* the string crossings on open strings, to take the left hand out of the equation.
  5. "Mid-1800s, Possibly Austrian" violin, no label

    I took these pictures in open shade on two different days, so it's certainly possible the color of the light is affecting the photos. As for the blocks, a fairly heavy restoration was done in 2004 so it is possible the blocks were scraped, repaired or even replaced.
  6. "Mid-1800s, Possibly Austrian" violin, no label

    Here are some additional photos and also some measurements. Length of back is 14" exactly, or 35.6 cm Width of upper bout is 6-1/2" or 16.5 cm Width of lower bout is 8-3/32" or 20.6 cm Width of C bout is 4-5/16" or 11.0 cm Ribs are 1-1/8" or 2.86 cm
  7. So Albinoni didn't write the adagio in G?

    I had heard of this before - I think it was mentioned in the book "the Cellist of Sarajevo" but I had not come across it anywhere else. It is interesting, indeed!
  8. I've been meaning for months to take some additional photos of my violin and finally got around to it today. I bought this violin at a yard sale during the mid-1980s and it was in pretty bad shape then. In 2004, Justin Robertson in Albuquerque restored it as best he could, and it has been a nice, playable violin ever since. It has quite a nice, open sound, but does not have the overall volume or projection of the flatter profile instruments. Don Robertson has suggested that it is "Probably Austrian, mid-1800s", but it has no label to go on. I don't think the neck or the scroll are original to the body, since both appear to have a different varnish. Other than that, I'm not really sure. Thus, my bringing it here to get some additional ideas an opinions on the potential origin of this instrument. Thanks! Violin_scroll_front_smjpg
  9. Mathias Placht Bow Help

    Definitely heavy for a violin bow but on the light end for a viola bow. I agree with you, though: looks like a viola bow to me. The head size is larger than a typical violin bow, if your photo can be used for a comparison. I have not heard of this maker before.
  10. Vuillaume Viola authenticity?

    All I can add is that this instrument doesn't look very much at all like two genuine JBV violins I see regularly (friends/colleagues own them) and and one viola I saw and tried a few years ago. The workmanship on JBV instruments is second to none, at least in the examples I've seen. All that said, $2,900 for a decent viola if you like the sound and it is the right size, is not a bad price. A real JBV viola would need at least zero added to the price, and maybe two. Even then, I wouldn't dream of buying this or any instrument without playing it myself and asking a couple of friends to comment, while ideally comparing it to several other choices in a similar price range.
  11. Violin ID

    That violin looks a lot like some Gagliano family (Naples, I think) violins and a viola I've seen from the same era. Very similar varnish color, in particular, and the patina (black marks, wear) is also similar. Of note is the higher & "more square" arching on the top (from the side view). I don't recall the scrolls, though.
  12. What kind of wood is this

  13. Cello bow ID

    Jacob, really good article in the Strad, BTW. I missed it the first time around.