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Bill Merkel

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  1. It's the way you play when you want your parents to buy you a new violin
  2. I did, but I can tell he's doing his best to make the markie sound bad. I can almost hear him speaking listen how bad it sounds
  3. This might be a starting point for makers really wanting to understand physics. "Calculus for Beginners and Artists", from MIT. Strange title I suspect what usually really goes on is something close to "follow the science". But I'm not sure either would give much improvement in results in reality. I mean I can easily picture artists beating scientists in violin making https://klein.mit.edu/~djk/calculus_beginners/
  4. You've missed this somehow I think. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9yIl0oKt5Ek
  5. I wondered what microphone Joe Rogan has sitting there on his podcast so I thought ok, this is going to be the most famous current microphone, so I looked it up and Shure enough, it's your 7B...
  6. I'd hate to see the price of a Snap-on bow.
  7. I like this story. Nobody gets covid, but it's good anyway.
  8. The only difference between it and kittens is ...well, no significant difference
  9. When I was a little kid, we'd shine up silver dimes by rubbing mercury on them. Quarters too, if we could get our hands on one. Makes them real shiny. We didn't drink it, but it was considered perfectly safe to be around and handle
  10. ^To a singer, Handel is probably as hard as anything else. I don't see why it wouldn't be. For an orchestra, including the conductor, there are sections that sound right at any speed. Sections that will never sound too fast. A fundamental requirement of orchestra violinist in general is to be able to play really, really, really fast
  11. I don't know of any civilizations that failed because of their environment's inability to sustain a larger population. Shortages from overpopulation is old thinking, like the coming ice age Today's problem is shortages from slowdown of innovation that leads to famine in poor countries, low birth rate in rich ones, increasing age, decreased industrial output, and other problems, ending in the collapse of civilization...
  12. The human population is falling steeply, heading below the level needed to sustain civilization
  13. Only if it's Lynne Dawson doing the warbling. https://youtu.be/YU7VxFoPIeI?t=4770
  14. The Castello scroll and peg box is a lovely and simple pregnant girl, but yours is some old cougar bellied up to the bar
  15. It's nutty, to be honest. Would expect to see nutty methods and materials too
  16. Dammit, it you want something done right, you have to do it yourself. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pBx-tr1FDvY
  17. Queen hen is in it, anti-corruption platform and all "the President of the Republic of Moldova , Maia Sandu, was given confirmation that my Guadagnini violin was a Stradivarius!"
  18. She'd need a statement from a luthier to leave Moldova, I think she was told, and the Moldovan luthier wrote the Moldovan antiquities stuff, and then when she tried to leave, it was seized. Maybe the authorities think it's stolen and nabbed it this weird way while they investigate, or could be a coincidence https://www.petitieonline.com/freeguadagnini
  19. ^I have written them a letter suggesting and recommending it be changed to your birthday.
  20. The usual is to contact a good shop, mail order/web if need be, and they will send you several to try. Keep the one you want or send them all back. Normal process, easy, they're used to it and set up for it. There's a good chance they will ask for your teacher's contact info. If they do, give them the name of a friend, and if you buy the bow they will get a kickback and owe you a dinner
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