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Bill Merkel

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  1. That characterizes my current favorite violin. It badly wants to scratch, wolf, howl, squeak, but when you get on top of it (which isn't hard) very rewarding.
  2. ^Are you able to understand that the motivation for the research is irrelevant, and the research itself and its finding is the significant thing? The motivation could be a bunion on the latest fired Russian conductor's toe and it wouldn't matter. What are you a Dr. of? Not something involving life and death, I pray.
  3. I went to the original source, which wasn't "hearsay from a child" (WTF), and it says the absence of this is a factor of 10 lower in professional string players. Claims that you can compensate, etc. are irrelevant. The bottom line is the incidence in professional string players is significantly different. What does it mean? Does it even mean that in fact you really can't compensate? Don't try to sound exasperated with me because I will exasperate you for real until you get real, or i write you off, which is really what's next.
  4. What are the grounds? I'd say unless the study's flawed, there is some significance, just because the absence is quite lower in musicians.
  5. As far as I've noticed Dounis never mentioned this, and he was a not only a violin teacher but a physician with a special interest in the left hand, especially finger independence. I will look more...
  6. It looks like it could be playable enough to learn on. When it comes time to get an unbroken cello, then some shop good enough to replace a rib section might give you something for this one
  7. ^I have to think he knew what he was doing, which makes it a naive question. I can think of possible reasons why it wouldn't have been a good idea. But for anybody who likes the way I think, I'm available as consultant for any violin purchase over 15 million dollars. Any purchase of anything over 15 million dollars, actually.
  8. Should he have bid just a couple hundred K more so it could become famous as most expensive strad?
  9. I doubt this. I think you could make a passable vibrato with a stick taped to your hand for a finger, w/ enough practice. Vibrato originates in the wrist, and maybe ideally further up in the hand, and the finger just transfers the movement.
  10. Entitlement in spending means government spending required by law. Not to be confused with any other usage, such as we're entitled to half their grant...
  11. ^I've never heard the piece and my fingering might be really stupid for it but it's typical romantic fingering. Re: the 4th, if you can reach a normal 4th now, then with some time and smart practice you can reach 4th and a half eventually.
  12. ^Practice whole step patterns like G, A, B, C#, D# across all four strings. That will get the pinky used to extending a half step. You can train your hand to expand at the base knuckles. But in what you posted what I would start with is C with 3rd on the A string, shift down to 3rd on the second A, 3rd again on the second F#, then the second D# and you're in first position
  13. There are lots of ways to play the notes, including just reaching up to the C with the 4th. It's only C natural... But stylistically this C should probably be on the A string, with some portamento up to it from the low A note, then down the A string. If I was an adult beginner what I would work on is the usual easy stuff, which actually isn't easy, to perfect the fundamentals. When after a few years it sounded like a pro could be playing it then I would graduate myself. There's a traditional progression that works
  14. https://maestronet.com/forum/index.php?/topic/352417-f-holes-damaged-saxon-violin/
  15. ^You'd have to position the block with the butt in it by eye and clamp it to the table. I'll look into the Kun/Regh method since the whole problem really is drilling in the center, and since that does it automatically, there you go.
  16. ^What I picture you describing is a block with a hole a hair larger than bow butt, the bow butt comes up through the table, through the hole in the block and the end faces the drill bit. What I proposed is the same thing but instead of the hole in the block picture two cuts 90 degrees apart going to the hole. Then instead of a wobbly hole you clamp the butt into the vertex of the 90 degree angle, and no fiddling with an exact hole fit. Either way you have the problem of drilling the exact center of the butt. To find the center I like Mohr's method of measuring the diameter with a caliper then setting it to 1/2 and scoring the end of the butt with two scratches from some angle apart. Maybe I misunderstand what you're describing and what you have is light years better.
  17. ^That would work. An L cutout wouldn't have any slop though like a hole would try to have. Less fiddling.
  18. It seems to me that a floor-standing drill press and a squared-up block of material with an L cutout to hold the butt would be perfect for this. No fiddling at all, so to speak.
  19. ^I was thinking more along the lines of how does Google pull that up out of an Ebay listing using the terms white violin patent, out of the billions of other possibilities, in less than 2 seconds. ok, Ebay says to Google help us sell stuff, that's how.
  20. The chin rest looks like it could be this one, which the same person patented in 1874 https://www.ebay.com/itm/143184070313
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