Andrew McInnes

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    Classical music, historic performance methods. Also, coffee, cheese, and beer. It's Wisconsin, after all.

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  1. The price is definitely magical. Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.
  2. What a steal. I especially like how there is no Best Offer available. https://www.ebay.com/itm/Antique-Violin-1860-American-Civil-War/332494677620?hash=item4d6a3a2674:g:7igAAOSwIGJaO4aB
  3. I've got one of Ken's carbon fibre violin tailpieces, and I'm quite pleased with it. To underscore a comment above, these tailpieces are not a silver bullet. They do not make mediocre fiddles sound anything other than mediocre, just more definitively. Installing it on a quality luthier instrument has nice results: the same instrument is more responsive, has a qualitatively "cleaner" tone envelope, and a bit more punch. As a Baroque player, the carbon feels far more sturdy under my chin than does wood or Wittners. Most impressive is that the tailpiece makes it an order of magnitude easier to properly voice chords. All that said, is it worth $350 for the violin model? Well, I spend about $125 on a set of strings, because it helps my instrument be more decisively itself. That amount of money is difficult for me to scrape up, but because this is my livelihood, I have no choice but to spend the money. For the cost of not quite three sets of strings, I have a non-consumable tool which helps me leverage my current instrument. So yes, I think the carbon is worth the cost, if one is making music as a livelihood. Given that the viola, 'cello, and bass models are each much more expensive than the violin model, obviously a grain of salt has to be taken in translating my violin-specific comments to the larger instruments. I have no experience there, so I'd be interested in hearing your comments. As a note, I'm not paid by Ken.
  4. Dwight, I've never heard a Ritter in person. Did you ever get a chance to handle your teacher's Ritter?
  5. Hermann Ritter: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hermann_Ritter Here's a bit about his viola model. Info is under the heading "Richard Wagner and the Ritter Viola": http://www.wagnerdallas.com/events2004/wsd050326.htm
  6. As far as I know, the model for this particular instrument is similar to that of the Lupot body or Claudot family, which was slightly oversized. I have an Augustin Claudot which is similar to the OP instrument.
  7. Customer asked what her instrument needed, and was shocked to learn that strings needed to be changed. "I thought they never wore out!"
  8. NSFW nudity. Answer: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Nude-blonde-woman-holding-a-violin-vintage-art-photo-by-Harry-Amdur-/272517049933?hash=item3f73482e4d:g:ZVUAAOSw44BYdNcn Question: Second violinists try harder.
  9. My view is because of what I perceive as the "accessorisation" factor of violins. In order to be taken seriously as a member of a certain class of performer, one needs the right branding. Analogous to the art dealer who switches from driving a Volvo to a Mercedes - art is the same, but suddenly it looks a lot more attractive. That said, you're quite right, Don. I might just be a tad too cynical.
  10. Strad did that on one his lesser known instruments, the Crème Brûlée Ex-Boyardee ukulele.
  11. Answer: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Kid-Children-Clown-Picture-Painting-Playing-Violin-Big-Eye-10-by-8-/182386790411?hash=item2a7719900b:g:XiUAAOSwezVW1gPM Question: What is a lost John Wayne Gacy?
  12. And that, my friend, is the central problem to modern 'art': Who is gonna buy that crap?
  13. I propose changing the name from Medusa -- from whom one must shield one's own eyes -- to Justice -- who shields her eyes from everyone else.
  14. I'd make the example more extreme. Lets say that your hypothetical Stradivarifaux or Del Fauxsu totally mops the floor with its real counterparts. It's the hands down best example of a performance instrument in the world. Not necessarily a museum piece, but as an instrument it king of the hill. My thoughts, although I'm unwilling to make a precise estimate of the price... The price of the instrument would crater at the next auction, and that's assuming the then-current owner would be willing to take the beating and turn it into a tax writeoff. Otherwise, they would try to unload it onto a non-profit instrument library for what would become a vastly inflated valuation (tax writeoff again). The big name stars of the violin world would have to turn their noses up at the hands down best performance violin in the world, because it wasn't "real". The rest of us professionals would be scraping together every last penny we could beg, borrow, and steal in order to own the damn thing.
  15. Answer: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Music-Professor-Violin-Educating-Beauty-1903-antique-color-lithograph-print-/361451463501?hash=item54282fa34d:g:NRgAAOSwo3pWcykI Question: What is sexual harrassment?