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About phutatorius

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  1. Violin Making Schools

    An economical associates degree isn't a bad idea. When I was 50 (20 years ago) I dropped about $50,000 on a law degree and then hated the practice of law. I wished I'd spent that money on a violin making school instead.
  2. Violin Making Schools

    Given the reality of student debt, I wonder how practical this advice really is to get a degree just for the sake of a degree. Instead, I'd endorse Brad Dorsey's advice above.
  3. Best gadget for taking internal photos of violins etc.?

    I picked this one up from ebay for $16 but it looks as though they've lowered the price. I found that it works well with my PC but that the right angle mirror accessory that comes with it doesn't work for some reason.
  4. Merry Christmas

    Uh, not to be the Word Police, but shouldn't that be "prescribes" and not "proscribes"? aaaaaaand, thank you "Uncle Bob" for putting the X back in ..... our literally surreal, iconic, legendary and impactful holiday season.
  5. Deliberately Angled Soundpost

    "Also, for what it's worth, the instrument is a Czech cello made by Ladislav Prokop in 1933." That's from the OP's post. Nothing too colorful there.
  6. Deliberately Angled Soundpost

    I played a violin with a non-vertical soundpost at a local shop. The violin was made by a maker who posts or who used to post here. I would think that a slanted post would be more likely to fall or slip, and that it would be more difficult and thus more expensive to get a new sp fitted sometime later. Thus, for me, it would be a reason to avoid that violin.
  7. Turner violin Mittenwald imported

    I think the stamp on the bottom of the neck would make me crazy! Why did they do that?
  8. Dating Violin without Label

    The grain is authentic enough, but the flame or waviness on the outside is clearly painted on. See especially that photo of the ribs near the neck.

    Is that bridge made of balsa wood?
  10. How do you play fifths on high positions

    I'd say experiment and find out what works for you. Maybe a flatter finger to cover both strings, or if you can manage it, use two fingers.
  11. Perpendicular does not exist on violin tops...

    According to Wikipedia, screws as we know 'em, especially wood screws, didn't come along until after Strad was dead - mid to late 18th century. Of course you might have been making a "joak."
  12. String Shelf Life

    Nope. Wasn't you. I generally use Dominants from Shar so I guess I'm safe buying a set or two in advance.
  13. String Shelf Life

    I don't know whether it's preferable to revive an old thread or begin a new one. I looked at several threads regarding violin string shelf life: Two years ago I visited the shop of a Michigan violin maker, who rather dogmatically insisted that if you buy your strings six months in advance, when you put them on you are installing "old strings" so he recommended against it. I questioned him about whether it was exposure to moisture or to light or to air or to something else that was aging the strings. He became a little defensive and couldn't give any specific answer. But it's made me hesitant, since then, to buy strings in advance. But it appears from the threads I've viewed this morning that the consensus is that there is little problem with storing strings in a climate and humidity controlled place, away from excessive heat and light for six months to a year. Sort of like where I store my violin anyway.
  14. Assuming that you are serious about your ulnar nerve, etc, I've been dealing with similar for at least 20 years. Both arms. It doesn't help my playing of fast passages. I try to sleep with my arms as straight as possible, which helps. Sorry about the drift away from the main topic.
  15. Violin wood "undulations"?

    I like the ripple effect, and assumed it was deliberate, unlike the billiard ball violins referenced above. Both of my Bubenreuth-era Roths have it to some extent and several Heberleins I've seen have it to an extreme. Maybe it's a German thing.