Ethan Ford Heath

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  1. A bit of searching suggests that that CD-ROM may be as rare as hen's teeth made of gold dust. sigh.
  2. That is good information. Thanks, Not Telling!
  3. Me too... or even a good copy. Or even just the technical specs needed to have a go at making a few copies of it myself.
  4. It is listed under the heading "recently sold items", as far as I can see.
  5. Can you link to it please? I thought they sold it in a private sale a little while ago. Is it for sale again? I looked on Tarisio and couldn't find it. Michael Tree at the helm of that viola was an important early influence one me.
  6. Want to hear our Mahler 9 on Friday or Saturday night? (HK Phil., Jaap van Zweden Music Director conducting). I am pretty sure it is sold out, but if you like I can ask if the personnel manager has kept any tickets back.
  7. I am interested in the Pernambuco, potentially. Can you please PM with more details?
  8. AFAIK there a no western instruments on display in Hong Kong, and although I suspect there may be some Chinese instruments at the HK History Museum or the HK Heritage Museum in Sha Tin, I can't say for sure. There are a lot of Strads, etc. etc. in town, but all privately (VERY privately) held.
  9. I think you can share her age, height, level of advancement, and intended goals ("fun" vs. "Take Kim Kashkashian down a few pegs") it would help focus our recommendations.
  10. I used to use Helicores on my old viola, but they often broke, occasionally after as little as two weeks' playing. (Under my third finger/1st pos... not the viola's fault). Even Dominants would break once in a while. In fact, in a summer concert with an orchestra I was subbing with, I once broke a C string, replaced it with an old C-string I had as a back-up, (was under severe financial constraints at the time), broke that, and had to borrow a string from another member of the section. Very embarrassing; put me right off Helicores. These days I'm using Evah Pirazzi Golds, and have yet to break one. Of course, they go a bit dull and start growing corrosion crystals out of the D string that damage the fingerboard, so there's no panacea. Never broke a Larsen A, but did break the odd Jargar, before switching to Larsen in about 1990 or so. Our principal cello probably breaks a string or two per season. It happens, if you play a lot, sweat a lot, and really dig in. And live next to the sea. In a soup of industrial pollution.
  11. Does anyone find the Japanese-style left and right-handed specific blades to be useful for any violin-making purpose?
  12. Thanks for your reply Andreas... OK, I get it. But can you (or anyone) address my main question? How does it play? :-) PS, If I ever make it up to Tokyo, do you generally have any violas around I could try?
  13. Hi All, Just a question regarding the "Strad" viola donated by Axelrod to the Museum of American History. I understand that it is probably spurious, at least in part, and may consist of a top modified from a viol by someone or other, with back and ribs by someone else, and from considerably later. I thought it would be nice to consolidate any and all available information about the instrument's history in a single thread. What am more interested in, though, is whether anyone has played it, how well it actually works as a viola, and how it might work as a model for new instruments compared to popular models in a similar size, (428mm), e.g. Maggini and da Salo. I am not a purist and I don't care in this context whether it is a real Strad, or that it was perhaps bodged together by some more-or-less anonymous luthier; it may be fraudulent as a Strad, but it is certainly a real one of itself. I have heard a recent report that it plays and sounds like a dream. Granted, that opinion could be due to confirmation bias, but if the instrument *does* work really well, it might be nice to add it to the repertoire of designs that viola makers and players have to choose from. Does anyone know of any professional recordings featuring the instrument? Also, if it is generally accepted that it is not a real Strad, why is it in Jost Thöne's big book of Strads?
  14. Great! Thank you very, very much. I look forward to learning lots from your drawing thread.