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  1. "Any other specific 'good shop'/luthier recos in the New England area?" I've had excellent luck with a luthier named Brad Dorsey. (You may recognize the name from one of the posts above this one ). He's in Southern NH. In Boston, Paul at new England Violins is a nice guy and does great work, but be prepared to pay big city $$$$$$ for any work done there...they gotta pay their rent.
  2. You near Morrisville? This one is same model. Maybe ask if you can try it? Maybe it sounds the same but without the pain? Lyon Band and Instrument Company "The Challenger" 1930s Violin (Full Size) Gold/Brown | Kara's Gear Locker | Reverb
  3. Dare I even wade into this again, after my first post was so well received? Sure, I guess. But I promise this will be the last. 1) I was simply making light of the fact that many of our European friends here love to dump on American makers. I assume they do it (mostly) in jest, and so was I. I thought this was obvious. My bad. 2) There are lots of unloved, contemporary made violins out there sitting in anonymous makers' closets. They often don't have anything more 'wrong with them' than any other low to mid priced violin. Sometimes that maker could use the $2 grand more than he/she needs that violin to keep sitting in the closet. Finding these will require doing legwork / going off the beaten path. With that, good luck all...I have a snowstorm to deal with.
  4. I'm going to weigh in here with something that will certainly make the traditionalists here shudder, but here goes... If you are playing trad / folk style music, and you don't mind a trad / folk style sound (as opposed to the standard whiny / operatic sound that the classical folks all go ga ga over), you might be able to go off the beaten path a bit, and get a good deal on a (...here it comes...) American made fiddle. As it happens April Verch plays a fiddle made right there in North Carolina (Rickenbacker Violins). I'm sure it cost a pretty penny, but if I were you, I would contact that maker (or others like it) and just lay out your situation and see if they have any suggestions. They could know an apprentice or someone who has violins to unload...you may find something you love for a price you can deal with. (And you never know, if that person goes on to become a famous maker.....)
  5. Thanks for this. I'm glad they were able to have the viewing. I didn't manage to get over there, but would have liked to try the Gaglianos just so I could say I did. Did you play them? Worth the price?
  6. I'm offended. The scotch tape holding the scroll on is absolutely not an American style repair. We use duct tape in cases like that.
  7. Fine String Instruments | Skinner, Inc. (skinnerinc.com) These are a little bit spicier than what they usually have had recently. Maybe I'll walk down there on my lunch break
  8. _Alex

    Smashed Cello

    Maybe it's just me but I'm not seeing the problem. Some tape should solve this just fine.
  9. Not Ebay....Reverb Vintage Geniuine Hand Made Master Violin Outfit Johan Furst of Mittenwald 1822 ( leather case) | Pleasantville Music | Reverb Just so everyone knows: 1) you click on one of the images so it is full screen 2) you right click on it and select 'copy image link' 3) you go to images.google.com 4) you select the CAMERA icon, for ''search by image" 5) you paste the image URL and click "Search by image" 6) you scroll until you see this:
  10. I spend some time in Russia and Ukraine not speaking the language, and trust me there are times when you're hungry and you just want a d**n sandwich, and the joy of stumbling upon a McDonalds (or KFC or Sbarro) where you actually sort of know what is going on is very real.
  11. OK I apologize if I have insulted anyone here based on their heating choice. I was simply stating what I thought up until today was an uncontroversial well established fact. I can walk into a house in winter and tell within 30 seconds what kind of heat they have simply by how quickly my nose dries up. Why that is? My best understanding is either because as the circulating household air is drawn into the furnace system it loses humidity, or because as it circulates through (leaky) ductwork it loses humidity to unheated spaces, or both. If you are convinced this is not the case then we are at an impasse. Naturally also some hot air heating systems work better than others, and there are as always also other factors at play. With that I must bow out.
  12. Not a myth at all. It has nothing to do with water ADDED to the air from radiators or baseboards. It is because of moisture REMOVED from the air by the forced hot air system, which is then vented outside. (A forced hot water system on the other hand only has to vent combustion gasses directly from the furnace itself.) Just because it is -20 out does not mean it is low humidity. it is only low humidity inside if your heating system is removing the moisture, which is unfortunately something that forced hot air does very well.
  13. This of course is also dependent on the heating system. For those who have a (dreaded, IMO) forced hot air system....humidity can disappear fast. Hot water systems on the other hand would hold up a lot better.
  14. Yup. I've bid on a couple of lower priced bows that then skyrocketed in price. The good news is it suggests I had a 'good eye' for bows. The bad news is I got nothing since they sold for 4x more than I was remotely willing to pay.
  15. What pubs do you play in? I'd love to check this out sometime when we are allowed to travel again.
  16. A pickup with a small battery powered earpiece might solve this problem. Don't get me wrong, I'm all for the experimentation. But the viola-cello is gonna be a tough one.
  17. I endorse this approach. Here's how you would do it in quickbooks. How to journalize trade-in credits for a retail store in QuickBooks - Quora
  18. As someone who lives in a city where rodents are not uncommon...you guys now have me double checking my case every day.
  19. Correct. Relisted: Joannes Baptista Zanoli Violin With Case And Bow - shopgoodwill.com
  20. Nonsense. Everyone knows that violins which are certified as rare expensive violins sound much better then ones that are not, and consequently once one's authentication is called into question the sound quality must therefore materially degrade.
  21. This unfortunately is sometimes how it works, whether it be sports or music. The great institutions, like for example Julliard (music) or Alabama (Football), take in a bunch of kids, throw them into an intense pressure situation, and spend all their time touting the select few of them who will make it out the other end as wildly successful musicians/players. As for the rest who end up broken along the way? Well, I guess they just 'didn't have what it takes', but hey, they 'knew what they were getting in to'. But therein lies the problem....actually kids don't know what they are getting in to. They are eager to buy into the dream that they could be the next great champion, and we as parents often fall into that trap of encouraging that dream against all evidence of it being true. Even Alabama has to 'fill out their class' every year. Just because you get in doesn't mean you should go, only to end up with a broken body and never really had a shot at the NFL anyway. So it's very important that we as parents keep a level head, which it does sound like you are doing.
  22. Believe it or not, most auction houses will actually let the unwashed masses like myself walk right in off the street during the viewings to try out the violins, even the expensive ones. They don't even give you funny looks. It helps if you remember to bring your bow.
  23. For those in the US, it is not unlike listening to Car Talk. After 15 minutes of making jokes and ruminating about possible causes for the problem, they would invariable end with 'but you should probably just take it to the shop'
  24. As to your point about no one around to comment on your progress.... The violin is a fairly robust instrument. I find that despite my best efforts, there are always people around to comment on my progress
  25. I think this is the classic 'I was successful inside the educational system and therefore it works / I was not successful inside the educational system and therefore it doesn't work' argument that will never be resolved I guess. I had a discussion with a person a while back who was agonizing over his daughter's violin lessons. He said his wife was pushing her to keep going with a 'very difficult' teacher at Longy and the child was not having fun. I remember saying, if you want her to have a lifelong love of music, you need to get her out of these lessons immediately. If, on the other hand you want her to be a very successful (classical) violinist, you'll need to stamp out the notion that there is going to be any fun. Your choice. I know that sounds cynical, but for too many people it's true. Yes of course the system worked for Hillary Hahn, and if you want to be like her, you have to subscribe to the system. But one major problem with lessons is you never learn how to play for yourself. You never just pick up your instrument. If you do pick it up you have immediate guilt that you are not 'practicing the right things' The comment about 'bad attitude' is unfortunately a long perpetuated myth ... people who don't do well in the 'traditional method' either aren't trying or have a 'bad attitude', when in fact the 'bad attitude' is a symptom, not a cause of the disease. I realize I am speaking in absolutisms and there is lots of room for middle ground with teachers asking more as mentors, etc. But the point remains that I am much more successful now than I was pre-internet.
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