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  1. And somewhere, Padah Hound chuckles softly to himself...
  2. BB, why do you not like Chinese instruments? It would seem that they might serve your students better than these broken down fiddles.
  3. I should preface this with saying that you all have forgotten more about violins, violas, celli, etc. since you woke up this morning than I've ever known.But it just seems weird to me that that the guy who putatively invented the violin made some of the best in history. How did he (seemingly) absolutely nail it from the get-go? Are the oldest "truly a violin" instruments perhaps lost to history because AA was the first to produce/perfect a version of an existing instrument design? Making an instrument that people were willing to hold onto and maintain for centuries? A design that might have been relatively recent to him? Not saying that he didn't have mad skills but that the first is also among the best seems to run against likelihood.
  4. The button and the frog look like nickel but the winding looks like it's tarnishing black? The frog and button are replacements maybe?
  5. I have three fiddles with Boid d'Harmonie tailpieces, ebony, boxwood, and pernambuco (although purple pernambuco, not the brown of the OP). I like a lot, the pernambuco livens up the violin's tone, IME. Eric's stuff is a little on the pricey side but worth it. You should lube the tuners with a pencil though, they are kinda stiff out of the box.
  6. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zatUernhzNw Not sure if I can embed Youtube videos here, otw, follow the link above for a laugh
  7. Hey Zuger, you may want to get your meds adjusted, seems like the dosing is off
  8. Leif Erikson says "välkommen till amerika"
  9. Aren't any bows made of pernambuco pretty much automatically worth the rehair? Aren't all "disposable" bows of new manufacture going to be made of some other (read, cheaper) material?
  10. Jesus...this thread...
  11. Why are there two different tailpieces and chinrests and two and a half sets strings on this fiddle? Did they photograph it over a period of years for the auction? Also, has the back seam failed?
  12. Spelman

    Cedar Tops?...

    I had a former student get a Finnanzza a few years ago and the top was cedar (I don't know what kind of cedar it was). Very, very bright, it took me a bit to get used to but then it was nice to play. Good power.
  13. Spelman

    Coda Luma Bow

    I would suggest looking at JonPaul bows also. I personally prefer them to Codas which I played for years. Arcus bows are my current favorite but might be out of your price range. I had a student show up with an Artino Aria (an Arcus knockoff) a couple of weeks ago and I liked it so much I bought one for myself. It's remarkably similar in performance to a real Arcus. I've had about three other students get one since then too, definitely worth a look. I play a lot of Irish fiddle too and nimbleness of the bow is paramount, carbon fiber is the way to go in your price range.
  14. I'm not terribly qualified to comment on the violin but I have to say that Danish fiddling is awesome. Kristian Bugge, Kiristine Sand, Henrik Jansberg, et al. are amazing musicians (and really good people).
  15. The reason it's been done like this for centuries all around the world is because it's easier to tune stringed instruments with flat headed pegs. If were easier to do it a different way, it would have caught on by now.
  16. Damn, a bunch of close minded people ITT. Carbon fiber bows are unequivocally REAL bows and can be absolutely fantastic tools. My Arcus S9 and my JonPaul Vetta are excellent bows and have been my main and backup sticks for more than a dozen years. Arcus bows require a different technique from wood bows. If you don't know how to use them properly, you won't be realizing their full potential. I started with an P7 and it took me a few days of playing it exclusively to figure it out. I didn't like it at first, then loved it. Arcus bows are generally either stiff or soft (relatively speaking) and heavy or light (relatively speaking). The letters indicate the configuration and the higher a number indicates a better grade. The S line is stiff and light, the T line is the same but a little of the weight focused at either end to settle the bow down some. Octagonal sticks are a bit livelier than the round sticks. When trying an Arcus, play it *exclusively* for a few days to learn how to handle it. It's not a wood bow and is not trying to be one.
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