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  1. That’s what I figured when I started this thread, but I wanted confirmation.
  2. Don’t upgrade. You are fairly new. Focus on getting better. Case in point, I sounded awful yesterday and spent today wondering if I need to upgrade. Instead I did some basic exercises in tone production and my tone was back, and then some.
  3. I wouldn't disagree. Before the internet, how many violinists even ask these questions. I'm taking measurements of my violin for sheer curiosity, but when doing so, one wonders what the range or standards happen to be. My violin, over the arch, is 352 mm. I'll probably rig up calipers tonight and see as well. Interestingly, the stop length and string length are normal. I've had to use a custom tailpiece to get near the 1/6 starting point for string length.
  4. That’s what I figured. It seems that any dimensions that one does not measure directly are useless.
  5. Hello, I was taking some measurements of my violin, out of sheer curiosity. But when measuring the back length, one can measure with calipers or over the arch. When comparing my violin, the back over the arch is 352 mm, a little on the small side. It's a little smaller than my old instrument, just based on how it fits in the case. I didn't know if the data I saw on other instruments (e.g. Tarisio) was over the back or with calipers. The instrument length may or may not affect tone, I don't really know or care. My instrument sounds the way it does because of all of the mix of various factors. I'm really just curious how the back is usually measured and reported. There was a thread on MN a while back on back measurements, but I couldn't glean if reported values adhere to a standard method of measurement (being the violin, I bet they don't). Thanks dimitri
  6. Are you looking to buy? It’s been a while since I’ve come across one of your threads where you think you’re buying a Stradivarius or something similar.
  7. Here’s mine: Workshop strad copy. I played every violin in and out of my price range and this one kept jumping out at me. I don’t feel the need to get a different violin, it’s the one.
  8. I think a stumbling block for me is the initiation. Andrew V has mentioned here and violinist.com his well-informed opinion on the mechanics (arm or hand) but I struggle to get the “engine” started.
  9. I’ve been working on vibrato with my teacher. I was wondering how many of you learned one “type” first, then the other. For example, learning “hand” vibrato, then “arm”. How many of you learned both simultaneously, like performing an exercise isolating the arm movement, then the same exercise with the hand movement I know in practice vibrato can combine both, but one is often isolated over the other for practice or learning.
  10. Any thoughts on a whole-house system? My wife and I were debating installing one. The problem is, out here in West Texas, it's semi-pride and dry year round; but we dehumidify our basement. The basement is on a separate HVAC so I could humidify just the main part of the house. Routinely RH in the house is 20%, even in the summer.
  11. From another press release I read, the lamination grain is the same for each layer. Again, an interesting approach to mass production. I'll test drive one eventually out of curiosity, but I'm not in the market for an instrument at that level anyway.
  12. https://www.yamaha.com/us/yvn/ From today's NAMM. Yamaha is machine carving thinner top wood (laminate) and then pressing into an arching that resembled a carved top. They claim their process is so repeatable, they can swap bridged without fitting. They also laser cut purfling grooves and fill with a resin. I'm not suggesting Yamaha has figured out how to mass produce del Gesus, and neither are they. I think this is a clever way to mass produce student violins, I'm curious what you all think of it. I know pressed tops have been tried before, but this was intriguing.
  13. Add some more pegs and put more strings in the right place and you are halfway to a hardanger.