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  1. Thanks, all.   I’m happy to report that I’m out of my sling and in physical therapy.  I have limited range of motion and even less strength.  I can now hold a violin, at least.  

    playing is exhausting and I sound terrible, very poor bow control.   But I, and my instrument, survived.  

  2. I sustained an major injury that will prevent me from picking up a violin, let alone play it, for 2-3 months.  I intended to leave it in its case tuned properly and check on it weekly.  Will that be sufficient?

    the instrument will be kept in the same climate controlled room as before.  It will just sit idle.  

  3. 9 hours ago, Advocatus Diaboli said:

    If your ears and the recording think it sounds better, then the additional output wasn’t in the right places.  Trust your ears first, record the measurements, and then decide what the measurements mean based on what you hear, not the other way around. 

    I agree with you 100%, it was amusing and education to see the "boost" wasn't anywhere important to my ears and brain.

  4. A few days ago I decided to acquire bridge tapping and bowing spectra to “see” if my new side mounted chinrest “sounded” better than my less comfortable center mounted one.  

    I was dejected when the spectra showed more output in all the right places for the center mounted one, which was counter to my ears and recordings at a distance.  How could my ears have lied to me?  

    So I redid the experiment the next day and got the opposite spectral result.  Same player, same everything.  

    I think spectra have some uses but also serious limitations and resolved that I should spend more time playing my instrument and less time looking at data.  

  5. 17 hours ago, Marty Kasprzyk said:

    Attached is a photo of the violist Elias Goldstein with his 1850 Vuillaume viola fitted with a harp style tailpiece.  Notice that his tailpiece's fret has a curved S shape rather than a straight diagonal / shape.


    I stand corrected.  I should have said I have not seen "many" players with harp tailpieces.  Thanks!

  6. I’ve never seen a high end player/fiddle with a harp tailpiece.  I’ve seen all kinds of fittings, tastes, choices, but never a harp tailpiece in use by someone who makes a living playing the instrument.  I am sure there are and I’ve just missed them.  

  7. 14 hours ago, Jeffrey Holmes said:

    Try a search on MN or google mentioning MN.  Several discussions should pop up.

    Thanks, Jeffrey, I have read the MN threads of yore, and was wondering if there was an update since then with respect to people's experiences.  :)

    (by the way, your past advice to another member about using a bridge with smaller foot spread was the magic I needed for a violin with narrow upper f-hole eyes, so thanks!)

  8. On 5/10/2022 at 3:18 PM, Rustle said:

    I'm interested if you notice any benefit.  

    It took me a while to get this experiment finished.  I am not happy with the overall cut and fit of the bridge, this is my third attempt at bridge fitting so this is definitely not the final product.  The 38 mm bridge brought out more volume across all strings and more depth. It’s still the same violin with more “oomph” in the lower end and more power overall.  I’m going to take it to a professional to have them fit a narrow bridge.  Even my newbie job made the violin much better.  Thanks also to Jeffrey Holmes for mentioning this in other threads.   

  9. 1 hour ago, Josep Pampidó said:

    important asimetry in the thicknesses of the back, less clear in the belly. I wander if this is intentional,

    We will never know.  So many instruments from this era have been altered, their thicknesses reduced, etc.  

    unless this was a considered a pristine example, you can’t read too much into the intention of design, and just treat it as is.   If the asymmetry is important to the sound, either Steiner or someone down the line who altered it would know.   But they can’t answer the question for us. 

  10. David,


    I usually keep mine (a korfkerrest) at 9 and 3, but I've been experimenting with a tilt that lets the instrument sit flatter, at the same angle as if it is resting on my collarbone (see picture).  So far, no complaints.  


    I will say the korfkerrest is my preferred rest.  It feels like I'm playing without a rest, but my downward shifts are more secure and I don't have to support the instrument with my left hand.  It's very ergonomic.


  11. What a fun idea!  I am actually upgrading from my Bam case to a Musafia that will be here in a few weeks.  I'm beyond excited.    


    In the case I've got my violin, two bows that I alternate between randomly.  A cake of leatherwood supple rosin, my should rest, spare strings, peg compound, and four different mutes made by Weissmeyer and sons (their disc, viol, dual-tone, and Catrpilr (spelled correctly) mutes).  Nail clippers, the torx wrench for my shoulder rest, a DIY sponge humidifier, and a silk accessory bag made by daughter (it has a matching silk bag for the violin that I never use).


    Not shown, but also present are a few lens wipes (for cleaning my glasses or strings) and Apple AirTag in case I misplace my instrument.  It won't work for theft because the thief will get a notification that someone else's AirTag is with them if they have an iPhone.  

    image.thumb.jpeg.5f2ed413e0e00d38347ecc171c3b8edb.jpegMy new Musafia is a Superlegerro and I can't wait.  

  12. Many loaned instruments require the grantee to insure, at their expense.  The loans are often very clear on these requirements, as well as sometimes going as far as specifying luthiers authorized to work on the instrument, or requiring command performances.  

    If you think about it, if someone is giving you a high-end fiddle, and asks you to cover the insurance costs for something you might do to it, it's a fair deal.  It's not just for antiques.  In some cases, the owner pays the insurance, so it being "insured" may not be her choice anyway.

    The alarm not going off for an hour might be a technical glitch.  Let's not jump to conclusions.  

    Here is an example of requirements from one such foundation:




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