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  1. Wouldn't touch it with a bargepole. Rehairing one of those is a nightmare because the frog is always logged with glue.
  2. Looking for bass tuning machines for my latest refurbishing project. All the options online fall between two extremes, though—cheap junk on one end and $1500 CAD for a set on the other. The bass is not worth enough to merit those really nice machines, but I'm not gonna put cruddy ones on either. Anyone know any places to get good, middle-of-the-road tuners? I'm looking specifically for brass or dark-coloured tuners with no plates, by the way.
  3. Depends on what you need. Too little hair on a stiff stick and you will have a very weak, bouncy bow with a thin, cold sound (hair will not effectively engage the string because it will be under too much tension). If you go the other way, it will be gross as you experienced. It is also partially dictated by how much hair the bow can physically hold, as mentioned above.
  4. Chordas are no good. Too thin, and they break fast. If you plan on using plain gut, buy a heavy set of Academies from Gamut (no silk underlayer on the G). I don't use a gut E, but my A strings usually last about 2-3 months and my D strings around 4 months until they suddenly snap or go false, being oiled every week (I use boiled linseed oil). Keep in mind that I have very sweaty hands and practise 3+ hours consistently every day, so my strings wear out quickly. The shelf life of gut is basically indefinite, but it becomes very brittle and false when it's dry. For that reason, it's necessary to oil strings that have been in storage for a while.
  5. That's... uh... Wow. Certainly something different. Can we be sure the violin shown on the inside photos is the same as the one in the exterior photos?
  6. Just leave a cup of water with a straw in there, and your violin will take a sip if it gets thirsty.
  7. The yellow one is almost the spitting image of my main violin. And mine is a Guarneri copy. ...
  8. Why is the label on the post side? It would make no difference acoustically, but I'm sure it looks hilarious.
  9. Electric violin with tone issues? Dude. Just change your eq.
  10. My violin has a minor buzz below fourth position. It is completely inaudible playing arco (don't think it makes much or any tone difference either), but playing pizzicato produces that twangy sort of sound some bass players like. Sadly, I don't—at least not on my violin. Was thinking I'll just deepen the scoop a teensy bit with a scraper, but I figured I'd bring it up here in case anyone has any wise advice.
  11. This thing is b o l l o c k s. Garbage. Don't waste your money.
  12. Kevlar. I imagine it has less to do with the material and more with the fact that kevlar tailguts can be made thinner and are therefore more flexible. They're more stable, too.
  13. That violin looks like a health hazard, what with all that mould and crust on it. I'd get it incinerated. Looks like a junker to me.
  14. The one I always hear is: Q: Why is the German name for a viola "bratsche"? A: Because that's the sound it makes when you jump on it! If you want a real answer as to why people make fun of violas, it's something that's persisted since Bach's time. Because violas have an awkward register, are harder to play, project less, fill a very niche role in the ensemble, and sound like a bee trapped in a shoebox, the musicians who played viola historically were often violin section rejects. The viola was always considered a side instrument; nobody but the very worst of the worst would commit themselves to the viola. Naturally, it garnered a reputation as the copout instrument for cut-rate musicians and that attitude remains even today.
  15. Holy cow. Who opened the looney bin?