Al Cramer

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  1. I'm giving up on the virtual ensemble idea & returning to the build-a-fire-and-drink-Allen's-coffee-brandy plan. According to this excellent article: https://www.musiciansunion.org.uk/Home/News/2020/Jun/Music-Making-Online-in-Real-Time?feed=083fc76c-b5fb-45aa-9194-f1a9b1b14c33 you need an internet upload speed of 5Mbps or more to make this stuff work. Mine is around 0.75Mbps. If you want to check your connection, type "internet speed test" in a Google search box and hit enter. Sigh.
  2. Many thanks for the replies! I'm going to try some stuff. So far I've got jacktrip installed on my windows laptop; will install on my linux laptop & see what happens when I try to create a peer-to-peer connection. This won't tell me very much re the latency problem, but if results are good I'll try to get a friend who lives 20 miles away to install the app & we'll see what happens. Then -- given what people have suggested -- I guess I'll repeat all that with the Jamkazam app. ( I'm starting with jacktrip because of some articles that showed up on NPR). This probably won't work but I will report what happens in a week or so.
  3. Your Dad sounds great & putting his music out into the world is a righteous thing to do! I'm also interested in mic's for internet. It seems the one you're using goes for 300$. If I could only come up with 100$, could anyone make some recomendations? (apologies if I'm hi-jacking this thread -- if people think so I'll delete this posting).
  4. Gowan, many thanks for posting about JamKazam. Neither that nor JackTrip looks very encouraging, as regards software/hardware/connectivity requirements. I suspect we're going to have to do Plan B: stay outside, build a fire, get a 1.75 liter bottle of Allen's Coffee Brandy, and dust off some Quebecois & Metis tunes. Actually that doesn't sound so bad, except for the Allen's Coffee Brandy part (it's truly vile, but for whatever reason is an essential part of outdoor winter culture in Maine).
  5. Because of covid19, we've been playing outside with social distancing. But we're in Maine & it's getting too cold, so I'm starting to look into getting together virtually. Seems the big problem is network latency. So far I've found an app called "jacktrip" that's supposed to address that. Has anyone here used it? Are there other ways to do this? Many thanks & keep on keeping on... Al
  6. You could do "Boil Them Cabbage Down" and change the food in question. https://youtu.be/Eu77tX7uDvc The young woman sings nicely, but there's something unnerving about her teeth (kinda of Ann Rice-y if you remember her books).
  7. Bridge must not slant. North side (side facing pegbox) should be perpendicular to body of instrument. Also that bridge looks absurdly thick. Maybe neck angle problems? May I suggest: for each of the 4 strings, measure distance between center of string and end of peg board. Then compare those measures to the standard numbers as posted on many internet sites. Best of luck!
  8. USSR in 1973 wasn't about making good violins. If that instrument has a pleasing sound, you should treasure it (but please fix the bridge and nut).
  9. I just wanted to thank everybody who responded to my question re sharpening (geigenbuaer, it was very kind of you to provide those links). Isn't it interesting how everybody has different ideas and practices?
  10. Hi Geigenbauer -- I'd like to learn more about the machine you're using. Could you provide a link? Thanks! Al
  11. Re this question of gouges: would anyone care to comment in their philosophy re sharpening? I come from a flute/pipes making background, where everything is lathe-oriented: you get used to stopping every 2-3 minutes and resharpen on a bench grinder, and rarely use whetstones. (Also you do things like use the edge of the bench grinding stone to turn normal gouges into incannel gouges). But I think the scroll carving world is very different!
  12. I just wanted to remind everybody that music is a healing thing. People are stressed out & anxious right now. If you can share your music with others, it can really help. Remember the celllist in Sarajevo? Of course you need to be smart, and not create situations where people cluster together to hear you. That balcony singing the Italians are doing looks pretty good.
  13. GeorgeH, I totally agree. If I owned a multi-thousand dollar instrument, I'd be terrified of tinkering with it. I'd be terrified to even play it! (Have played some instruments like that belonged to other people. They were quite nice, though in a few cases I thought the set-up seemed a bit dodgy).
  14. This idea that players should be able to carve bridges and set soundposts is interesting. I always thought it curious that people who play double reed instruments are expected to learn how to make their own reeds, but people who play violins aren't expected to fit their own bridges. (My own experience has been: it took me a long time to learn how to carve an ok bridge. It took me twice as long to learn how to reed my Scottish small-pipes, and I was never able to make an Uilllean pipe reed that played a full 2 octaves).
  15. Some news re Lombardy -- We live in New England, but my wife grew up in Milano and all her family's over there. Her sister reports that there are no shortages in the supermarkets, but the bookstores have sold out all copies of Manzoni's I promessi sposi . That's this big heavy 19th novel everybody used to have to read in high school, set in the plague years that killed off the Brescian school. Marisa says everybody is re-reading it.