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  1. The violists who came across it for 300 years have all said "19 inches, I don't care who made it I'm not touching that" :-). Good articles on these at Tarisio here and pics here. Not only is the viola original, apparently the form and drawings for constructing it have survived. And I read somewhere else that these are occasionally played in public, not just museum pieces. It even has a cool note inside :-).
  2. They're not untouched but I thought about this thread yesterday when we saw the Medici tenore viola (and cello) at the Accademia in Florence. Most folks head straight to David but my violist and cellist kids made a beeline to the musical instrument collection. Stunningly beautiful instruments apparently in original condition. I didn't know the history, wondered aloud about the size, and my son takes out his iphone, uses a measuring app, and says, "just under 19 inches dad" :-).
  3. Bill that's what I was wondering about - multiple recommendations here for much closer miking. I expect it's partly a function of what microphone is cardioid pair's low-end response drops off unless close. Also wondering if you're recording two or three strings players if you still want to use a single pair fairly close, or if the NY Phil approach works better in that case.
  4. How would you guys mic the cellist and violinist in a trio with a decent sounding omni A-B pair? I get a good result mic'ing the piano fairly close with an X-Y cardioid pair, still wondering about strings. I recently picked up two pairs of Line Audio pair omni, the other pair cardioid, with an Audient interface; haven't had the chance to try these in a nice space yet, which is key.
  5. I was wondering why not try exactly this, a more gradual approach that simulates a seasonal change, e.g. turn down the AC and turn on a dehumidifier. We had temps here yesterday over 100F and even though the house temperature remained constant, the fact that the AC was running much more dried out the air enough (45% rather than closer to 50%) that the A and D strings in a cello released at the end of the day.
  6. I'm unsure how it relates to bow quality, but the middle one has pronounced figuring, quite attractive.
  7. Jim for some reason my mobile browser thinks that is a link but my laptop browser does not; it wasn't intended to be originally but that's a good idea, will try to update it to point to the rest of the videos. Good luck with the project...looks like beautiful wood and a good challenge.
  8. In a listing for a 15 inch viola, Martin Swan says "Late 18th century England was really the golden period for smaller violas, and makers such as the Banks, Betts, Powell etc succeeded in making instruments which offer a rich viola sound in a smaller body". Kae Goodsell in Australia who specializes in smaller violas (trained with Michael Darnton) has a pretty neat series of youtube recordings of several different instruments she's made; her 15 inch "Viola N" that was "inspired by B. Banks" sounds quite good. The other recordings of her 15 1/2 to 15 7/8 violas help illustrate tradeoffs due to size (not as much openness and depth), but if someone needs or prefers a smaller instrument I think this shows that a musically satisfying result is possible.
  9. George, I had almost the same car from 1991 for many years except in the dark emerald, put over 200K miles on it trouble free. With just the slightest bit of water on the road the back tires wanted to lose traction in a big way. So what is the air induction accessory in the photo? Mine did not have that.
  10. Concord Musical Supplies, apparently run by Rembert Wurlitzer's granddaughter and great-granddaughter (or so I've read). Good pricing on Larsen / Spirocore combo set as well (medium). I like to support my local shop too; sometimes it's nice for these show up at the door in 2 days, especially if it's something a little less common (e.g. stark vs mediums).
  11. Felefar, we're looking at IU for next year, is it more practice, chamber, or orchestra? Any other recos for chamber music programs for high school age kids?
  12. FWIW Wilke's son is making cellos now as well, and pricing when we were looking was a fraction of his dad's, but there wasn't one available to try. Not sure if that's still the case as he's also been getting recognition. Like Nathan says, go to Carriage House and play many in one go (not only his and Wilke's but Benning, Rabut, Whedbee, ...). Nathan we got to play a beautifully laid-back older cello of yours (poplar back?) at Reuning when we were up there :-).
  13. As the probability of this increases I would be increasingly concerned about getting whatever documentation is necessary for a proper insurance valuation.
  14. Larry Wilke, a cello specialist who learned from his uncle David Caron, is 30 minutes down the road in Clinton. Makes an exceptional Gofriller model based on a bench copy of Starker's Gofriller. We spoke with him a few times and played 2 or 3 of his cellos before ultimately choosing one from a similarly great maker a little closer to home. p.s. My daughter's stand partner was also accepted at Yale in the fall for cello, small world.
  15. I'm curious about this too, but I had the idea that it may be something Bill Weaver is doing - he mentions these as to-the-trade on his site. The Jay Haide cellos are great (my daughter has had more than one) but I've never heard one of their violas that I've loved.