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    A fascinating article http://legacy.earlham.edu/~tobeyfo/musictheory/Book3/FFH3_CH1/1_MusicalRatios.html
  2. People, it seems, never post much in the way of outstanding performances / interesting, little-known music, although the forum heading invites just that. So, here goes : Henri Vieuxtemps (noted violinist, pupil of Wieniawski, teacher of Ysaye, better than average composer) : 'Cello Concerto No. 1. https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=vieuxtemps+cello+concerto&&view=detail&mid=BFF9A5A3C1FE6F9374EFBFF9A5A3C1FE6F9374EF&&FORM=VRDGAR It won't elbow Schumann, Saint Saens or Lalo off the chestnut list, but, if it misses, it doesn't miss by much. Definitely worth your acquaintance as substantive music that stands out in a sea of 19th Century virtuoso balloon freight. The best part (IMO), beside it being well recorded & a live performance video of real quality , is the 'cello soloist, Jonathan Rooseman. A young (at the time) Finn (performing in Finland with the Lahti Orchestra), and still a conservatory student at the time, this guy was already (again IMHO) head and shoulders above Gabetta, Maisky and other hot shots as a pure string player. For one thing, he is a master of the bow (a Pecatte with a replaced adjuster). This in the sense that good left hands are a dime a dozen, but string players who use the bow as a singer uses the voice (as opposed to misusing it to dig in and stage what a friend once memorably termed a "slobber fest") are rare and special. The 'cello he's playing is an outstanding David Tecchler -- a cello maker whose work frequently seems to come up short of his reputation. But not this time. His trills are a little fast and nervous, but you'd have to go back to Stern in his prime (and on a good day) for an adequate parallel example of This is a good example of what you do with the bow. 'Cellist AND musician in one. Highly recommended.
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    Chinrest Finish?

    Ladies hair dye for ebony (black) (do it outside). Then thin cyanoacrylic, sanded with 3200 micromesh when dry. Repeat glue/smooth 2 - 3 times. CA should make a good otherwood sealer-finish (repeat until no more's absorbed). FWIW
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    High density ?

    Optically translucent = light shines through it ?
  6. Nice Les Paul type, & great dog !!! This will be one of those Your-Milage-Varies things, but I knew Stevie Wonder's guitar player (Songs in the Key of Life). He was killing time in Hollywood once, playing through the guitars in a shop there. He plugged in one particular Squire Fender knockoff, ran through a couple of riffs/chops, and bought it on the spot. It's his favorite guitar. Luck of the draw, maybe -- monkeys & typewriters ? Changes the strings when they break.
  7. My takeaway : Everything there is to be known/understood is already known/understood. Everything there is to be said has already been said. Rendering anything else superfluous.
  8. VdA : Come on now -- not you too ! The Hill quote was about how difficult they found it to sell even a fine-toned earlier Strad to a customer who believed that higher than minimal arching was proof of inferiority.
  9. More, FWIW, from http://keithhillharpsichords.com/about-keith-hill
  10. Relevant (to the original post) quotation :
  11. [cane Dom = came from] Rubbish. The term came, ultimately, from performers -- from Joseph Joachim in particular. Hill and Hart both obsessed about tone, as did performers. Had they created that term to sell fiddles, it would have been applied to the productions of 1670-1698 (and 1720 to the end). Go back and Read the Hill book on Stradivari complaining of how difficult it was trying to sell a Strad when the architecture of it did not display "a certain apparent flatness -- an impartial trial of its tone being out of the question. The eye has decided." (quote from memory)
  12. Beethoven's settings of Scottish, English & Irish folk songs are treasures. Imagine being able to plug stuff like Auld Lang Syne and God Save the King into the mind that wrote the Archduke Trio to hear how HE heard them. Just priceless.
  13. No. They were private, unofficial-but-accepted-out-of-necessity substitutes for state coinage. Such as, in the USA, Hard Times Tokens.
  14. https://www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/dept/coins/exhibitions/spence/images/CM.QC.3721-R(2).jpg