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  1. My wife and I both work for "critical" businesses in the U.S. and continue to work, only at home instead. Hopefully this continues. That said, as we do not have the sort of jobs where our kids can help, they are missing their routine of school. While I am able to practice more frequently, and have been, there are 3 music teachers not getting paid for lessons...mine, daughter's flute teacher, son's sax teacher. At 10 students each, $20 a lesson (min), I estimate they are losing nearly $1000 a month in lesson revenue. That's a problem with no easy solution.
  2. Unrelated comment, when I took my violin in for its semi annual string change and checkup, my luthier spent several minutes rubbing steel wool on the pegs...not sure what he was actually doing...
  3. My teacher believes my bow hold is fine. It's worth reiterating that this problem only arises in winter and just after, when my hands are driest. When warm weather returns and into Fall, no problem. The issue is the bow twists in my fingers due to insufficient friction and lack of natural grippiness from my overly dry skin. This problem repeats every winter, gone in late Spring. I don't think it's a bow hold issue. The same problem arises in my left hand, my fingers slide too easily on the fingerboard creating a lack of stable contact. When my dry skin heals, the problem goes away.
  4. In the winter my hands get quite dry. Add in cold weather and I find that my bow tends to slip in my fingers. If I run them under hot water to warm them up, I get a better grip as my fingers swell just enough on response to the heat. But this isn't a great solution. Is there any, I don't know, tacky stuff people have dabbed on their bow to keep it in place without having to keep such a tight grip? Keep in mind...only a bit over 3 years playing so not a ton of experience.
  5. A good primer on exponential growth via illustration. My bone to pick is why they insist on drawing the hospital capacity at the peak of the lower curve when it may in fact be above or below the peak. Area under the curve is also important and as pointed out, it could be equal or greater for the flatter curve...its the hospital capacity that matters.
  6. For sure not a hoax and I made sure we had needed supplies weeks before this was on the radar of most of my fellow Americans. Regrettably, I did not know what to do on investments and did what I normally do...stay the course and do nothing...just like 2001 and 2008...time will tell if this was smart. That said, at some point a decision will have to be made on economic activity. Staying in quarantine for 9 months is not practical and won't fly. You cannot throw the baby out with the bathwater. I do not know the right answer. But somebody pointed out that this IS different than the 2008 banking fiasco because we know the solution this time...let people go back to their normal jobs. Unfortunately this carries the terrible price of lives lost. It's a decision that will need to be made at some point I think.
  7. Why would you expect power failures, exactly? There is no added stress to the grid. Even if 10% of the population died, I fail to see any reason why they should all be utility workers and operators. Most systems are automated with shift operators. My company builds and operates industrial plants all over the world, we operate them remotely just fine. Rotating staff do daily site visits for maintenance work as needed. I think you may be extrapolating to an outcome that I have a hard time arriving at.
  8. My company is officially "work from home" until further notice. I've done this before and my engineering group functions well like this. Lots more violin practice! Instead of coffee cafe breaks at the office, I'm now taking 10 minute fiddle breaks. Quite nice, actually.
  9. While I appreciate the comparison to things like, "number of people killed by sharks", "killed by strangulation", etc., the comparison annoys me. Such a comparison is meaningless without a time component. Over what period of time did the cumulative shark attack deaths occur? Was it inside of 2.5 months like coronavirus? No? Then it's a pointless comparison. Additionally, this sort of comparison fails to account for infection vectors. I cannot die from a bed strangulation simply by getting too close the bed strangulation victim.
  10. Sorry...what exactly are we supposed to be seeing in this? A chorus of people yelling over a dimly lit panning of an unidentifiable city?
  11. Yeah, that sounds about right for a great many families, unfortunately. I think you captured it succinctly. I admit I bought a Cecilio 300 cello from Amazon about a year ago to mess around on. Full disclosure...I knew EXACTLY what I was getting. It looks nice, but defiencies in construction are clear once you get closer. Close examination, even to a total novice like I am, reveals where shortcuts were taken. I imagine in the hands of a cellist, the real problems become evident. It does look nice in the music room on a stand, though. The bow is really bad; it is wood. When I took up the violin 3 years ago, the luthier I went to advised that he does not deal with Amazon or eBay instruments and does not work with local school programs. His idea of a beginner instrument is something out of the eastern Europe factories, and that's what I rented from him.
  12. I use my luthier to get strings and have him put them on. He's a thirty something maker, one man operation and I like the idea of supporting his business. So I do.
  13. Hi Blank face, I had intended to follow this up and then promptly forgot. Your assessment that the fittings are silver? Spot on. I swiped a silver polishing cloth from daughter's flute case and tried it on the streaks you thought were tarnish. They were. After 10 minutes of gentle polishing, the fittings gleam. I'm not sure if the metal winding of the grip is silver wire or not as there were no obvious streaks that I could rub. And I think I already mentioned that my luthier thought it was German, so the folks that called German agree with my luthier. You guys are good for just looking at a few photos online. You mentioned you'd seen other bows like mine? As a data point, mine is quite light, very flexible, and feels delicate and nimble when I play.
  14. I'm jealous of the OP and other folks that are coming back to the violin after a break. I started from absolute zero (no musical experience at all) at age 43 and just passed the three year point. The hardest lesson was the first; I'm thankful that my teacher is a bit older than me. It took about a month to get past the shaky bow phenomena. I admit I still feel a bit awkward walking into her home studio and there's a parent there that's younger than I am. I recently tried a community orchestra, but the music was simply over my head. It also revealed a shortcoming that I'll need to solve...my violin education has been 100% practical, zero theory. Which means I'm lost on terminology and other things that folks that benefited from school music and band training take for granted. So my next step will be an adult string ensemble class at a local music school. I've gotten completely over the nerves of playing in front of others, a plus. One of the nice side benefits of starting this journey is how much it buoys my spirits while I'm at work and looking forward to practicing and lessons. Also, I find whatever piece I'm working on will spontaneously play in my head while I'm in the office.
  15. You can see the crack in mine here.
  16. I'm not qualified to answer, but I will tell you that my bow has a repaired head crack. My luthier showed it to me before he sold it to me after I fell in love with the bow. His assessment was that the head crack repair was solid but it knocked at lot of value from the bow, more than half, reflected in what I paid him.
  17. Hey, I can be sad about it if I want to .
  18. Thanks for the replies all. Sounds like a split of opinions. I wouldn't try to touch it up myself, I'll see what my luthier suggests. Perhaps just a subtle fix.
  19. Yep. Here you go. I'm sad just looking at it....
  20. I'll see what my luthier thinks when I see him in a few months. He's done some serious instrument reconstruction. At some point in the past, a prior owner took out a chunk of wood above a rib joint. It appears to have been gently smoothed and darkened, but not stained or filled. My little ding pales in comparison, it's just noticeable because it's so light and fresh. I handle it with kid gloves, so my moment of carelessness really bugs me.
  21. So I managed to put a small nick on the edge of the top plate of my violin last night when I bumped my stand. Just enough to expose the nonstained wood. It's about the size of this 'S' if you're reading on a mobile device. It wouldn't be noticeable if it were a light stain, but it's dark. It bugs me because I can see it. My violin is the one I posted on here a few months ago; Mirecourt workshop, Derazey ink stamp, maybe made around 1900 give or take a decade. Do you guys ever suggest having a luthier do a bit of touch up, or just let it be etched into the history of the instrument?
  22. Reading sheet music is fine. Learning by ear is a skill I don't think I possess.
  23. Thank you for the encouragement. I agree with the phrasing and rhythm comments, lots of work needed. One of the hard parts about learning as an adult is not having a benchmark against which I can guage myself. My kids have classmates, county and regional bands to audition against, etc. that allows them to compare against peers. I only have my teacher as an external party for feedback and I often wonder if my progress is typical, slow, etc.
  24. I had briefly introduced myself in another poster's thread, but I thought I'd start a new one to show how my violin journey has gone over the last 3 years. I have no musical background at all. Watching my kids learn to play flute and sax respectively is what motivated me to take a leap of faith and try learning violin. I began in Dec 2016, first lessons in Jan 2017 and have been taking them weekly ever since. I play / practice an hour a day. And here's an audio sampling of what I've been able to do in 3 years (ignore the weak vibrato attempt at the end of the second file). First recording was 6 weeks after I started. The other two are from this month. I'm jealous of the talented strings players here who started as kids! https://drive.google.com/file/d/1yfd6R6vq7rHHVK2ctX3bMiA_TrxrzcO3/view?usp=drivesdk https://drive.google.com/file/d/10z3uBjGBkPftEYaVGWiwZ7wmIvy7uega/view?usp=drivesdk https://drive.google.com/file/d/10ymqk2uduw2jcOZJlxZWHs9Dom8s7sgN/view?usp=drivesdk
  25. Hello, I'm new to this site having only first come to the Pegbox about 2 months ago when seeking input on my recently acquired violin. I'm 46 and began playing almost exactly 3 years ago. I have no musical experience at all and am an engineer by profession. I take lessons weekly and play an hour daily, sometimes a bit more, no matter what. I was inspired to learn while watching my kids learn their instruments. I regret not starting sooner, but not am not sure I would have had the motivation that I do now. My goal is to play at an OK level in a community / amateur orchestra at some point.