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  1. Thanks for your reply! I tried searching with Oxford University, but there is no music sheet available online. The only thing I found is the list of libraries that should have a copy: https://www.worldcat.org/title/two-movements-from-string-quartet-no-2-arranged-for-viola-and-piano-by-william-primrose-1-scherzo-2-nocturne-etc-scores-and-parts/oclc/498423475 These libraries are unfortunately all very far from me, in other states, I doubt they can send me a copy, however I can try to ask. I live in a small town in the mountains, and right now there are also a lot of restrictions due to COIVD-19, universities work only on-line and we have strict travel limits even in nearby areas. The only thing I have been able to do is to order the arrangement for cello and piano by the Peters Editions, may be I can come up with a result on the viola ... If by chance you'll find the sheet and could scan or take a photo (even with the smartphone) of the pages it would be great to try to put something together. Edition Peters publish the cello/piano and the violin/piano arrangement, but not the viola/piano... Anyway many thanks for the info, what a pity that such a beautiful arrangement has been forgotten. Best regards, Stephanie
  2. Hello, Anyone has the music sheet of the arrangement for viola and piano by Primrose of the nocturne from the Borodin string quartet n. 2, or can you tell me where to find it? I asked my dealer, but it is not available and even looking on Internet I couldn't find anything. Primrose should have made the arrangement of the Scherzo and Nocturne in 1951, but it seems unfortunately to be no longer published nowdays. Thanks for any help, I don't know where to look anymore! Sorry for my bad English. Best regards, Stephanie
  3. Hello and thanks for your answers! For the scroll, the luthier who fixed the instrument (I bought it which needed a little adjustment, unglued ribs, bridge, pegs to setup, ..) told me that he thinks the scroll with the neck are not original. But he couldn't tell me more about the origin and age. The back of the scroll is really unusual. And the very rounded upper points are also uncommon. I had read about the "Officina Claudio Monteverdi" founded by Aristide Cavalli, a very interesting story. So this viola could be italian, and the label might be true? The only one viola of Aristide Cavalli I've found in Internet is this: http://www.archiviodellaliuteriacremonese.it/en/strumenti/viola_12.aspx?f=457920 but I've found no photos of violas of Claudio Monterverdi workshop. I'd be glad if the label could be true, because these instruments have a (little) value: https://tarisio.com/cozio-archive/browse-the-archive/makers/maker/?Maker_ID=2758 The viola has a great and good sound, more round than nasal, but very interesting, it is responsive and easy to play. It is definitely better than most serial production instruments. Thank you again and best regards, Stephanie
  4. Hello, I recently bought this viola to use as a backup instrument. I am impressed by the very particular shape, and by the short and wide f-holes, with a lower lobe of 1.5 cm (0.59 inch.) diameter. The scroll seems not to be original. The label says "Arist. Cavalli & suoi alunni - Fecero Cremona 1899", but I don't think it's true. The instrument has a beautiful round and deep sound, from the wear it seems that it has been played a lot. I would like to know more about its origin and age. Is it serial production or built by one person from start to finish? Could it be an instrument of Eastern Europe from the second half of the twentieth century? The measurements are: -Back length: 41 cm (16 1/8 exactly 16,14 inch); -Upper bout: 18,9 cm (7,44 inch); -Middle bout: 12,2 cm (4,80 inch); -Lower bout: 24,1 cm (9,49 inch); -Diapason: 21,3 cm (8,39 inch); -Neck length: 14,9 cm (5,87 inch); -Ribs height: from 3,8 to 3,45 cm (from 1,50 to 1,36 inch); -F-holes upper distance: 4,3 cm (1,69 inch); -F-holes lower lobe diameter: 1,5 cm (0,59 inch); -Vibrating string length: 36,5 cm (14,37 inch). Thank you very much for your help. Best regards and sorry for my bad English, Stephanie
  5. Thank you very much!! I am very happy to know more about my bow. I had never tried bows of amourette wood before, I must say that, although inexpensive, it gives a nice round sound. I've read that many famous bowmakers such as Peccatte and Nicolas Rémy Maire have built several amourette bows, so with the near extinction of peranambuco, could it be a possibility even for contemporary bows? Is there an easy way to distinguish amourette wood from a flamed pernamubuco? Thank you again, best regards, Stephanie
  6. Hello, I received this bow as a gift from a luthier, to apologize for a problem on his violin which took 7 months to resolve. He told me it's a German bow, a Vuillaume copy. Could anyone tell me more about this bow? What could be the time of manufacture? How much its value? Is it pernambuco? The bow weighs 61 gr. (2.15 ounces) and has a balancing point at about 24.6-24.8 cm (9.69-9.76 inches). The luthier had replaced the nickel silver wrap with silk. It may be better to replace the nickel or other material to have a balancing point closer to 24 cm. (9.5 inch.)? Or better leave it like this (it is slightly heavy at the tip)? I noticed that adding about 1 gram on the wrap seems to work perhaps better, but maybe I just have to adapt to the bow. Thanks for any information and suggestions. Sorry for my bad English. Best regards, Stephanie
  7. Hello, because of the COVID-19 problems in my country it is necessary to wear a mask when a person is near another person. So a violin lesson or chamber music requires a mask. My question is: is it possible to play the violin with a surgical mask? I've tried, but I found it hard, I can't breathe enough. For few minutes I can, but 1-2 hours (time necessary for a lesson or for chamber music) it is very difficult for me. Is it only necessary to be get used to or is it really not recommended to play the violin with a mask? Sorry for my bad english. Thank you very much for your replies. Best regards, Stephanie
  8. Thank you for all the answers. The seller told me that - for him - it is a Klotz school or at least a work by Mittenwald around 1770. The last two digits of the date on the label are not legible. There is no cut, I just don't read anything, I think because of the age. I bought the violin for the sound, without giving importance to the origin. In the Mittenwald violin museum I saw two violins that looked quite similar, referred to a "Mittenwalder Arbeit" from the second half of the 18th century (like almost all the violins of that age it is not possible to know the author). Even the purfling, less precise than that of the Sabastien / Carol / Georg Klotz, resembled mine. Compared to the Klotz, the notches as a form or decoration to the inside of the peg boxes, often (may be not always) present in the Klotz violins, are also missing. I am not expert and I do not know exactly when the production began for the Verlegers in Mittenwald. The PDF of the Mittenwald Geigenbaumuseum says that the development and expansion of violin construction in Mittenwald has grown a lot through the Verlagsträger at the beginning of the 19th century. In the book by Herbert Meider - Franz Stoltefaut "Mittenwalder Geigenbau", which I purchased at the museum, it is written that mass production begins in the years after 1810 by the two companies Neuner and Baader. For this reason I would be curious to know if it could be a less famous luthier who built the instrument from the beginning to the end (may be for a Verleger?), or a work by many workers, who nevertheless produced a violin with an excellent sound. Thank you very much and best regards, Stephanie
  9. Hallo, I recently bought this old German violin which has an excellent sound. It is an Amati model. It looks like a work of Mittenwald. I would like to know something more about the construction age, whether it is a violin made by a master violin maker or if it is perhaps a good factory violin, but built by several people who worked to a specific part of the violin. The dimensions are: - Body length: cm. 35.5; - Body width: cm. 20.2 (lower) - cm. 16.3 (central) - cm. 10.8 (higher); -Length of the handle: cm. 13.2; -Diapason: cm. 19.5; - Length of the vibrating string: cm. 32.6; - Length of the violin: cm. 58.5. The label is: "Georg Klotz in Mitten // wald an der Iser 17__" I don't think it's an original Klotz, but could it be from his school and his age? Thank you all for the answers. Sorry for my bad English. Best regards, Stephanie
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