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  1. It’s a cheese knife. https://youtu.be/R5tCZFlZHfo
  2. And it’s been on there at least a year! This is beyond even a bottom feeder like me...
  3. I’m an “eclectic” player. I have amassed many violins in my “bottom feeder” search of low cost, high pleasure violins. Currently, I have 5 violins that I rotate through. Only one is tuned to standard. Each one has its own dynamics and I love them all, equally. So far, for me, the Warchal Amber set up on 2 of the 5 has given me the best playing experience for lower cost.
  4. The part, those curls! The lachrymal vase! I’m banking on Mendelssohn. https://hadikarimi.com/portfolio/felix-mendelssohn-1834
  5. First position, 3rd finger, g string then d, a, e, then going back down the strings. Then high two, moving from g through the strings to e then back down. Low two up then back. First finger on G (a) then slide down to low, slide back. Move on through the strings and back. Repeat, repeat, repeat. When you’ve mastered it, then scales and arpeggios. If it’s become second nature, learning second and third positions become a none issue. Your hands hold the memory. I also have problems with note dyslexia so picturing where the note is on the sheet music while I say it out loud as I’m playing is helping. I’m learning by a combination of ear, repetition and then sheet music. It’s been a long haul, but it’s finally making sense. This is my third go around. I finally found a teacher who could teach the way I can learn. It’s a beautiful experience. Imagine all those children who have missed out on making music because of the limited views and abilities of their instructors.
  6. Student here- The manuals are following a certain classical tradition. It’s been systematized. I’ve been working with an Irish fiddle teacher who uses a system to train the fingers in all positions FIRST. Then the scales are learned. She learned it from her teacher, who I believe, developed the practice. I spent two years with a former Juilliard instructor, studying the classical way to learn, and I have to say, I’ve learned more “off book” in the past year from my fiddle teacher. You said reforming education is on your to-do list. You might just start by studying the teachers who have adopted a more organic method of teaching.
  7. Mystic


    I second on the set up. You won’t know until you know. I have a “fancy”, my profile pic is the scroll. When I inherited it, my trusted go-to guy told me not to expect much out of it. But it was in my grandfathers keeping (a man left it in his care, I think during the war and never returned) so it was an affair of the heart. It astounded him when the repairs were completed. Not a masterpiece but a very full voiced, intermediate level violin. You wont know until you do. Best of luck to you!
  8. That seems to be the easiest explanation. Thank you.
  9. Is this an odd frog? I haven’t seen an eyelet with a pin on top, what is it’s purpose? And the machining on the top of the ferrule looks like it has a very specific job. My first thought was a thread cutter....
  10. Contact link for Framus Vintage they may be able to solve the mystery.... https://www.framus-vintage.de/en/Informations/Contact/
  11. Filmed at Bantry House, which is also a somewhat reasonably priced B&B, with garden and home tours. Which is now on my Post-Covid bucket list! Thanks for posting this!
  12. Mystic

    John Krienitz

    Oh, he made a name for himself... there was a big murder trial that he and his brother were involved in. He made a pass at his landlady that she declined. She ended up being murdered a short time later. He and his brother were cleared but in a small town, that stuff can hang over your head for a long time. Here’s a photo of him.
  13. Just a general aside.... if the choice is repair or dustbin, there are many who would relieve you of the psychic burden of the dustbin.... might even pay shipping...
  14. Do you have access to an inspection scope? If you do, look in the upper right front. There may be some information.
  15. Do you by any chance wear progressive lenses? There is a not so sweet spot in progressives that can cause distortion.
  16. Perhaps the fit adage would be... A fool and their money are soon parted.
  17. THIS! I’m a “senior” (+50) first year, very enthusiastic student. One thing I and my instructor noticed early on was my pinkie finger would flag up when all other fingers were down. I’ve worked with it and have successfully retrained it. Recently, I was practicing a piece for a “challenge” and I evidently over practiced and hyperextended my ring finger. It happened very quickly and took me by surprise. This article clarified the mechanics for me. Thank you!
  18. 100 years from today, which will be more cherished?
  19. The bridge, (assumption on my part) was cut by the maker. He stamped a star on the scroll and also the bridge. He dated the bridge, 4.14.36, Given the minimum wear (including the bridge) and neck length, I’m also assuming 36 is 1936. I wanted to get a feeling for the makers original intent before I moved away from it. It’s a well crafted bridge. As for strings.... I’m cash poor at the moment. I’ve used a mix of spares (old but not used). Back in the dark ages during my second (note dyslexia) attempt to learn classical violin, I had tried both Dominant and Tonika. My current favorite is Warchal Amber. So as soon as that HUGE stimulus check hits my account, it’s a done deal. As the violin settles in and I get used to it and it to me, I find that it takes an aggressive bowing style that my “beginning” status (3rd time’s a charm) as a violinist find a bit challenging. But it’s teaching me. As are all of you. And I thank you for your insight.
  20. It appears to be the original varnish, fairly thin. Nothing spectacular and definitely not oversprayed. But good thought.
  21. I changed out the strings last night to a mishmash of extras I purchased for two violins that I had professionally set up 2 decades ago no idea what they are... except I remember they were expensive and have a Warchal Amber e. It sounded MUCH better but the same issue, it needs aggressive bowing to make it open up and sing. It’s a learning for me. I took measurements when I installed the bridge, the projection is a tiny, very tiny, bit low. I definitely thought about carving a new one but at the time, didn’t want to waste the time if other things didn’t resolve. I’ll let it get used to the changes before I jump to a new bridge. Thank you for your thoughts.
  22. Until you heard my playing.... I’m a second year student (if you don’t count the failed attempts in my youth). But I’m meeting with my teacher on Thursday and I’ll see if she will give it a go. It will be much more pleasant for all. its been an interesting journey learning to play and at the same time, learning about violin construction and set up. I’ve bought old “junkers” on the low cheap to mess around with and to my great surprise and delight, after doing (simple) repairs and working through learning proper set up, several of them have turned out to be very nice and sometimes challenging players, like this one, that have taught me more about playing than if I’d just stayed with my original, quite adequate, inherited violin. It may be an addiction.
  23. Thank you. I wasn’t aware. I have a junker for practicing with, I’ll give it a try. I figure the more tools in the mental toolbox, the better. The video was interesting. Is there a clean release tape or something to protect the edges of the f holes to prevent damage while fishing around with the setter? The sound of metal grating on the edges makes me a little queasy.
  24. This ties to my husbands comment when I first played it in an aggressive manner. It sounded really rough under ear but he was at the other end of the house and said it sounded really good. I just thought he was being kind. I think I’ll set up my recording equipment at a distance and see what I think. This may turn out to be a more interesting violin than I paid for. Thank you all for your comments! Much appreciated food for thought.
  25. Okay, so here’s another thought to throw into the mix... i just spent some time playing it and changed my bowing style. I got very aggressive, put much more pressure on the bow than usual and it doesn’t sound muffled. Thinking back...the strings are not top quality. I got them off Amazon quite awhile ago and they were really inexpensive....$12 I’ll swap out the strings and see what I get. Thank you for all your thoughts and input.
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