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    violin, classical guitar, piano, recorder - and not very good at any of these at the moment, but having fun learning!

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  1. It cannot be rotated. My parents bought this outfit for me sometime in the eighties. Under the frog there is "GERMANY" inscribed. I thought maybe it was something done to student bows back in the fifties. This is a Karl Herrmann violin in a Scherl and Roth outfit set up originally in 1956, according to the label inside the violin. The case is a Scherl and Roth case. While there is no guarantee that this bow was originally sold with this outfit, it may have been. My teacher back in the eighties didn't seem to have an issue with it, and neither did the one I had 15-ish years ago.
  2. This bow came with a Karl Herrmann Scherl & Roth violin from 1956. Has anyone ever seen a thumb "leather" like this before? I really like it. When I recently had the bow rehaired, I asked them to preserve it. It seems to be rubber, rather than actual leather.
  3. Recently I learned of cigar-box fiddles, purportedly made at home by American pioneers (pioneering in the upper American Midwest and points further west). I had never heard of this, before, and looked for a sound sample on YouTube. I didn't save the link, but it did sound fiddle-like. That astounded me. So how does a rectangular-shaped body end up sounding fiddle-like? I'm not saying they are high-quality sound-producing instruments, but still recognizable, and not remotely violin-shaped objects.
  4. Thanks again, @GeorgeH. I hadn't thought about that. @Woodland, I'm backing off the tension until I can see the button start to back out, then leaving it there. I'm still not happy that it's tighter than I'd like, but I'm no longer worried that it's going to ruin the bow. Even tightened for playing, it's still not straightening the stick.
  5. Thanks @GeorgeH. I have been leaving my violin out so as to encourage practicing. I thoroughly wring my DampIt and dry it with a towel before putting it in the violin.
  6. Ok, thanks, guys! I have a DampIt that I'm using, so I'm not too worried about the violin. The Glasser bow (bought in August?) hair never did relax as much as I wanted right when I bought it, and I should probably have taken it back and asked them to rehair it, but I was lazy.
  7. I had an old Glasser bow that was victim to bow bugs, and I exchanged it for a newer Glasser bow. Right now, I can't get the hair loose, even if the button is loose enough to be almost out of the eyelet. Seeing as how the stick is fiberglass, and not wood, should I worry, or should I just keep fiddling along?
  8. I've been working on the Schradieck Volume 1, Part 1, and it's helping. I haven't gotten to Part 2, yet, but will, eventually. I'm also making myself work through the C Major exercises in my method books, and I've started learning Elgar Op 22, No 1 and Küchler Op 11, Part 2. Particularly with the Küchler, I figure that as long as I can find finger 2 when I need it, on time, and with correct intonation, it doesn't really matter whether it's down when finger 4 is down, right?
  9. I will probably have a luthier look at it eventually, but right now money is a problem, and since I'm coming back to violin after a lengthy hiatus, I'm thinking technique and flexibility have a lot to do with my issue. I've been following along with the Nicola Benedetti video that @Bill Merkel suggested, and I think that I need to stick with building up good habits, for the moment. I've been doing this as my practice time in the mornings this week, and I think I'll keep doing it for a bit longer. I definitely have neck, shoulder and hand tension issues that I need to work through (not only on
  10. I can certainly see how they would help each other.
  11. I have a smallish classical guitar. Well, it's really weird, kind of a cross between classical and non-classical in that you tie the strings on like a classical, but the tuning posts stick up through the head like a steel-string acoustic guitar. I have no idea how it compares to a standard full-sized classical, but I like it. It's just under 2 inches wide at the nut. I have problems with reach on it, as well, and I do remember that it was easier when I was younger and more flexible.
  12. Thanks. I want to stick with my full-size. I do not currently have a teacher, and can't afford one at the moment. I'm a bit disappointed that my previous two teachers didn't work on this with me, and that I wasn't aware enough to know that I needed to work on it. Perhaps back then I didn't need to work on it because I was younger and more flexible.