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  1. Thanks! I used this info to stabilize the loose wire on the 3/4 bow that came with the 3/4 outfit I was gifted. It, too, is copper wire. I just put a drop on it after making sure the wire was wrapped nicely. Did the trick.
  2. I was gifted a 3/4 size violin outfit, today. The bow has a couple of chips in the finish, not the wood. What should I do about these, other than wiping the bow down when I'm finished playing or practicing?
  3. Well, I finally removed the tape from my violin. I had previously removed it (years ago) from my other violin. Now I'm left with tape gunk. I have rubbed with a dry cloth and with my fingernail and gotten most of it off, but I still can see where it used to be on both violins, and it's a bit distracting. Does anyone have any good ideas on what I can safely do, besides continuing to rub with a dry cloth? Unfortunately, it doesn't come through in photos very well, but I can definitely see it when I am trying to practice or play.
  4. I'm 49, and I have been back at violin for 5 months, now, after a 15-20-year hiatus. I, too, have issues with 4th finger down while 2nd finger is down, particularly with a high second finger, AND maintaining passable intonation when I get back to the second finger. Plus, I have small hands and short arms. However, it is slowly getting better. I have been playing 5-note down scales, slowly, with a drone, to keep my intonation more honest. It's early days, still, but it is getting a bit better. The Schradieck Volume 1, Part 1 is helping, too, although I'm still learning it. I have
  5. Cool, thanks! I think I'll get some of the John Pearse Artistes.
  6. Yes, looking for inexpensive strings. I'll take a look at the John Pearse Artiste. Thanks!
  7. Thanks, everyone! Much appreciated.
  8. Ok, thanks! Not a fiddler (yet), but the Jackson Guldan could fill that niche.
  9. I don't remember where, but once, long ago, I heard that steel strings are too strong for some violins. I don't know whether that's true, or not, but Red Label, for example, are not likely to harm a Jackson Guldan, are they? I currently have (old) Dominants on it, and the A string broke. I need to get new strings, and I'm thinking of Red Label because they're inexpensive and I won't likely have to replace those as often as Dominants. Would Red Label be ok on a 65-year-old Scherl & Roth Karl Herrmann violin? I'm looking strictly for whether they're safe, and not necessarily for wh
  10. Indeed, . I don't remember being taught to hold the bow touching the frog in any way, after I graduated from thumb-on-ferrule when I was really young.
  11. Interesting idea. I have short arms for my height (which is also short). Holding this bow with my thumb in the divot, I can just about use the whole bow, straight. If I hold closer to the frog, I can't reach the tip. Most people can sit on the floor, put their palms flat on the floor next to them, and lift their butts off the ground. My palms don't even reach the floor...
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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?
  19. 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?
  20. 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