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    Coda Luma Bow

    Hello! I am looking to purchase a new bow and for the price range I am looking, Coda seems to be the best option. They have two that I am very interested in and wanted some opinions. A little background: I have played since I was 6 or 7, only as a hobby. Nothing crazy and I would not call me a professional. I teach beginning violin, but once they reach a certain point (after 3rd position) they have to be handed off (which all students are made aware of before booking with me). I prefer fast paced fiddle music, specifically Irish tunes. The violin I play is an old Suzuki from the late 1800s to early 1900s, I know it's nothing grand, but it has a good sound and I have had it professionally adjusted. It does well for its intended use. (Though I may be pending an upgrade, we'll see.) The bow I am currently using is stamped "hans royner" and is silver mounted, I think it is a german student bow, please correct me if I am wrong. Octagonal stick that turns to round. The two bows are the Diamond GX and the Luma. Have any of you guys played with these? If so, what are your opinions? Pros, cons, etc. If you have any other brands you recommend in that price range, I would love to hear about those as well. Thank you!
  2. I cut my nails to basically nubs (no white), so we are good there. That is a valid suggestion though, I've known many girls who have long nails and wonder why their violins do not sound good.
  3. The G is at 5 and the E is at 3.8.
  4. Hello everyone, I am once again asking for Violin advice. This is in regards to the violin above. When it was finished being restored (to the best of my ability) it played fine, no buzzes or anything. Now, however, it has a pretty aggressive buzz on the E string. Specifically when playing F sharp. It goes away when playing G or A, but is present when playing open E and that F. I have checked the scoop and it appears to be correct and I'm not seeing any obvious bumps. Should I plane the fingerboard again or what other options do I have? I also checked the nut to see if maybe the string has too much wiggle room and that is in spec as well. Thank you in advance!
  5. I visited the shop and the violin was still there. His shop is actually closing in the next few months and said he would be willing to take a decent amount off of it because of that and may be able to work out a payment plan. It has apparently been there for eight years with not much interest. He said he would get back to me in a week or so! So fingers crossed!
  6. Rue, I have asked in the past and they didn't seem willing. If it's still there it may be worth asking again.
  7. Probably an odd choice, as they are not the most expensive violins. However, I played a beautiful August Germunder New York "Art" violin from 1915 some time back. I would purchase that instrument. It has been on my mind ever since I played it. It had a beautiful tone. Unfortunately, I did not have the funds to purchase it then and I do not now either. If I won the lottery I would be at their door the next morning! Along with the Vorin bow they had available.....just for fun.
  8. https://www.ebay.com/itm/RARE-ANTIQUE-AUTHENTIC-SIGNED-JACOBUS-STAINER-IN-ABSAM-VIOLIN-IN-FITTED-CASE-N-R-/194663608590?mkcid=16&mkevt=1&_trksid=p2349624.m46890.l49286&mkrid=711-127632-2357-0 Thought I'd post this here since it gave me a chuckle.
  9. Hello! I am searching for some violin making and/or repair books. I am new at this and recently restored an old cottage industry violin. I thoroughly enjoyed the process and was helped by a lot of you more experienced folks on here. I was hoping that some of you may have some books on this that you no longer are in need of. I do not expect these for free and will happily pay for them and the shipping (as long as it is reasonable). I am located in Ohio, USA. I'll also add that if any of you have smaller planes that you no longer need, I am in need of one or two, but I cannot afford them new (I'm a full time, broke college student). Along with any other tools. Thank you all! Also, happy holidays to everyone!
  10. Hello! My shop is trying to get rid of these assorted bridges and pegs. The bridges are all used. The pegs may or may not be used. Some come off of rental instruments that are meant to have perfection pegs. A little over 100 bridges and about 30 complete peg sets. We can also sell separately. Please let me know if you are interested!! See pictures below.
  11. It sounds better than I thought it would, but not as good as I would have hoped (If that makes sense). I'm actually going to give this to my boyfriend as a Christmas present. He's wanted to play for quite some time. It would be a good starter instrument for him with some sentimental value to it. It's wrapped up in the case (with a boveda, of course), so after Christmas I'll upload a video of how it sounds!
  12. Alright everyone, it's nowhere near perfect, but I am proud of it being my first project. Thank you all for all of the advise and encouraging words!
  13. Al- thank you so much for that link! That actually answered almost every question I had. Another question, what do you guys suggest for repairing the lovely mess the screw left? Would I need to graft a new button up top or would filling it do? I want what will look best while still being sturdy.
  14. A small update: The screw in the neck has been removed and I plan on fixing it. Though, according to my measurements, whoever put the screw in must have taken their time. It was not off by a significant amount. Kudos to them. Thankfully, we have a Luthier here from time to time who said they can guide me along the way, but the tips you guys have given will help while they're away. I've done a little bit of work on the finish to bring it back up to some sort of beauty (if you can call any part of this violin.... beautiful), that is going fairly well.
  15. I truly appreciate all of the help! Luckily, I work in a violin shop with a lot of the tools needed. I'm a broke college kid, so otherwise I'd be out of luck. I will hopefully be getting some of my own tools for the holidays. In a stack of older, used bridges, I found one that was very high and I think I can shave that down to work. So far the most annoying part of this project has been getting the glue off of the fingerboard! Haha. I've used a scraper and sand paper, but maybe I'm not putting enough elbow grease into it.
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