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  1. How come no one gives details (for better or worse) except for the Cao groupies? We need some direction...C'mon Andrew, what mail order company? I think we's all like to see a very decent violin outfit for under $200. What names on the labels? Model numbers? Just generically calling them "Chinese" doesn't really help someone looking to buy. George, what kind is high quality for under $500? Where can we get them? Viola-Mom, does that Eastman company have a website? If you make us drool over your good fortune of finding a wonderful instrument at an even more wonderful price, please give us some details! Thanks! Mary K
  2. I did actually get it from SWS. I sent it back saying I liked the bow, but the hair was too long and I couldn't tighten it properly. I spoke to someone there who told me the hair was just fine for them... end of discussion. Because I had tried many bows and really liked the feel of this one, I decided to get it anyway. So I guess there IS hope that the hair will tighten up on it's own once the heat comes up. I, also, have a house humidifier for good health and the instruments too, but it has been too warm to turn on so far. Thanks to all who responded! Mary K
  3. I just had a bow rehaired and I didn't check it out closely when I picked it up (rush, rush, rush :-)). I like a space between the frog and the leather big enough for my thumb, and even with the hair tightened, I don't have enough space. This may seem like a silly question, but can I just cut some of the leather away, or will I be screwing something up? If I can cut it, do I need to re-secure the cut end down? With what, (hide glue?) I hate to make another appointment and travel all the way back for this, but I can't play without the thumb space! Any suggestions are appreciated. I know you guys on this board have solutions for darn near everything! Thanks for your help, Mary K
  4. Question: Did you have a pretty good idea from the pictures/description what you were buying, or was it pure good luck? Either way, I'm jealous! Congratulations on your good fortune. It's nice to hear a great success story. I've bought a few from eBay, but haven't found anything exceptional.
  5. I guess you forgot my answer to that post: "I just looked at the latest Shar catalog, and while they mention Sabine under tuners, they do not show an actual product. However, I went back to the catalog I had ordered from, the Fall '97 and there it is, the Sabine ST10 on pag. 41. Good thing I'm a packrat, you had me thinking I was crazy. Perhaps they knew they were dropping the line...anyway, I'm happy with this Seiko." You stand corrected (again). I use it every day and have been quite satisfied wit the Seiko. Mary K : : Has anyone tried/used that new intellitouch tuner? how well does it work? would it work only on violins or will it also work on open cello strings? : dear cj: : i have said this before, but i believe that the sabine tuner line is hard to beat. and after the last round of shar discussions where someone said that shar recommended another brand over the sabine, i looked in their catalog to discover that they do not offer it. no wonder they said the crummy $20 one was better. : mike
  6. Is anyone familiar with NEW Juzek violins? I was talking about upgrading from my current no-name, and this was brought up as a possibility. I've re-read the thread on old Juzeks and what to look for in labeling, but does anyone know of new ones? Are they hand or factory made? Or some of each? What is the price range? Where can they be found...suggestions of shops or catalogs would be appreciated, along with, of course, advice on whether this is a worthwhile choice. I've been playing about 2 1/2 years, and have a decent sounding instrument, but would like to upgrade. Actually, my violin was inherited, and I'm to pass it on to my son when he grows into it, so I feel like it's on loan, and not really mine. Comments or suggestions? Thank you, Mary K
  7. The Southwest Strings Board is back but in a new location: http://www.swstrings.com/wwwboard/wwwboard.html It was also totally blank when I checked. Who will be the first???? :-) Mary K
  8. I got in kind of roundabout and it said it was "Under Reconstruction". Mary K
  9. My luthier charges about $115 for a set-up...bridge, soundpost, and strings. Some gluing runs $10-15. He is excellent at optimizing the sound by proper positioning. Mary K
  10. Thank you, Janie! Some of us never HAD an 'ear', I don't even have good old connections to overwrite! I'm learning music for the very first time in my late 30's, and the tuner is wonderful. Thanks for some backup, I was starting to feel very alone. Mary K : : I read this entire thread too. I agree that the very best way is to tune by ear, BUT . . . I played through high school, and had good intonation at that time. Then I stopped playing for 28 years. During that time, I worked as a secretary/administrative assistant. This was in the olden days, before word processors. On my first job, I had a manual typewriter. As the years passed, I had electric typewriters, selectrics, and eventually a magnetic card typewriter, then a word processor with an impact printer. All that clickety-clacking over the years did a number on my hearing. Aging certainly didn't help. When I started playing again, those neural networks mentioned were definately overwritten. I persevered and rewrote them as best I could. I also worked really hard at getting my ear back. Just when I thought I was getting pretty good, a friend talked me into trying a tuner. I tuned my violin, and then checked myself on the tuner. I was off by a mile. : Using the tuner has helped me in 2 ways. First, I can now get my strings into perfect tune. This helps my ear continue to develop. Second, I can play into it to check intonation. : Someday, maybe I'll throw the thing off a cliff, but for now, it's helping me.
  11. I think one of the operative words in your argument is "sing". I find that the people I know who also "sight sing" can "hear" the notes just by looking at them. Some of us (who cannot sing for beans, but love our violins) have considerably more trouble hearing the proper note, even in fifths, which should be 'easy'. You don't know how blessed you are for your ability. How many times I've been tuning for my teacher, playing the two open strings (particularly A to E) and I'll have to guess... "aaaaah....higher?" Her look tells me I'm wrong again. I simply do not hear it. I've gotten much better on the lower strings,on the E I'm still lost. How many times I've played obviously out of tune until my next lesson because I was just as likely to make it worse. I think the tuner is a godsend. And it is just a little thing, the size of a cassette tape. I'm sorry I waited this long. Mary K : Here's my two-cents worth: : Pitch is infinitely adjustable. Musicians can choose any point of reference point they wish. A $2.50 tuning fork is cheaper and more portable than an electronic tuner or a whole piano. One only needs a SINGLE reference point. : I'd hate to hear a string quartet that used exactly equal temperment, because it would seem out-of-tune. : Our piano tuner tunes "downtown" for all the "big names" that come to town, and he tunes BY EAR after setting a single reference point. Each piano he tunes gets individual treatment in order to sound in tune with itself. A piano's tuning varies according to its individual characteristics and the desire of its owner. : A violin, viola, or cello has only four strings. If a player has a good enough ear to "twinkle" than he can learn to recognize a perfect perfect fifth. Little kids can learn it too although they might have trouble working the pegs and tuners. Spend some time listening, even singing; the fifth and the octave are the easiest intervals to know. 2nd, 3rd, 6ths, and 7ths are all a matter of opinion, but the perfect 5th (and it's inversion, the perfect 4th) are no mystery. Sometimes I feel that the electronics industry commercialism has sold to us things that we really don't need. : If a person really can't get his or her strings in tune, maybe they're old or damaged and have gone fasle. I've been told that strings should be tuned by going lower and then bringing the pitch up. If the desired pitch is approached from above, the string will get too stretched and will quickly get untrue. : Comments, please. Thanks for listening. : Ann Brown
  12. For future repairs, etc. may I suggest Shank's Strings in Elizabethtown. Mr. Shank is wonderful, he has even impressed my teacher with his ability to improve the sound of an instrument. (And she is NOT easily impressed! :-) He is very honest and will always accept input from his customers and explain everything, never rushing. If you need more info, please Email me. Good luck with your audition, Mary K
  13. The Seiko tuner finally arrived from Shar. It was not actually very late, I started to get antsy after the backorder date. Granted, I have never seen a chromatic tuner before, so I have nothing to compare this to, but this is the coolest accessory I've ever had! My ear is getting better as time goes by, but keeping my violin in tune has been a real chore. Somehow bowing, turning the pegs, pushing them in without going back out of tune, and plinking piano keys all at once didn't work well for me. I took this out of the box, connected the battery, glanced at the instructions and got a headache, ditched them and just turned it on. Pizz a string, leds and a digital needle display the note by letter name and how sharp or flat it is. I've been playing with it all day. If I play kinda slowly, it can follow my note changes, pointing out where I might be consistantly sharp or flat. It's really a lot of fun. This one is a Seiko ST-747, in the Shar catalog as ST-15 for $26.50. Way Cool! Mary K
  14. Dear mike, I noticed Southwest Strings is already making the Glasser Composite a choice with certain outfits...the latest 'mini-catalog' shows on page 1 the Yuan Qin outfit with either the Composite or a Brazilwood bow, the composite outfit being $30 cheaper. Inside they talk about Glasser bows with outfits,but they do not appear to be composite (they give a choice of synthetic hair). Others will probably follow suit. I wonder if these companies have any idea where all the interest in this bow came from :-) Mary K
  15. : : : : I am looking for a good chromatic tuner for the violin. Does anyone have reccomendations for me? I would like to spend less than $100. : : thanks : the sabine autoranging tuners (several models) are the only ones worth considering. they hover around $60. most general music stores, and some violin shops carry them, and shar sells them. : mike Just curious: Anything wrong with the Seiko? That is what Shar recommended, though I was asking about the Sabine (per recommendations on this board). I don't have it yet, it's on back order. It was much cheaper, in the $20's. Mary K
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