Desert Rat

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    I took a photograph of a scroll - Life Changing

    I've always seen the solid form of these peg "adornments" referred to as, "olives." Rat
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    wood id just for fun

    Looks like Ipe.
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    Santa Fe, NM

    Robertson's is definitely worth a visit, assuming nothing has changed since I was there about eight years ago. They have what appears to be a purpose-built, free-standing, two story building with a nice performance hall and an elevator. I happened to be there when all the principals of the company were away to an operal festival in Santa Fe, and one of the 'bored' staff offered to give me a tour of the place. Ask to see the Bass and Cello rooms on the second floor. Quite impressive. I was told that the really expensive violins are kept in the basement. Also, if you're into guitars, the Pimentel & Sons workshop is (was?) nearby. Again, I happened in on a slow day, and one of the very friendly sons kept feeding me guitars to sample. The dad's work was my favorite, but not quite what I was looking for at the time. Rat
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    Changing IPE wood colour

    Slightly off topic, but I've often wondered: why is the name of this wood frequently spelled using all capital letters?
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    Fantastic performance - Hilary Hahn

    I agree. Bach is like liquid, audible mathematics, and I think Hahn's precise, clear, and restrained style is perfectly suited for it. Are you aware, however, that this recording has been around quite a while? It's from her 1997 debut CD, recorded when she was just 16. Here's the link: Rat
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    Whats the best way to hang your violin on the wall.

    Lymond, I'm still here, though I don't post very often. Every now and then, something catches my fancy, though. I've seen "HKV" post to other sites sans the manufactured 'character' and handle. He goes by Kevin Huang. A lot of old familiar names now post over on the "other" violin board. (I lurk there, but don't post. I expect that I would get expelled from that board rather quickly; It seems to be run with a politically correct fist of marshmallow. Meh.) I do sometimes wonder about certain people from years ago, like Theresa, who took up the violin as an adult, like myself. I wonder if she continued her studies after her teacher passed away... ...oh well. Warms me to think that I've been missed, though. Thanks.
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    Jay Haide fakes

    Can you provide a link to the sellers profile on eBay? I'd like to take a look at his history/offerings but I can't find a seller by the name "Old Foggy". Thanks.
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    Does anyone recognize this Bobelock case model?

    Thanks, again. So, it could be that Bobelock discontinued the model #1014 (or whatever it was called) in order to reintroduce it as the #1050 Corregidor which then morphed into the #1051. Anyone else remember if the #1014 (?) was discontinued at the same time the original Corregidor was introduced? Just an excercise in curiosity, really.
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    Does anyone recognize this Bobelock case model?

    Thanks Gerald, but that's not it. The interior cavity of the 1050 had straight sides and a shovel-shaped head space. The case I'm remembering had the same body contours as the #1017 and either a spade or clover-shaped head area. Below is a picture of the old #1050 Corregidor:
  10. Greetings, all. I remember that Bobelock used to have a case that sold for the same price as the #1017, but instead of having two long storage compartments alongside the neck, there were two smaller compartments and a more form-fitted cavity for the head of the violin. I imagine it was discontinued because buyers were opting for the greater storage capacity of the #1017 over the more interesting design of its sibling case. Was the discontinued model designation #1014? Attached is a picture of a fractional instrument for sale on eBay that got me thinking about this (not sure if it's the same model I remember). Thanks.
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    Youtube violin test

    I'm nobody to these makers, and have no credentials, so I'm not worried about upsetting anyone... Initially, after just 15-20 seconds of each clip, I thought the Krutz was the easy winner. After going back and listening to the clips in their entirety multiple times, and thinking about the sound the way I do when I'm auditioning fine headphones and loudspeakers, I concluded that my first impression was in response to the Krutz' relative sweetness in the treble. (After all, it's the LACK of a certain quality that most people associate with good violin tone. What is that quality? Screechy-ness!!!) Now, to my ear, the Curtain and the Kleverkaus were easily the most 'open' in their sound, and both possessed the best clarity in the bass register. The Kleverkaus sounded like it had the potential to be harsh, however. For me, the Curtain wins out for combining openness and clarity with a sweet singing treble. The Bailly I heard as third in openness, but also unique in its slight nasal quality. Pleasant sounding, but I think it might get tiresome for the player. I still like the Krutz, and would probably rank it second or third overall, depending on how its [potentially] lower clarity stacked up against the Kleverkaus' [potential] brashness. The Gliga lives up to its reputation by being relatively 'dark' sounding, with noticeably weaker clarity on the bass runs. I've had both guitars and violins like this. One of them a Gliga. I sold it. So, there's my untrained opinion based on five short youtube videos of marginal audio quality with questionable variable controls. You're welcome. Rat
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    Very specific question

    Was this a violin from "Yitamusic" in Shanghai? They make surprisingly good student instruments that ship with strings that look like that. They hold the bridge in place during shipping, I suppose. Otherwise, I found them to be pretty awful substitutes for even the cheapest of recognized nylon strings. Corelli Crystal or D'Addario Pro-Arte would be an improvement. Rat
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    Why not cornerless

    Because violins are expected to have corners by those who would buy them. Over the 400+ years, corners have become one of the essential elements defining the visual character of the instrument, along with the scroll, color, and general outline. The fact that you have to describe an instrument as a "cornerless violin" proves that it's missing something that a violin is expected to have. Some people like the look of cornerless violins. I think they look like unfortunate mutants. Rat
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    best beginner strings

    Beginners usually are playing on cheap, overly-bright instruments. Also, they typically lack the bowing and intonation skills required to make pleasant sounds consistently, which can be discouraging. As such, strings that produce a less 'edgy' and quieter sound is appreciated by all who are forced to listen (including the student!). When you combine those desired features with a requirement for high manufacturing quality, wide availability, and low retail cost, there are two clear choices: D'Addario Pro-Arte' and Corelli Crystal. Both sets are available from Southwest Strings for under $23.00 US. The D'Addario's are also available in fractional sizes.
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    Violin ID - help needed

    I'm just an armchair enthusiast, but I'd like to add one more vote/guess for "New Chinese", and I don't mean that as a disparagement. The varnish and wear pattern are VERY similar to those on the Jay Haide l'ancienne instruments, as well as some of the nicer Chinese stuff you can find on eBay. (It even has a crooked fingerboard and 'therapeutic' bridge, just like my own Jay Haide!) Of course, they're all intended to look real, so the similarity is no proof, and I don't remember seeing the wide squarish upper f-hole wings on much Chinese stuff. But what makes me think Chinese are some of the details of the antiquing: 1) There are a lot of 1/2" scratches all over the instrument. They seem too consistent and evenly distributed to have come from normal use. They even appear in protected areas that would be difficult to scratch by accident, such as along the bass side of the fingerboard and the pegbox cheeks. 2) As has been mentioned, with the level of player wear to the varnish, one would expect to see more top damage to the treble c-bout and possible to the treble corners. 3) The removal of the varnish along the outline of the instrument, both front and back, appears to me to be too thorough and consistent to have come from natural wear. Bear in mind that I'm just a hack making guesses for fun. Regardless of it's origin, it's a very pretty instrument and obviously the product of much skill and careful attention to detail. I hope it can be made to play and sound as well as it looks. Rat