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  1. The Tale of the TAILPIECE, a History of this small accessory From Medieval times right up to the present day, a History of this violin family, small accessory. English and French version are there, on Academia.edu: http://univ-montp2.academia.edu/EricFouilh%C3%A9
  2. I have always wondered, if I were born in Italy in 1700, could I afford a brand-new Stradivarius violin. After some years of research, my wife and I finally finished a mini study on the original sales price of Stradivari violins. It is published in the Strad magazine, Feb 2022: https://www.thestrad.com/lutherie/making-matters-the-price-is-right/14321.article The table below is a summary of what we found. A Stradivari violin could be purchased locally for around 100% GDP-per-capita during thre 18th century. If exported to England, the price doubles (England's GDP per capita is also double of Italy's) , according to Benjamin Hebbert's excellent research on the English market. In today's terms, Italy's GDP is ~32K USD, and the USA ~64K USD. In a nutshell, if Stradivari were working today, an international customer could probably buy his violin for 60K-80K USD. Many professional violinists can still afford it. In our article, we discussed the income range of Barqoue musicians. It seemed that musicians with decent emplyment could still afford a new Strad back then. The biggest surprise in our research was how David Tecchler was almost starving in 1708 depite being the leading maker in Rome. The market for new master violins was already dwindling by 1708 and destined to be doomed very soon. String makers and organ makers were making much more money. Antonio Stradivari and Guarneri del Gesu tried their best to survive by producing innovative violins that proved to be superior. Fortunately, they held on long enough to leave us with their masterpieces. Prices in Italy (GDP per capita ~600 g of silver, 1550-1750) Maker Price (gram of silver) Note Ordinary violins 30 Similar in price to ordinary guitars Mattheo Morales 80 Maltese guitar maker, 1698 Anonymous Brescian 180 1637 Ordinary master violin 240 1724 Michele Platner 250 1759 Francesco Rugeri 260 1685 David Tecchler 380-490 1710-1724 Cremonese (Amati?) 550-690 1637 Cremonese (Amati?) 720 1572 Antonio Stradivari 720 1729 testament Antonio Stradivari 460-790 1750-1775, posthumous Jacob Stainer 790 1708, posthumous Nicolo Amati 1080 1685, posthumous
  3. Collection of Violin Books for sale. Selling as a lot. I am closing up shop and need to sell. Here is the list: Meister Italienischer Geigenbaukeust Walter Hamma The Classic Lines of Italian Violinmaking Carlo Vettori Violin Restoration first printing #392 Weissar & Shipman Arte Liutaria - Analysis of Antique Instruments and Restoraation Techniques #286 signed Carlo Vettori The Book of the Violin 1987 Dominic Gill Il Liutaio 1978 La Casa Nuziale Arnoldo Baruzzi Violin Varnishes Hammerl The International School of Cremona Two Score Years of Violin-Making Gualtiero Nicolina The Violin Paolo Peterlongo The Hill Collection of Musical Instruments 1969 David D Boyden Violin Varnish and Coloration Martins Roberts Zemitis Il Manoscritto Littario Di G A Marchi first edition 1986 R Regazzi Known Violin Makers 4th ed 1983 John Fairfield You Can Make a Stradivarius Violin 1967 Reid Italian Violin Varnishes George Fry Bows and Bow Makers William C Retford The Bow, History, Manufacture and Use Henry Saint-George Arte Liutaria - April 88 No 10 Arte Liutaria - August 88 No 11 Old Violins and Violin Lore H R Haweis The Violin and Viola Shelia Nelson Violin Making as it was and is (1978) Ed Hero- Allen Fiddles: Their Selection, Preservation and Betterment 1910 Henry Saint-George Violin and Cello Building and Repairing 1969 Robert Alton Cremona Violins and Varnish Charles Reade A Review of Ancient and Modern Violin Making W W Oaks The Violin Maker’s Guide 1974 H E Brown The Technique of Violin Making H S Wake Useful Measurements for Violin Makers H S Wake Violin Bow Rehair and Repair H S Wake A Luthier’s Scrapbook H S Wake Violin Maker’s Notebook H S Wake Violin Identification and Price Guide Book 1 Roy Ehrdardt Violin Identification and Price Guide Book 2 Roy Ehrdardt Violin Identification and Price Guide Book 3 Roy Ehrdardt Final Summary Report of Violin Varnish Research Project Louis M Condax The Materials of the Artist Max Doerner The Artist Handbook Ralph Mayer Attached is photo.
  4. https://www.classicfm.com/discover-music/instruments/viola/earliest-joke-1714/ A demotion to the viola section for being out of control!
  5. Greetings All. Great Site here! Seems as though so many members are.very knowledgeable. Amazing and Creative Folks seem to offer good information. I've come into a very beautiful Violin in original Case. Vuillaume des Petite Champe 46 it says on inside. Any ideas or additional thoughts on value and condition would be greatly appreciated. It comes with original Case an extra String (old original package) and a Drezden string piece (wood) and beautiful A.Breton Bow
  6. An article from Strings Magazine, a year ago. I don't recall if anyone posted it. Sorry if it was posted - I can always link to it. If not, I think it is a handy reference to have, especially with regards to the timeline. https://stringsmagazine.com/the-state-of-chinese-violin-making-from-past-to-present/
  7. I’ve recently discovered a podcast called The Wandering Bard and recommend it for anyone interested in learning a bit about Celtic fiddle tunes, their history, and their composers. The host, Brandon Kennedy, is a fiddler himself and has spent a lot of time researching his subjects and traveling to gather local stories. He has said that he intends to expand the scope of the podcast as it continues, but there’s already plenty of great content. I’ve been listening to it in my workshop as I work and thoroughly enjoying it. It’s a good thing to listen to during this time of quarantine. Here’s his site: https://www.thewanderingbard.co/the-wandering-bard-podcast
  8. Does anyone know what the earliest work for violin by an American composer was? I can't find a definitive answer.
  9. When did performers start using vibrato on violins? Is there a particular composer or performer who instituted it?
  10. FOR SALE: Used copy of "the British Violin" in very good condition This well known book was published by the British Violin Making Association to accompany the 1998 exhibition "400 years of violin and bow making in the British Isles". In addition to the superb photographs and instrument data, there is an excellent and informative historical section dealing with the major figures in the development of violin family instrument and bow makers. This is a used copy with some marks and yellowing on the cover but otherwise in very good condition. If you need any further description don't hesitate to contact me. The price of the book is £125 with free postage and packing within the UK and Royal Mail postage rates outside the UK.
  11. Hello - I am researching three violinists - Amely Heller - ca. 1905 Helen Jourdan-Morhange - b. 1888 d. 1961 Anne Briggs - ca. 1895 (her sister, Esther Briggs played piano) I have exhausted my resources to find any dates of performance or bibliographic material - Jourdan-Morhange was a friend & colleague of Ravel. Does anyone know about digital files of back issues of The Strad magazine, other periodicals such as Violins and Violinists and The Violin Times. Cheers - Andrew
  12. I have already commented on Simone Sacconi's appreciation of both the lowly bee and the lowly egg as necessities for ultimate practice in violin finishing. This man exalts nature! But an offhand mention of his garden in the varnish chapter passes us right by, no? So then, let's pick up on a gardener's broad hint and consider plant substances in more detail. From the garden go find the hottest available peppers. Grind the seeds finely without ever touching them. Boil them in plain water for a long time to extract the capsaicin chemical. Filter. Capsaicin is used everywhere by gardeners. This stuff attacks the nerves of animals and keeps pests away from valued plants. Bugs are kept away from fruits and vegetables. On human skin, it is neurotoxic. So sugar or honey was added to the extracted capsaicin, and the PRINCIPAL intent or goal was to make the preparation safe for handling by gardeners. See: http://www.indiacurry.com/faqhints/howreduceheatchilipeppers.htm When Italian gardeners like Sacconi, and earlier the Cremonese masters without a doubt, applied a hot capsaicin/honey preparation to their woods, I beleve they arrived at Jezzupe's sugar inner seal and very quickly recognized its finishing potential. Certainly gardeners also used a weak gum binder. Acacia or tragacanth would do. The Cremonese added borax. Anything else? Next they "flame polished" the wood, which of course got them to the sugar ground. I expect this plant chemistry will be confirmed by experiment to be the origin of the fabled grain contrast. otter
  13. “Imitation, Genetic Lineages, and Time Influenced the Morphological Evolution of the Violin” It doesn’t look like there is anything new and earth shattering here, but still a fun and interesting read.
  14. Hello, I recently acquired a violin with a somewhat unusual case. The case is solid wood, with metal (?) latches. The ball feet are made of wood, too. The inside is quite nice, given the age. It is lined with a green fabric (velvet?). Before creating an account, I would sometimes lurk in here. I wanted, especially, the input of GlennYorkPA. I've read some of his posts regarding violin cases. (I haven't read his book, yet. Sorry! ) I would be glad to hear information from anyone! I have taken many pictures. So, I created a photo album under my SkyDrive. Here is the link: http://sdrv.ms/119w8E4 Furthermore, I have pictures of the violin and the bow. I'd be happy to hear any information (history, maker, repair estimates, etc.) about those, as well. Thank you for your help! - Totti
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