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  1. Important note: I will be updating this thread over the next coming days and weeks to try and show as much of the strings that I can and to see if it's just the honeymoon phase and how long lasting the strings are. I recently bought a set of Rondo Gold strings that were recommended to me by my teacher who's in Vienna. She recommended both the Dynamo and Rondo Gold sets as she had good experiences with them, but I aimed for the more cost effective Rondo Gold which came in at $110.95 (May have been a pricing issue by the shop, but that's what they quoted). The violin I chose to put these strings are is a violin that's around 100 years old from Germany. With the Helicore strings it had on before the projection was very good and it had a rich sounding tone, although I wasn't a huge fan of the Helicore strings as they didn't fit what I wanted from the violin's sound and I wanted a nice little upgrade since I've never done a set of strings over $75. We kept all 4 fine tuners on as the tailpiece had slight damage to where they would go. We also changed out the plastic tubes on the A and E for a parchment piece for the E string. We tried it out in the shop and I could hear a nice difference. But waited until we got home to hear the difference fully. We tried it out in the living room with several pieces. Mendelssohn Violin Concerto, Brahms Hungarian Dance No. 5, Brahms Violin Concerto, Bach Partita No. 2, Mozart Violin Concerto No. 3, Vivaldi Summer, Paganini Caprice 24, and Vivaldi Violin Concerto A Minor. The major differences I noticed are, the colors of these springs explodes, and it somehow gets better the higher you go on the strings. The projection and control now is insane, it can output so much volume when I need it to, and soften up to a nice Pianissimo where needed and without losing quality of it's sound. Before it already projected pretty good, now it's just a beast waiting to be awakened. It also has so much color to them which is exactly what I wanted. The strings also have a very nice grip to them. Other notable differences is I don't notice any whistle on the E string since I hear that some gold strings has that issue. But this one doesn't seem to have that as an issue at all although it could just be that my violin accepted these strings very well as all violins are different and will react differently to different variables and items. And the chords for Bach Partita No. 2 comes out very nicely on these strings. I have nothing but praise for these strings. They're affordable and come with two E strings, one being gold plated, the other is tin plated. I will add some recordings as I get them done and I will update this thread over the coming days and weeks, especially after my solo performance is done where it'll matter most.
  2. So, as some of you might know, I was recently looking for a viola, and bought one on Ebay. Now before I go on, I just want to make it clear that I am in no way trying to "plug"(?) a specific seller, or promote any seller. I thought it might be useful for some who is also looking for a new viola. I'm posting my thoughts on the Viola as an instrument, and not the seller. I bought this viola from Yitamusic on eBay, and I must say.... I am absolutely amazed by the its sound. The auction described the tone as Deep and Open, and that is exactly what it is. Warm, deep, soothing, open. I put new Warchal Karneol strings on right away, and it goes extremely well with this viola. The sound is loud, and the setup is great. The nut is very well shaped, the bridge feet fit to the instrument, and the soundpost is adjusted to fit to the arching of the viola. Overall I'm happy with the setup. I might, maybe, reshape the neck at some point, but might keep it as is. Still deciding. All in all, this was an absolutely excellent buy, and for the price, is a fantastic viola. I would say it is suitable for beginners, intermediate, advanced, and would even go as far as say it would suit a professional player. I'm not sure if I would classify it as a "Solo" instrument though, although someone who plays well could make it work. The varnish is applied well, and is not at all too thick, as you might see on some cheap instruments. The viola is 16.25 inches. Keep in mind, when buying a viola or violin like this, the bridge wont be on the instrument, and the soundpost will be down. Just saying. I will try to get a sound clip on tomorrow. Thank you for reading.
  3. I travel to music festivals and contests, and do repairs on location as well as selling fiddles. I hate it when my knives start to dull, but I'm not going to carry my waterstones with me. Too much of a mess, and no room in a 10 x 10 foot Ez-UP. While looking for an alternative, I decided to try a Spyderco "Triangle Sharpmaker". It's one of those angled ceramic rod sharpeners with triangular rods in medium and fine grits. It works surprisingly well! Once I got the bevels on my knives reshaped a little bit, I was able to get a very sharp edge, very easily. More easily than with my water stones. By very sharp, I mean, for example, that my old Swiss Army knife can cut a free-hanging hair, shave curls off one of my very fine hairs (.0015 - .002 diameter), and split a piece of paper (shave a curl off without going through). That's about as sharp as I was able to get my straight razor when I used one. The kit is pretty well engineered, and in a pinch it will work like a regular whetstone, so I can touch up my chisels and planes on the road as well. I'm going to keep the kit by my bench in the shop, because it's ideal for knives. I'll probably keep doing my plane blades and chisels on the water stones while I'm in the shop. The stones can be set at 30 or 40 degrees included angle. For a strong edge I shape the bevel at 30 degrees, and then add a micro bevel at 40 degrees. For the finest edge, I just sharpen all the way at 30.
  4. I bought a Paul K. Berger violin several years ago. I played it for a while but have set it aside and am thinking of selling it. Has anyone else ever heard of or had experience with his violins? I paid about $4000 for it and am trying to assign a current value for it.
  5. I started a review site at www.ViolinStringReview.com Please help build this site up by leaving a post, or uploading a string package picture. I personally am giving away a free set of stings or your choice to a random person who leaves a review (Ending May 15th). I hope this site will become a large part of the string community in the future.
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