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  1. Good morning from Greece, I would like some advice on how I can remove fingerprints or dirt from my viola except for rubbing it gently with a dry cloth or using polishers that may damage the sensitive oil-based varnish of mu instrument. Is it good blowing hot air from your mouth and then quickly dry the surface with a dry cloth a good idea? I tried that and it works.
  2. jandepora

    Viola Bow

    Today I have a question about a bow that is with me since 20 years ago. Is my viola bow and I want to know your opinion. My teacher sold it to me like a real Bazin and I believed her... time later I began to think it was a fake and ´did not want to play with it. Now I am in peace with the bow. My question is if you think it is a Bazin, what member of the family and what is it real price, because I saw very diferents prices in bazin´s bows. Thank you as always.
  3. Hello from Greece, I've been lurking in this forum quite a time reading various topics and I've decided to register in order to ask your opinion about a matter. I have a viola made by german luthier Walter Mahr in 2012. It is a nice handmade instrument that has been in my possesion for almost a year now. It's an imitation of an old viola, it has some beautiful craquelure that were made on purpose by the luthier itself. The varnish looks delicate and soft and I have noticed some thin almost straight lines on varnish that are visible in certain lighting. They look like scratces, like if somebody scratched the surface with an ultra thin sharp object. Also there are some semi circular lines right under the strings between the end of the fingerboard and the bridge - I suspect that while wipping rosin off the viola small particles of rosin dust scratched lightly the varnish. Is this possible? Relative humidity in my room is usually between 50-70% while outside can be 60-90% as it is quite rainy place and an island. I attach few pictures. I will appreciate your comments and advise. P.S. This is the Ebay ad from which I bought the viola. There are also few pictures of the instrument there.
  4. Jeremy Davis

    Julius Hubicka - Viola Info?

    Hello all, It's been a while since I've posted here. Life's been busy for me as I've started a new job teaching sculpture at a university in Michigan. Anyway, I've had the opportunity to renew my viola studies here under another professor and that, of course, has led me to seek out a new instrument. After much research, I've narrowed my search to Czech makers (as I love my early Juzek violin) and feel like I can get more bang for my buck in searching for a century-old instrument -my sweet spot in both sound and visual aesthetics. I've discovered a little-known (at least to me) maker by the name of Julius Hubicka. There seems to be a healthy representation of sales of his work on the various auction sites, at least for violins. Violas are a different matter; and that is why I'm writing here. I'm hoping some of you with either more experience in spotting similarities/differences in a maker's style, or better yet, actual experience with Hubicka's instruments can help me decide if a particular instrument I'm looking at might possibly be from the same maker. Before I get started, let me state the following: I'm not looking for an absolute authentication, nor am I looking for an evaluation. I realize without an instrument-in-hand, much will remain a mystery. (and I'm ok with that) Opinions are welcome, especially if you have meaningful experience with the maker or the details of the instrument I will post. I've always enjoyed and benefited from the opinions proffered here and respect the knowledge of those with more experience than myself. Here are the vitals: Label: Julius A. Hubicka No. 100 fecit Pragae Anno 1919 Measurements: Body length: 42 cm (16,53') Body width down: 25,5 cm (10') Body width up: 20,5 cm (8') Note: The seller is a respected violin shop. This is not an Ebay instrument. I've not seen two Hubicka labels alike. Some instruments seem to have brands on the wood near the label, others don't. His corners seem to be distinctive (to my eye) and his scrolls to a lesser extent. I will post a few reference photos in a second post for comparison. I've collected images of around 10 Hubicka violins and will post them as necessary. [/url]
  5. Good day! I'm in the market for a professional grade viola and I was browsing antique ones on Ebay for fun. I cam across a Johan Baptist Schweitzer Fecit Pestini 1833 viola. I know as far as violins go, there are a lot of fakes with the date 1813. However, I was unsure about this viola. It has a stamp but I don't know if I should trust it. I asked the owner about it through messages and he said "This is a viola I have bought in 1985 in Romania (Eastern Europe) for the equivalent of $7000 (in the local currency ). Since then,I had it evaluated by the Romanian reputed " Composers Association " and by the Romanian Patrimony associated with the "Magazinul Muzica " where I have obtained the permission to export it (actually carry it with me in the U.S.A.) The viola still carries a stamp(on the left side )stating what I just explained to you. It comes with a case to which is still attached the label from the airline Pan AM (One of the last flights of Pan Am !). Inside there is a label reading :Joh. Bapt.Schweitzer fecit Pestini 1833. The 33 from the 1833 is completed by hand ,in black ink. Also,right below that information,it bears a note ,in pencil,reading :Rep. M Hanganu,1990. Hanganu was a famous Romanian violin maker ,trained in the Reghin region of Romania,where some of the most valuable string instruments are still being made.. So ,Master Hanganu serviced my viola in 1990 (new bridge,strings)." If it is real, do you guys think it'd be professional grade or intermediate/advanced? Thank you for reading this!
  6. depaoli

    Tone wood and accessories

    We are located in Windsor On Canada - We still have an amazing collection of tone wood for violin, viola, and cello - both 2 piece, single pieces and jointed pieces spruce and maple - most pieces are from 1974 - 1980's accessories include bridges, fingerboards, etc wood blocks for scrolls molds ribs scrolls roughed out tone wood roughed out bows (brazil wood - various sizes) hanks of horse hair for bow rehairing tools 6-14 terrco marlin violin carver (backs, fronts and scrolls can be easily reproduced here) and so much more We are very limited in time as we no longer have the storage - please contact me for viewing can be purchased by large or small lots Inquire please!!!! I can post close up pics of any specific pieces
  7. Please come to The Amati Exhibition on Sunday 23rd and Monday 24th being held at the Langham Hotel in London. The Amati Exhibition showcases the very best antique and contemporary instruments and bows. Now in its fourth year the exhibition is an invaluable networking event for the stringed instrument community. The focus for this year is to reintroduce a more relaxed and informal feel so rather than a host a concert we are delighted to be joined by Trio Isimsiz for Sunday’s drinks reception. They are going to play Dvorak’s piano trio in F minor and the last movement of Schumann’s piano trio in G minor. On Monday there is an ‘Open Stage’ session where musicians from YCAT (Young Classical Artists Trust) and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama will perform with instruments chosen from the exhibitor’s tables. Our instrument highlight this year is a cello by Giovanni Grancino, Milan, 1696, generously loaned from a private collection courtesy of J & A Beare. The cello has survived in a remarkably pure state with unpolished naturally worn varnish. Entrance on both days is free. For more information please contact Charlott on +44 (0)20 7099 7114 or visit the exhibition page on our website. Exhibitor List Adam Whone Violins Allianz Amati Auctioneers British Violin Making Association Caballero & Graswinckel Chaconne Chris Halstead Colin Adamson Fiddlease Florian Leonhard Fine Violins Gaspar Borchardt Helge Netland Lark Leatherwood Bespoke Rosin Mark Jennings Matthias Kayssler Newark School of Violin Making Noel Burke Paul Shelley Peter Oxer Rod Ward Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama Sunrise Thwaites Turner Violins Ulf Johansson Ulf Kloo William John
  8. picklenotation

    Painting Instrument

    Hey there I'm not sure if this topic belongs in this forum but I guess I'll go for it I've had my viola for a few years now and as pretty as it is, I managed to put a few ugly scratches on it, (by accident of course). there aren't that many but they're kind of obvious. To me, anyway. I like to consider myself an artist, particularly skilled in swirly doodle looking stuff, and I was curious if it would be safe to use acrylic to paint swirly doodles on my viola. I've read several articles regarding painting on the bodies, so I'm definitely aware of the effects heavy painting has on the wood and the sound quality of the instrument. However, I don't intend to cover the entire instrument in paint like the authors of the forums and articles I have previously read, I just want to do some extremely simple and light designs that are just dark enough to cover the scratches, which are mainly in one main area on my instrument. The color would be similar to that of the instrument: a reddish brown color. Nothing fancy. I was wondering if it would be too damaging to the wood or affect the sound greatly. If so, are there any safer alternatives?
  9. I decided to weigh the "violin" bows my mother sent recently. Although none of them have the rounded-edged frog, the "Bausch" weighs 68g and is slightly shorter than my known violin bows. The "E. Sartory Paris" bow is also slightly shorter than my violin bows and weighs a hefty 71g. Are these violin bows or viola bows? My known Hill violin bow weighs 61g and is a scant cm or so longer.
  10. Not one, but two in the latest Bromptons Auction!
  11. peace

    Antique Viola

    Hi Strings experts, my viola friend just won this auction from eBay and sent me this link to solicit my opinion. I thought you experts may be able to help me out. He thinks it is a good viola but from what I read on this maker died in 1915 but the label says 1921. I am no expert but there must be someone in this wonderful Maestronet that know much more. Is there someone who want to share your thought on the maker, the viola and the price etc. I told my viola friend I will take it up with the Maestronet experts and get their opinion. Thank you.
  12. Levin

    Viola measurements

    Hi, I want to build a viola and I ask you all an advice: in your opinion today what is the size most in demand by musicians? thank you Levin
  13. Hello everyone So after a long time I wanted to experiment a bit , I bought my first viola today!! In fact it is very cheap and viola but I would like to try to make it a little better , and buy a good bridge, because the seller told me that this is the most simple bridge. I am considering purchasingn Aubert Viola Bridge "Deluxe " But there are lots of kinds of sizes. Does anyone know what the height of the bridge fits my viola? 54 mm46 / mm48 / mm52 / mm? Dimensions of the instrument: (under the link on eBay) "Korpusgröße ca. 40,0cm Gesamtgröße ca. 66,0cm Mensur ca. 36,5cm Zarge ca. 4,8cm "
  14. Andrew McInnes

    Viola da Gamba/Transitional Viola

    This is a reboot of a previous thread I started in the Scroll. (link: I purchased this instrument recently, and I'm interested in restoring it, as it seems a worthy instrument. It has seen moderate to heavy intervention in the past, so previous owners of the instrument have felt the same. Linked below are photographs I've taken. If anyone wants to see something in specific, I'll do what I can! Here's a link to my complete Photobucket album, with 24 pictures. Dimensions are as follows: Body is 520mm or 20 1/2" Overall is 850 mm or 33 1/2" Rib height is 55mm or 2 1/4"
  15. Hello all, I bought this instrument from eBay and received it the other day. For starters, I apologise for not posting images, but I need to make ten posts beforehand. Nine to go. Once I am permitted to post images, I have a large number of high-quality photographs of the instrument, which I will then post. I intend to restore this instrument, as I believe it is worthy. However, I would very much appreciate any and all observations about it, especially about provenience and appropriate restoration. Thank you in advance!
  16. David tetro

    italien Viola ID from eBay

    Hi everyone , I have a question about Viola from eBay . Is it reasonable viola body length of 38.7 ( 15 inches +) and all viola body length of 60.5 ? Sounds a bit illogical ? Although it is not related , this seller seems Terrible . Just pour huge amounts of varnish on all his instruments
  17. David Truscott

    Making a Viola

    I've recently been inspired to design and make a new viola. I thought it might be fun to post some of my progress pics to anybody who might be interested... Here's a picture of the plate I joined last week for the viola back. I slightly undercut the notches you see to be about halfway up the full thickness of the plate so as to even out the pressure on the seam when I clamp.
  18. My first 5-string violin (basically a violin with a C string) doesn't seem all that bad but it isn't all that good either. I am hoping to get some feedback regarding the sound and ways to improve it. For comparison, I have included a sound clip from a 14-inch viola (it was converted from a Chinese no-label violin to a viola for my daughter. The instrument actually sounded better as a small viola than a violin.) The strings are violin Larsen E, vioiin Dominant A, D, G, and Infeld C for small violas. I think the C string side of the bridge is cut a tad too low. Plucking the C string with medium force leads to a buzz. Here are a couple of images. One for the 5-string and one for the small viola (which has no buzz). EDIT: See next post for the sound files. The original ones were incorrectly encoded.
  19. peace

    Joseph Schuster

    Does any one out there know who is this Joseph Schuster who apparently made violin, viola and cello?
  20. Stepan Demirdjian

    Baroque bows enquiry

    Today my clients of a chamber orchestra asked me for baroque bows of middle range and reasonable price from an european dealer or maker. Will appreciate if you share your experience testing and dealing with such a bows. Thank you all in advance. Stepan Demirdjian
  21. Dear colleagues, I am directing two summer programs for high school and college undergrad/graduate students, and have merit and need-based scholarship funding available. If you are interested, please check out the sites and send me a message! The Capistrano String Institute takes place from July 5-11, 2015, and offers programs for students working on solo repertoire including lessons, performance classes, masterclasses, and rehearsals/performances with a full symphony orchestra led by professional orchestra musicians from around the US. There is also a teacher development workshop, featuring Kerstin Wartberg, the author of Step by Step and Recital Training who is joining us from Germany. The Capistrano Chamber Music International Festival takes place from July 26-August 1, and is a week-long intensive program for students interested in string quartets and piano chamber music with strings. Our exceptional artist faculty includes William Fitzpatrick, Yoko Matsuda, Minji Noh, Kookhee Hong, and the 2014 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition Grand Prize Winners, the Telegraph String Quartet from San Francisco, California. In addition to our regular participant program for K-12 and college students, there is a full fellowship Young Artist Program for advanced musicians who wish to study, perform, and teach chamber music in collaboration with our artist faculty. We are especially prepared for families to attend our summer programs, as we offer local transportation, child care, practice partners for younger students, and on-campus meals at very economical rates. I look forward to hearing from potential participants and their teachers! Best wishes, Gene Wie, Artistic Director Capistrano Chamber Music
  22. shellyrat

    first viola build

    I just finished my 2nd violin and have wood for numbers 3 and 4. I thought I would like to change up and build a viola , so the wood for that is on the way. I am building the strobel viola. It is 15 5/8 which would fit my 5'3" frame better then a larger model . Is there any big difference between the violin and viola I should watch for in this build. Mastronet has been such a big help to me. You will never know how thankful I am that I found you all.I am so hooked on this. Thanks Kathy c in ky
  23. barrageauditions

    New Emerging Artist Program

    A CALL FOR AUDITIONS We are writing to announce an open call for auditions for an Emerging Artist Program under the auspices of the League of Astonishing Strings and Barrage 8. We are hoping that this career opportunity may be a fit a university graduate. The EAP is a fantastic new program working in partnership with the international eclectic touring ensemble Barrage 8. There are openings for: violin, viola, cello, and bass players to join the new cast. Players will not only perform worldwide but also have opportunities to learn entrepreneurship skills, teaching skills and more. Compensation will include a stipend, expenses, and performance fees. We have been holding auditions at many locations. Do check out the website for audition locations. There will be more scheduled auditions in May. Audition information is available at Videos of Barrage 8 are available at
  24. Kallie

    Viola Review Topic

    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.
  25. JRyn

    Viola bow

    Around a month ago I happened to exchange emails with a Bulgarian dealer, which eventually led me to buying this viola bow for the price of 300 dollars. It is a German made bow and weighs ~70.5 grams. It is branded "Otto Paulus" (I suspect this label is fake though), and I believe the winding and mount are silver. It seems to be in almost mint condition, which makes me question whether it is really 25 years old, like he stated. Either way, it caught my eye. How did i do?