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  1. Hi, I'm looking for lesson book recommendations for people picking up violin as a second (or third) instrument meaning something that focuses on the violin specifically and less on things like general music theory as I've had plenty of that in high school and college. My situation is that I've been a concert and jazz trombonist for many years and also play guitar and piano, but I've never touched a violin. So is there anything you guys or girls can think of that would suit my needs? Thanks for your suggestions
  2. Visited the platetuning.org site, looked through it more closely. It mentioned the book 'You Can Make a "Stradivarius" Violin' by Joseph Reid as a book which would cause a luthier to "toss his toys out of his crib". I can't see why. This book is obviously not intended to be like Sacconi, or like Patrick Kreit's book, or Vigordchik's. It was published by Popular Mechanics Press. Thus, clearly, it's aimed at the amateur woodworker, and its goal is simply to describe how to make a violin of the Stradivarius pattern, without any pretensions that the result would be better than a student violin. (Of course, it may have gotten how to do even that wrong.) Speaking of books, while there was a book published about William Fry, as far as I know, he never wrote a book describing his theories and methods. But I've seen statements to the effect that he did put them down in writing.
  3. Happy 100th Birthday Posted: Wed Dec 27, 2017 2:30 pm Post subject: Happy Birthday, Harold Hayslett Celebrated his 100th birthday yesterday, Dec 26. He's a resident of Charleston, WVA. After retiring as a plumber/steamfitter in 1980 he began making violins, and became a well respected cello maker. In the 1990s he was awarded a Gold Medal for Cello tone from the ViolinSociety of America. This fall, he donated nearly his entire shop inventory of partially completed instruments, parts, plates, wood, tools, to the Southern Violin Association. A large part of the collection can be seen at https://onedrive.live.com/?authkey=%21AN1D02eul9dOJbY&v=photos&id=72ABB1F447C6888D%2112911&cid=72ABB1F447C6888D Some of the nicenst items will be offered for auction at the SVA annual meeting and conference April 19-21 in Little Switzerland, NC. The remainder will be auctioned on Ebay afterward. If you want to be added to our mailing list (Southern Violin Association), or if you'd like to see a particular item or group put on ebay, please email me at davidwchandler@outlook.com
  4. my wife and i are getting pretty good at using "store bought" oil varnish on our violins. We are now thinking of making our own varnish. Any recommendations on good books with info and recipes for making oil varnish? Any scoop is appreciated. Thanks Mike Conroy Conroy Violin.. www.facebook.com/mtviolin
  5. I just wanted to share with everyone that there is a pre-publication subscription offer for ordering The American Violin Book before Friday, March 4th. If you order by then and use the discount code "DISC16" you get $50 off and your name will be printed in the book as a subscriber. Please follow this link for the website to look into the book and order: www.theamericanviolin.org -Thomas
  6. I am always running into some old italian texts related to violin. I wish I had the time to translate them, but I thought I'd post them in this thread as I find them. Hopefully others may too. Elementi teorico-pratici di Musica con un saggio sopra l'Arte di suonare il violino - 1791 Ttechnical aspects begins on page 63. Have Fun.
  7. Hello! Having just joined this vibrant and knowledgeable community of string enthusiasts, I'd like to ask for your opinion on recommended books for an amateur/beginning luthier. The person in question is a professional concert violinist who has been playing regularly on rare violins for over 10 years. Needless to say, he has a fine understanding of the instrument and a good knowledge of the various repair techniques, though he has not done any himself. He has recently expressed a desire to study this art much more intensively. Would anyone be able to recommend an in-depth, thorough book on craftmanship techniques, ideally containing high-quality illustrations, but is not too overwhelming for a beginner? I've looked at the Weisshaar & Shipman book but it seems a real investment meant for a luthier already in the trade as mentioned by previous posts here on the book. There is also Chris Johnson's The Art of Violin Making, which has gathered good reviews on sites like Amazon and is supposedly geared towards beginners. I would appreciate any comments on either of these books and any other suggestions that come to mind. Thank you all very much!
  8. Hi All, I'm new here and excited to talk to fiddle folks! ( instead of the wall!) I am an artist and live in the Mountains, ( Alppalachia USA. ) I am a self taught picker & have a handfu of violas, Gambas, tenor vielle, and cello. I can play them all at medium 'Jam'..or easy classical level. I read and play by ear. Every so often I have to take one of my 'babies' to a repair luthier. Sadly I have had results which range from doubtful to scary. I DONT WANT TO DO that anymore! I am a skilled silversmith, fune needle worker, desighner, and award winning copper plate etching artist, as well as wood cuts and have tooled soom saddles. I can andle MOST exacting crafts. I am READY to take on basic set up and light repairs for fiddles. I am searching for sources...both INFO, and GOOD quality materials, and tools. I am on Soc Sec. So...am NOT wealthy...but KNOW the value of good tools! PLEASE... send me any advice or leads you can. I have 4 instruments that need attention...and ...am playing the only one that is ' working'. THANK YOU for your help and encouragement! Miss Billie, ( Blue Ridge Girl )
  9. We will be presenting at the Heron-Allen Society Symposium in London on June 29th, 2013. We would like to solicit comments and recommendations from members concerning books, papers, photos and ephemera about Edward Heron-Allen. This society has been in existence since 2000 and have published numerous articles and presented 13 Symposiums on this interesting English polymath, luthier and musical writer on the violin family of musical instruments. His most famous music publications are: Violin Making as it is and was His 9 Violin Opusculums Di Fidiculis Bibliographia- Two volumes Violin novels and short stories, such as Fatal Fiddle The Violin Times Journal His numerous articles on: Stainer,New Violins, Paganini,Bremen Violin Maker, Yarns for Fiddlers, Aluminium Violins, Violin Frauds, Famous Violinists, Original letters of Violinists, Old Soho Luthiers, and numerous violin short stories and letters to the Editor. Can you share with us your experiences and ephemera? You can visit the society's website at: http://www.nhm.ac.uk/hosted_sites/heronallen/eha.htm. We welcome your advice and comment. Regards, John and Barbara Mahoney mahoneysbooks@violinsandbows.com