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Hello,

I'm the mom of a violinist/violist who is this month auditioning at five conservatories, and of an ex-cellist who now plays clarinet. I spend a little time hanging around a violin shop watching and listening. I was a flute player (MM in performance) but don't play now, but I remain interested in music. Husband plays piano but is a scientist.

Ann Brown

Seattle WA USA

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I'm a Naval Officer who works at NORAD/US Space Command (that underground bunker from the movie WARGAMES). I played violin in high school years ago. When I arrived out here in Colorado a couple of years ago I noticed my fiddle was coming unglued and I took it to a local luthier. She invited me to come play in a community orchestra so I started playing again. I've also started playing cello and have fixed up several old fiddles I've gotten on ebay and other places. I've found I really enjoy instrument making and someday hope to make my own fiddle from scratch. (So far I've only done repairs and assembled kits) I'll only be reading the board for a few more weeks though. My wife and I are quitting our jobs and travelling for the rest of '99 starting in March. I'm looking forward to going to fiddle factories in China, visiting Cremona, and maybe catching an musical instrument auction in London during our travels.

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What a good idea....I hope others will come and tell about themselves. I am a retired scientist who started a violin shop in 1975....and still going...making violins, restoring and selling...you know, a dealer!!!
A detailed bio of me can be found on my web site, www.violincasa.com. My hobbies are fishing and ham radio...not to mention stamp and coin collecting. My wife is a business woman and piano teacher.
Best to all,
Al




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I studied violin at conservatorium here in Australia but found that the pressure of performance was killing my love of music so I made a career change and studied to become a psychologist. For the last 10 years I have been working in a hospital as a psychologist in injury rehabilitation, and in a private practice specialising in performance anxiety and hypnosis. I now lecture in rehabilitation psychology and carry out research in performance management at university, and continue my private practice. I have continued studying (still have regular lessons!)and playing violin throughout, especially chamber music and early music ensemble. I teach a small group of young beginner violinists in the village where I live. Cheers!

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we have 2 snakes, two rats, two lizards, two mice, lots of old radios, i collect records, the wife sets up at craft shows, and occasionaly skins a deer for her dad? my sister and i are both into target shooting, we grew up with a small plane, and i spend all my money on old broken violins.

mike

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I am Second Violinist of the Chicago String Quartet, Associate Professor at De Paul

University and a member of the Chicago Chamber Musicians. I was formerly

Principal Second violin with the Minnesota Orchestra, and Associate Concertmaster

with the Vancouver Symphony. I ran a wholesale string instrument business

concurrently with my performing activities for 20 years until last May when I left the

instrument trading business in favour of my current business: Consulting to buyers

and sellers fine String Instruments.

S. Hersh

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Hello everyone, I don't usually take part in the experts' discussions but the BB is the first thing I check in the morning when I come into the office.

I was born in the US and studied to be a concert violinist, then moved to Cremona at age 16 to study violin making (diploma in 1982), and finally (16 yrs ago) started making violin and viola cases.

I enjoy researching in the field of violin preservation, analysis of style and design, and my wife and two small children grudgingly allow me to enjoy my real hobby, which is offshore sailboat racing here on the Mediterranean.

Any other sailors out there?

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I am Daniel Medina. I am 18 years old. I live in Rancho Santa Margarita (southern California). I am a student at Saddleback Community College. Officially, I am undecided in my major, but am leaning toward business with a minor in music. I have a part-time apprenticeship with a local violin-maker. In time, I would like to open up my own shop where I can repair and build my own instruments. I play viola at my church (Saddleback Valley Community Church, www.saddleback.com) and at my college.

Daniel

: Hello,

: Kinsel (below) was wondering how many maestronuts were professional symphonic/orchestral musicians. Perhaps it would be interesting for each of us presently using this BB to briefly identify ourselves.

: A. Brown

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I'm a full-time violin maker in Chicago, and my work is sold through Bein & Fushi, for whom I do various other things when the need comes up--photography for their calendar and archives, some sales, emergency repairs. I also have written a violin Q&A column for the Guild of American Luthiers "American Lutherie" magazine for about 10 years, but that's about to turn into what promises to be the worlds longest running serial delivery (in the magazine) of a book on violin making (if I live long enough).

: Hello,

: Kinsel (below) was wondering how many maestronuts were professional symphonic/orchestral musicians. Perhaps it would be interesting for each of us presently using this BB to briefly identify ourselves.

: A. Brown

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Good idea, Ann! I've always wanted to know more about the regulars.

Middle-aged systems analyst in Raleigh, NC, USA.

Same job for 20 years.

Ex-pilot

Ex-ham

Ex-sailboat designer/builder

Ex-Navy (submarines)

Came to music via trumpet in elementary school.

That was the last time I've ever played with someone else.

Took up chromonica in college.

In last 15 years I have tried many other woodwind and string instruments in a kind of restless undefined search.

About two years ago, I acquired a CHEAP (awful) violin ... I've been hooked since. My only reqret in life is that I can't sing. Now, I can "sing". Repertoire comes from a collection of traditional/folk music.

It is my penchant to explore paths "offset" from normal. Along those lines, my current project is the design and construction of a glueless violin.

Other hobby is to get out bowls and boomerangs from "found" wood and give them away.

Having fun,

Doug

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This IS a great idea! I'm a short-timer here as I only picked up a violin for the second time in my life in January 1998. I decided to learn it because my church orchestra in Birmingham, Alabama needs some violins and no one seemed willing to play.

I am a professional computer software engineer with a second profession as a lead trumpet in a big band (and of course the church orchestra). I attended the Armed Forces School of Music, but switched to electronics and software engineering when I got out.

Eagerly awaiting to hear more...

Tony

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I was classically trained starting at age four and played for many years. I burnt out and didn't touch the fiddle for many more years until I moved here to North Carolina. I joined a couple Country-Western bands (out of sheer boredom) and started playing bluegrass and the traditional music of my native Massachusetts. Vanilla-pop-country is pretty boring but I absolutely love bluegrass and pick all the time. I also play the National Anthem for various sports teams here on campus. I work at the Art Department at UNC Chapel Hill.

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I started music in elementary school with the trumpet. I stopped playing in high school and took up the bass guitar. I played that throughout college and for some years afterwards.

I work in the human resources dept. of a Louisiana state agency. For more years than I like to admit, I had a law enforcement career as a criminal investigator.

I take violin lessons at the Louisiana State University music academy. I don't contribute much to this board but have found it an invaluable resource and check it every morning.

I, like Al Stancel, enjoy fishing and we have some great fishing here in Louisiana.

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Hi:

I'm 41, a father of two and a Fire Protection Engineer. I just started playing the violin in January. The violin was given to my Dad in his youth but he never played it. He heard it played for the first time this Saturday, "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star".

Brian

Montgomery, NY

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I'm 50 years old I've had my own shop and have been making instruments full time (as well as doing repairs/restorations) since 1987. I learned violinmaking in NY and Italy (near Florence) Prior to which I worked as a repairman at a violin shop in NYC. I play violin,(was concertmaster of my HS orch.) viola and a bit of cello, piano, recorder. I worked for an Airline as a Weight/Balance controller and I was apprenticed as a Diamond cutter at the ripe age of 14.

I've owned a sailboat and love to sail.

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I have worked for the company Fred Meyer that just merged with Kroger's for 25 years. I manager a Jewelry store for them. I took up playing the violin again at the age of 40. I also collect English Staffordshire Plates and am studying to get my accreditation in German Genealogy.

I enjoy ALL the people that contribute, experienced and begining. I learn something from you all every day!

Jewell Dunn from the rainy (and snowy) state of Washington

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Great idea! I teach violin, viola and chamber music at Marshall University, a state university with about 150 music majors in Huntington, WV. I have B.M. and D.M.A. from the Eastman School of Music and M.M. from Yale University.

Reed Smith

: Hello,

: Kinsel (below) was wondering how many maestronuts were professional symphonic/orchestral musicians. Perhaps it would be interesting for each of us presently using this BB to briefly identify ourselves.

: A. Brown

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It's good to see the amount of diversity on this board!

I am a systems programmer/analyst at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. I graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in 1997 with a bachelor's degree in math and computer science. I am 25 years old, and have been playing the violin for almost a year now. I have played the guitar for over 10 years. In high school, I played in a rock band and in the school jazz band. I also studied classical guitar in high school, and I continue to do so now. I did an independent study on musical acoustics and temperaments also while in high school, and I learned to fix up and tune pianos at the time. My senior thesis was on the development of absolute pitch. I'm currently planning to start taking voice lessons, since I've found that I enjoy singing.

I have a small interest in instrument repair and maintenance. Just last month I cut myself a new bridge, cleaned and polished the violin, and planed the fingerboard, with excellent results (thanks to the booklet "You Fix Them" by Scherl and Roth, a reference that I got from this board). I also pulled the painful pins out of my pegs at the time (thanks to Al Stancel for the suggestion!). I don't think I'm going to try bow rehairs, though--it just seems too tedious. I do want to thank this board for the encouragement it gave me to cut my own bridge.

I am fairly mechanically inclined, so I like to do my own repair and maintenance on whatever I have (when I can), especially my car and my motorcycle. I find that the experience not only saves me money, but also gives me a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction. Another reason I like to do things myself is because I have very high standards for everything I do. My project for this coming summer is to replace the clutch on my car.

My interests also include philosophy and literature, and more recently, theology. I am also a certified Emergency Medical Technician, and I used to volunteer at a local ambulance service. My current plans are to continue working for another few years and then go to graduate school in software engineering.

I have an Andreas Morelli violin and a Coda bow (conservatory model), both of which I really like. I am currently studying the Suzuki violin method with a friend of mine who is studying violin performance at Carnegie Mellon University.

There's a bit more, but this should be enough for now.

Victor

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hello Violidiots.

I am Theo Cornelissen 37 years old and i live with my family (1wife,3kids,1dog,2cats)in Doornenburg Holland.

I have a growshop http://www.hydrohobby.nl

My hobbies are collecting things. as

violins and bows, things that look like violins,guitars

musical instruments(no brass),old radios,antique maps,

daggers, and japanese and chinese art.

the rest of my time i drive around in funny electric cars and bikes.

Best wishes Theo Cornelissen.

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Hi Brian:

Nice to see someone local around here. I am 40 and am

from Goshen NY. I've been playing fiddle now for about

1-1/2 years and am studying with Jimmy Sturrs fiddler

Frank Urbanavitch here in Goshen. I've been playing guitar and writting songs for the last 26 ( wow that sounds like a long time) years. I'm a full time graphic designer at a company that designs and fabricates exhibt and tradeshow booths.

Michael

Goshen NY

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I have been following the board for last couple months, asking some question, and using the archives to learn more about playing (fiddler) and setup. It is great! (the second best way of learning and sharing this obsession).

After stagnating on folk guitar for 15 years, I picked up a violin at age 34 and for last 8 years have tried to give voice to some of these melodies that were stuck in my head (self-taught, teacher not very disciplined). I listen to many types of music - mainly Celtic, old-timey, some bluegrass, cowboy, swing, and classical - and want to play everthing I hear (with classical, I am content, or forced, to just listen). I have attended the Weiser Fiddle Festival 5 years running and enjoy the camping/music sharing there as well as at other festivals in my home state of California.

I have been involved in public education for last 11 years (outdoor environmental ed, substitute, and classroom science) after a shorter career in water quaity regulation. My original goal in fiddling way to play for folk dancing, but lately am trying to learn about violin setup and gathering some tools, and am slooowly setting up several Ebay purchases...sometimes, this seems like a bigger obsession than fiddling...what is it about these stringed wooden boxes??

: Hello,

: Kinsel (below) was wondering how many maestronuts were professional symphonic/orchestral musicians. Perhaps it would be interesting for each of us presently using this BB to briefly identify ourselves.

: A. Brown

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