Jump to content
Maestronet Forums

New Del Gesu


actonern
 Share

Recommended Posts

  • Replies 79
  • Created
  • Last Reply

Top Posters In This Topic

I don't doubt its authenticity. And congratulations Dr.Pong on being such a generous patron. I know a couple of Prof. Crow's former/present students. His new position is well deserved and has generated quite a bit of excitement.

This is one of the (frequent) times I wish I was an insider. I'd love to know the history behind how this Del Gesu sat in pieces for so many years and was relatively unknown/forgotten by many.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

If I have the right violin in mind, it was brought through my shop by a respected dealer whom I'm not going to out because it's his story if he wants to tell it. It was apart, I believe, because its restoration plan was being formulated at that point.

You know, it's really not that unusual for a known violin to disappear for decades, then show up again. I curate one Strad that was out of use for a couple of decades, and it even was maligned in a book as being a soundless wreck by someone who'd neither seen it or heard it (the violin is exceptionally nice, in fact.) The book also made some mystery of it being out of circulation (as if every violin owner has an obligation to post the current address of their violins in some sort of public registry, perhaps--which, amusingly, this one was, so it hadn't disappeared at all.) http://www.frankalmond.com/?page_id=9

Link to comment
Share on other sites

The bottom line still is, unless I have missed something, A violin that an "active, reliable, business in Canada" considers to be a DG.

I'd expect that a reliable business, in the sense I refer to one, would have sought out another opinion concerning it. and may also have procured a third party certificate for the client. I don't know the story in this particular case, or much about the fiddle, but I bet I could probably find out without running up much of a long distance bill. :)

Link to comment
Share on other sites

George Heinl and Co. is a wonderful shop in downtown Toronto. I've been there many times and played my first Strad there was I was in my teens. Rick Heinl is always so nice when I come in the shop and I remember that day I played the Strad. I had some complicated map in my hand to get back to where I was staying and they sat with me for over half an hour checking all the bus routes and making sure I'd be able to get back home safe.

They always seem very willing to help out young violinists, much like Michael Remenyi. I've never done business with them (i.e. purchasing an instrument) but I have no doubt that they are able to authenticate any instrument out there and are very reliable. They may not have a fancy website, but they are an old school, English shop and there's always a Strad or two hanging around there.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

with no disrespect to mr heinls shop, jeremys wording sounds incredible; real strads "hanging around" at a violin shop in canada, i thought they had work to do playing, so jeremy, next time you find a real strad with time on its hands, tell it to hightail it down to southern california and hang out at my shop for a while, i think i can make space for a strad

Link to comment
Share on other sites

If I could tell a Strad with time on it's hands to high-tail it anywhere, it would be into my case!

What I meant was that they are curators for quite a few private collections and fine instruments often come to them for adjustments, restorations, etc, and this doesn't include their own collection of fine instruments.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I have no doubt that they are able to authenticate any instrument out there and are very reliable.

Not to be nit-picky, but I haven't met a human yet who can accurately authenticate "any instrument out there". The best ones will will tell you "I dunno" every now and then... The ones who aren't the best will feel they should know everything and end up blowing it on a few (or sometimes more than a few). :)

Then, there's the question of authority. Of those who "do" authenticate instruments, how many have a reputation that will uphold and/or enhance the instrument in the marketplace.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I don't know if it is fashionable among the forum participants to engage in mockery, but I personally think it's culturally insensitive.

See ABC News coverage of Rush Limbaugh comments

Joseph Liu speaks my mind. We are all engaged in a very intense craft. Humor helps keep things on the forum light and is a good antidote to the occupational hazard of taking ourselves too seriously. But who here is not of some racial or ethnic background or other and therefore could not be hurt by misguided attempts at humor? This is not about being politically correct. It is about respecting each other as human beings. Enough said.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Looks kind of scary to me (holding the violin by a peg), but I've seen a number of seasoned violinists do it. One of them is Igor Yuzefovich, assistant concertmaster of the Baltimore Symphony and recently-appointed concertmaster of the Hong Kong Philharmonic.

http://www.igory.net/

To repeat what I noted to one Maestroneter recently: There are two kinds of people who cause the most wear and tear on string instruments: The ten year old taking his fiddle back and forth to school each day and the professional musician.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

To repeat what I noted to one Maestroneter recently: There are two kinds of people who cause the most wear and tear on string instruments: The ten year old taking his fiddle back and forth to school each day and the professional musician.

Actually, Zukerman picks up the del Gesu from the bridge as well. Seen him do it a number of times - picks up the del Gesu from the strings by the bridge as well.

Something about the fact that there's already 60 some odd pounds of pressure on the bridge, the violin weighs less than a pound or something like so it makes

no difference.

For the record, I play PING PONG with my Chinese violins. ;)

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Actually, Zukerman picks up the del Gesu from the bridge as well. Seen him do it a number of times - picks up the del Gesu from the strings by the bridge as well.

Something about the fact that there's already 60 some odd pounds of pressure on the bridge, the violin weighs less than a pound or something like so it makes

no difference.

For the record, I play tennis with my Chinese violins. ;)

Confirmation and vindication of my post.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Confirmation and vindication of my post.

Right on. I couldn't believe it when I saw it, Ski. It's like - how nonchalant can you be with 10 million bucks? I've tried some Strads, sure, but after playing a few notes I fairly quickly handed them back to their owner with both hands carefully placed and waited a little too long while they took it back. I'll stick with playing my "usual rubbish, Markneukirchen ca 1920". At least if I destroy it, it's no big deal. Might get chewed out by Jacob Saunders but what else is new? ;)

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Loading...
 Share

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    • No registered users viewing this page.



×
×
  • Create New...