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Violins, cellos, violas, basses and bows are sold at auction all the time. It works for buyers and sellers, but it’s possible to get it wrong.
The differences between fine stringed instruments (and cellos and violas) and an assembly line made violin are significant. Craftsmanship matters in the end.
Now the most highly valued violin on the planet, the iconic instrument was refurbished almost 40 years ago in Carl Becker and Son’s simple Chicago studio.
Between your instrument strings and the bow hair is something vital, the rosin. Too much or too little, applied the wrong way, can impair your playing.
Bringing music to Los Angeles’ most disenfranchised people isn’t just a do-good project. It’s about summoning the best in all of us, the core of our beings.
The “planetary geared” peg makes tuning easier on violins, violas, and cellos. There are several additional reasons to favor them.
Fine instruments are beautiful works of craftsmanship, and very vulnerable to come what may. Being careful means obtaining an insurance policy.
Minor maintenance of violins, violas and cellos can and should be done by the player. Know what you’re doing – including when to call a professional.
There are several items the stringed instrument musician should acquire early in his or her training. It enables better play from the start.
It starts with mature, old growth trees and then requires a long time of natural drying. With stringed instruments such as violins, age is an advantage.
An especially knowledgeable violinmaker can identify the origin of a violin. This goes beyond an appraisal – a certificate of authenticity applies to insuring a fine instrument.
The electric guitar didn’t kill the acoustic ones, and neither have electric violins diminished acoustic violins. They broaden artistic range.
Synthetic bow hair is unthinkable to most violin players and makers. But given the delicacy of natural horsehair, the synthetic option has some appeal.
Violins and other instruments are like children, needing protection from unkind elements. Extreme temperatures and humidity pose the biggest threats.
Atmospheric water - humidity - changes the size and weight of wood in violins, cellos and other stringed instruments. But it can be managed.








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