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As this is, afterall, a forum about listening to music, I would've thought that many Head-Fi'ers would be musicians as well. I'm interested in what instrument you guys play and what your instrument is! Post mods, specifications, value, and any other details you wish. This thread is worthless without pictures! Also, it would be nice if you could tell us what song/piece of music you're working on. That way, we can all get to know each other better.
post #2 of 597
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Let me kick this off:

Violin: Fendt (c.1850). - nice golden brown colour
Strings: Pirastro Oliv E, Evah Pirrazi A D G
Bow: Unknown maker
Rosin: Pirastro Goldflex or Liebenzeller Gold 1
Shoulder rest: Wolf Secondo or Playonair Deluxe
Case: Musafia Luxury Classic MY2006 (on order)

post #3 of 597
Thats a good lookin violin. BTW your title is pretty funny for someone whos mind is in the gutter.
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Originally Posted by apnk
Thats a good lookin violin. BTW your title is pretty funny for someone whos mind is in the gutter.
LOL! That really made my day! Thank you.
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Not a perfect shot, but all I've got available at the moment until my new camera arrives.
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My baby, the yamaha 667v.
The un-laquered warm rich sound is to die for, but I guess I could polish her sometimes...

Mmmm.... french horn...
post #7 of 597
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Nice instruments guys! I love your brass instruments. They are such an integral part to the orchestra that without the brass section, you might as well give up. I wanted to take up the trumpet, but I was told my lips weren't thick enough or something. I also figured that I wouldn't have enough breath to play a brass instrument either!
post #8 of 597
Beautiful violin, milkpowder.

Here's mine.



It looks red but it is more of a brown. Made in 2002, I received the violin last year. Its finish is nearly flawless as of now.
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Originally Posted by milkpowder
Nice instruments guys! I love your brass instruments. They are such an integral part to the orchestra that without the brass section, you might as well give up. I wanted to take up the trumpet, but I was told my lips weren't thick enough or something. I also figured that I wouldn't have enough breath to play a brass instrument either!
I always hate teachers who say crap like that. Lip size means NOTHING. Miles Davis had the perfect lips to be a drummer.
post #10 of 597
Here is my violin. It was made by the Italian maker in the US Giovanni Longiaru in 1925. He was one of the preeminent makers in the US at that time, and was trained in Italy. The bow is made by an unknown maker, but is excellent. The violin and bow together Value at more than the cost of the orpheus system. Right now I'm working on the entire Bruch Concerto for the Violin in G minor and Bach Partita 3

Here is my violin with bow


Here is the label inside the violin
post #11 of 597
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Originally Posted by HD-5000
Beautiful violin, milkpowder.

Here's mine.



It looks red but it is more of a brown. Made in 2002, I received the violin last year. Its finish is nearly flawless as of now.
Very nice HD-5000.

Where was it made? Mine is English. Yours looks like it could be made in Italy!

I can also see that you use Thomastik-Infeld Dominants. I think they're great strings, even for a professional! Apparently, Itzhak Perlman uses them on his Strad! I find them very flat and unresponsive when new, but once broken in, they are brilliant. The E string is horrible though. I suggest using Pirastro Oliv E, which is gold-plated steel. It is IMO the best E string. Try them and you'll know what I mean! It's well worth the extra price!

For the last 11 years, I've been using Dominants A, D & G + Oliv E. They have served me extremely well. Today, I've decided to switched to Pirastro Evah Pirazzi A, D & G strings instead of the Dominants. I just put them on, so it's a bit too early to start making comparisons. First impressions is that it makes my violin have so much more character and definition. The tonal quality is amazingly sweet and gut string-like, but not too warm. Power is also increased. I am thoroughly pleased with the Evah Pirazzis.
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Originally Posted by Oistrakh
Here is my violin. It was made by the Italian maker in the US Giovanni Longiaru in 1925. He was one of the preeminent makers in the US at that time, and was trained in Italy. The bow is made by an unknown maker, but is excellent. The violin and bow together Value at more than the cost of the orpheus system. Right now I'm working on the entire Bruch Concerto for the Violin in G minor and Bach Partita 3

Here is my violin with bow


Here is the label inside the violin
Excellent violin! A good violin is a violinists 2nd best tool; the first being his fingers! Which Bruch Concerto are you playing? I've played (well, claim to be able to play !) the 1st and 3rd movements of the Bruch's 1st Violin Concerto. You playing the whole of the 3rd Partita? I played the Preludio, Gavoote en Rondeau, Menuet I & II and the Bourree a few months ago. It's fun isn't it! Some people don't like Bach, but I think he is definitely one of the greatest composers of all time.

I've just started on Paganini's Caprice No.17. The first half is manageable, but the second half... The fingered octaves are so difficult to play in tune!

My bow is really cheap, but it serves it purpose. I believe I got it for around $500 a few years back. My violin, on the other hand, costed upwards of $24k when I got it last summer. It was given to me by my parents. There is no way in hell I would've been able to afford it at my age. Sad to say, $24k is still entry level to the world of nice "fiddles". My violin teacher's Vuillaume costs over $190k! Even that is pocket change compared to the Strads and Guarneris, which easily cost over $1million. When I'm rich, I'll buy all the violins and headphones in the world...j/k
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another member on another forum said he was offered to buy a strad for 20,000, but since he just married and didn't have any money, he wasn't able to buy it. He stlil regrets it...

I'm planning to play the rondo and caprccioso by saint saens over the summer... By the way, how well did you play the bruch third movement? The quick double stops are hard!
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thats my sexyphone. i don't have a working camera ATM, but if I did, I'd happily take a couple of shots, as it is quite a good looking piece of hardware. currently I only have a Selmer C* and two Selmer C** mouthpieces, but by the end of the summer, I expect I'll have at least one more, hopefully a strathon adjustatone.
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The violin is made locally by a man named Anton Krutz. He owns a shop called KC Strings. His instruments are great sounding. This violin will certainly do me well until I have the finances to upgrade to a truly fine violin.

www.kcstrings.com

Yep, I'm using a new set of Thomastik Dominant.

I would love to try the Pirastro Oliv set, but at the rate I go through strings, the price is, well, obscene. I have tried Obbligato and Eudoxa, both are good but I do prefer the tone and volume of the Dominants.
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