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post #16 of 597
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Originally Posted by Oistrakh
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!
$20k! It was probably fake... no offense.

Rondo and Capriccioso is actually a very difficult piece. I've never played it properly. Note wise, it doesn't have any special, but to play it with a good style is hard. There are so many details that are easy to overlook. I must confess I am not knowledgable enough to into the details of this piece. I will have a chat with my friend, who just played it with his local orchestra (which is surprisingly good!).

The Bruch is IMO much easier than the Rondo and Capriccioso. The Bruch is just so much easier to express musically. As for the double stoppings, PRACTICE CALMLY AND SLOWLY! They are not difficult double stops, but when played quickily, become easily out of tune! The secret is to practice really slowly. Take a lot of time. Don't feel that you are in a hurry. Have fun though, the Bruch 3rd movement is one of the most cheerful pieces of music ever!
post #17 of 597
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Originally Posted by HD-5000
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.
I see. He makes nice violins. I can't say anything about the sound until I hear it because I've seen really nice violins that sound really crap. I don't mean to say that Krutz's violins are bad in any way!

So you've tried Obligatos and Eudoxas, both of which have a gut-like sound. Aren't the Eudoxas actually gut core strings? The Pirastro Oliv G, D, and A strings are also gut core strings and, if I recall correctly, Pirastro's top gut core string. The Oliv E string is not a gut core string though; it is gold plated steel. My violin teacher also prefers Dominants to the fancier, more expensive alternatives. IMO, the Dominants are real winners!
post #18 of 597
Not nearly as sexy as a violin or a trumpet. But I still enjoy playing the flute.

post #19 of 597
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Originally Posted by Firam
Not nearly as sexy as a violin or a trumpet. But I still enjoy playing the flute.

Nice flute. I have a glass flute at home! It's so fragile that I've never dared to play it!
post #20 of 597
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post #21 of 597
Wow, lots of violins! Here's a selection from my household











Sorry for the bad photos, I was in a rush. From top to bottom, my dad's very old beat up guitar, my brother's Fender-something guitar, harpsichord, Steinway baby grand piano. Other instruments in the house: My brother's other electric guitar that I don't feel like finding, and his steel-string that he has off at college.
post #22 of 597
wow, where did you get the harpsichord?
post #23 of 597
My mom bought it off one of her old friends.
post #24 of 597
for how much?

by the way, what part in massachusetts do you live? I don't see any harpsichord dealers
post #25 of 597
I used to have a tuba and a tenor horn, but I was never very good. These days a shot on my brothers Mapex drum kit or an occasional tinkle on a piano or keyboard is all the instrument playing I manage.
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I would bloody kill for a harpsichord like that.

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Incidentally, where do you live?
post #28 of 597
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Originally Posted by Hell_Gopher
I would bloody kill for a harpsichord like that.

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Incidentally, where do you live?
About 35 miles north of Boston. The harpsichord is actually horribly out of tune, and no one has played it in a while. I know... I know... but I haven't moved onto learning to play it, since I'm still a very amateur pianist. It will get used eventually.
post #29 of 597
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Originally Posted by hembergler
About 35 miles north of Boston. The harpsichord is actually horribly out of tune, and no one has played it in a while. I know... I know... but I haven't moved onto learning to play it, since I'm still a very amateur pianist. It will get used eventually.
Good move buying the Steinway I have many years of classical piano behind me and just get around to playing with my Roland digital piano now and then. But if I had the cash and the space I'd have a Steinway just like yours and probably play a whole lot more.
post #30 of 597
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Originally Posted by NightWoundsTime
Good move buying the Steinway I have many years of classical piano behind me and just get around to playing with my Roland digital piano now and then. But if I had the cash and the space I'd have a Steinway just like yours and probably play a whole lot more.
Yeah, I have a lot of fun playing all two songs that I know on it. My mom is the actual pianist & person who paid for it though, so it doesn't go completely wasted on my amazing piano abilities.
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