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post #61 of 597
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Originally Posted by Romanee
Lovely guitar! I've never heard one -- can you describe the sound/action/feel?

BTW -- your guitar reminds me just a wee bit of my baby:















Beautiful instrument! Can you possibly describe how it plays/feels/sounds?
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I think I've owned it for about 9-10 years now. Value was about $2500 at the time I got it. I don't play much anymore (quit lessons when I was 17). The last piece I learned was Eduard Lalo's Symphonie Espagnole, which I performed in a competition (didn't win though).
post #63 of 597
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Originally Posted by Romanee
Lovely guitar! I've never heard one -- can you describe the sound/action/feel?

BTW -- your guitar reminds me just a wee bit of my baby:
















Heritage is the result of the move Gibson made from Kalamazoo to Nashville? Many of the old Gibson craftsman decided to stay and formed The Heritage. I believe they also purchased the old equipment as well.

The sound of the Heritage instruments is very much what Gibson used to soound many moons ago. This is my second instrument from them, the first was a 17 inch body called the Eagle Classic.

The first time I listened to them I fell in love, the new Gibson's sound dead and lifeless by comparison.

You have a beautiful vintage Gibson. Those guitars are awesome sounding and you should be very proud of owning one.
post #64 of 597
my 1911 baby grand


post #65 of 597
I happen to know this Headfi member who is also a member at Photo.net

This is his portfolio.
post #66 of 597
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I happen to know this Headfi member who is also a member at Photo.net

This is his portfolio.
IMPRESSIVE WORK!!!!!
post #67 of 597
Thanks! I'll let him know.

EDIT: shoot, I just realised that I posted this in a wrong forum. I was intending to post this in "post your photography' thread. Sorry my mistake.
post #68 of 597
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Originally Posted by Romanee
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Originally Posted by milkpowder
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)

Beautiful instrument! Can you possibly describe how it plays/feels/sounds?
Thanks a lot! I really love my violin. It is not a particularly loud-sounding violin. Having said that it doesn't sound muted or weak. Overall, it has a very sweet, woody, balanced tone. Personally, I feel that it is more suited for ensemble works rather than large solo concertos. I just have performed Mozart's Violin Concerto No.3 and I received positive remarks regarding the violin. The tone is so beautiful it is unbelievable. The top end is has very good clarity and doesn't sound thin or too bright at all. The bottom end is surprisingly resonant, although you do have to work hard to get a nice, warm tone out of it. The A string and D string (middle two strings) are quite sweet as well. All in all, the four strings are very well balanced.

How does it feel to play it? Really good! The strings are positioned at just the right height above the fingerboard so you don't have to press down excessively hard. Everything just seems right! I am very comfortable when playing this instrument.

Bottom line: This is a lovely violin with tons of qualities that will make you want to practise more!

EDIT: I have just decided to experiment with different strings, rosin and shoulder rests in the search for an even better sound. The Evah Pirazzis are new and I also have a Kun Bravo coming. Apparently, wood shoulder rests are much better for the sound than metal or plastic ones!
post #69 of 597
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Originally Posted by Asr




I think I've owned it for about 9-10 years now. Value was about $2500 at the time I got it. I don't play much anymore (quit lessons when I was 17). The last piece I learned was Eduard Lalo's Symphonie Espagnole, which I performed in a competition (didn't win though).
Excellent! I too have played Lalo's Symphonie Espagnole (I & V Mov) and it was a joy! I enjoyed it so much. It's sad to hear that you've stopped taking lessons. Where was your violin made? How does it sound? It looks beautiful.
post #70 of 597
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Originally Posted by milkpowder
Thanks a lot! I really love my violin. It is not a particularly loud-sounding violin. Having said that it doesn't sound muted or weak. Overall, it has a very sweet, woody, balanced tone. Personally, I feel that it is more suited for ensemble works rather than large solo concertos. I just have performed Mozart's Violin Concerto No.3 and I received positive remarks regarding the violin. The tone is so beautiful it is unbelievable. The top end is has very good clarity and doesn't sound thin or too bright at all. The bottom end is surprisingly resonant, although you do have to work hard to get a nice, warm tone out of it. The A string and D string (middle two strings) are quite sweet as well. All in all, the four strings are very well balanced.

How does it feel to play it? Really good! The strings are positioned at just the right height above the fingerboard so you don't have to press down excessively hard. Everything just seems right! I am very comfortable when playing this instrument.

Bottom line: This is a lovely violin with tons of qualities that will make you want to practise more!

EDIT: I have just decided to experiment with different strings, rosin and shoulder rests in the search for an even better sound. The Evah Pirazzis are new and I also have a Kun Bravo coming. Apparently, wood shoulder rests are much better for the sound than metal or plastic ones!
Seems like a joy to play and to have!

There have been several posts noting the Thomastik Dominants for G-D-A (with Oliv-E). What are your reasons for the Evah Pirazzis at the moment... and any comparative comments regarding those two?

Kun Bravo is beautifully crafted -- and only around $50?!

What weight is your bow, and any remarks about it?
post #71 of 597
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Originally Posted by milkpowder
Excellent! I too have played Lalo's Symphonie Espagnole (I & V Mov) and it was a joy! I enjoyed it so much. It's sad to hear that you've stopped taking lessons. Where was your violin made? How does it sound? It looks beautiful.
Made in Germany, 1975. I'm not familiar with describing violin sounds, but it certainly doesn't have the rich, resonant sound I've heard from other violins, especially ones used in solo performances. The lower frequencies off the G and D strings just don't have a lush resonance, but I've gotten used to it over the years. I think my violin sounds more "bright" than anything else, it's kinda like the DT880 equivalent of violins.
post #72 of 597
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Originally Posted by Romanee
Seems like a joy to play and to have!

There have been several posts noting the Thomastik Dominants for G-D-A (with Oliv-E). What are your reasons for the Evah Pirazzis at the moment... and any comparative comments regarding those two?
I have been a long time "Thomastik Dominants G-D-A w/ Oliv-E"-guy. I have only just recently changed the Dominants to the Evah Pirazzis. IMO, the Evah Pirazzis are brighter sounding and have a superior response than the Dominants. The Dominants sound gutstring-like, warmer and a little dull compared with the brilliance of the Evah Pirazzis. For solo performances, I think the Evah Pirazzis would suit one better. For orchestra playing, maybe the Dominants are better. The next time I go string searching, I'll probably get the Obligato range w/ Oliv-E. The Obligatos are supposedly much darker sounding than the Evah Pirazzis. The Oliv-E goes well with either set. The Dominant E is just so horrible it's unbearable. I've never tried the Evah Pirazzi E.

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Originally Posted by Romanee
Kun Bravo is beautifully crafted -- and only around $50?!
I can't believe there are so many choices regarding shoulder rests! I was considering the Kun Bravo ($45), Voce ($60), and the Mach One Maple ($50). The Voce is made of carbon fiber and much more expensive than the Bravo or the Mach One Maple. I also wanted to get a wood one and wasn't too sure about the claimed sonic qualities of carbon fiber, so I was slightly against getting the Voce. The Kun Bravo costs less than the Mach One Maple, looks much nicer & more solid, has replaceable solid brass parts, etc. Kun also has better reputation and is a more popular choice. It wasn't too difficult a choice.

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Originally Posted by Romanee
What weight is your bow, and any remarks about it?
I have no idea. It is a POS bow anyway. Costed around $400. It's straight and everything, but it's not anything special. It does have a round geometry as opposed to the octahedral (?) structure found on some bows. The bow has been rehaired quite a few times and everytime, the rehair costs like $50-60! I don't think it's very heavy compared to other bows, but quality-wise, I'd give it a 7/10. Performance wise 6/10. A good bow can really give a much better tone to the same violin. My brother has a bow that costs around $2000 with all the fancy rose gold plated and mother of pearl appointments. It plays quite a bit better. It is weighted better (ie good balance) and hence is easier to play with. A good bow is indespensible. My bow is OK, but I wish I had a better one!
post #73 of 597
My substitute for the Steinways I was used to playing in college:






It's a Viscount Andante. With digitals, touch is always #1, with sound a close #2. I don't care about fancy frills or extra instrument sounds - as long as it does piano well. This fit the bill perfectly for me. Fantastic touch, great sound (including harmonics and all that), and a pretty no frills approach - 3 piano sounds, 3 electric piano sounds and some basic reverb and recording options. Eventually I'd love getting a Steinway Model A or L, but that requires space and cash I don't have at the moment.
post #74 of 597
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Nice pictures. It's so difficult to find an electronic piano with a good touch!
post #75 of 597
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The violin and bow together Value at more than the cost of the orpheus system.
You want to talk about Orpheus systems? This is what my parents bought my sister. Notice the broken strings, she hasn't played it in three years, what a waste of money, could have bought two or three Orphs for the price of it and the hard transport case.

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