Hey what happened to v.com mascot?
It seems the little guy with the chronic slouchys has disappeared with the last eclipse. I miss him already.
I thought the new chap looked different - maybe I'm not going crazy after all?
Same dreads but (s)he apparently switched to a Russian violin teacher because his/her scroll is very high now!
To me the new kid playing to the stars looks like a little gal. She's growing on me already.
Obviously, Kokopelli there gave up using a shoulder rest, and is rejoicing in the newfound freedom!
I think he's got to Lesson Two and is now allowed to hold the violin...
Ahhh... never made the connection. Thanks Craig. I guess it took over 10 years to get rid of those pesky flute habits.
But we know Kokopelli went back to the moon last eclipse, so now it must be Kokopelmimi who presides over us.
Auer made him take off the shoulder rest
No evidence of a chin rest either, so he's now discovered the most efficient way to support the violin.
... also using Bellissimo dark rosin!
Koko has been promoted to the top of the page, giving a cue, leading the section, giving the downbeat!
Hahahaha, what a wonderful thread, beautiful replies.
Koko's SR and CR have now been sorted, which leaves only the question of what strings are, or should be, on the violn. That should keep this thread alive at least until carbon fiber strings are on the scene.
Cool! So it's the moment of possiblity and promise, composure and commitment, mustering and anticipation.
Is Koko playing "world music" or what?
Paul, what was the inspiration for that question?
I found Koko in the southwest U.S., while I was living in Colorado. Koko, a Native American, had been playing the flute for about 2.000 years and was a little curious when I showed him my fiddle. (I think he was in a bit of a rut, to be honest - that's a long time to play the flute.) "You should learn to play it, I bet you would be great!" I said. That is when I put a fiddle in his hands, and as you can see, he really took to it. I have been pestering him about that posture for some time, and it appears that my persistence has paid off. Through V.com he has been exposed to a diverse mix of music, so he plays a great variety of music from many cultures and genres, depending on his mood.
Kokopelli and Kokopelmimi had a child, Rococo, perhaps?
Ummm...it appears that either Koko has switched to viola, or he's a child trying to play on the next size up. Just saying.
Either Koko is very very small, or that's a viola. I'm leaning towards the latter and that it's a viola in the belief that Koko is a sensible kind of person. :)
Well, Kokopeli traditionally plays flute...
It's the same fiddle he's always had, but if you'd like to think of it as a viola, you may! (He plays both)
I just noticed that Koko is not playing with flat bow hair. Look at the tip. Very tilted! What I can't figure out is why the screw is coming out the bottom of the frog. It would only look like that if he were playing
What I first notice is that Koko has thicker hair now and a viola bow to match.
The way the bouts are cut it's definitely not an Italian violin. Probably a late 19th-century German trade instrument ...
Puliz it's obviously a viola de gamba look at the bouts!
Viola da gamba? - must be gut strings then! (Had to get that one in!)
LOL people too much scrutiny, poor Koko!
His flute was nothing more than a stick!
Laurie, flute geeks just don't measure up.
Whew! I'm glad it's hair.
Being a deity, and a tricksy one at that, I'm sure Koko can conjure whatever equipment he wishes for any style of music that pleases his whimsy. I think he must've commissioned a Gilles Nehr bow though, a new one off model, hefty and fecund.
Goodness, Timothy, I'm not going to tell him that you thought his hair was a surgical glove! (Honestly, though, being from ancient times, he might not really understand the reference). Be kind to our little joyful friend!
Laurie, I always figured the mascot was a stylized silhouette of you from the gap year you took busking before conservatory;) Weren't dreadlocks in back then?
Nothing so stylish, it was all bad perms, I'm afraid!
Laurie, it must've been your calming influence, or the daunting task of learning the fiddle, or both, that changed his wild ways...
This reminds me of the time I decided on a mascot for one of my websites. It involved a hound dog and some studio headphones. The hound dog was a fairly good subject after a treat or two. Koko looks much easier to manage.
Our family dog is called Coco.
I like the pictures where it looks like pinocchio is playing his own nose.
@Trevor, That's a cool name. I have two dogs. Small Yorkies I named "zig" and "zag". I sometimes think maybe I should have called them the Caca team.
Kokopelli has some features in common with the god Pan of Greek antiquity, and with the god Loki of Norse mythology, although there are nowhere near enough features in common to support a viable argument for a cultural identity between Koko and Pan or between Koko and Loki, other than the usual cultural features common to all three ancient civilizations (and many others).
@Timothy, Coco is a 2-year old cocker spaniel, very lively, playful and bright. She is with the Belgium side of the family and so when they come over to England or we go over there I have to talk to her in dog Flemish to get any useful response out of her!
Paul, it's comments like that that made him want to switch to the fiddle!