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February 2010

Violin in the shop... again. Humidity control is useless

February 20, 2010 15:17

Winter is KILLING my violin. There hasn't been anything serious yet but it's in for monitoring purposes. He said the NY weather has been very dry. I saw some slight unevenness on the back and although it's almost deffinately cosmetic he is taking out the soundpost and strings to release tension for a few days.

Is there no solution to this? I can't keep humidity constant everywhere I go, that's impossible. I think humidity control solutions are useless because it's the dramatic change in humidity that hurts the violin, not where it is at. A violin is perfectly happy at 20% humidity if it's kept that way.

Unfortunately, the weather has been uncooperative. It's changing like crazy.

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When buying, should one use very expensive instruments/bows as a reference point?

February 16, 2010 17:31

I am on the hunt for a bow and I'm sure it's going to cost a fortune as all things with violins do. My question is...

My teacher has a Tourte and a D. Peccatte bow that he uses; should I compare the bows I try to his bows? My logic is that I would use them as a reference point and see which bows I try come closest to his Peccatte or Tourte.

Or is this just a bad idea...

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