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Mendy Smith

Thanks Santa!

December 27, 2007 at 2:41 AM

Well, I didn't get perfect intonation, but today I got one of those tailpieces with the fine tuners installed today. I wasn't entirely certain how I would like it at first. After taking my viola home with the new tailpiece, I proceeded to tune my viola to within a cent of it's life! My double-stops (esp. 5ths) sound sooooo much better now. Prefectly tuned beatless 5ths do wonders for the overall sound.

The luthier told me that I could do with a better bridge, the fingerboard was 2mm lower from the strings than what it should be, and the sound post needed to be replaced with a slightly longer one and repositioned. My viola will be going in for a "tune-up" in February :)

Santa also got me a pair of finger-less gloves (great for cold practice rooms!), and an I-Cat. I had never heard of I-Cats before. Apparently there are also I-Dogs. The I-Cat's face lights up in pattern, tilts its head and wiggles its ears to the music. If you don't "feed" it music, after awhile it starts to meow at you and gets quite demanding. My real cats aren't to happy with this new addition to the family.

Here is a little sampler of the Bruch Romanze.

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