Retirement is cool! I remember the days when I use to have to work up a different piece every week with the philharmonic. Long practice days, tired hands, back aches, etc…
Now I live vicariously through some friends I have made in the studio industry in Los Angeles. I go to some of their sessions, especially if one of my friends wrote the parts; the best scores you can imagine. And I love to go to some of their quartet gigs. I even bring the ax and play sometimes, and through it all I have found myself even practicing again, when I had stopped playing seriously for years.
And during the last year or so I hopped on one a few of these studio player’s backs and joined them as they looked for the ultimate modern fiddle (going to break the bank and spend some of it so my grandchildren do not become flakes living off of their inheritance!) Man I have played more fiddles in the last year than in whole playing career.
After playing so many of the most famous makers in the world, the violin I love the most so far is a friend’s Needham. But I just played two violins by Burgess and I am impressed with his sound and work. I am waiting to try Dilworth and Robin, and would also like to try Rattray, Scott, Borman, Croen, Seifert & Grubaugh, Pistoni, and Alf. At that point my yearlong journey is done and I commission something.
Do any of you have any experience with these makers that I have not yet tried? Do any of you play on great moderns that you want to share with the rest of us?
A blessed Christmas to all!
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