acupuncture for violins

September 9, 2013 at 03:18 PM · acupuncture for violins

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September 9, 2013 at 04:13 PM · I have a sneaking suspicion that almost all violinists are clinically insane.

September 9, 2013 at 04:45 PM · check

September 9, 2013 at 05:27 PM · Perhaps a scientific study including a placebo group could be performed to accept or reject a hypothesis that this all is "in the ears of a beholder" ?

September 9, 2013 at 05:31 PM · How much does this guy charge?

September 9, 2013 at 05:51 PM · By the way...

I may be a novice violin player, but I am an EXPERT violin/viola/cello massage therapist!

I will massage your precious instrument, work out all of the stress built up in the wood fibers over the years of playing. And if needed even whisper sweet nothings to it while I do so. You will be quite surprised at the improvement!

You will also be quite surprised when you receive my bill....

Please contact me to arrange an appointment.

September 9, 2013 at 05:51 PM · i confess i heard a difference, even in the crappy mp3 reproduction on youtube. the resonance spectrum graphs don't mean much but i wonder if chladni patterns would demonstrate the case more clearly - seeing - err ... hearing - is believing.

seraphim: check the want ads for "violin whisperer" - opportunity knocks.

September 9, 2013 at 06:47 PM · The first video was shot very close to the cello and down low near the A string.

The second "after" video was shot from a few feet away at a different angle altogether.

Did I mention, that I use the finest snake oil when massaging instruments?

September 9, 2013 at 08:40 PM · are you standing in the back of a buckboard wagon in a checkered suit saying: "now i'll tell you what i'm going to do ...?"

September 9, 2013 at 10:01 PM · What a load of rubbish. Good thing we know his name so we can avoid this hack like the plague.

September 10, 2013 at 01:56 PM · I wonder if acupuncture can improve a balloon?

So many experiments to do, so little time. ;-)

September 10, 2013 at 02:47 PM · David: LOL! Inspired by the balloons, I applied acupuncture to my computer motherboard. Judging by the joyful fizzle sounds there was great improvement - indeed I am having none of the problems I was before...

Violin alternative medicine - an idea who's time has come. I'm right on it.

I have packets of homeopathic rosin for sale. I put a block in each packet and then remove it to achieve infinite dilution but retention of the 'shape' of rosin. You just wave the packet over your bow for the most amazing rosinesque effect.

September 10, 2013 at 03:11 PM · in terms of sound projection, a hole in balloon makes an enormous improvement to what it was before:

are the nagging nabobs of negativity who have commented so far doubtful that a violin's voice can be altered after the fact or do they - the comments - reflect disbelief in the method shown in the video, i.e. via a series of tiny, strategically placed pin points?

September 10, 2013 at 03:45 PM · This particular nagging nabob of negativity possesses extreme skepticism that the pin pricks make a bigger difference than any temperature change induced in the instruments during the clutching and pricking process.

September 10, 2013 at 04:12 PM · as stated earlier, i'd really like to see results of some before and after, chladni pattern experiments.

in the comments placed below the video, someone suggests the tiny holes along the back of the scroll are depth marks placed before cutting the blank neck - which seems logical to me.

September 10, 2013 at 06:16 PM · Elise,

I'm afraid the idea of homoeopathic rosin is nothing new.

Liebenzeller and it's spin-offs (Larica) are nothing else. They claim to contain gold, silver, tin, copper and meteor iron - one can be sure that what's written on it, isn't in it.

(To be exact, its' manufactured using magic according to Steiner's Anthroposophy, which isn't very different from homoeopathy. There are more comments in the archive - see

September 10, 2013 at 07:26 PM · If pin pricks are so wonderful I bet some really decent sized holes would be spectacular. How about holes with railway-sleeper nails? Heck, lets go the whole hog and use a pick-axe. I'm dubbing it acupickture(TM)*

*patent applied for. Sorry guys, I scooped you all.

Please send your priceless violins to:

Elise @ violin.ventilatorTM.con


September 11, 2013 at 12:41 AM · Stop bluffing, Elise. We all know that the only implement you know how to use for this kind of thing is a Stanley Knife.

September 11, 2013 at 01:49 AM · Somebody cut a couple of holes in the front of my violin, and it sounds great!

As soon as I saw what had been done to my precious instrument I was a bit perturbed. I shouted out "Who put these F_____ holes in my violin?!"

Somehow that terminology has become the industry standard when referring to the sound holes on the belly of a violin: f holes.

Go figure...

September 11, 2013 at 09:36 AM · i often wondered how those holes got their name - it's stuff like this that makes me glad i'm on the information freeway.

September 12, 2013 at 12:30 AM · It's not free, Bill - You pay for it with your reputation.

September 12, 2013 at 10:27 AM ·

This guy uses a similar technique, just different terminology.

Micro Tuning Violin Body

I had a bad sound with the open A string that was picked up on recordings. I tried a Harp Tail piece and that fixed the problem. There are other ways that are less intrusive.

September 12, 2013 at 11:06 AM · where's the like button? ... that was some game last night! ... what'll you have? ...

September 12, 2013 at 01:21 PM · and if the acupuncture does not help, try with wood worms... it takes longer for them to drill through your violin, but the effects are amazing. Your fiddle will also have that sought-after aged look.

If the worms don't nest and leave immediately, the wood is not good.

September 13, 2013 at 04:01 AM · I have a framing nailer that would be ideal for this kind of acupuncture. Or how about a 30.06?

September 13, 2013 at 10:34 AM · I thought shooting a fiddle with a gun was for when it plays out of tune.

September 14, 2013 at 02:15 PM · Cheaper to shoot the violinist - unless you are being paid well to teach her.

September 15, 2013 at 05:44 PM · That brings up the question of whether it's the instument or the player that's out of tune...

Left as an excercise for the reader.

September 16, 2013 at 11:25 PM · Better blame the player - its a larger target

September 17, 2013 at 09:48 AM · Normally. But one of my late father's double bass pupils, little Diana comes to mind ...

Glad you don't do your neurological research on such principles (Direct your marker to the muscle - It's the larger target)!

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