The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #57255   Message #899993
Posted By: NicoleC
27-Feb-03 - 05:06 PM
Thread Name: When your luthier disses your baby
Subject: RE: When your luthier disses your baby
Interesting comments, John. I guess my beef isn't with pointing out specific flaws -- always useful to know, and it's his job, right? -- but with the numerous comments like:

{Insert look and tone of disbelief here.}
"So, you really like this instrument?"
"Yes, I do."
"Really?" (Pause.) "I don't like your E string."
Neither do I, but I'm experimenting with some different E's right now.
"Well, I'd replace it."
(Duh, didn't I just say that?)
"How are your bows?"
"They're good; recently rehaired."
"Well, let me see them anyway."

Said violin had a *really* flat bridge on it. It was doing wonders for my bow control and precision, but it was just too darn flat. Despite explaining *why* I wanted a bridge flatter than an orchestral arch without being so extreme, he still argued with me. I didn't think about folks coming up with their own quirks. I suppose that's normal thinking to a do-it-yourselfer folkie type, but abhorrent to classicla training.

Maybe classical players are all looking for violins that sounds exactly alike? Come to think of it, I recently went to a session where there were a bunch of Suzuki players, and you couldn't tell one player's violin from another by tone. But fiddlers and bluegrass players (who's opinion I do trust and some of whom would have gladly sold me another instrument) like my fiddle.

Hmmm. He did insist on showing me how pretty the new Chinese instruments were and talking up how good the Chinese manufacturers were getting. It didn't occur to me that they were for sale -- you may be on to something there!