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Forum: Alto and Tenor 09-06-2017, 01:35 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,067
Posted By rjspear
I just had a tenor go out on trial last week. The...

I just had a tenor go out on trial last week. The potential owner had his choice between one of the earlier Hutchins tenors (640 mm body length), one of my later intermediate designs (620 mm body...
Forum: Alto and Tenor 08-31-2017, 12:58 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 694
Posted By rjspear
Tenorino-- Don't panic just yet. I'm working...

Tenorino--

Don't panic just yet. I'm working with the folks at SuperSensitive to ensure an uninterrupted supply of strings for all the New Family instruments. It's way too soon to talk about...
Forum: Alto and Tenor 08-31-2017, 12:55 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,067
Posted By rjspear
It's amazing to me that this is a contemporary...

It's amazing to me that this is a contemporary instrument and that the inventor actually received a patent protecting it when it is hardly different in size and function from J. S. Bach's viola...
Forum: Various and Sundry 08-23-2017, 01:04 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,083
Posted By rjspear
I'll be interested to hear your opinions of the...

I'll be interested to hear your opinions of the Gamut strings. As you can see, the small companies are much more likely to risk some R&D time for small orders since that is their area of...
Forum: Various and Sundry 08-23-2017, 12:54 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 4,233
Posted By rjspear
Carleen Hutchins used to tell me that she really...

Carleen Hutchins used to tell me that she really didn't care what kind of music was being played as long as it was being played on octet instruments. Historically, the conventional string family...
Forum: Makers and Repairers 08-23-2017, 12:50 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,072
Posted By rjspear
I would say that making and repairing posts would...

I would say that making and repairing posts would relate to the entire New Violin Family. They are all essentially violins; only the sizes are different. I had envisioned the forum to also be a place...
Forum: Music and Musicians 08-23-2017, 12:43 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,219
Posted By rjspear
Yes, and let's do our best to make it even more...

Yes, and let's do our best to make it even more exciting musically. Great to have you on board!
Forum: Various and Sundry 08-22-2017, 01:20 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,083
Posted By rjspear
Tenorino-- You have hit one of the few...

Tenorino--

You have hit one of the few remaining things that tenor lovers and five-string cello players have to contend with. The high E string seems to be universally too bright and...
Forum: Acoustics for the New Violin Family 08-22-2017, 01:06 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 934
Posted By rjspear
No Commercial Advertsing, Please

Quick909--

I have deleted your post because we prefer not to have commercial advertising on this site. Non-commercial advertising including concert announcements, event notices, and all things...
Forum: Makers and Repairers 08-22-2017, 01:02 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,072
Posted By rjspear
Replace This Category? Need Your Thoughts.

I am thinking of reorganizing this site so that there are individual forums for the various instruments. If so, should the new forums replace this particular one for makers and repairers, or be in...
Forum: Music and Musicians 08-22-2017, 12:58 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,219
Posted By rjspear
Greetings, Tenorino, and Welcome to the Forums! ...

Greetings, Tenorino, and Welcome to the Forums!

Things have been a little slow around here lately, but this is still the only place where New Family instrument players can communicate with each...
Forum: Music and Musicians 09-16-2014, 12:59 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 3,946
Posted By rjspear
It's been quite satisfying to follow your...

It's been quite satisfying to follow your experiences (and your triumphs) in learning to play the alto violin. It is perhaps not quite the little monster that some have made it out to be-- mostly...
Forum: Various and Sundry 03-29-2014, 02:28 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 6,307
Posted By rjspear
Alto Stress Test Concludes

Greetings, Desperados! :)

After 21 or 22 weeks, the alto string stress test has concluded because the test instrument was sold. To summarize briefly, the C string never broke again after it was...
Forum: Various and Sundry 01-30-2014, 02:52 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 6,307
Posted By rjspear
Alto String Stress Test Update

I've lost exact track, but we are now in the 16th or 17th week of the stress test and the results stand thus:

1) The Kevlar A string continues to hold.

2) The Sensicore D string remains...
Forum: Various and Sundry 01-24-2014, 02:42 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 6,307
Posted By rjspear
I can tell you with certainty that the...

I can tell you with certainty that the manufacturer is not going to discontinue the long strings (at least not while I'm alive, anyway :-)). Please contact me directly about the broken strings. I...
Forum: Various and Sundry 11-18-2013, 01:06 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 6,307
Posted By rjspear
Alto String Stress Test

I receive a lot of questions about alto strings, especially about their longevity, so I decided to test a set to failure. Even though the test is still in progress, I thought you might be interested...
Forum: Various and Sundry 09-25-2013, 01:32 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 3,437
Posted By rjspear
It's Kind of Mysterious

Having read the posts from Jamstrings in another segment of the forum, and having much enjoyed seeing the photos he/she posted, reminded me that placing altos and other New Family instruments into...
Forum: Music and Musicians 09-25-2013, 01:09 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 5,187
Posted By rjspear
Welcome to the Forum!

How nice to see activity on the forum again, and especially on the subject of the alto. Over the years it has surprised me that many of the people who have expressed strong feelings about the...
Forum: Various and Sundry 09-13-2012, 01:07 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 3,761
Posted By rjspear
Playing the alto vertically presents some...

Playing the alto vertically presents some significant advantages, especially if you have shoulder problems. There's a learning curve that can be a bit steep at times, but it's amazing how much...
Forum: Acoustics for the New Violin Family 09-13-2012, 01:00 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 4,299
Posted By rjspear
Aha! We meet again! :) The treble violin (or...

Aha! We meet again! :)

The treble violin (or piccolo violin as the Europeans call it) is the bad little brat of the family. Most people who try it tend to drop it after contending with the short...
Forum: The Future of the Octet 09-13-2012, 12:53 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 6,787
Posted By rjspear
Greetings, Violakat, and welcome to the forums...

Greetings, Violakat, and welcome to the forums (such as they are! :))

Going to music teacher conferences and conventions is a great idea. About three years ago, I started to exhibit at the ASTA...
Forum: Composing and Arranging 07-27-2012, 01:07 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 11,246
Posted By rjspear
This is quite a massive effort, and few would...

This is quite a massive effort, and few would know better than I just how much work something like this takes. Congratulations! I am also aware of Sibelius' little quirks between score and parts, in...
Forum: Composing and Arranging 07-26-2012, 01:32 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 11,246
Posted By rjspear
Greetings, Alex, and welcome to the forum! ...

Greetings, Alex, and welcome to the forum!

First of all, are you using Sibelius? I'd love to have a .sib file (or .xml?) that I can load into my program. That would allow me to make a much better...
Forum: Makers and Repairers 06-21-2012, 12:11 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 7,463
Posted By rjspear
Hello, Salamandyr-- And welcome to the...

Hello, Salamandyr--

And welcome to the forums.

For better or worse, no Chinese knock-offs have appeared except for an ergonomic viola I designed a few years ago. There's not yet enough of a...
Forum: Various and Sundry 03-13-2012, 11:28 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 4,929
Posted By rjspear
Greetings, Hiergargo, and welcome to our little...

Greetings, Hiergargo, and welcome to our little brave new world. I hope you will find some of the answers that you're looking for.
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