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Forum: Various and Sundry 03-11-2012, 03:44 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 5,169
Posted By Altoviolinist
Regarding the possibility of keys and compensated...

Regarding the possibility of keys and compensated string intervals:
Once an instrument is set up whether the strings are perfectly parallel or progressively longer such set up doesn't change from...
Forum: Various and Sundry 03-05-2012, 02:00 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 5,169
Posted By Altoviolinist
This is MOST interesting! The last NVF orchestra...

This is MOST interesting! The last NVF orchestra concert, I was using an experimental compensated (fret like) nut fashioned from segments of copper wire glued temporarily next to the ebony nut. The...
Forum: Music and Musicians 01-17-2012, 08:35 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 18,295
Posted By Altoviolinist
I can claim playing four hours every Sunday at a...

I can claim playing four hours every Sunday at a local restaurant as my Alto purgatory. The better part of one of those years I tried the Gamba hold between the knees with no endpin. I made a...
Forum: Various and Sundry 01-13-2012, 03:58 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 8,368
Posted By Altoviolinist
Now you mention it I recall the bit of fiber tube...

Now you mention it I recall the bit of fiber tube or pad as you call it sold with many steel E strings. What I was talking about was the black circular rubber ring about the size of an 'O' in...
Forum: Various and Sundry 01-12-2012, 06:54 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 8,368
Posted By Altoviolinist
I would manage to wear out wound E strings in a...

I would manage to wear out wound E strings in a few weeks. I have pretty corrosive sweat and skin oils apparently. The wound E may last longer for you. The infamous tone filter goes between...
Forum: Various and Sundry 01-11-2012, 04:51 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 8,368
Posted By Altoviolinist
When I was playing violin (in spite of my gorilla...

When I was playing violin (in spite of my gorilla size hands) I tried the wound E. It is much better for tone and feel BUT the winding wears quickly. Have you tried the little black rubber donut...
Forum: Various and Sundry 12-22-2011, 04:27 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 4,244
Posted By Altoviolinist
eBay fantasm

The 5-string "tenor viola" has been all over eBay of late. It is patterned after a Viola D'Amore which came in two versions and was mentioned in Papa Mozart's treatise on violin playing. The Viola...
Forum: Music and Musicians 12-14-2011, 04:29 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 10,613
Posted By Altoviolinist
I contacted the Arcus company asking if a cello...

I contacted the Arcus company asking if a cello bow in a viola bow weight was possible. Specifically I was looking for 60 grams. To my stunned surprise they informed me that they had already made...
Forum: Music and Musicians 08-20-2011, 05:27 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 9,989
Posted By Altoviolinist
The string binding was something I had hoped the...

The string binding was something I had hoped the planetary pegs would solve which they didn't. Whatever pegs are used, a delayed detuning effect seems more noticeable with a taller bridge and a...
Forum: Music and Musicians 08-19-2011, 03:56 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 9,989
Posted By Altoviolinist
minor drawbacks to planetary pegs

I have a set of Tenor Gamba Peghed planetary geared pegs on my "Canon" Alto. They are tricky to install without deforming or scratching the aluminum casing. They are a big improvement but I still...
Forum: Various and Sundry 07-24-2011, 02:45 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 5,442
Posted By Altoviolinist
Do you mean making an appearance in the NVFO...

Do you mean making an appearance in the NVFO orchestra? Sitting in the back of the alto section I noticed that it really does sound like a piccolo and played with separate bow strokes it sounds like...
Forum: Music and Musicians 07-24-2011, 02:39 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 6,783
Posted By Altoviolinist
Sinfonia Concertante for Violin, Viola and...

Sinfonia Concertante for Violin, Viola and Orchestra K.364

Score and parts are here along with an arrangement for string sextet:...
Forum: Music and Musicians 07-18-2011, 02:52 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 6,783
Posted By Altoviolinist
A little off topic but I regularly tune down the...

A little off topic but I regularly tune down the high A to G in order to play the 5th Bach suite in the original Scordatura notation. The A that comes with the standard SuperSensitive set is good...
Forum: Various and Sundry 05-19-2011, 07:24 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 5,442
Posted By Altoviolinist
Hack proof

I've gotten so many odd suspicious messages on Facebook and twitter (both of which I tend to not use) that I have closed or suspended both.
Forum: Music and Musicians 04-03-2011, 02:28 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 10,613
Posted By Altoviolinist
I catch myself changing my bow grip from day to...

I catch myself changing my bow grip from day to day. It has been more cello like lately. The grip changes slightly with each different stick as well as other considerations like bow speed, bow...
Forum: Music and Musicians 03-22-2011, 03:59 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 6,261
Posted By Altoviolinist
I had what I thought was an ideal stick and had a...

I had what I thought was an ideal stick and had a bow maker make a taller frog for it. I ended up wanting a taller tip as well which is why I started looking for light cello bows which tend to show...
Forum: Music and Musicians 03-21-2011, 05:53 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 6,261
Posted By Altoviolinist
I just received from England an auction lot of...

I just received from England an auction lot of very light cello bows. One was in the modern cello 80 gram range and a bit heavy at the tip. Not useful for Alto. Two others were lighter, 68 and 62...
Forum: Various and Sundry 03-20-2011, 03:28 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 3,741
Posted By Altoviolinist
I have spliced strings in a pinch and gotten...

I have spliced strings in a pinch and gotten disapproving looks from at least one teacher. I have also been poor enough to tie a knot in the end where the ball was and put a very small bolt, nut and...
Forum: Music and Musicians 03-17-2011, 06:02 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 6,783
Posted By Altoviolinist
You might consider tuning down to G D A E and go...

You might consider tuning down to G D A E and go with a piccolo Tenor Violin.
Forum: Music and Musicians 02-05-2011, 09:25 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 18,295
Posted By Altoviolinist
Individual email addresses are not listed on the...

Individual email addresses are not listed on the Consort site.
Forum: Various and Sundry 02-02-2011, 04:24 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 4,283
Posted By Altoviolinist
The Dominants I use on my 18 1/2 vertical viola...

The Dominants I use on my 18 1/2 vertical viola (not really a true Alto) are the Thomastic 4121 made for a 16 1/2 viola. They don't quite stretch for a 19 1/2 Alto.
Forum: Music and Musicians 02-02-2011, 08:03 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 6,053
Posted By Altoviolinist
Welcome! I think you would be very taken...

Welcome!

I think you would be very taken indeed by a mezzo especially on an endpin.

There has been some discussion of other "chin instruments" being played vertically. I made something that...
Forum: Various and Sundry 02-02-2011, 03:48 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 4,283
Posted By Altoviolinist
It is my understanding that steel strings are...

It is my understanding that steel strings are higher tension as a general rule but many Perlon strings are available in high, medium, or low tension. So I guess it's a question of are Helicores...
Forum: Various and Sundry 02-01-2011, 05:22 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 4,283
Posted By Altoviolinist
I've tried the Kevlar A on both the 19 1/2" Alto...

I've tried the Kevlar A on both the 19 1/2" Alto and my 18 1/2" Viola Alta turned Vertical viola.

One word - BINGO!

I happened to have Helicore extra-long viola strings on the Alto. The Kevlar...
Forum: Various and Sundry 01-27-2011, 05:46 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 8,592
Posted By Altoviolinist
More importantly, watch the fingers - they never...

More importantly, watch the fingers - they never leave his hands! Seriously, this is a monster player who has both fingering systems nailed. I wonder what he'd use on an Alto.
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