sylvansafekeepe: (Violin)
...and the Molitor Strad goes for $3.2 million.

http://tarisio.com/pages/auction/auction_item.php?csid=2197438464&cpid=2510569472&sCategory_ID=36

About what I expected; a little higher, perhaps, but not by that much.
sylvansafekeepe: (Violins)
One of the things I like to do in my spare time is browse the violin listings on Ebay. I'll occasionally bid on something if I think there's a chance it could be decent quality and the price won't go that high (haven't won anything yet, though).

I also take the time to laugh at some of the postings, primarily the ones from a few select sellers who are trying to pass off their instruments as genuine Strads, Guarneris, Amatis, etc. These auctions usually have a reserve of somewhere between $50k and $100k.

However, this auction made me laugh for entirely different reasons. Read this awesomeness:

http://cgi.ebay.com/Custom-Fire-Breathing-Electric-Violin-Fiddle-rare-old_W0QQitemZ170298182692QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item170298182692&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=66%3A2|65%3A1|39%3A1|240%3A1307

WANT

Jan. 10th, 2008 11:20 am
sylvansafekeepe: (Default)
http://www.luisandclark.com/

This is, like, the coolest thing ever.

The only problem is that the violins cost $4900, so I don't really see myself purchasing one in the near future.
sylvansafekeepe: (Violins)
I need to spend less time reading through the message boards at violinist.com, maestronet.com, and fiddleforum.com. (also thesession.org, but they seem to get slightly fewer threads.) If I did, I bet I'd get a lot more stuff done.

I'm a huge fan of these guys. Video/sound quality isn't hugely impressive, especially in the first one, and the fiddle tunes are occasionally painful, but it's still a lot of fun to watch. The sort of thing I could see myself doing, assuming I managed to find the time and motivation to learn all that stuff. And find another violinist with equal interest...

This guy is, um, batshit insane. He's actually a really good violinist, if you look him up. But I'd never seen anyone go quite this nuts before. Also, the 4-string thing during the second half is really cool. I'd actually heard of it before, but I'd forgotten. Now I'm sort of tempted to try, as long as I can find a piece that doesn't care about too many open G, D, A, or E strings played as harmony. I've got an old fiberglass bow that I don't care about, so no worries regarding doing really bad things to it.

Weird-ass Violin Patents Section:
Folding/collapsable violins:
http://www.google.com/patents?q=D249387
http://www.google.com/patents?vid=USPAT1699384&id=1ZZgAAAAEBAJ&dq=1699384

Foldable violin bow: http://www.google.com/patents?vid=USPAT1027636&id=vlleAAAAEBAJ&dq=1027636

This one's even better. A motor-driven violin bow:
http://www.google.com/patents?vid=USPAT3138051&id=s4lnAAAAEBAJ&dq=3138051

Had some interesting ideas about bow hold (yes, I'm still trying to figure this out) that I want to try tonight, if I remember. It's also entirely possible that these won't work at all. Who knows?

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