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#1 DelDuca

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Posted 28 February 2002 - 06:29 PM

Violin and bow makers have had their turns, so isn't it about time for Viola and Cello? Nominations, please!

#2 Ann

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Posted 28 February 2002 - 07:03 PM

Don't know the criteria for "first class" but my Helen Michetschlager viola has won prizes! She is actually a 'cellist herself so I'd guess her 'cellos are top notch too.
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Posted 28 February 2002 - 09:32 PM

Will Whedbee, within the last three or four years, makes an cello that I will put up against almost anything, and have, successfully a number of times.
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Posted 01 March 2002 - 06:17 AM

Ben Ruth has won prizes for violas, among other things. Alex Tulchinsky finally entered a VSA contest after years of making fine violas, and won a top prize for violin tone( a silver, last year). The 1984 Tulchinsky viola I play is very special.

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Posted 01 March 2002 - 09:16 AM

I would love to hear more about cello and viola making in the MAESTRONET.

#6 DelDuca

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Posted 02 March 2002 - 01:11 AM

How may we politely invite Mr. Whedbee, Mr. Ruth, and Mr. Tulchinsky to participate? Anyone friends with them?

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Posted 01 March 2002 - 06:18 PM

Ed Campbell; located in Boiling Springs, PA.

#8 Primrose84

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Posted 01 March 2002 - 08:36 PM

Lawrence Furse of SLC. i play a recent viola of his thats great, everyone i know has been very impressed with it.

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Posted 01 March 2002 - 11:25 PM

My Fairfax Abraham viola is an excellent instrument.

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Posted 02 March 2002 - 05:01 AM

I am quite fond of the Bill Lee instruments. I own a 1995 Kiernoziak(though it is currently wreckage, due to an airbag deployment) and have played a superb Gary Garavaglia that is possibly the nicest "younger then 5 years old cello" i have played.
I detest Wayne Burak instruments.
but overall I think the finest maker in the USA, at least, is David Caron.
He is selling his cellos for 40K, and has a waiting list.
I think that means a lot.
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Posted 02 March 2002 - 06:54 AM

I've tried to get Alex Tulchinsky to make use of a computer, but he is very modest and a little leery of technology. When he grew up in Russia, it was hard to get paper and a pencil...I'll keep encouraging him.

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Posted 02 March 2002 - 06:56 AM

Doea anyone know if Jan Karon is still alive?

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Posted 02 March 2002 - 10:38 AM

My wife shopped around for a new violin for over a year and eventually bought one from a prestigious maker/dealer in our local area city made by one Bernhard Zanders from Germany. It is an outstanding instrument tonally and is unique in appearance. It blew away instruments costing many times its price. I was lucky enough to try one of his cellos, through the same dealer, and it was of equal quality. I don't know, being new to the list, whether I should reveal dealers' name, prices etc so will await some input from others more experienced with "pegboard" protocol.

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Posted 03 March 2002 - 09:59 AM

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Violin and bow makers have had their turns, so isn't it about time for Viola and Cello? Nominations, please!

We could get into a length discussion about violas. There's a lot of history and misunderstanding about the viola you'll discover if you delve into it. Berlioz complained about the sound of most violas. Wagner wanted 6 Ritterbratschen (viola alta) in his Bayreuth orchestra. There are few violin makers (some excellent) that really understand the viola. But they are out there. In my personal opinion I believe Roger Hargrave to be a great viola (and cello) maker. Another viola specialist is Bruckner & Bruckner from Erfurt, Germany. They have 5 violas in one prominent orchestra, 7 in another as well as the principle violist of Bayreuth. Their prices are also good. Another fine viola maker is Udo Kretzschmann in Markneukirchen. Although I know some very fine violin makerrs in Italy I'm not aware of any fine viola makers there. In France you have Chaudiere ande Ravatin. IN USA your top international names are Moes and Zygmuntowicz.

Cellos: Several top european soloists are now playing Wolfgang Schnabl (Bubenreuth), who is a cello specialist. Americans have also discovered him. Yo Yo Ma plays a wonderful Moes. I could stand to be corrected but I believe the cello he is holding on the cover of the Feb. Strad magazine is his Moes.


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Posted 03 March 2002 - 10:38 AM

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#16 Mark_W

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Posted 03 March 2002 - 12:31 PM

How about Robert and Deena Spear? Their work was described several years ago in The Strad. One of their cellos is owned by Rostropovich.

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Posted 05 March 2002 - 12:44 AM

I only have tried one, but I believe Matsuda does excellent violas. I'm considering commissioning one.

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Posted 05 March 2002 - 01:18 AM

lymond...which model of matsuda's are you considering commissioning? the standard size or the small one?

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Posted 06 March 2002 - 05:34 AM

OH! I complete forgot to mention Matsuda.
I have a friend with a Caron, and her husband has a Matsuda. The Matsuda is a great cello, make no mistake, but there's
no comparison.
Pay the deposit for a Caron, and wait a year.
You'll be glad you did.

All best
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Posted 06 March 2002 - 11:00 AM

If he's still alive, Helumth Keller of Philadelphia did marvellous violas-- much better than the one violin of his I tried. Also Otto Erdesz was quite famous for large-ish violas. My wife had to sell hers (too short, hands too small) but she regretted that intensely.

For cellos, the man who made a decent violin for me, John Burdette, has done some really great cellos for Philadelphia Orchestra members. I hear he's still living in the Cherry Hill area.





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