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Magnus Nedregard

Member Since 20 May 2006
Offline Last Active Apr 25 2016 01:52 AM

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In Topic: How would Messiah Strad fare at a VSA competition?

23 April 2016 - 02:44 PM

I can't answer the question, but the thought experiment is extremely interesting! :D If Strad by time travel could enter the VSA competition, would he then be rewarded for his genius? Or could it be his contribution would be dismissed because he had developed yet another model that no one had seen before?  Could it be his varnish would be found too intensely coloured, and too much filler was found to be used in the purling mitres? Would he be excluded when it was discovered that the scroll scandalously, was actually made by his son? The G-string was found to be somewhat lacking in power?


Or, would actually his genius be recognised, and in a blaze of light it was as if all the other participants just disappeared and died of shame, and he took every prize there was, (except perhaps the "luthier under 20") and disappeared back to the 18th century with a devilish laugh? Or perhaps his participation had went by totally unnoticed?  :wacko:

In Topic: congratulations , david sora

05 October 2015 - 08:42 AM

Good to hear, congratulations Davide!

In Topic: Cremona violin making school question

26 April 2015 - 07:51 AM

Well, fond as I am of many english types of cheese, and indeed other types of english food, I must still conclude that italian food is pretty hard to beat! Food questions apart, I have good reason to think that Newark is a very good school, and would probably be my second choice. If your main interest is antiqued instruments I would probably go for Newark. Although antiquing has become rather normal in italy too over the last decade or so, the Italians have a continuing tradition of making "new" instruments that I find sharper and more accentuated, although it might not be to everyone's taste right now. (I know, the english have that too, but as a general tendency I would say that the most important difference in focus is this. Newark also prepares you much better for restoration. At least that was the case when I last checked, but things might have changed in Cremona there.)

In Topic: Cremona violin making school question

25 April 2015 - 01:29 AM

When I tried to choose a school back in the days, I was told that other scools were "better" and that Cremona was a disorganzed bunch of italians. That's probably right, but I still don't regret I went there nevertheless. The advantage in Cremona is the great variety of makers, teachers, instruments you get to meet there. You will have the triennale, exhibitions, and great opportunities to study both old and new italian making close up. I feel that some other schools have a narrower and perhaps less "open" approach, and certainly not this intensely violin-saturated environment that there is in Cremona. The best teachers were really good. And we still have not talked about the cheese.