Aug. 26th, 2007

dcseain: Cast shot of me playing my violin in role of minstrel in the Two Gentlemen of Verona (Default)
Well, i'm not alone, nor listless, there's no breakfast table, the room's far from empty, there's no young girl, but violins, and if my journal is not the center of my own attention, only the Heavens know what is.

I came across this thread, which has proven to be most interesting - lots of useful commentary on strings, rosin, and string cleaners - because the other day, i restrung my instrument, and found i lacked a new E string, and that the new D was Aluminium-wrapped rather than Sterling-wrapped. I'll try out the new-but-E-String instrument tomorrow. I've ordered an Obligato Gold-stahl E, which sounds absolutely fabulous on my instrument.

I've been using a full Obligato set, Silber-Silber-Aluminium-Gold-stahl, for a while now. This set, once the E arrives, will be Obligato Silber-Aluminium-Aluminium-Gold-stahl. My last stringing had Stahl E instead, and had a tinny sound, rather than the clean brightness of the Gold-stahl C.

I'm thinking on trying Evah Pirazzi strings next, because even with the mixed reviews, and people complaining they wear out in 8-9 months, since i usually only get 6 months from strings anyway, and i'd like to see how they work with my instrument. If i like them, i may stick with the Obligato E anyway, since it sounds so nice on mine.

Any of you have opinions on the gold-flecked rosin mentioned early in the thread linked above? Also, think you that i should try Violino strings?

I've used German, and specifically Pirastro or Thomastik-Infeld, strings the whole time i've been playing. Quelle surprise. I've been debating going back to Olives, too, though i think that may make my instrument sound dark. Hm.

(I've decided this post, at root, is [ profile] muzikmaker21's fault, as he's the reason i really started playing again, and rereading this, i've obviously picked up right where i'd left off at 19.)
dcseain: Cast shot of me playing my violin in role of minstrel in the Two Gentlemen of Verona (Default)
Tonight i had a tomato sandwich: a nice, thick slice of fresh, home-grown tomato, between two pieces of white - bot not Wonder - bread, the bread thick with mayo and ample salt and pepper. NOW it is Summer.

Growing up, we always had a vegetable garden, and the tomatos and the hot peppers were the highlights. In HS, i spent a light of time at the Arnaoot's house, where Ghassan, the dad there, kept a tangled patch of various tomato vines, which produce copiously through the Summer and into the Fall.

*Raises glass* To Summer, to tomatos, and to our ancestors! L'chaim y salud!

*hugs [ profile] nadyalec*


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