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Sounds of Music B

Posted: August 14th, 2012, 10:35 pm
by Jim_R

Re: Sounds of Music B

Posted: September 4th, 2012, 6:27 am
by foreverphysics
If you are making a pernambuco bow, would it be fine to just buy a blank and carve the rest of the bow, or should you buy an entire raw block of wood?
Also, pernambuco is dang expensive. Most of the wood I can find is $300 or more...what other kind of wood would you use to make a bow? I'd prefer pernambuco, but unless I find something a little less costly...

Re: Sounds of Music B

Posted: September 4th, 2012, 9:18 am
by nomynameisnotkevin
I had a stringed instrument last year, but I ended up just plucking...

Re: Sounds of Music B

Posted: September 4th, 2012, 12:23 pm
by AlphaTauri
nomynameisnotkevin wrote:I had a stringed instrument last year, but I ended up just plucking...
I did the same, because frankly, it sounded like a 4th grade orchestra when I tried bowing it.

Honestly, I don't think you need pernambuco for a Sounds bow. If you must go for pro stuff, brazilwood will be fine, but seriously...tree branch? (And I'd think buying a blank and carving from that would be fine.)

Re: Sounds of Music B

Posted: September 5th, 2012, 7:25 am
by foreverphysics
Most of the reason I want pernambuco is because I KNOW I cannot make a decent sounding bow from regular wood. If I make it from pernambuco, there is a higher chance that the tone quality will not be terrible. And as I am trying to find a violin workshop in a city pretty near me, I am definitely not trying to carve it on my own. But still...pernambuco=much better chance of good bow.

Re: Sounds of Music B

Posted: September 13th, 2012, 4:52 pm
by silverheart7
I'm curious, what do you think of creating a flute? It's not an instrument I've studied (such as french horn or violin), but I can play decently, especially if I do a lot of practicing before competition season. A flute can have a basic design and I've heard mixed results about them. Do any of you have an opinion?

Re: Sounds of Music B

Posted: September 13th, 2012, 8:04 pm
by zyzzyva980
Flutes (and their vertical counterparts, recorders) were actually fairly popular from what I saw when wind instruments were required. It fell off a little bit last year, though, maybe because wind instruments are perceived as the most intimidating of the choices?

EDIT: Aha, yes, Infinity Flat has it right. That's what I'm trying to say
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Re: Sounds of Music B

Posted: September 13th, 2012, 8:22 pm
by Infinity Flat
Generally, I'd say its easy to make a wind instrument that works , but very hard to make a wind instrument that sounds good.

Re: Sounds of Music B

Posted: September 14th, 2012, 6:27 am
by foreverphysics
I will make a flute if my violin doesn't work out...It could be as simple as a Chinese bamboo flute, which I have at least some idea of how to play.

Also, is this event really as much of a death wish as everyone says it is?

Re: Sounds of Music B

Posted: September 14th, 2012, 6:42 am
by mnstrviola
I bet for Divison B it'll be much easier.