minstrel: Re: minstrel-digest V1 #882

Greg Lindahl lindahl at pbm.com
Sun Apr 23 12:13:37 PDT 2000

> To play chords on the violin you have to balance the bow where you hit two
> or three strings.  On instruments with a high action like mine this has to
> be precise.  Having doubled strings would mean having to be so precise for
> every note.

Um, most period bowed instruments require much more precision than
modern ones. So I wouldn't make arguments based on that if I were
you. Why not start with "hey, are there any surviving examples,
illustrations, or descriptions?"

> For my part I am going to go on playing my Stradavarius style instrument
> until someone feels like providing me with a period instrument of similar
> quality (which probably means an investment of $10,000...any takers?)

That's a pretty big chip on your shoulder, there.

-- Gregory Blount

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