The life of a young student pursuing violin making and living in Chicago.

 

The painting or decal on this cello is of the maker, I originally thought it was Brahms. But he’s one of the first makers to establish himself in New York after training in France. He is a little self obsessed.

The painting or decal on this cello is of the maker, I originally thought it was Brahms. But he’s one of the first makers to establish himself in New York after training in France. He is a little self obsessed.

These are replacement bow tips. If you’ve ever knocked off the tip of one of your bows playing a Brahms symphony it was probably replaced by one of these. Bow tips are usually made out of some form of ivory or bone. The bone normally being whale bone and the ivory from the tusks of mastodon or elephant tusk. Elephant ivory is now being confiscated if it doesn’t have the proper CITES certification, and has to have been purchased before 1975 (I believe). Yes, confiscated. That tiny piece of ivory that weighs .2 grams on the tip of your bow is illegal. Another issue is that 99% of customs employees couldn’t tell the difference between bone and ivory. Will they just confiscate the bow to be safe? The American orchestra federation, and several other organizations have hired lobbyists to fight our cause. But the bill has been signed into law for the next 16 months then has some review on whether or not to make the bill permanent. Be aware of this if any musicians plan to leave the country.

These are replacement bow tips. If you’ve ever knocked off the tip of one of your bows playing a Brahms symphony it was probably replaced by one of these. Bow tips are usually made out of some form of ivory or bone. The bone normally being whale bone and the ivory from the tusks of mastodon or elephant tusk. Elephant ivory is now being confiscated if it doesn’t have the proper CITES certification, and has to have been purchased before 1975 (I believe). Yes, confiscated. That tiny piece of ivory that weighs .2 grams on the tip of your bow is illegal. Another issue is that 99% of customs employees couldn’t tell the difference between bone and ivory. Will they just confiscate the bow to be safe? The American orchestra federation, and several other organizations have hired lobbyists to fight our cause. But the bill has been signed into law for the next 16 months then has some review on whether or not to make the bill permanent. Be aware of this if any musicians plan to leave the country.

bachtothefugue asked
Hey, this was a while ago, but I wanted to thank you for the time responding to my questions and everything. Hope you have a good week.

Your welcome. I enjoy doing it

Got to visit a friend of mine at SPACE in Evanston. Bassist John Bany. Unfortunately he was not playing the bass we had repaired but great to see him nonetheless.

Got to visit a friend of mine at SPACE in Evanston. Bassist John Bany. Unfortunately he was not playing the bass we had repaired but great to see him nonetheless.

New thumb grip and silver wrap I put on.

New thumb grip and silver wrap I put on.

Violin bridges. I was trying to copy that Bein and Fushi bridge below mine. They have to be carved so that the feet fit the body of the instrument properly. After that the bridge has to be shaped so that the bridge is flexible but not weak structurally. 
Each shop has It’s own style. 

All I’ve been doing for the past few months is set up.

Violin bridges. I was trying to copy that Bein and Fushi bridge below mine. They have to be carved so that the feet fit the body of the instrument properly. After that the bridge has to be shaped so that the bridge is flexible but not weak structurally.
Each shop has It’s own style.

All I’ve been doing for the past few months is set up.

Starting violin #4. I’ll be trying to work all day. Feel free to bother me so I can have breaks

Starting violin #4. I’ll be trying to work all day. Feel free to bother me so I can have breaks

The violin restoration workshop I attended last summer took a serious look at the old violin I’m still in the process of restoring.

The violin restoration workshop I attended last summer took a serious look at the old violin I’m still in the process of restoring.