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BEFORE YOU ASK, PLEASE NOTE: I cannot answer questions about instrument repair or value. You need to visit a reputable local violin shop for such assistance, or do some reasearch online: I can answer questions related to the study of the violin, teaching violin and the performance of concert (classical) music. I'm happy to assist anyone who is serious about his/her violin journey as a pathway to personal growth and musical achievement.

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I am a professional symphony violinist, studio recording musician and also a private studio teacher specializing in the Suzuki Method. I've arranged music for small ensembles and voice, and have contracted musical performances in a variety of venues.


American String Teachers Association, Suzuki Institute of the Americas


B.A. Music, UCLA, California State Polytechnic University, Suzuki Pedagogical studies at the Suzuki Institute of Colorado and at Occidental College.

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How much is your violin worth? It's greatest value is the joy it can bring to the player or listener. Devote yourself to the instrument and it will reward you amply. Or donate it to a worthy student.

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2016-08-27 F.A. Sennett violins:

Hi Anthony, while I'm not an authority on violin values, I did find this listing for Sennett:    Violins aren't a liquid asset; you might try a local luthier shop

2015-02-08 violin maker in milan italy:

Hi,    Thanks for writing in.    I'm afraid I can't shed much light on the monetary value of your violin. I focus on helping people master the violin, and through that process helping people manifest more

2014-11-21 Bow Hair Cleaning (washing):

What is the best way to clean bow horse hair?    Given that I am not a proponent of this practice I'm not the best person to ask. Though I know many people do like to clean their bow hair, in my view the

2014-11-18 wound E string vs unwound E string:

Your choice of strings is almost always certainly a subjective one. I have never heard that a wound string exerts additional force on the violin, compared to a solid string. Really the only way to settle

2014-01-22 practice question:

Hi M, You asked:     How can I solve problems in a specific symphonic passage? Are there any specific technical hints that can be used?    It's always great to take a step back at tricky passages, be they


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