Mark M ’s three thousand, one hundred and sixteen comments

  • Re: Practice instrument

    I don't see different scale lengths as a particular problem, I get everything through the workshop, including ladies' violins and fractional sizes, and within the space of one tune you automatically adapt to play in tune. What is more of a problem (which ... more…

  • Re: Why do most electric violins sound so awful?

    Tich, I'm glad you mentioned impedence matching, because I was about to point out that your claim to having no filtering was a little disingeneous - the capacitance of the xducer combined with the input impedence of the amp form a low pass filter, and the... more…

  • Re: Why do most electric violins sound so awful?

    I'm not confusing anything, I have a degree in electronic signal processing, and used to work as a design engineer for a company that built sonar systems using piezo ceramic trnsducers. Resonant frequency and frequency response are inextricably linked. W... more…

  • Re: Why do most electric violins sound so awful?

    I was talking about the response of the transducer itself. The resonant frequency of the transducer is somewhere between 2.5Khz and ultrasonic, depending on the size of the disk, and response drops off at 6dB per octave, the same as any other single order... more…

  • Re: Why do most electric violins sound so awful?

    I'm not at all sure about 'it's not logical'. There is a fashion at the moment for putting piezo transducers under the bridge of solid bodied guitars, and some of the best sounding pickups for acoustic guitars are soundhole mounted magnetics. more…

  • Re: Practice instrument

    I'm not sure about sealed cases. The traditional thing was that you keep the insrument in the case and if you suddenly move from one humidity extreme to the other the change in atmosphere is much more gradual for the fiddle as air slowly percolates throug... more…

  • Re: Looking for dots to “Flying Circus”

    On fiddle (usually accompanied by piano accordion) First two parts in G, third part in C. more…

  • Re: Looking for dots to “Flying Circus”

    I've been known to play Monty Python (or The Liberty Bell) occasionally when the need arises. more…

  • Re: Age and learning ability - anyone know what the current scientific thinking is on this?

    I think there are two aspects to the answer: as far as musicianship goes you keep on learning, and you'll keep on improving for as long as you keep practicing. But most instruments require some physical dexterity, and in that area your ability may well dr... more…

  • Re: Your favourite A major tunes and your bluegrass tunes

    I think The Jolly Beggarman is a Child ballad that someone set to the tune Red Haired Boy and it stuck. So the tune is Red Haired Boy, the song is Jolly Beggarman. I can't hear it as anything other than a hornpipe. more…