Tasmin Little's violin

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Tasmin Little's violin

Post by hollowman » Mon Oct 12, 2015 12:40 am

In the BBC Proms/ Elgar Violin Conc. video ....
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GbeLqE1Pabk[/youtube]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GbeLqE1Pabk
.... someone noted in the comments section:
"Is it just me, or does her violin seem significantly bigger than average? I thought it was a viola at first! It almost has the deeper tone of a viola in lower registers, too."

Ms. Little is a modern, top violin artist, so one would think her instrument(s) used would be noted somewhere. But I can't find out what she's using.
Can anyone clue us in?

Speaking of which, is there a dedicated database of artist / instrument anywhere?

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Re: Tasmin Little's violin

Post by John F » Mon Oct 12, 2015 6:20 am

hollowman wrote:Speaking of which, is there a dedicated database of artist / instrument anywhere?
There's a census of the oldest and most valuable instruments and who owns them, which is important for when one of them is lost or stolen. Many of these are loaned to musicians, and Wikipedia provides lists of the current users of Stradivarius and other famous instruments, for example:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_S ... nstruments

As for Tasmin Little, her web site says, "She plays a 1757 Giovanni Battista Guadagnini violin." Just like Vanessa-Mae. :mrgreen:

http://www.tasminlittle.org.uk/pages/02 ... graphy.htm
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Re: Tasmin Little's violin

Post by piston » Mon Oct 12, 2015 6:32 am

the body length of that violin is 35.5 cm, just like the Vieuxtemps strad (35.7), the Messiah strad (35.5), and the Cannon Guarneri (35.4).
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Re: Tasmin Little's violin

Post by piston » Mon Oct 12, 2015 10:50 am

I haven't accessed it but a major search engine for violins is called Baxter's database for violin and bowmakers. It's available on the net for 99 dollars:
http://www.violindata.com/web401.htm
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Re: Tasmin Little's violin

Post by hollowman » Mon Oct 12, 2015 11:09 am

piston wrote:the body length of that violin is 35.5 cm, just like the Vieuxtemps strad (35.7), the Messiah strad (35.5), and the Cannon Guarneri (35.4).
Hmmm ... not a violinist here so I don't know if that's "big" or not.
About the comment re: the violin looking big ... well, maybe, it's the other way around: Tasmin is ... ahem ... little (short).
No pun intended!
That'd make the instrument look big on her.
I was going to note that it may be the camera work (angle). But the BBC Proms (Royal Albert Hall) are well set up for realistic video capture, hence no real size distortions on the production end.

I guess the best way to tell is to carefully re-watch the video ... maybe by someone who really knows their stringed instruments (auction appraiser!!).

BTW: You can compare to this BBC Proms video of the same Elgar piece; this time it's Nigel Kennedy with his Guarneri:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3mcU89l2r38[/youtube]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3mcU89l2r38
Nigel Kennedy - violin, BBC Symphony Chorus, BBC Concert Orchestra, Paul Daniel - conductor

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Re: Tasmin Little's violin

Post by piston » Mon Oct 12, 2015 1:20 pm

I'm not a violinist either but information on the net puts the "typical" body length of a full size (4/4) violin at 355 mm. See for yourself:
http://www.kennedyviolins.com/violin-se ... fications/
That's also the length of many of the strads and guarneris of the early to mid-18th century that are sold at auctions.
Conclusion: Ms. Little's violin is of a standard body length.
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Re: Tasmin Little's violin

Post by piston » Mon Oct 12, 2015 3:36 pm

May as well put this note here. I mentioned the Messiah strad earlier because it is considered the most expensive violin of all. The estimated value (there's no auction value for it) is twenty million dollars:
In the eyes of those lovers of perfection, a work is never finished—a word that for them has no sense—but abandoned....(Paul Valéry)

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