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    Whoops there goes the Strad...

    Fall damages Stradivarious called San Lorrenzo...

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    Must be a violinist thing. I had a friend at school (who now plays for the Berlin Phil I believe) who was leant a very expensive violin by a music trust - and he dropped it down a flight of stairs, putting a huge crack down its spine.

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    That sounds like an embarrassing and expensive lesson Pingu.

    Violins seem so delicate to me that I am not surprised that they are damaged so easily.

    I have dropped my main Didge a couple of times and that (so far) has bounced....
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    Last week I saw an episode of the "How it's Made" television show, where they showed from beginning to end the construction of a carbon-fiber cello. Very cool, and gorgeous (in a distinctly 'modern' way).

    650 pratfalls from now, they'll probably seem a much more viable (if not necessary) option to "serious" musicians the world over...

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    I bet that looked glorious carbon does resonate very close to how wood does and I know of a Dutch guy that is making Carbon Didgeridoos and they look fantastic too....

    I know someone with a carbon Cello case.... I know it is bad for the environment, but boy does that stuff look good....
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    My sisters have carbon-fiber celtic harps. (About shoulder height)
    They are extremely light, tough, their tone is a lot warmer than a lot of wooden celtic harps I have heard, and they can be any color you want.
    If you have good taste, this is a plus.

    Their harp teacher once had one dropped from a plane onto the tarmac, but amazingly the only damage suffered was a small dent on the neck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SimonF View Post
    I know it is bad for the environment
    Really? I had no idea -- how so?
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    Carbon Fibre is a product of crude oil not to mention the toxic flammable adhesives used to hold it together.......


    I still like it though...
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    What's wrong with this equation? According to the article he fell and landed on the case. I assume the violin was inside same. What the (hell) kind of a case was the guy keeping his $1 million violin in? Paper fiber?????

    There's no reason for that violin to be damaged. Case in point - no pun intended - when I was a kid a friend drove the band's van over the leader's guitar case during a load-out. He had to pay for a new case - the guitar didn't even have a scratch.

    Ernie

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    Re: Whoops there goes the Strad...

    Ernie,

    I have to agree with you, does seem to be a poor case, though it is also a good PR thing in some ways, this guy turned up on a morning breakfast news show here and was interviewed and played... I guess there will not be a negative outcome from this at all.

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