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Concert intermissions - where's your instrument?
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Our concerts have a break in the middle and we all leave the stage.  Some of us put our instruments on the chair, bow on the stand, others take it with them.  Either way seems a little awkward.  I thought I'd ask what other groups do?

Same for rehearsal, if there is a break. (we have none.)

I worry about instruments getting knocked off a chair, also banged around carrying them in and out.

I'm hoping someone will say "I use this XYZ portable hanger for the stand." I did take one of the violin hangers that can screw on to my stand at home, but the pole is too thick where we practice for it to fit.

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Toni (CPO) has a great little hanger that fits right on her music stand! It's exactly what you're looking for.

Maybe she'll come on here and post a picture and source.

It holds her instrument and bow all nice and safe.

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Thanks! 

Hey, @coolpinkone come on over here and tell me about this thing. 

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I don't know if this is what you're referring to, but I have one and have found it very useful.  It's called a String Swing.

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We sell string swing but I recommend that you have your case close to your seat instead during rehearsals and put her away on breaks.

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41l9UUMjSkL.jpgImage EnlargerI looked online and found it on Amazon. Here it is.

I guess Toni is busy right now.

http://www.amazon.com/String-S.....usic+stand

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@fiddlrgrrl  I got this from the Fiddlershop (HERE) ;)

I tend to agree with Pierre about trying to have the case nearby for protection.  But if that is not an option, I SO SO SO SO LOVE THIS violin holder.  I plan to order another. :)

 

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Thanks for the pics folks, but the String Swing is what I already have 2 of on my home music stand -- but the stands where we practice and have our concerts are too big in diameter to get the clamp around, even taking the screw clear out.However, I have another brilliant idea and as soon as this concert is over Sunday I'm going to work on it.

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BTW, we sell that too guys. I don't know how Amazon is able to offer it so cheap but we can match it if you give us a call. :)
Shipping kind of messes things up for us though. Amazon uses prime costs directly to UPS and get free shipping. It costs them nothing extra. :(
They probably bough 1000 units and pressed the price.

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fiddlrgrrl said
Thanks for the pics folks, but the String Swing is what I already have 2 of on my home music stand -- but the stands where we practice and have our concerts are too big in diameter to get the clamp around, even taking the screw clear out.However, I have another brilliant idea and as soon as this concert is over Sunday I'm going to work on it.

@fiddlrgrrl I don't know if you noticed the pic I posted above, there are two kinds of String Swing apparently.  The one I have clamps onto the base of the desk, not the stand.  So it should work? 

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@micra Thanks, I didn't see the horizontal clamp style at first. I've never seen it before. That would work. @fiddlerguy are you able to get that desk style in your shop?

In the meantime, here's another genius el cheapo high-dork-factor possibility: 30 lb test line and an office paper clamp. But really, I do have another idea in mind but it has to wait until after the concert. (apologies if the pics post sideways after I submit it.)

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Great idea but I wouldn't hang a Strad like that. LOL

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Well no.  I treat all my Strads much better. duncecap

@Fiddlerman I don't want to start a whole thread just for a quick question like this. The divided parts that have the 8 above the top line -- does that apply ONLY to the top line or to both? And what is the proper term to describe that? I've always called it 8va in my head.

I should have asked at rehearsal much earlier. By the way, I actually CAN play the top line an octave higher. It's a little clumsy but I get clear notes.

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Racks?  Hangers?  Stands?  

But..but.. I thought that in orchestras, during intermissions the instruments were tended by teams of specially trained gnomes in tuxedos....

dunno

Learn something new every day, I guess.

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@DanielB  We did hire the gnomes once, but they ate all the cookies and punch and then rode away on their llamas before the intermission. And you can imagine what a mess the parking lot was. We won't be using them again.

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Yeah.  It's hard to find good minions anymore.

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Normally both. A composer usually only writes 8va instead of writing out the part. I see it as both parts up one octave. How many measures does that go on for? The answer can be clearer if I can see the whole section, more of the page.

What piece is that? I don't recognize it.

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@Fiddlerman  The piece is A Somerset Rhapsody by Gustav Holst. If you aren't familiar with it,

The part that moves me to tears every damned time is just after the atonal violin part in the middle of it. It makes it hard to see the music, really.

I chose this video of it because it's the only one I found where you can hear the long oboe solo at the beginning. It's normally played a few notches faster but this wasgood to practice with.

Here's the section I asked about the 8va: it comes just before the ending.

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It's one octave above on both octaves (parts) for a little more than 5 measures, and yes, I've played it. Beautiful stuff.

Happy to see you are playing such nice works. That's life.

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It depends. Sometimes I leave the violin on my chair, other times on the table in the rear of our rehearsal hall, or, if it's nearby I sometimes leave it on top of the grand piano.  Otherwise I carry it with me. If I need to use the restroom I will often leave it on a chair in the hallway. The music conservatory is quite secure and our orchestra members are good honest and careful people so I have no fear of it getting stolen or broken. At concert venues I either carry it with me or leave it on my chair in front of my stand onstage. . If I am going to step outside for a break I'll often put it in my case in the green room.

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