I am using the same type of quill that Mozart used.
Also, I am putting together a bag with things that don't fit well in my violin case that I plan to use for orchestra. This is a great way to keep music.
I am trying to avoid this, as carrying everything on my back is convenient.
I was very very lucky - I found a cheap violin case, but it is so small that space is at a premium, but I can just about squeeze in everything I need, including music. Phew!
But I can see the need for a special bag one day, so I will stay on the look-out for a really nice one. (I've got two shoulder bags, but they are designed for flat things, so as soon as I buy a packet of biscuits they won't close and look awful).
Maybe we should have a thread on refreshments for orchestral players. Last week in the interval the violist next to me took out a big bag of what looked like broken chocolate pieces and ate the whole lot serially - his mouth was never empty. He couldn't have done better if he'd put the lot on a conveyor belt next to him.
Today I'll be busy - orchestra 1030-1230, travel to violin teacher 1300-1400, lesson 1400-1500, travel home 1500-1600, no food except maybe for some oatmeal before I leave. Normally my violin teacher feeds me if I turn up an hour early. I told her today to make some thin soup and hold the bowl next to me so I could drink it through a straw while playing.
Sorry about the thread drift - slept from 11 til 1 last night. Still awake at 4.30 so I got up. @Fiddlerman, how about a refreshments for orchestral players forum section?
I did take a bag to rehearsal (first rehearsal. I have posted a much better detailed post in My First Orchestra Experience). The benefit of it is my music fits without wrinkling it. I will need to return this music to the University. It belongs to them. I prefer to keep it in good condition.
- Pete -
Yeah, I have a large collection of plastic wallets and stuff. There are messenger bags (what my flat shoulder bags are really called). There are music portfolios. I'd like to splash out on a really nice leather one (it might cost about 200USD in the UK. But maybe leather is very cheap in the USA). They are rigid, whereas my shoulder bags are soft.
The woman who I used to play the most gigs with in Florida had 16 huge books with her full of those plastic sleeves. It was such a drag to drag her suitcase around with us on gigs.
My teacher (a violist) does a lot of wedding gigs with a string quartet. They have nearly 1,000 pieces in their repertoire. I suspect they all still use paper.
Gordon Shumway said @Fiddlerman, how about a refreshments for orchestral players forum section?
What do you have in mind???? 🥴
I was just kidding!
When I was an oboist I drank Coke - the gas didn't seem to affect my playing!
And I ate crisps (chips) while playing bridge. I'm surprised so few dowagers hit me with their walking sticks!
But I wouldn't want to get grease on my fiddle!