I had one of the most incredible experiences of my life this past Wednesday! I happened to be in NYC and due to circumstances, I got to play a real live Stradivarius violin!
I was going to write the details here but it's just too long, so you can check out my Blog describing my experience if you're interested.
Nice piece of prose, Fred!
I enjoyed it enough that I made a point to read it aloud to my son. I don't often do that - and he doesn't often sit still long enough for me to do so - but we were too enraptured by the story not to see it through until the end.
Side note: are you ever going to consider making The Slipper in a size suitable for a Viola?
Thanks Robert, yeah, I started The Slipper as a business for my 19 yr old son who's in his first year of college; and it started RIGHT HERE on FM!
Keith! Thank you so much for that compliment! First that you'd take the time to read all the way through it; second, that you really enjoyed it; and third, that you found it enjoyable enough to read to your son! Seriously, quite a compliment!
Btw, The Slipper, in its current form will fit a very small viola. I've laid out a pattern for a 15.5" and it just seems too large and cumbersome to me. Granted, every viola rest looks cumbersome, but The Slipper in that size is even more so. But I will continue to look at it. I think if someone were willing to pay $150 for it, I would spend some real energy designing it; but I believe that's out of the price point for most people.
What a teriffic tale told, Fred. I can only imagine your nervousness as you suddenly closed your eyes and positioned yourself in Carnegie Hall, playing solo "The Tennessee Waltz" before hundred's. That must have been such a feeling for you.
My only thought's on this are: If the guy has so much stuff in the store and three "Strad's", would you concider him a "hoarder" ?... LOL
My other thought about walking into his odor filled locked vault is, did you tell him that bag's of charcoal hung on the wall's will get rid of the smell ?
<<< Fred, playing a Strad, how nervous he looks.
Wonderfull story, Freddieboy.
deserves a toast==> lol
I can't imagine the sound coming from near the way that you described! must have been wonderful! I hope one day to have such an opportunity!
BTW completely agree on Alessandra Ambrosio!
One more reason for me to like my country more!
And contemporary art exhibit developed by James Turrell must have been another great experience!
I'm very happy for you!
Again, great tale!
"The first and best victory is to conquer self."
Thanks Ken; so goddamn funny about the charcoal, haaaaaaaaa; fortunately it was a good smell; didn't smell like some drunk just vomited in the corner! And "S" isn't a hoarder at all, it's a music store in the heart of Manhattan and anyone you've ever heard of brings their violin there for repair or sale or purchase. It's a very cool place.
Olavo! Glad you understand my appreciation for Allesandra; seriously one spectacular creature your countrymen (errrrr, and women) created, lmao.
Yeah, I could spew about the significance to the human race by Turrell for days; his is a spectacular mind.
Thanks all for your appreciation and comments!
Pierre, I actually didn't cling to the Strad because I was so nervous about playing it, lol.
Thanks Pierre (re. The Slipper); as of yesterday, we've sold 102 Slippers; we're running now at a revenue rate of about $4000/month (and increasing each month); we have a 1/4 pg ad in the Strad October "2012 Accessories Ed" on pg. 25, Strings has done FB promos for two months, Strings has done a 1/2 pg "Product Highlight" in the November issue on pg. 71, and Strad is naming it "Product of the Month" in their November issue.
It's been a flurry of business, so much so that I've hired two more woodworkers to make them. And to think,,,, it all started with an idea (from me), and prompting and help from you (Pierre) and some of my other FM family members!!!
Thank you Diane, I appreciate the kind words; glad you enjoyed it. You know that "Ode to Joy" is almost what first popped off immediately, but I'd been working on "The Tennessee Waltz" for weeks before and that's what popped off instead, lol.
Pierre, I hope so, I'm starting to build inventory with these new guys working, so we'll be ready (fingers crossed); hey, you want to buy a great little shoulder rest company, lmao!
Thank you Suresh, so glad you enjoyed it! Btw, my hands are NOT kiss-worthy, lol.