From: John Romanko, Phd
Troy, MO (Formally of Fort Worth, Texas)
Fifteen year-old student Jonathan Christian Romanko (grandson of John Romanko), played the violin solo part on his own Walt Senkow instrument of Mark O’Conner’s “First Fiddle Concerto” with the St. Charles County Student Symphony Orchestra on March 19, 2011, after winning the local instrument contestant competition in the St.Louis, Missouri area.
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From Glenda Williams
Posted on December 11, 2011 at 10:55 PM (Violinist.com)
I meant to say that your open string will ring (not just vibrate)... for instance the open A string should ring when you're playing the A note on the D string. It's something to listen for to help validate that you're playing the note in tune.
Also, a violin that vibrates sympathetically and rings is one mark of a responsive instrument. I bought a 1972 Walt Senkow violin last Spring. I was holding the Senkow violin under my arm while my teacher was demonstrating a musical passage on his own violin, and mine erupted into sympathetic vibrations in response to my teacher's playing. I must say this violin has been a pure joy to play. It is responsive to every nuance in my bowing, and has such power and projection, plus a very sweet and somewhat dark voice. I would never want to dampen its vibrations!