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Violin stand
« on: May 21, 2005, 02:25:18 PM »
Looking for a secure means to keep my fiddle & bow at hand (out of the case), there's room on the desk and wall space in my office. I like the String Swing concept (the desk tends to attract a lot of stuff), I have doubts about it being safe.

Any ideas or thoughts on stands would be welcome.

Anthony

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Re: Violin stand
« Reply #1 on: May 21, 2005, 07:41:42 PM »
I hang mine on the wall over my humidifier.  For a hanger, I went to Home Despot and got those little brass double hooks you use to put on the back of doors to hang coats or bathrobes and some leather cords. It looks nice and keeps the fiddles handy and out of harms way... lots of kids and animals.

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Re: Violin stand
« Reply #2 on: May 21, 2005, 09:13:17 PM »
Thanks Craig,

My conserns are my girls cat and the ground. From time to time the ground moves around out here, jumps rocks rolls that kind of thing.

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Re: Violin stand
« Reply #3 on: May 21, 2005, 09:35:06 PM »
The ground moves? huh?  would you mind elaborating?

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Re: Violin stand
« Reply #4 on: May 21, 2005, 10:03:03 PM »
He's in California. He means earthquakes.

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Re: Violin stand
« Reply #5 on: May 22, 2005, 12:14:27 AM »
OH, HAHA.
don't I feel stupid now.... :P

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Re: Violin stand
« Reply #6 on: May 22, 2005, 12:49:23 AM »
And the walls don't move?

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Re: Violin stand
« Reply #7 on: May 22, 2005, 05:36:05 AM »
Last time I felt a quake was Westboro MA in the early 80's.  Here nearby there are 4 string swings in 2 rooms, 2 fiddle and one git in 1, and a git-size one holding a mando in this room. If you were concerned, you could make the habit of wrapping an elastic around the prongs every time (as my DW does with her 2-fiddle tripod stage stand) and know that if the walls fell, you'd be in deep enough yoghourt not to worry so much about the fiddles...

I like string swings; in your locale a good stout crate, or a case in the drawer of a meaty piece of furniture might be more totally reassuring...
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Re: Violin stand
« Reply #8 on: May 22, 2005, 07:14:45 AM »
Thanks beeswing,

I had been thinking about rigging a bar across the front of  the string swing so the instrument can not come out/off without it being opened.

Anthony

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Re: Violin stand
« Reply #9 on: May 22, 2005, 09:24:08 AM »
Put it back in the box!

Protection against light, dust, kids, pets. If there is an earthquake and your house falls down, there is still a chance to find the fiddle in good shape if protected by a case.

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Re: Violin stand
« Reply #10 on: May 22, 2005, 02:52:01 PM »
Hi Anthony,

I think I know what you're looking for :
not to put the violin back in the case while practising, I use a violin stand from 'GIG stands' made in the UK.
You can find a picture over here :
http://www.violectra.co.uk/accessories.php

hope this helps you out

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Re: Violin stand
« Reply #11 on: May 22, 2005, 05:58:52 PM »
Thanks for the link marcb,

Unless I'm taking an instrument with me or not going to be playing it for a while, they never get cased.

If it's in the case it gets played less, I'll look at and think about playing, if the instruments out I'll pick it up and play. Banjo's and guitar's on stands that rest on the floor, fiddle's on a desk or table. String Swing's seem like a good way to get everything out of the way, I  worry that during an earth quake instruments could come out of them.

Anthony

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Re: Violin stand
« Reply #12 on: May 24, 2005, 03:10:16 PM »
Hi Anthony,

I think I know what you're looking for :
not to put the violin back in the case while practicing, I use a violin stand from 'GIG stands' made in the UK.
You can find a picture over here :
http://www.violectra.co.uk/accessories.php

hope this helps you out
I have one of the gig stands illustrated.   I doubt if it was designed by a fiddle player as the angle is totally wrong if you use a shoulder rest.   One solution is to place the fiddle in strings first.   The other, I considered, was adding larger feet to the front.   Do any other users have ideas?

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Re: Violin stand
« Reply #13 on: May 24, 2005, 06:04:58 PM »
I have one of these: http://www.eaglemusicshop.com/accessories/results/details/index.asp?eagleID=4569&ProcessType=1

and these:
http://www.eaglemusicshop.com/accessories/results/details/index.asp?eagleID=4613&ProcessType=1

and they both work pretty well at gigs, though at home I'm inclined to leave fiddle 1 on sofa, fiddle 2 on piano, fiddle 3 on stand and fiddle 4 in case because it's horrible! The first stand there looks a better alternative to the one marcb posted, especially for those of yous who play with shoulder rests. It also has a sort of 'gate' system (you can see it in the pic) and it's virtually impossible for a fiddle to fall out - mine've never managed yet and that's a pretty good recommendation considering what they have to go through! I have also devised a clip for my stand so that I can slot my preamp into it at gigs, meaning I don't have to mess around with clipping and unclipping it on my pocket/belt when I do my instrument swaps. Therefore there's less trouble with the infernal popping that comes from the stupid mini-XLR lead thingy. ::)

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Re: Violin stand
« Reply #14 on: May 24, 2005, 06:16:57 PM »
I had been thinking about rigging a bar across the front of  the string swing so the instrument can not come out/off without it being opened.

Anthony

And the stand can come down on top of the fiddle.

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Re: Violin stand
« Reply #15 on: May 24, 2005, 06:36:54 PM »
I have one of the gig stands illustrated.   I doubt if it was designed by a fiddle player as the angle is totally wrong if you use a shoulder rest.   One solution is to place the fiddle in strings first.   The other, I considered, was adding larger feet to the front.   Do any other users have ideas?
Indeed, I put mine in strings first too when I have a shoulder rest on.  Doesn't bother me since the strings remain completely free.


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Re: Violin stand
« Reply #16 on: May 24, 2005, 07:38:39 PM »
I can't open Tize's links so don't know if this is the one she's referring to but I'm happy with the Ingles stand pictured here:  http://www.ifshinviolins.com/store/accessories/misc/none_violin_foldingmetalinstrumentstand.    It has a bar that comes down to hold the neck in place and has enough room in the cradle that it can fit a violin with a Kun or similar rest with no problems; it has big feet for stability and also an extendable bow holder.  My fiddle stays in its case most of the time though; I feel a lot more comfortable knowing it's protected and in a humidity-controlled environment, and it only takes a minute or two to get it out when I'm ready to practice. -Steve

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Re: Violin stand
« Reply #17 on: May 24, 2005, 08:38:25 PM »
Argh! I hate it when copy and paste betrays me. Try this for the stand-alone one I use: http://www.eaglemusicshop.com/detailimageacc.asp?eagleID=4569

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Re: Violin stand
« Reply #18 on: May 25, 2005, 01:02:29 AM »
I have used a gig stand for both electric and acoustic (both with shoulder rest too). both Violins fitted on fine no problem and has not fallen off yet. Though the bow holder on mine is a pain in the backside as it falls down and most times am better without that part.

For when I am using both electric and acoustic, I also have a mic stand clamp one that will hold the electric but needs some foam or neoprene on a bit before I would put the acoustic on it.

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Re: Violin stand
« Reply #19 on: Sep 18, 2007, 06:26:56 PM »
Not seen the Hercules violin stand in the flesh - but their guitar stands are very well built :-

http://www.herculesstands.com/bandstring/DS570B.html
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Re: Violin stand
« Reply #20 on: Sep 18, 2007, 08:01:58 PM »
http://www.eaglemusicshop.com/products.asp/SubCatID/363/music-stands.htm

Is it the beer glass holder Tize is refering to? ;)

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Re: Violin stand
« Reply #21 on: Sep 18, 2007, 08:14:18 PM »
I have a couple of these table top stands at home....they are fine on the mantlepiece....not sure about a busy office table though........
http://www.thestringzone.co.uk/cart.php?target=product&product_id=927&category_id=193

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Re: Violin stand
« Reply #22 on: Sep 21, 2007, 05:51:09 PM »
Not seen the Hercules violin stand in the flesh - but their guitar stands are very well built :- http://www.herculesstands.com/bandstring/DS570B.html
Well mine should arrive today - I'll check it out and give you my never to be humble opinion  8)

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Re: Violin stand
« Reply #23 on: Oct 11, 2007, 07:33:42 PM »
Well been using my new stand for a couple of weeks now. I like the design and construction pretty well. 

The auto-grab system does work but it won't save you if the fiddle gets bumped.  As soon as the heel of the scroll comes off the rest the system releases, great when you pick it up, but no so great if it gets bumped off.

The bow rest is good but the hook for the tip is a little useless.

The little shelf for rosin is in the way when you fold it up to store and transport the stand.

Overall - very light, very strong, very compact.  But the little "extras" fall short of the mark.

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Re: Violin stand
« Reply #24 on: Oct 11, 2007, 07:35:23 PM »
A pic so you know what we're talking about

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Re: Violin stand
« Reply #25 on: Nov 28, 2007, 04:59:07 PM »
I've got one of the eaglemusicshop hangers Tize refers to, I use it at home when I'm having a break from practising and on stage between tunes.  It fastens on the the mike stand opposite the beer glass holder and looks almost professional.  And it's cheap and saves me worrying about sitting on the fiddle or some other horror.  I found the eagle people very helpful.

The violin stand illustrated looks good but would take up too much stage space for us small-timers.  Be good if you did stadium gigs I suppose.


 




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