Stephane's violin?

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polkat
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Stephane's violin?

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This has been asked before without a response, but does anyone know the type of violin Stephane preferred? I'm sure that early on, like most of us, he played whatever he could get his hands on. But later on, after he had become somewhat established, he must have preferred certain types (or a loved single instrument). One observer of the DVD says it looked like an old Italian style.

Any guesses?
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Stradivarius
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Hummm...he did pretty well later in life, but could he have afforded one?
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Supposedly Stephane was really cheap, and used cheap violins so that he wouldn't have to worry about them on the gig and travelling. For the last decade or so he used two, one was made by American jazz guitar builder Benedetto, this is the one in the museum. Not sure what the other one was, but it was most definitely not a Strad - way too expensive and valuable.
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According to Paul Balmer's book on SG he reports that in the 70's Stephanne's agent told him to invest his newly found wealth in a (very)good violin. He therfore bought a 1742 Gagliano from E. Vateot in Paris replacing his previous good quality violins (but not in the Stradivarius or Amati quality bracket).
SG also had on loan Michel Warlop's Pierre Hel violin that he eventually passed on Jean-Luc Ponty and later Dieier Lockwood.
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I'm afraid my unsubstantiated claim carries more weight than your "facts" because I have more posts than all of you combined.
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nwilkins wrote:I'm afraid my unsubstantiated claim carries more weight than your "facts" because I have more posts than all of you combined.
True, or tells us that you spend more time posting than playing :twisted:
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I had fully anticipated that retort :D
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Okay, so we know that he played a Gagliano (there were three Gagliano family members making violins in 1742), and at some point played a Benedetto and a Pierre Hel as well. During this time can we assume he preferred th Gagliano...or?

Also has anyone ever mentioned the strings he preferred with these instruments?
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I believe he used violin strings, but maybe Ted can correct me on that? :wink:
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