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What to Do When You Buy a Violin

There is a general belief, even among violinists, that old violins are better than new ones. Everyone knows about the celebrated Stradivarius violins of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, which now sell for exorbitant sums. When looking to buy a violin, remember that old violins are not necessarily better. Older violins tend to have a value that extends beyond their ability as musical instruments. They have a historical value, almost as a collectors item. A newer violin will be broken in over a period of several months to a few years, and will become a richer version of itself over...

Self Revolution

Are Filipinos the bravest and most courageous people on earth? Let us go back in history and find out. The Filipino is at his bravest when provoked and when someone tries to compel him against his will. Ask Ferdinand Magellan about it. Magellan is the Portuguese maritime explorer who led the Spanish navigation team in crossing the pacific to search for the Spice Island. He is the first ever European to lead a navigation team in circumnavigating the globe. The Portuguese, though, did not finish his journey as he got entangled in a war against Filipino natives led by Lapu-lapu....