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  1. I have heard these can sound good so if you get it set up right it could be a good player.
  2. It's most likely early 20c from the Glass factory. An original Glass wouldn't say 'made in Germany'
  3. vathek

    Violin with Two-Layer Plates

    The mark on the tailpiece has nothing to do with the violin. It is a 'sold separately' item.
  4. I doubt today's audiences would find much humor in Benny's shows, which is sad.
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    Violin bow with silver(?) head plate

    Not really, tortoise shell can deteriorate further from moisture and oils from the hand and it is a protected substance which can get an owner into trouble. I would replace it on the bow and save it.
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    Baroque performance practice or not?

    Is it know if Bach ever played these in public? Did anyone in his time?
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    Violin bow with silver(?) head plate

    If the frog is genuine tortoise shell I'd replace it.
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    Ever seen anything like this?

    I notice a wire tucked in his shirt so possibly a fingerboard with a pick up?
  9. I'm working on the Bach Partita III in E and notice in this and other Baroque pieces an almost slavish convention of playing a phrase forte and when the phrase repeats (AB construction) it is played piano. It sounds so mechanical and predictable I wonder if this is an actual Baroque thing or a later affectation?
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    Ever see an X-ray of a case by Stradivari?

    I've read that iron maidens were a fantasy and not actually used as medieval torture devices
  11. vathek

    Playing in Db?

    Db major or minor? I find it easier to think in C#, major or minor
  12. vathek

    Interesting old cello

    I've never seen inlaid dots on the fingerboard before.
  13. vathek

    Case ID - as the case may be

    An example of an early lathe turned screw head:
  14. vathek

    Verification on Markneukirchen Identification?

    It looks to be in good shape and with a proper set up, like a real tail gut, might sound alright.