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  1. I understand that your link works, Bill. Good job!
  2. Jacob, try this link: . Just click on the big arrow. You will need to wait thru a PBS ad (15 seconds) and a preview of the program (another minute or two). Please let me know if that doesn't work. Richard
  3. Recommended viewing: John Scott Yoo's latest installment on Joseph Haydn in the "Now Hear This" series on PBS, viewable on In that program, while visiting the Esterhazy Palace in Eisenstadt, Austria, Scott and Goeff Nuttal were allowed to play two instruments from the Esterhazy collection that had been used in the Haydn orchestra. Alas, there was no mention of who made the instruments or of what else might be in the Esterhazy collection. I can find references to the baryton that Haydn played there, but not much else. Has anyone here toured the palace? I wonder, are those the only two violins in the collection, or is there more to see? S48 E2: Haydn's Emperor Quartet | Great Performances | Programs | PBS SoCal In Charleston, South Carolina, Geoff Nuttal and the St. Lawrence Quartet play Haydn's classic Emperor Quartet for Scott.
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    Bogus Label Fun

    So, Jacob, this label is too dirty to be real? I thought the Vollers started out by putting their fiddles up a chimney? (There must be some justice in the fact that someone put this label is in a junky VSO.) Guido, you may want to buy one of those $5 UV LED flashlights. They work really well for a label like yours.
  5. To help me keep track of important "blockologies," I am selfishly inserting a link here to a closely related discussion "One-piece lower rib on 18th century Mirecourt violin": . In particular, from Blankface on 9/12: That's quite right. OTOH there's the method "building on the back with the ribs inserted into grooves" where the ribs meet in the center of the joint and are also often one piece, for example old Dutch, and French, too. Reg. the OP, I would also assume a date more in the first half of the 19th century, at least from the single photo we have.
  6. Interesting fiddle. Curious that the way the ribs meet at the corners suggests "external mould," but the rib linings inserted into the corner blocks suggest "internal mould." Isn't linings inset on both sides of the corner blocks unusual, too?
  7. Same as this cello mentioned here recently: ? Scroll down to pic submitted by Jclef.
  8. And that's why I always defer to Blank Face! Thanks for the clarification.
  9. I've had knots like that in hundred-year old bows without any problems. My understanding -- probably from folks here -- is that bow makers were less reluctant to abandon a nice stick for such blemishes than they are today. Aside from that, although I would always defer to Blank Face and Martin on bow issues, am I the only one who sees "french" in the tapered slide on that frog (photo 3) and the off-center pins on the adjuster (photo 2)? It's nice that the photos expand so well with several clicks. Richard
  10. Looks good to me. Tarisio would take that in a minute.
  11. That's a nice looking fiddle. I can't see a shop paying $1K for it, spending another $750 in resources to fix it up, and then selling it for only $2K-$2.5K. Whatever you do, don't stain anything to touch up that missing varnish. Maybe the antiquing is original to the fiddle (although I doubt it), but it's the nicest feature. If you could get any additional pics, it would be nice to see the ribs at the tail end and front/back closeups of the head. FWIW (I am not one of the professionals here), but when I see sharply hooked corners like these, I wonder if it could be English. And, so folks won't need to stand on their heads to view your scroll pics, here's an edited copy.
  12. Just for the record, Ingles & Hayday in London seem to have taken over the Sotheby sales of musical instruments.
  13. I'm looking closely at my HR Pfretz right now. Unlike your bow, the button on mine is pinned on the silver rings, and the frog liner has silver screws. With that wide ebony ring, a number of other German makers are possible. Even some English.
  14. You might consider an AI version of Donald Cohen's Red Book, presenting decades of auction results. (Or maybe the Red Book data provided the fodder for your calculations?) Also of value would be publishing something like Roy Ehrhart's Violin Identification and Price Guide (Volumes 1-3), which presented retail prices from shop catalogs, with the prices updated based on inflation up to his date of printing. Wonderful information to help one sort through confusing pricing, especially if one is handicapped by the belief that there should be "one" price for the work from any particular maker. My impression is that both the Red Book and the Price Guide represent labors of love and lots of it (ie, labor) -- not something to get rich from. Good luck!
  15. Just to add a bit more support to the gray market theory.... I bought some Vision Titanium Solos on ebay from a "small-time" seller (7 feedbacks) at less than half the normal retail price. The strings arrived quickly, in original packing, and look ok from the string color charts. Ebay indicated the seller was in the LA region, but the invoice and USPS return address were for Shar Music in Ann Arbor.