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  1. Richf

    ebay violin

    Nice one-piece top. I wonder, is that the preferred orientation of ring pattern: widest rings on the bass side going to smallest on the treble side?
  2. Just to be clear, the "If it's been relisted" comment refers to the "Pfretz" bow, not the "Sartory," right? The seller of the Sartory did cancel his/her auction within hours of the initial listing, but he/she quickly reposted it with more photos in response to all questions coming in.
  3. Well, to my amateur eye, it looked just right. Especially when compared to this one from the most recent London Tarisio:
  4. And what about this bow?
  5. Concerning the health of the auction market, we have 3 data points now for March auctions. Tarisio's New York auction just closed, with over 80 percent of the lots sold. Ingles & Hayday's London auction just closed and seems to have sold a similar percentage, even with the abandonment of their live auction. And, with a week to go, Brompton's London auction appears to have bids on most of its lots. The T2 has 10 days to go, with few bids so far, but that it is normal -- all the action is at the end. So it would appear that the buyers have not abandoned all hope for a normal future. What's not so clear to me is whether folks with instruments to sell will take a break in the coming months. Difficult to know if sellers have been satisfied with the prices realized in these few markets. I did note that at least one auction, Bongartz, has deferred their spring auction, waiting for better times.
  6. Michael, you will be missed! Beyond your great skill in restoration and set-up and your endless patience with all the clunkers I brought to you over the years, it was your friendship that I appreciated the most. A visit to your workshop was always a treat -- whether it was watching you address the technical problems of local musicians, learning about the construction and repair of violins, or just grabbing lunch together in the neighborhood. All the best to you! Richard
  7. I think that if you were traveling by stage coach at time and you had to check your luggage, this case would be just the ticket. In fact, your violin might even survive airline baggage handlers if carried in it today.
  8. Bam (incl. a separate bow tube) and Bobelock ( no bow tube) both make short travel cases.
  9. This exact bow bow is pictured in Roy Ehrhardt's Volume 1, with a "Tourte" stamp. As sold by the JW Jenkins Sons Music Co. in 1912, priced at $26.50 per dozen.
  10. Those nice remembrances from the Association of Watch & Clock Makers all seem to be from Mr. Ehrhardt's watch buddies. I have no idea where his interest in the violin trade originated, but Volume 1 mentions 20 years of collecting and shows a room full of fiddles. So, he definitely had some first hand knowledge. Many of his tips on identification from the introduction there would be welcome on Maestronet today, I'm sure. Moreover, I suspect that nearly 90 percent of the novice questions that arise here would be answered if more folks had this compendium of old trade publications in hand. The last volume, cataloguing the offerings of the top shops in the country, are very interesting for the relative pricing information.
  11. Good job, Bob. That Skinner result even made it into The Redbook -- hiding in plain sight! (BTW, I never heard of New Britain either.)
  12. Brad, I'll take another stab at this: Durkee. Recall that the "r" once was written more like a "v." A quick google scan for "Ralph Durkee violin" confirms that there indeed was a Ralph Durkee in Connecticut in the late 1800s, but I didn't wade thru the couple large documents to learn whether he himself was associated in any way with violins. Good luck!
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    Good eye, Ali, wie immer!