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  1. By accusing people of having “hidden agenda” you're the one dropping the turd in the punch bowl. You're still stuck in that meme “by eBay standards...” The only standard is the legal and ethical one, and your meme has already been debunked here on this forum. You also seem to think that MN moderators are suitable arbiters of correct behavior for the market. That couldn't be further from the truth. (For one, this site is supported by advertisers.) You might want to look up “futile” in Whitney v. California, a Supreme Court opinion written by Justice Brandeis in 1925: http://www.law.cornell.edu/supct/html/historics/USSC_CR_0274_0357_ZC.html That Brandeis opinion, plus this link http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strategic_lawsuit_against_public_participation should allow you to figure out who the real turds are. Incidentally, you're welcome to cite specific examples of these contentious threads where I have “reversed their (my) original positions.” I'm confident you wouldn't be able to come up with any. Go ahead, make my day.
  2. Since Glenn presumably isn't advertising his fiddle for sale, he doesn't have to justify anything to sellers like you. When you advertise a fiddle for sale, any potential customer has the right to ask you to back up you claims.
  3. Have you considered by asking the OP to search, he (or she) would have benefited from a much wider range of previous responses? I'm sorry if you consider a polite response to ask someone to search as rude. Perhaps you would have preferred I referred the OP to this? http://www.catb.org/esr/faqs/smart-questions.html
  4. Please try the search function first. Questions such as this has been asked and answered many times over on this forum.
  5. You're entitled to your OPINION. But your opinion is not fact, and more importantly, doesn't address the arguments at hand.
  6. Martin, I've got to give you props for misdirection. However, I'm still waiting for your refutation of the facts regarding a SALE, as I've pointed out in post #73.
  7. You're welcome to refute the following facts: I've already explained the LAWS governing false & misleading advertising on other threads. I see no reason why I should support policies that contravene such laws and allow unethical sellers to continue such practices with impunity. Ebay sellers aren't above the law. Since you're based in Scotland, why don't YOU check in with the Office of Fair Trading. I'm sure they'd have something choice to say about your practice too.
  8. Barely a few months ago, someone named "Stepanie" claimed to have found this "gem" in an antique shop for $100: http://www.violinist.com/discussion/response.cfm?ID=24222 It turned out the fiddle was previously "sold" on ebay by our very same "Storioni school" seller for an amount far in excess of $100. This seller then claimed his account had been hacked. The very notion of anyone remotely clued-in, "expert" or not, wanting to do business with the seller (or for that matter, "disposing of a fiddle" on ebay) is beyond farcical. Virtually every sale is the proverbial roadkill disaster; we don't want to watch yet we feel compelled. Since the barrier to entry is so low, I too would like to announce I've formed my own pub expertenkammer. Will hire out for cheap!
  9. Glenn, Serious question for you. Are you more irritated at caspace who admittedly isn't particularly loquacious, or windbag sellers who knowingly and repeatedly make irresponsible listings on ebay (or other venues) that someone like caspace has to point out?
  10. Quoting from the listing: "After some research, it was decided that the original maker of this instrument would be nearly impossible to determine. However, it is possible to speculate as to its origin. While I am not an expert in 18th century Italian violins, my consignor is quite expert, has a significant library of violin reference books and several of his expert colleagues gave their opinions on this violin as well." In other words, the seller has NO IDEA what the hell this is but is yet willing to guarantee "They were able to determine, and I will guarantee the following: It is certainly from the 18th century and also positively made in Italy. It was made by a maker strongly influenced by the work of Lorenzo Storioni and that is particularly evident in the unique scroll and model." In such cases the burden of proof belongs to the seller, not to people like caspace. Of course, in your specific case, caspace started a thread where plenty of reasons were provided to doubt your attribution of "Homolka" and later "Workshop of Strnad."
  11. Perhaps a bit too complicated for most of you outside the UK to set up, but there are many ways to circumvent geo-restrictions. Those of you a bit more digitally adventurous may want to try the suggestions offered here: http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/access-bbc-iplayer-online-video-internationally-free/ Although I have to say this clip was hardly worth the effort unless you're into some nostalgia.
  12. If you paid for your order using a credit card, then just notify your bank that you've not received the goods you ordered and you've attempted to contact the vendor multiple times. The bank that issued the card will take care of matters and credit back your account.
  13. I don't have any visibility into the internal operations of this outfit, but it is undeniable there have been numerous complaints about this vendor online relatively recently. Mostly issues like late or non-delivery of items ordered. The owner of this company is now involved in a lawsuit over a consigned fiddle that was "lost." It seems the troubles started then. http://www.wqxr.org/#!/blogs/wqxr-blog/2013/apr/04/new-york-instrument-dealer-sued-over-lost-400000-violin/ I don't know where you are located but there are plenty of other outfits online offering strings at similar prices.
  14. Flyboy

    ID help

    Last name looks like "Ostler" to me.
  15. Since the ad also appears in ebay.uk and ebay.at (probably other countries too), the World Customs Organization (WCO) definition of "antique" applies. An object less than one hundred years old can not be considered "antique." Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) 9706.00.0060. US Code of Federal Regulations, Title 19, Section 10.53 also applies. Between the these two instances of Roths, their "archives" raise even more questions than answers. If the XI-R fiddles were "made to order," how come this series is exactly one shy of a Dutzen? Why do the dates in the book seem backfilled? Do the dates on the labels, brands, etc. on the Roths have any significance? What are we supposed to make of all these anachronisms?
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