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  1. Current Email: michael.sowden@talk21.com Homepage: http://www.sowden.co.uk Occupation: supplyer of the worlds finest quality violin bow hair Location: LEEDS (YORKSHIRE)ENGLAND
  2. I'm puzzled by the label. First name: Johannes (unquestionably German) Last name: Gabrielly (letter Y, ipsilon, does not exist in the Italian alphabet) If it really was from Florence, it would have read "Firenze", not Florence. Lee
  3. No, but I sure got alaugh out of the name. If this is the case of another German maker trying to make his instrument sound Italian, he either didn't know the language or had a wry sense of humor. Phonetically, "Gavoni", (in Italian, spelled, "cafoni") means "low-class louts" plural, the singular of which is "cafone". Lee
  4. Yes. Why do you rely on an antique dealer's "expertise" vis-a-vis violins?
  5. Steve: Before you rush to send in that insurance premium check, here's another, 1925 model, asking $1,500 (on consignment, yet) and also clearly disclosed as Markneukirchen. http://www.elderly.com/vintage/items/110U-3016.htm Excellent catch, Mark. Congratulations. And, yes, it IS a violin shop and not a music store. I,ve mailed a printout of this thread to the shop for their information and also to dispel the notion that pulling up in a 2001 El Dorado should NOT be construed as an indication of one's stupidity. Lee
  6. Coincidentally, I saw and played one in a violin shop in north Jersey just last Saturday, also Enrico Robella, 1932, Milano. Very pretty, highly-flamed, one-piece back. Owner brought it out from a locked back room after I asked if he had any Italian instruments.Looked brand new, despite its 7 decades but I noticed varnish and stain wear on back from playing higher positions had been glossed over. Owner denied it had been revarnished.His asking price $14,000. I noticed pegs not finished flush with pegbox but extended 1/4 inch out. Also, all four strings wound tightly against inside wall of peg box, hardly the respect due a five-figure instrument.Sound OK but nothing exceptional. Interesting to learn it may not even be Italian. Lee
  7. quote: Originally posted by whiterecluse: I have a what seems to be a 3/4 "Sarasate" violin "Made in Germany" (both stamped on back of scroll). Any info you have about it would be greatly appreciated. I'll take a shot although this type of question is not highly popular on Maestronet. Quite coincidentally, I just last week gave my own baby violin to my physician nephew and his physician wife for use by one or both of their two little boys so as to keep it in the family (I have no children). It, too, has Sarasate, Made in Germany burned or "branded" on the back base of the scroll. It is a 2/4 (half-size) with a two-piece highly-flamed back (somewhat unusual, I think, for a student-level instrument) which suggests quality work. You don't waste fine wood on shoddy workmanship. My parents, both poor immigrants, bought it for me used at age 7 in 1938 at the height of the depression so you can understand the great sentimental value which I attach to their sacrifice. My guess (and it's only a guess) is that it's a workshop production instrument, pre-war German of course and its vintage is probably somewhere around the turn of the century. Perhaps the genuine experts on this board, Jeffrey Holmes, Michael Darnton, et al, who have been generous in sharing their expertise in the past, might care to shed more professional light. I would certainly be interested as well in knowing more. Lee
  8. Michael: Succinctly and eloquently stated! Lee
  9. NEATO! thierryb. I never stop learning new things on this board. Thanx. Lee
  10. Today's New York Times has a lead story about a unique deal involving a GORGEOUS 1735 Guarnieri (the Ladenburg) including a color photo of it being played. It has a stunningly-flamed one-piece back and is mint. Anyone who can't access a copy, eMail me @ my office below and I'll be glad to fax it to you (unless of course,I get thousands of requests ). lessayan@fahnestock.com
  11. I'm far from an expert but, as far as I know, the cross section of a tree trunk has rings, one for each year of its life. The seasonal cycle within each year produces a variable rate of growth of the ring (i.e. active versus dormancy) and thus different porosity/density characteristics. Depending on the angle at which it is cut for different effects, more stain is absorbed in the porous part and less in the dense giving the flaming.
  12. That's odd. I can remember way back as a kid taking lessons that I was criticized for having too light a touch and that to get a solid rather than "blurry" note had to press down harder.
  13. quote: Originally posted by john hutchins: There is a wonderful web site: World Wide Words, Exploring the English Language. They have a discussion on the origin of fiddlesticks at this link: http://www.quinion.com/words/qa/qa-fid1.htm As I've often said, we have true scholars on this board. Thank you, John! Lee
  14. Yump budda bump bum, yump budda bump bum, yump budda bump bum, budda budda bum. OY! Tevye
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