Jeffrey Holmes

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About Jeffrey Holmes

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  1. Photos of the fiddle itself. Look in the reference threads when you first click on the pegbox for tips on photographing instruments.
  2. You'll live... and the person next to you will too. Wear a mask.
  3. Would you actually "know" if/when you found one (a great deal)? I'm not trying to be a smart "donkey", but I usually hear this question from those who are looking for less risky shopping venues (and don't want to pay the price for the expertise) or giveaways... and I join the voices that question if Ebay is a "good" place to find great deals. Rare in my experience (and I would likely know if I saw one).
  4. Sorry... think this is going south again... Time to lock the thread. Keep the politics that don't directly pertain to our industry off the board please.
  5. It is excellent... but not always cheaper or as easy to get. I do use it when I can find it... but I don't drink it.
  6. Information, good. Politics, most of it's now deleted. This is NOT facebook. OK?
  7. So does (comes to mind) James Warren, Paul Childs and John Becker...
  8. A few cents worth: 1) No expert is perfect. A very well respected, now deceased, colleague used to say that "if he was 99% accurate, that meant he blew 1 out of 100". 2) Certificates are an opinion. Opinions can vary... both "ways"... and a piece of paper doesn't change what the object is. The trade is always discovering new facts (birth/death dates, business records, etc) and dealing with new objects (a ton of fake modern Italians, instruments by makers few were familiar with opening up of the closed areas in Europe as the Soviet Union was dissolved, etc.) so discovery often changes attribution. I would expect any professional to rely on their own judgment no matter what a paper said. If questions arise, addressing them is good for the trade and the end user. 3) If you're buying and selling within the wholesale market, or the retail market, you are accepting risk. Nothing like dealing with a problem to hone your skills. If you are wholesaling, your own buyers should be able to identify objects to their own satisfaction... and if they aren't in the business of certifying themselves, they should have no trouble obtaining one from the expert(s) they trust. In other words, a certificate may be a waste of money for you. 4) An old or pre-existing certificate, wrong or right, is provenance... history. Nice to have, but due diligence in Identifying the instrument is still required. Good luck. Hope the violin is sold correctly in the end, whatever it may be.
  9. I really haven't seen a problem with the instruments I've worked on with linings over the corner blocks either.
  10. Plenty of 18th century makers, who's violins now sell for 6 figures (especially those in Milan and Naples), used rather plain wood (not always optimally hard, and not always terribly stable)...if that makes you feel better. 20th century: I've seen Sannino instruments made of beech, Pollastris of poplar, etc., etc. A good friend and colleague said (when we were at an auction of a deceased violin makers materials watching old Aubert bridge blanks selling for a fortune) "Don't these guys know that violin makers use their best bridges first and die with their best tone wood?" No one wants the comment: "Wow... look what a spectacular piece of wood you've ruined!" Yes... add my voice to getting budget wood for your first. Added benefit: Plain wood won't take your eye away from your mistakes.
  11. I've tried that... wasn't happy with the results. I'm not sure of the reason, but it seems like the particles took on some sort of charge. Tended to want to clump once they were mulled into the varnish. Maybe I'm blaming the grinder without reason, but had no difficulty when a m/p was used on the same lake and same varnish.
  12. 6 pages about nut glue... hmmm... Are you a bunch of squirrels!?!? (How was that, Bill? A start?)
  13. Sorry to hear Dimitri... Luckily my clients have all been rather rational and understanding. The worst it seems to get is that I have to remind a client that my shop isn't open yet.
  14. Hello all. I've seen enough. In the 24 hours since I last visited this thread, it seems to have turned to the dark side. I'll lock it now. As far as moderation goes, I accept both criticism and support. I've expressed a number of times that I would be more than happy if I were not the only person moderating. I'm not perfect. Varied opinions and approaches, as long as those involved act like adults, are a strength not a weakness. Unfortunately, Michael declined to continue his role as co-moderator many years ago (I respect his reasons, and I doubt I was one of them.. if I was, he never told me)... and no one since, even when they had agreed to do so, has actually stepped up (names withheld). Therefore, like or not, it's been mostly me... Since declining Michael has occasionally been a critic, which is really OK. I consider him a friend, and value his opinion... but I should point out that I feel that, like anyone, if he's not actively a part of the solution, he may be part of the problem. In addition, the founders of this site, who used to provide some backup in terms of moderation, have slowly moved on to other interests (you all owe thanks to Glenn Hunt for keeping this website alive). Anyone expecting me to be someone I'm not isn't being sensible. I'm very comfortable with who I am. I will say, even though I've enjoyed a couple decades on the board, that continuing on alone as moderator is of limited interest for me. My family, my work, and continuing with the organizing and participation in/for workshops in the trade are priorities... and breaking up squabbles is not. As far as singing the woes of past participants; I also know many of those who no longer post here. They have various reasons for not doing so. Some return from time to time. Some do not. I thank them for their participation past, and if they choose, in the future. We are not entitled to their presence, and their presence is more likely if we act like we deserve it and appreciate it. I'll end by saying in the last page and a half of this thread, I saw few who I felt were innocent of being defensive, dismissive or disruptive. To those few, you have my thanks. For those who chose to resolve your disagreements between yourselves, you have my thanks.