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  1. Quote: with the DW... -dogma DW = devoted wife? DW = dogma woman? DW = damaged wiolin? DW = darned wabbit?
  2. Quote: The Amati Foundation has now changed its listing for China. Originally it cited Zhang Shu Mei but found out this was a ficticious name. Zheng Quan is based in Beijing and is the most distinguished maker in China today. Months ago I read on the Amati website a lovely story about how Mr. Townsend started the Amati Foundation. The article said that Mr. Townsend went to China on business and his translator happened to be related to a violin maker. I don't remember the name - they all look alike to me. The story continued, saying that Mr. Townsend became interested in violin making because of this person, I assume Zhang Shu Mei, and sat with ZSM day after day learning the art of VM. So I surmised that either 1) The story was a revelation rather than an actual event. 2) ZSM only had characteristics that lead Mr. Townsend to assume that he was a Chinese person when in reality he was a person of Fictitious decent. 3) Every morning Mr. Townsend would greet his master "Good Morning Master Zhang" and received the reply "Zheng not Zhang". Smiling, Mr. Townsend assumed that this was a quaint traditional salutation. 4) Or Mr. Zhang really did exist. I just checked the Townsend website and he does mention a Ziang Mei, which I believe to be the same person, just an alternate phonetic spelling.
  3. Thanks everyone for your replies. A red flag was raised when I saw the word junky. How do "these" people sleep at night?
  4. Any comments on this violin? Why would a seller describe his auction as junky? web page
  5. And I thought you were such a mild guy
  6. I like the Beckley frog. I'm not too crazy about his tip. I've seen that style in "art furniture", just not my cup-o-tea. Subtly different is good. Tastefully different is good. An amazing departure from the norm, artistically done, is great. But, different for the sake of different is not for me.
  7. Hi Larry, I heard a story that might involve your ex-strad. My friend was working at a hotel as a porter and happened to take something to Daniel Heifetz's room. He explained to Mr. Heifetz that he was a french horn major and they struck up a conversation. After a while, my friend asked if he could see Mr. Heifetz's violin. Mr. Heifetz made him sit on the bed so that all would be safe while he was allowed to hold the violin for about 2 minutes. My friend ended up talking to Mr. Heifetz for 45 minutes. He said that he was luck he wasn't fired over that long delivery.
  8. Is there something I'm missing about Ventapane? I've tried two (admittedly a small sample) and thought that both were terrible in sound and in craftsmanship.
  9. Looks like it was inspired by Joe Curtain's Evia
  10. Don't know about the mark, but from an ant's viewpoint, that's one heck of a suspension bridge.
  11. Many french violins are large. But many of them also have other problems. If the arch is good and the graduations are good, is a violin in the 14 1/4" range (playability aside) neccessarily bad?
  12. Thanks for the info Takumi. I did some searching and found that the Tian Ying factory is very close to where I'll be going.
  13. Quote: I have business interests in China (nothing to do with music or violins) and so have the opportunity to travel there from time to time. Hi GlennYorkPA, Could you tell us about your experiences in China? I'll be going to Shanghai this summer on business (also not related to music). I'd like to at least visit some violin makers there. Can you give me some recommendations? Also, what are your thoughts about buying directly from the maker? Thanks for any of your thoughts.
  14. Did he refuse or did he decline? As remote as it might be, I'd hate to be the one playing someone else's violin exactly during the moment when an existing crack continued all the way to the soundpost.
  15. Quote: there's a nice German factory instrument at the new American Indian Museum. Seems counterintuitive. The American Indians didn't play these did they!?!
  16. Jesse, That's a good looking fiddle. Do you know what kind of wood was used for the back? And, do you only buy and sell or do you collect also? Quote: I have had a few of Zhang's violins at different price ranges, and I can say that two years ago they were even cheaper than they are now. I can also say that it was easy to sell them for more than the primary eBay seller WSH was able to get. All that said, for investment you cannot do better than a good American maker. The hundred year old violins selling for $1000-$3000 by known and respected American makers will soon be double or triple that. Glen, I think you would sooner spend your $2000 on a great Hyde, White or Squier than you would on a violin from Zhang's workshop. Or maybe I'm wrong. Jesse PS Here is a nice American fiddle that I would put up against Zhang's $400 fiddles for investment purposes. http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vie...me=STRK:MEWN:IT
  17. I'm with Andrew on these. I think he's more of an expert that I'll ever be. To me, the overall look of the first and especially the varnish look like Vuillaume. On the second one, if it's not a Chanot, maybe it's a Collin-Mezin. It looks typical of what's considered good french work. Until Andrew said Panormo for the third, I didn't have a clue. If I'm wrong, I'll have a good laugh. Thanks Jeffrey for the pics. This is a really good learning experience.
  18. It's interesting to me that I hold almost the exact opposite view.
  19. Michael, I find your statement very interesting and now add "hearing" to your skills that I admire. Naturally, violin makers and violin players listen very differently. I also know an amateur who owns a Strad and a del Gesu. His playing is poor and I'm confident that I could not pick out the Strad or del Gesu in a blind test based on his playing.
  20. Gosh, he looka just like my cousin Vincenzo. There is talk that Uncle Roberto is not the father, but I never believed it.
  21. I think the handle on that case has got to be worth bucks
  22. This particular one is especially valuable since it also belonged to Jack Benny. He needed it for self-defense.
  23. Please Signore, The Count di Caltabellotta loved ducks, duck soup, duck slippers, duck races, Peking duck... He wished for a commemorative ruffled feather duck violin.
  24. It seems that Mr. Nagyvary continues to show his talent for marketing. I wish that ASTA would have offered a real quality instrument like a Darnton violin. However, from the ASTA newletter... APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE FOR ASTA/JOSEPH NAGYVARY VIOLIN SOLO COMPETITION ASTA is pleased to announce the ASTA/Joseph Nagyvary Violin Solo Competition, in which Joseph Nagyvary, of Nagyvary Violins in College Station, Texas, will donate one violin valued at $10,000 to a young violinist between the ages of 12 and 18. The winner will be announced on or before December 1, 2004. In addition to the violin, the winner will receive a brief appearance at the 2005 ASTA National Conference as well as a commemorative plaque. Second and third place winners will receive commemorative plaques. Help spread the word to your students! Complete competition guidelines and application forms are available at http://www.astaweb.com.. The deadline to enter is October 1.
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