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  1. ...in October...it was lot 245 and sold for $100,000 even -- $124,000 including buyer's premium...my net was $89600...they charged 1.5% for insurance plus $900 for the photography...they paid 5 weeks after the auction which turned out to be 6 weeks thanks to "snail mail"...the story of how I acquired it is somewhat interesting...four years ago I was reading Maine Antique Digest and spotted a tiny photo of a violin in an ad for Doumouchelle's auction house in Detroit...normally, I pay little attention to Duomouchlle's because they usually handle rather low grade antiquesalthough occasionally they get a worthy estate from a ritzy suburb north of the city...in any case, under the photo it said "Andrea Guarneri violin, est. $35000-45000"...curiosity took me to Duomuchelle'swebsite but the single photo there was very dark...nevertheless, I was able to make out a gold medallion on the tailpiece which I knew was Moeinnig's "trademark"...so I called the auction house andasked if there was a certificate...and they said "sure" -- in fact, there are TWO certificates...PLUS an appraisal done by Moennig 2 years previous in 2001..they faxed me copies and everything lookedcorrect...they emailed better photos and everything matched up...so I decided to phone bid...the appraisal was for $125000 so I decided to set my limit at $60000...I didn't expect to win but as it turned out I think was in fact the only bidder...I opened it at $35000...then it went 36, 37, 38, 39, sold...I doubt it lasted more than 15 seconds...with the premium the total came to $43000...none of the usual delivery services would touch it -- they were afraid to go into the part of town where Duomuchelles was located!!...one of them referred me to what I swearwas a Mafia hit man...he said he'd be happy to bring it to me to bring it to me -- and he guaranteed that "no one was going to f__k with my fiddle as long as he had it"...needless to say, I tipped him generously...upon opening the case the first thing I noticed was Duomuchelle's had left out yet more pertinent information...they failed to mention it included a bow!...I popped the bow out and saw it was octagaonal and mounted with rather pale, worn gold...Ilooked at the stamp and it said "E. Sartory a Paris"...I don't know for certain that it's real but it certainly has the best feel of any bow I've ever owned...so, overall, I'm quite happy with the results...although I'm not sure whether I should have included the appraisal...I wonder if that might have inhibited bidders from going higher.
  2. ...Amazon indicates it will be released April 24: http://www.amazon.com/Tchaikovsky-Violin-Concerto/dp/B000N0W9LK/ref=sr_1_1/102-8223903-4548918?ie=UTF8&s=dvd&qid=1175611144&sr=8-1
  3. ...old "scotty" has been a topic of discussion before: http://www.maestronet.com/forums/messagevi...20AND%20romedio
  4. ...etudes, I might have to consider buying it:
  5. ...has a bunch of performances available for viewing: http://www.violin.org/2006comp/listen_watch.html ....you may also download them using free software available from this site: http://sdp.ppona.com/ ...one caution -- these are full performances and some last over an hour so downloading may take quite a while...all of the performances are quite good but none struck me as especially exciting.
  6. The violinmasterclass website is particularly nice...there are downloadable pdf files explaining the various techniques plus videos demonstrating both instruction of the techniques as well as videos of student performances illustrating use of the techniques...moreover, its all FREE...Mr. Haslop's course requires three volumes to cover just the Kreutzer etudes and all three volumes (volumes 1, 2 AND 3) cost almost $450.
  7. I couldfind little online about Mr. Haslop other than he was once associated with the New Hollywood String Quartet at one time -- I believe they have disbanded now...I can't find that he has much in the way of a curriculum vitae either for performing or teaching...therefore, it's difficult to judge merit from past results...however, I'm inclined towards skepticism of any remarkable transformation his advice might offer and -- more to the point-- I'm disclined to part with upwards of $450 for all three volumes of his Kreutzer series...I did examine his website: http://www.violinmastery.com/ ...he does offer some videos of his performing on the website: http://www.violinmastery.com/videos.htm ...while the performances are good they aren't anything to get excited over...moreover, they don't provide any examples of him actually teaching the pieces...and then there is his blog: http://www.violinmastery.com/violinsecrets/index.html ...reading it over I didn't feel as though he offered anything particularly trancendental or otherwise special...and frankly he sounds just a bit FOS with a pitch for either his DVD's or his seminar every three or four paragraphs...at the very least I think I would make sure he offered a money back if not satisfied guarantee before making a purchase.
  8. ...for a FEL "Chambord" case see page seven of the Zoller-Levy catalog: http://www.zollerlevy.com/cufiles/cuerdas.PDF
  9. ...photos: http://kenjimiyagawa.it/restorationit.html
  10. It depends on what level you have reached...in the early years playing in tune with a piano or computer or tuning device is perfectly fine...granted playing in tune with a piano may be musically "inadequate" in a true "violinistic" sense...nevertheless if you can sound as good as a piano then you will be able to perform far better than most "violinists" and the average listener won't know the difference...as you progress the individual notes have to be studied more acutely within the context of the scale and the chord...and ultimately intonation has to be determined within the context of the musical phrase as well as within the context of the harmonic structure of the piece.
  11. I plan on consigning it to be auctioned next fall...I think the Moennig certificate should be more than adequate...in Christie's auction both lots 257 and 258 had Moennig certificates...as I recall lot 257's certificate was from 1973 and lot 258's was from 1978...lot 257 carried an estimate around $60000 but failed to reach reserve...258, on the other hand, sailed past it's estimate to sell for $132000...I doubt updating the certificate would have made much difference.
  12. Mine is a 1690 Andrea Guarneri with a William Moennig III certificate from 1967...it's been awhile and my memory isn't the best but as I recall the rep wanted to send it to either Biddulph or Beare....after he thought about it awhile the rep changed his mind and decided Moennig's word would be "acceptable"...this certificate, that certificate -- I'm always rather astonished that no one ever seems particularly interested in how the instrument actually sounds.
  13. ...you have to register at their website to actually bid...however, you can watch the proceedings live if you download the software: https://www.christies.com/LiveBidding/Download.asp ...unlike ebay live bidding apparently you actually view the auction live via a camera from inside the auction gallery.
  14. Thanks for the response...the question pertains to my situation...I have a violin that I'm looking to consign...it has two certificates -- one about 80 years old from a French firm and another about 40 years old from a respected American firm...in the course of discussing it with various auction houses one of their representatives -- someone you probably know -- suggested it might be worthwhile to pack it up and ship it to London to get a certificate from "the" expert on the maker...I was taken aback somewhat by that suggestion -- I don't like the idea of shipping old violins halfway around the world and back...on the other hand, well, if it would make a substantial difference in the bidders attitude then perhaps it would be with it...any input would be appreciated...thanks.
  15. ....the Guarneri violin comes with a Rembert Wurlitzer certificate from 1972...would a Wurlitzer certificate be considered reliable?...moreover, might it have been in the seller's interest to have obtained a more current certificate from a respected dealer?...or should it just be obvious from the instrument's workmanship?