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Beaux Eau

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  1. I think that the theory might be that ol' John never immigrated, and so he would not be found in a U.S. census. Based on the quasi-mythical photo on Met Music's website, we might conjecture that he was born (if he was at all) before or near the turn of the 20th century. Jesse--please go to Stowe and do a video interview and post it.

  2. It appears that another sign that the ebay violin market has gotten soft is Jesse's seeking other modes of revenue. It is reassuring, however, to know that we now have a reputable source for wireless fine tuners and bow wax. Jesse: will you be stocking Romanian bow wax? Will you be adding a line of self-adhesive facsimile 17th century Cremona labels?

  3. I bought a (not-completely-hack-job) white Italian violin as a gift for my son (The Prodigy), which I'd like to finish myself (on the cheap) in clear varnish. Can anyone suggest over-the-counter finish alternatives for truly amateur application? Thanks, all!

  4. Nope - easy as pie - through the f-hole you go. Just a tweezers, a popsicle stick and your choice of glue. I've done it a thou . . .oops - I mean, NO I HAVEN'T! Now, a fake Roth brand to burn in (see string currently running) there's initiative!

  5. I just bought (along with an older violin) an old (or "vintage" as we like to say) violin bow labelled "Bausch" (no initials or "Germany" stamp. It appears to be pernambuco, silver-wrapped, but it weighs in at a staggering 68 grams. Our luthier suggests (with tongue in general vacinity of cheek) that it may only be suitable for playing Mahler. But should I really be looking more at . .kindling?

  6. It's been noted several times that there are currently one or more persons named Juzek working at Metropolitan Music in Vermont. Gee, if I were a grand-nephew (or whatever) of the purportedly great John Juzek, I'd sure be interested in fleshing out his ghostly existence in these hallowed pages! Are there any maestronetters out these with a relationship with with Metro. Music who could summon the Juzeks out of hiding to defend their good name?

    Actually, the purpose of my initial post was to elicit comments on Netters' experience or impressions of the Juzek Master Art models, which I understand are often exponentially better instruments than the run-of-the-mill-sell-'em-by-the-crate-to-schools plain Juzeks. (By the way, one of the school systems that had a ton of Juzeks was in Duluth here in my home state of Minnesota, back decades ago when there were lots of tax dollars available from the iron mining and logging industries.)

  7. There hasn't been a Juzek thread for a while. Anyone have current opinions on the quality and value of the Master Art violins? Two dated 1956 (albeit with some repairs/refinishing) have recently failed to meet reserve, and sputtered out at the $300-$500 range. Anybody?

  8. I have no reason to defend violinkid--but, at least as far as Carlo

    Tramonti violins are concerned:  if you check the stingnet web

    site--it appears that Tramonti violins are made in China, and sent

    white to Bologna, where they are fitted with a bassbar, varnished,

    and otherwise finished (including the Tramonti label.)  Does

    this make it "fake"? Probably not.  Is violinkid entirely

    forthcoming in neglecting to mention the Chino-Italian nature of

    the instrument? Well . . .  

  9. I couldn't agree more!  And it would be fun to get more

    replies.  But - I grew up watching Mickey Mouse Club in black

    and white, and I haven't figured out how to post an

    active link!  If you'd be willing to waste the time to

    help me out, I'll promise to do better!

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