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  1. Jerry - I emailed the maker and he confirm that he didn't use lemon oil, neither he's aware of lemon used in violin making history. He didn't recommend anyone as he's not familiar with restorers at my area, he did, however, recommend what method is best used for retouching the varnish. I do have one person I trust, due to the nature of his character where he's been very very careful with anything coming into the workshop. At least he's willing to discuss before starting to do anything. I think attitude plays a huge role in the business.
  2. Thank you for the responses! I guess first of all I made a mistake by taking it to a person focused mainly on making violin and repair works, rather than someone who's more knowledgeable in delicate restorations. I do know another friend of mind who're more careful and he did more restoration works than others in my area. It's just that my luthier friend know the maker of my violin personally, so I sort of trusted him. But the maker was a very experienced maestro, I don't believe for a second that that was what he used - the unaffected surface has far more attractive sheen with minimum micro
  3. Good day! Recently I encountered something leave me in shock and worries for few days and I couldn't help but to post some questions here. I bought a very fine violin with gorgeous sound and playability, and very beautiful to look at. However, there were some badly touched up varnish on the back, basically it's simply being brushed over with new varnish and that's it, which left some patches. Colors weren't affected, only texture. It didn't bother me at first as playability far exceed the aesthetic. I asked my luthier friend and see if could fix it, without even further asking, he grabbe
  4. I'd say, what you hear under ear or recording doesn't always represent when you hear people playing the same violin. Then, it also doesn't always represent the sound you'll hear at the distance. So, have another player to play for you.
  5. Sounds almost identical with the exception that Markov's (it was his father, Albert) clip was remastered and the high frequencies probably bumped for clarity using EQ. She's playing on a del gesu, as far as I know...
  6. I think the bows probably the reason of the winning bid. Looks like a nice set, the price is probably right.
  7. First of all I think it's completely fair if you understand why there's the automated bidding system, it simply want the buyer to make a single bid that is the highest bid amount. If you bid $500 and hoped that it will sell at $400, might as well just place $400 at the first place. Placing the max bid amount means the buyer shouldn't have any regrets if it reached that amount, and it's the same if other buyer outbid it by a few dollars because the outbidder might have placed significantly more amount but the automatic bidding will not shoot right up to the max bid. So in your case David,
  8. I have a violin that sound rich and warm under ear, that is pretty quiet and depth-less, which caused me a little problem where I can't listen to my playing quite reliably when playing in loud situation. However, I let my (even a beginner) friend play, the sound is so much different - intense, rich, focused, and doesn't have any harshness at all, though still a little quiet. Then, listening far away from the violin, playing together with e.g. grand piano, the violin will sound big and will not drown by the sound of the piano even with the cover fully opened. And it doesn't mean it has 1 di
  9. I know nothing about the maker, but the violin doesn't look like a 110+ years old violin to begin with...
  10. Hi there! Neat workmanship and looks great! If you want to put some scratches and dirts, remember not to go deep into the wood, just scratch away some varnish will do. Oh and remember to use a bow to do it, it'll look more natural!
  11. Zefire68 did not mention those older violins are lighter because they weight less. He just mentioned they feel lighter in the hand. Just like bows, heavier bows can feel light, and vice versa, due to different balancing and design of the bow.
  12. pigcat

    Bow Models?

    Cool, never know the portion behind the head can make big differences in sound alone. You mean something like this? When loosen: When tighten: PS: Photos are taken from ebay listing by seller "mariam94".
  13. pigcat

    Bow Models?

    I believe different models give different playing characteristic and balance, rather than sound, which can vary from stick to stick due to different woods. Other than that, I never test drive any of the big name bows in serious manner (maybe just few mins of twinkle twinkle little stars or the likes), so I don't have much comments on that. But there seems to be 2 catagories - peccatte school and lamy school as what I've read from violinist.com.
  14. I share the same experiences with OP. My experiences with big names old italians as well as other 100~200 years old violins is that they're so light, big differences. One can immediately feel the lightness of the instrument from the very moment they pick it up, felt like feather. I don't know why, they seems universal - there might be exceptions on both side, but older instruments generally felt lighter. The playability was also true, at least to me. Most of the time, when I pick up a fine old violin, I felt they're pretty ordinary, nothing special. Then, those newly made violins are so much