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  1. For me this is very important. I can adapt to different sizes and different string lengths, but if this ratio is off I notice. Others may not care.
  2. The earlier Juzek MAs usually had neck grafts. The later ones not so much. Sometimes I think they just slapped the master art labels in the ones that had more flamey wood. IMO the best ones tonally are actually from the 1960s and 70s which look like high grade Roman Teller.
  3. Yes, it looks strange, but I believe some historical makers did it in a similar way, like some Gaglianos (link). So I would save the effort and leave it as is, and if anyone gives you a hard time you can at least point to this fact.
  4. Stainer and Widhalm family are the most talked about, I believe. I have a modern viola that has (what looks like) walnut linings. Cool fiddle.
  5. Don't know, but it seems he thought F hole fluting is important.
  6. I would say Saxon/Schonbach. They sometimes produced whimsical and/or pseudo-historical models. This seller seems to specialize in such things and also has a lot of the "Gusetto" fiddles. They can be cool but usually can be had at much lower prices.
  7. How important is that to you? Looks like its decent enough and reasonably priced. Of course we're talking Ebay, there are almost an infinite number of potential issues and hidden problems.
  8. This was the first violin shop I ever visited, looking for a viola. He could be a prickly guy to the locals. Eventually I got on his good side (he had a lot of sides). Never bought an instrument there, but I later picked up a violin at auction, just for nostalgia, very similar to the one my teacher owned, which I believe was a gold medal winner. His prices did not hold well after his death.
  9. Tarisio London seems to have a ton of contemporary fiddles, looks like mostly Italian.
  10. deans

    Neck attachment

    What does it look like on the body? Was it attached to the ribs?
  11. Definitely looks better with your pics.
  12. That's the reality of 99% of any end user purchase. Its highly likely that any individual could resell an instrument at the price they paid the dealer. A guy could walk into the most respectable shop and buy an absolutely genuine 1890 Collin Mezin and be "out" many thousands of dollars if they needed to sell that instrument in a pinch.
  13. What's the con here? The price was well within the range of trade instruments. Was it claimed to be something else? Yes it has a fake label, but so do most trade fiddles. Did the seller claim it to be a Collin Mezin? Obviously you know who the dealer is and dont like him/her, and maybe that person has done some shady deals. But what are the grounds for fraud in this particular case, other than the instrument isnt the most tasteful?
  14. You could set the bar as who got the highest average price over their last 20-30 instruments built. Impossible to collect this data, but I'll bet its Zyg. Could be surprised though.
  15. As far as flushing your money down the toilet goes, if you like it and enjoy it then all is well. It's not the deal of the century, but 1500 bucks is not that much in the violin world, if its serviceable and you like it. Just don't make too much of a habit of these type of purchases, it doesn't take long until you have spent enough that you could have walked into a violin shop in a very strong position.