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  1. Yes, they are among the worst IMO. There are many other relatively inexpensive strings that last long and sound 100x better. Helicore is a good choice.
  2. Sometimes. But the average insurance claims adjuster isn't going to know, nor the police when trying to recover a stolen instruments.
  3. I think there are many good reason's besides fakery to have a good photo cert. Insurance claims will probably go smoother if the instrument is lost, could make it easier to recover, customs issues if you are travelling international or move, it gives potential heirs at least some idea of what they have to deal with an estate, etc. Not perfect of course, but it gives an owner another line of defense for an expensive and treasured possession.
  4. Sure, but a bank record just means someone paid you money for a violin. Someone could buy 1 Burgess and sell 50 of them.
  5. But, when you are dead and gone, the client may still have to prove actual violin was the one associated with these docs. Pics can help I think. Now that I think about it, I wonder if my future heirs will be able to match which fiddle is which when I'm gone. I guess I wont care.
  6. I don't build instruments so I don't aim for anything. But when it comes to buying instruments I pass if it has an unusual stop/neck ratio. As a bigger guy and a viola player, I actually like violins that have a longer string length. On a practical side, if you go too far out of range it can be difficult to find strings that tune up at an ideal tension. That's one of the reasons why most strings come in light, medium and heavy. If your string length is a little long go with the lights.
  7. Not for me. Its the neck to stop ratio. Either violin or viola. Others may disagree.
  8. Yes, probably with a reserve or starting bid of 12,000 now.
  9. What I see is a winning bid of 12,000. Actually with 2 bidders right at 12,000. Good German trade instruments are going up in value for sure, but something funny is going on here. https://www.ebay.com/bfl/viewbids/133662614310?item=133662614310&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2565
  10. No, but it looks like a pretty decent serviceable violin. Get rid of that bridge and get it looked over and set up by a good shop.
  11. Website states that they are "suitable for soloists" that's what we want to hear. I'll probably try them but I suspect that they will just be a higher tension version of Dominants. I wonder what e will be like.
  12. The choices are almost infinite, and everyone has different experiences. Something like an American Case Co. continental would be a good middle of the road choice. Check the dimensions of the instrument. Some cases are not friendly to slightly over or undersized instruments
  13. I'd be skeptical of any solution other than actually raising the humidity. The ones designed for cases are OK, and I think we've all done the sponge in a jar trick, but I think the best solution is to humidify the space. In the old days I left pans of water on the radiators, refilling them almost daily, until I wised up and went over to the junk store and bought a used humidifier, for about the price of a set of strings.
  14. What not buy a humidifier? A relatively small investment relative to cellos.
  15. I agree with George. But this is still something that should get fixed up. Take it to a good shop.