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  1. In my opinion it's German made, but I can't put a date on it, other than at the latest early 1900's. It looks very nice to me, well worth the price of a lapping, grip and hair. Is it strait? That could be costly to have done. A picture of the under slide where the frog meets the stick would be helpful for ID purposes. It's pernambuco. What does it weigh in grams? If you aren't going to do it yourself, make sure you find someone well qualified for the work and don't be afraid to spend some bucks on it. There are several well qualified people who are regular contributors on this forum. I'm surprised others who are much better qualified that I am haven't chimed in, like Martin Swan and Josh Henry, among a host of others. Maybe it's not that interesting to them.
  2. No, I have several German bows with pins in the silver rings, but most don't. There are always exceptions to any rules or generalities or observations. I don't know if all French bows have pinned button rings, maybe the cheapest ones don't, but it is a trait of French bows.
  3. I think it's pernambuco and made in Germany. The slide has a slight taper as in French bows, but the facets on the button are out of line, meaning not pinned, as in German bows. Is the button end of the bow a little smaller in diameter than where the winding or lapping would go, or towards the tip slightly from the frog?
  4. Here's another N. Amatti to throw into the fray. Looks like he lived another 250 years longer than everyone thinks, moved his shop to Schoenbach, and took on the local cottage industry style of making. The 108 grand price is very tempting...and the story is priceless.
  5. What I notice is that the ribs are not stepped up, or doubled (excuse my not knowing the right terminology). At the time, 17th century, rib height was around 27 mm. Rib height looks like a modern standard of 30 mm on this violin.
  6. Looks to me like a well made trade violin originating in Mittenwald Germany, late 1800's to early 1900"s. It is without question not a Ceruti. This label was widely used in Germany and other places up to today, if that is the basis of your question.
  7. while we're on the subject, see this one also...
  8. That label is readily available in the labels that are sold on ebay and other places. It's one of the favorite labels of the "carpet violin" seller, who wins most of his own auctions. I feel sorry for the victims.
  9. Is there a label pasted to the c-bout rib?
  10. Martin the violinist wrote: "The real mystery for me is their relatively good feedback... Do they pay the buyers for it? Okay, some of the feedback may be from the related 'sock puppet' accounts, but not the majority." .The only thing I can come up with is that the bidders/buyers actually think they got the real thing. It does seem like that group of sellers aren't doing as well as they used to, as the prices aren't as high as a few years back. Maybe MN is making a dent in the fraudulently labeled violin trade, or that might just be wishful thinking.
  11. luthier

    rehair video

    I found this on utube tonight, and thought it was excellent. No language barriers.
  12. If you do a search for bandsaw tune up, a lot of very useful information will come up. It's well worth the effort, and doesn't cost much for tires, blocks, etc. A 14" saw will be a huge improvement in productivity.
  13. I don't know the current price for bullion, but you are definitely in the ball park.
  14. As an update, Craig, Riogrande has .999 30 gauge silver wire now, at a very decent price per oz. ($32 with tax and shipping), compared to $179 on Amazon for 25 grams.
  15. Here's another thread on the same violin. Looks like a German trade fiddle to me, and I'll go with Jacob on this one. "I have however noticed on many occasions that Prior in SLC give excelent and accurate advice." I can second this observation.
  16. Any thoughts on this one?
  17. I have used a length of 3 mm welding rod with a block of wood that will fit through the f-hole attached to one end and rounded over to lever the crack open from the inside. The rod needs to be bent so you can apply the leverage against the back. Once placed and bent to fit, rock the rod back and forth while rubbing the glue into the crack. Be careful not to apply too much force, or you could end up with a corresponding crack in the back. Also, compressed air will blow the glue deep into the crack.
  18. I don't think it's possible to ID the violin without seeing the front, back, and scroll pictures. It's obviously not from 1797, though.
  19. I didn't see the Carletti part until you mentioned it, Martin. That doesn't mean anything, though. If labels were a reliable source for identification, I'd be a wealthy guy.
  20. The violin looks like a German make, with the blackened pegbox, but the rest of the details are not very visible in the pictures. Crown on the button, and possible graft, judging by the different figure of the pegbox, not that the graft is visible. There were at least 2 bidders that were in a very charitable mood, or see something in the violin. My initial question was honest, does anyone see something that would merit spending that much cash for something essentially sight unseen?
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  22. He probably has a good stock of these bows, with any big name bow maker's stamp. For what he got for it, he can buy 20 more from the same source. shill bidding? you bet!
  23. Yet another fine example from the same seller
  24. ...yes, vathek, but why pay 130 for a falsely branded bow that you can pick up any day on ebay for $35 with shipping?...or do you think it costs $100 to brand a bow? The brand is pure deception. You can order bows from China with any brand you want, the intent is to defraud anyone they can. It's sad to see that it works all day every day, makes me want to throw up. There are a whole lot of sellers doing the same scam, not just a few.