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  1. Good point Gowan.It depends on whether you trust a dealer or not.I had real trust issues 12 years ago when I was shopping for a Modern Italian violin.I wanted an expert who could not only do the "wheeling and dealing" but someone whom I could sit down and listen to a lecture from regarding authenticity,history,set up ,repairs etc...It can be a leap of faith sometimes and I think all players get a case of the "jitters' when they start putting out the bucks....
  2. This topic has run its course....lets move on....
  3. Its great to see Tim working on the Baumgartner Strad.I had use of that instrument for six weeks back in my university days.It had not been played for quite a while when I got it but it opened up very quickly.The value back in 1986 was $600000 CDN,or so the owner claimed.Its now $4000000? What a solid investment!
  4. Thanks Jim.I'll ask the former owner tommorow.....
  5. Sorry,I guess I strayed off the topic....
  6. I remember the Barrere Strad very well,having observed and listened to it each week during my lessons.Is there something peculiar about the belly of this instrument ? I heard a certain dealer say the original top was damaged and replaced in the Stradivari workshop? Is this correct?
  7. Susan Hou plays the Heath Guarneri.
  8. I agree David.A friend of mine is a professional luthier and he expresses his frustration over using only books for figuring out varnish colour for his violins.I do my best to take him backstage and let him see guest soloists' Strads or Guarneris "in the flesh". I remember the Heath Guarneri hardly had any original varnish left when we were observing it backstage .I don't know how much of the Milanollo Strads varnish is varnish or just layers of old polish.It was stunning nonetheless.....
  9. When Corey played with us two years ago he put his case beside mine so during the break I had time to view the Milanollo Strad.Its so much lighter to the naked eye as compared to the Strad poster.It had endless depth and unbelievable richness of tone....and powerful!!!
  10. I've been watching the Tarisio auction.It must be a sign of hard times having so few bids on the more expensive instruments.The Garimberti looks lovely along with the Ventapane.I wonder if they'll even meet their reserve bids?The violin bow without a frog and adjuster and described as a Sartory is receiving a lot of attention.Im curious what others think of that bow....
  11. I wonder why the seller didn't show the photos that accompany the Francais papers.
  12. Fulton seems to hint at it towards the end of the interview on the DVD portion of "Hommage".
  13. petacus

    Amati Books

    I also had delays getting books from this company but Christian was wonderful to deal with and everything was sorted out in the end. Speaking of books, has anyone heard whether a fifth volume of Eric Blots' Modern Italian Violin Making is being published?
  14. We just played with them on Thursday night.They were fantastic! The bass player was superb.They have wonderful chemistry with each other on and off stage.It was an honour to accompany them....