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  1. My reading of the various information which has surfaced in the past few days is that having to go through the red channel would only apply if you are travelling to Germany from OUTSIDE the EU. If you are a professional musician travelling within the EU there is no need to declare. Relevant section quoted: "Traveling within the EU: Within the European Union there are no customs checks. So neither a declaration in the red exit nor an ATA carnet is necessary." In any case, surely due to the EU regulations governing the right to move and work freely within the member countries, such actions would be illegal if imposed on EU citizens or non-EU passport holders registered as residents of an EU country?
  2. Does playing perfectly in tune have a part to play in this discussion? For example, one plays a D on G string exactly in tune with the open D and you can very easily sense/hear the sympathetic vibrations, which of course combined with all the other similar options on other notes when playing in tune goes towards making the overall "tone" of the violin sound better? I'm wondering if one is consciously "playing in" a violin, then one perhaps subconsciously concentrates more on perfect intonation and so as a result you get a better tone because of the sympathetic reverberations from the harmonic series. Does this make sense? For example - one teacher told me that playing solo Bach partitas and sonatas was the best way to "play in" a violin because of the chordal passages which when done perfectly in tune really unlocked the tone of an instrument. Arggh, this reads like rubbish - been a long, intolerably boring day at work. Does anyone understand what I'm getting at?? Perhaps better able to express this concept in words?
  3. Love reading this thread, absolutely fascinating. Question for the high-end dealers: Do potential customers really try to haggle over your prices and how do you tend to respond to that kind of bargaining? Has your attitude changed during the current economic crisis? Maybe it is a British "not the done thing" thing, but I know I'd have felt very uncomfortable haggling over my Cuypers when I bought it. Precisely because one knows by going into a good shop that of course a dealer is charging a retail price for all the reasons listed above and additionally one is getting/trusting the knowledge of that person rather than jumping into a potential snake-pit at auction. Surely that's not a naive view to take??? Edited to say that my Cuypers is priceless to me and that is what matters.
  4. Wow, absolutely fascinating to look at the photos - thanks for posting. It is interesting to note that if you take the number of hours the repair is said to have taken, along with the highest estimate of the cost - you could calculate a basic hourly rate of about €138 for the restorer, probably less in reality since it doesn't take into account materials or other expenses. Seems incredibly cheap for such skill and artistry which will hopefully still be around many years from now, when you consider - for example - the average rate of a half decent (do they exist?) lawyer.
  5. Thanks Martin, that's very interesting to read.
  6. Sorry to hijack the thread - but any suggestions as to why the Tarisio Gagliano didn't sell? Or for that matter even get a single bid, which I found somewhat strange. Always keen to learn from auction results!
  7. Wow, I love looking at these photos and it makes me tempted to take a little visit down to London for the viewing! Got to have the occasional treat sometimes... So am I right to assume from the information in this thread that there aren't any recordings of this particular instrument? While I can understand the wish to keep it in such outstanding condition and also due to the unmodernised nature of the instrument, I'm salivating over the keyboard here at the thought of a great violinist perhaps recording some solo Bach with this wonderful example. It would be great if someone like David Fulton bought it and allowed it the occasional venture into a recording studio...
  8. Which airline is it? Good advice is to check-in as early as possible and print your boarding card before you leave home, so all you have to do is check in your hold luggage. Someone else should look after the violin well away from the check-in gate while doing this. I never never ever mention the violin case at check-in, once you start to talk about anything out of the ordinary, the staff will zone in on that and you attract unwanted attention. I definitely agree that any other hand luggage should be absolutely minimal. Maybe get a light coat with loads of pockets for bits and pieces, buy books etc air-side. My smallest and lightest case will fit into any back-pack. If the airline had something on-line which said instruments could be carried as cabin baggage, print it out as presentable evidence should there be a problem. I also make sure that when I am boarding the plane I queue behind the business person with the biggest, most bulky suit-carrier/roller bag, plus lap-top case, plus duty free swag that I can see, a violin case looks tiny in comparison. Is your daughter travelling as an unaccompanied minor?
  9. Where is the oldest authenticated violin bow (rather than viol) to be found in a museum collection - anyone know? Any photo links?
  10. I was sure I'd come across this instrument during my "Let's waste some time by listening to violins on Youtube misadventures..." and here it is: Part 1 (from about 1/2 way through violin appears and is identified) Part 2 Violin is played in Amazing Grace and I definitely think it is worth at least the Tarisio estimate!
  11. The label is written in old-style German script. The name should read: Victorin Drassegg - the fourth letter is the old German letter for "double S" - the Eszett. If you google this name - there's lots of stuff that comes up, obviously going on the comments above re the label, this may or may not be relevant, but it might at least give some more interesting background. Hope this helps!
  12. ... idly wondering if Stradivarius and G. del Gesu had a double major in Math and Physics.
  13. What a gorgeous puppy, she looks a real character, that tail will have to inspire some scrolls! One thing you can be sure about now is that there will never, ever be any rodents lurking in your workshop.
  14. Wow, nice to have a happy ending to something like this. I was thinking that Euston Station is so full of CCTV cameras it would be possible something vital evidence-wise would be picked up on one of them. Great news for the player.
  15. Josh - congratulations on such a handsome little guy, he's adorable. Good to see that the next generation is starting early! He'll be helping out at that workbench before you know it.
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