Cuzco School

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  1. Definitely one will be able to find a self-satisfied answer from this forum.
  2. Tarisio has a good page on violin photography:
  3. Hurry lads! Drop whatever you're doing and excoriate this! Made in Ann Arbor: Aluminum violin
  4. Well- if you are familiar with the instrument it is pretty obvious. Both instruments here are, as you say, 'crude' by comparison to a real one, (as well as brand new) Actually cheap hardangers made in Asia have been around for a while. There are hardanger sites on the internet describing the pitfalls of finding a real one. There have been a few authentic antique ones on eBay over the years and I used to have one myself, but one has to be really careful. This one is no good. Even without the suspicious provenance, cagey description, general clunkiness of the thing, un-pretty wood etc. Real ones are very elegant, beautiful instruments and no two are alike.
  5. Gads! This is a Chinese made Hardanger fiddle. No question about it. Here's another:<p> Chinese Hardanger
  6. No sense of humor at all...I just can't believe you's just the limit! You have my profound pity, it's very sad, very sad...Yes, I am stupid to have even gone on this forum, (I'm sure as hell not going to learn anything on it from mopes like you) I am not the seller of this ludicrous instrument, nor am I working for the pirates that flogged it. You are a most irritating man and you overstep yourself. I do not like you even one little bit. Stick it in your f-hole buddy!
  7. Lyndon- I am of course joking, jeez! I thought you guys would get a kick out of this.
  8. Me the seller? Heck no. It kind of looks like a Hungarian instrument from the 1820s I have by a fellow named Ertl. The instrument looks pretty cool, but the seller is located in"USA" which is the anonymous seller location for most fraudulent sales, and combined with a no return policy and no feedback as a seller I wouldn't go near it either. That button is odd and it has a real looking Testore brand on it. Maybe a copy?
  9. I just want to post this to see what the lads and lassies have to say about it! VIOLIN on eBay
  10. Thanks for your replies gentlemen! I'm from New Mexico where humidity is never a problem, except its absence. Since moving to Michigan we have often thought the state could use universal climate control. There must be something up and I will have the instrument checked out again. I do hope the restorer accepts squirrel pelts in lieu of cash.
  11. I tried to find a thread relating to this: Summer in Michigan is usually quite humid. This 1938 violin neck angle dropped about 3 or 4 mm. I had it raised over the winter and my tech used a wedge between the block and the heel of the neck. Is this slippage caused by humidity or does this baby need a more expensive fix? Is 26-27 mm correct? It's at about 23 mm now. How much change happens with humidity? We've got 70-100 % most of the summer and in winter I keep it in the case with a dampit.
  12. Indeed, what's all the fuss about? It was located in Rhode Island -It would be easy enough for dealers from NY to get a look at it before bidding. If someone only buys instruments in that range, they wouldn't have a huge feedback rating. I've certainly been to enough junk auctions where there is an item of interest to experts in the field. Word gets out. The damn things break records. In Chicago there was an early Becker violin at the crummiest antique auction and I swear it went for retail. Same for a Knut Reindahl. Then in November of this last year there was a Qianlong Chinese vase in a junk auction in a London suburb sold for 43 million pounds to a dealer from mainland China. I love this particular auctioneer, they have a wide variety of antiques and it is a family run business, taking a lot of consignments. This fiddle caught my eye, I was hoping I could try for it. Most auction houses are now online, which makes it impossible to "get lucky." Oh well!
  13. Golly, I can't help chiming in! I wouldn't buy a fiddle from either of them! In fact I wouldn't buy a fiddle from any violin dealer on eBay. For instance, a year or two back, I saw a Hubicka violin on a Skinner string auction go for $800- the very next week padah-hound had the exact same instrument up on eBay and it went for 3 or 4 thousand. Did the violin suddenly acquire greater value? No, it was still a shop violin but it had the seller talking it up and a lot of bidders with more money than sense, (actually, it only takes two). Both the violins in question on this thread, the "Boston" violin on Padahs site and the Argentine label on al.romeo62s site just look commercial & uninteresting. On the other hand, I would buy a violin from a reputable antiques dealer on eBay if I thought it was good, but I would be bidding against a few eBay violin dealers as well as the collectors. As for "papers" and "guarantees" they usually aren't worth the paper they're printed on.
  15. Henley was a very accomplished violinist in his day. The 'Dictionary' was published after Henley's death in 1957, compiled by Cyril Woodcock from the author's notes. Evidently Woodcock wanted as many entries as possible and so invited descriptions written by the luthiers themselves. Check out the entry for A. H. Merrill, an extreme example. It's a really fun article in the October 2003 Strad.
  16. <p>There is a new kind of Warchal Brilliant string set called "Vintage" on sale on eBay at fsg88 for $25. I just put them on my 1927 J.R. Carlisle and I am really, really liking them. They have a very deep, varied, pleasing tone right out of the bag, with no popcorn noises or nasal qualities most perlon strings possess. My old JR sounds like a new fiddle with that old ring and sizzle but with an added depth! These strings brought out some hidden strengths in the instrument. I think these are the best you can get right now without spending a full weeks food budget. Strings are just outrageous right now and the big houses never cut the customer any slack. I have also used the Warchal Karneol and Amethyst on various instruments and I liked them. I have tried Dominants and they are usually O.K., except the "e" which always stinks. Visions and Infeld Blues are too artificial sounding -kazoo like on most instruments, very shallow and bright. I like Larson Tzgane, Infeld Red and Obligato but they are way too pricey. Evah Pirazzis I only tried on one violin once and they sounded like a garbage truck so I didn't use them again but maybe someday... I want to try Corelli Crystals some time because they are cheap and price is a big issue. I like Tonicas- I bought a set from Shar and Ouch! Didn't save any money on that! If the economy doesn't recover I'll let this forum know how the nylon fishing line is sounding.
  17. This is a fraudulent listing, there is absolutely no doubt. This seller has MULTIPLE seller ids, no location is listed, (one sure warning sign) The format is exactly as countless previous listings from the last few years. Because the listing is deceptive, the instrument, undoubtedly Chinese, will sell for 10-20 times what it's worth and the sale is final. Stay away!
  18. I don't agree with this policy. I don't believe it is fair to the consignors or the buyers- and particularly since one might not agree with an attribution nor be able to travel for the viewing. The head view is necessary for a proper judgment.
  19. I have been a buyer and a seller for 9 years with 100% feedback. I do not think these changes to the feedback system are going to solve the problem for buyers and they are going to make it unpleasant or untenable for honest sellers. In my case, I sell an item, I write the buyer to see if it arrived. I receive dead silence in many cases, and no feedback. I have always offered a complete return in my listings as a matter of course, refunding postage as well, but this makes no difference, the buyer is out there somewhere likely in a sulk, unhappy with something but they won't communicate it. If I mail something overseas, (often without any tracking ability, to lower the postage), how am I to know the thing arrived or in one piece if they won't answer email or leave feedback? As a seller, I will withhold feedback until I get some communication from the buyer, any thing at all. To me the transaction is not completed until the buyer is satisfied. The buyer has a responsibility to me beyond just paying for the item, and I state this in my listing. This is where eBay differs from K-Mart. The buyer needs to be fair as well as the seller. With this change to the feedback system I think passive-agressive buyers (and I am one too), are going to act out, and this will result in fewer honest sellers wanting to put up with eBay. It will have the opposite of the desired result, in that there will be far fewer honest sellers. P.S. quote:"Please ask all questions before bidding. All sales are final we represent items to the best of our knowledge. Items sold AS IS." As an experienced buyer, as well as a seller, I would NEVER buy an instrument, or any thing else, from a seller with these kind of terms!
  20. quote: "We talk a lot about how setup will transform an instrument, but those great transformations are apparent to people with pretty good ears. For the general population and many players the changes from setup are pretty subtle if noticed at all." quote: "If this is a violin shop, strange that they haven't done a proper setup" I just have to get in my two cents worth. This is the attitude taken by most violin shops. In their arrogance, they will charge you the same whether they perform good work or not. I recall the horrible setups I have gotten from "reputable" violin shops for $200 to $300. Robertsons, Semans, Shar, Fritz Reuter, and I could go on, only to have a conscientious luthier toss the whole set up later on! The bridge, followed by the post, is the most important link between your bowing and the instrument. This is what produces the sound. A mm. here and there makes a tremendous difference. Honestly, some of these average shops don't employ a soul who knows how to carve a bridge. No person qualified would want to work for them for any length of time. Or take a good shop like Semans, if they don't think you or your instrument are worth the bother, they don't bother, but they'll charge you just the same. Or go to your average shop: A440 in Chicago and see what kind of set up you'd get, and see if you even get your violin back in one piece! Perfect place to go if you want a bridge with club feet two yards wide or you want your wash-tub bass adjusted! Don't assume that because you are in a "violin" shop they have your, or your instrument's, best interests at heart. If my instrument is worth under $5000 and I am an amateur player, why shouldn't I get the same service as Mr. Concertmaster, if I am paying the same amount of money? Why shouldn't the violin sound its best? Maybe my ears are too good for my own good, maybe I'm old fashioned, but when I pay money for a service I think it is reasonable to expect it be performed, even if myself and my instrument are unimportant! Finally: any amateur can tell the difference in the sound with a good setup, i.e. bridge & post. It is immediately apparent even with a cheaper instrument.
  21. I just put on a set of Ametyst strings on a hand made German/Austrian-American violin from the 30s. Really, really nice. I like every string on there, the 'e' is lovely. Loads of color across the range. The dominants sounded very tinny on this instrument. I have found Visions to sound quite artificial, whiney like fishing line. I like these Ametyst better than any string I've tried; Obligato, Infield blue & Red, Vision & Vision titanium, and Larsen Tzgani. I tried Evah Pirazzi on one instrument once and never gave them a second chance. I am eager to try these strings on another good instrument and have ordered a set of each of the three from and I can't wait to try the others on various instruments.
  22. I don't trust the format and the yarn that goes with it, six violins bought at an estate sale, but not a violin expert, no returns, no feedback to speak of. I've seen this exact format innumerable times in the last ten years, but usually with Italian labels. So I think it is German because it doesn't look Chinese, but then again, the scroll looks Czech. the Varotti might be a good copy, grafted scroll, abrasion in the treble C bout, stuff like that. Who knows.
  23. O.K. the last one I posted had too much of a resemblance to a factory fiddle for some.... This one is more interesting to the naked eye, now what do you make of this? Unfortunately I am unable to use the EditLive for Java on this Mac it seems. Yes, no maybe...Johannes Varotti 1798: And here one with an American label that I think is German(Victor Carol Squier):
  24. (Pappy; I took the liberty of making this a clickable link. Can be done in the screen before posting. Jeffrey) Ebay sale link