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: http://tarisio.com/pages/about/photo_instr.php
  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 on
  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 prigs....it'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 i
  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" viol
  14. http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewI...e=STRK:MEWAX:IT
  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 outr
  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.
  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
  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 goo
  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: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewI...:MEWA:IT&ih=008 And here one with an American label that I think is German(Victor Carol Squier): http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewI...:MEWA:IT&ih=009
  24. (Pappy; I took the liberty of making this a clickable link. Can be done in the screen before posting. Jeffrey) Ebay sale link