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Everything posted by arglebargle

  1. Some interesting instruments, but I have to say, the "Molitor" Strad is one of the more beautiful violins out there. There are strads, and there are Stradivarius, and that violin is a great example of what the man was capable of at his best. Huzzah, you dead Italian!
  2. Some interesting instruments, but I have to say, the "Molitor" Strad is one of the more beautiful violins out there. There are strads, and there are Stradivarius, and that violin is a great example of what the man was capable of at his best. Huzzah, you dead Italian!
  3. I wonder if it has it's original bass bar, or if it was "improved." "Slimy" indeed.
  4. but Maestronet has just kept getting worse and worse. I know very little about servers and what-not, but I do know that every other site I visit, (ones with huge amounts of animated flash ads and etc.) load quickly and completely. I go to Maestronet, and pbbbt. Nothing or just mind-numbingly slow. There must be some sort of fix? Please? (Thanks for the vent.)
  5. Let's all say this a few dozen times. I'm sure that between two Strads, or any maker, modern or otherwise, one would be able to pick one that was better suited to them, that had a sound that they considered superior. Why? Let's all say it again: They all come out different.
  6. I personally find the f-holes sooooo much easier to "see" with the purfling installed. It's kind of like looking at an idea of a violin, rather then the actual thing. I'm aware that this is the order of work for a lot of people, but it never made any sense to me. Oh well
  7. Honestly, I would just leave it alone and proceed as you would. Experience has shown me that the more you "eff" with little spots like that, the worse they get. And once you start really adding color, that might be the least of you worries. If you do a good job with your colored varnish, then no one will notice. And if they do? Screw em. Tell them you did it on purpose, and do a better job the next time.
  8. So what is it? And what exactly would you like to know?
  9. oops. I guess a j-hole's not what I assumed it was. Proceed.
  10. So, the final price for the pictures was $75,076. Interesting. Seems like a fair price to me, but the starting price of half a million seemed pretty outrageous Guess I don't really know what to make of it. How would you value something like that?
  11. Please point out the instance where I said he was "lying" about this instrument. This topic took a rather interesting (imo) turn into what does a picture reveal about a violin. At no point did I ever accuse the original poster of lying about the viola. As eyewitnesses have shown, this is an UNDAMAGED instrument. Fine. I believe it 100%. There is no damage to this viola. Hooray!!!! :) It was a curious picture, which more then a couple of people seemed to think showed major damage. If I were to be shown that picture today, out of the blue, with no info about it's origin or owner, I would still say that that is a picture of a broken top. Again, I'm glad it's not. One thing that I found interesting was the truckload of bullsh*t photographic speculation that was instantly shipped in over this picture. Opinions are like... llowman: Congratulations to you and your daughter. I wish you both happiness and the best of luck with your beautiful new viola. Please convey to your daughter, if you wish, that my comments (and I would assume all comments) were not of a personal nature, nor directed at her or her new instrument. Thank you.
  12. People still make that model. I saw an example in the last few years. It's big and funky. And very beautiful. I don't remember by who or from when. It wasn't particularly new. German? Gutter? Don't do drugs.
  13. What crack? I just see a string reflection.
  14. Now, I don't mean to be an a-hole, or to stir a pot that's already cooked, but how in God's name do you see those as string reflections? They are broken, bent lines that don't make any sense as a reflection. For example, the first line, or the "e string reflection", clearly stops and moves about a mm over to the treble side. So, if we were all looking at this violin on the Tarisio website, trying to decide whether or not to bid on it during an auction, would you really look at that picture and decide that it's just string reflections? I think not. And can anyone show me another picture of a violin, out of the countless thousands that have been taken, where that "string reflection" occurred? Again, I hope this viola is healthy and safe, but let's be honest with what we are all looking at. That is a picture of a cracked and broken top.
  15. Yup. I'm seeing the same thing. Strange. There also appears to be some varnish damage on the back in some pictures, but not in others. A beautiful instrument, all the same. I hope it's o.k.
  16. Again. Good advice offered and some silly excuse from Yuen. Just buy the damn book! Don't worry, it won't make you an expert.
  17. Yuen, this is a simple procedure. You can easily do it with your hammer, screwdriver, dulled cutting instrument, tape measure, thumb tacks, balled up twine, sorghum glue, fish paste, fence jack, tattoo ink caddy, mitre box cozy, left-handed bacon stretcher, and pencil. GO FOR IT! :) B)
  18. One must always love and respect the Carcassi brothers, for whatever reason.
  19. And some would call it willful ignorance. But I would allow that I am making some strong assumptions about Yuen. One works with the materials provided.
  20. Yuen, sweet Yuen. A little off topic, but... time and time again I have seen you offered one on one , personal help and guidance from some very capable and competent (to say the least!) luthiers. "Come", they say. "Let me help you. FOR FREE!!!!!!!!!" And you? You have some phoney excuse in your phoney broken english as to why you can't. You are full of it, Fellow. I have gratefully gone to great lengths both monetarily and physically to avail myself of luthiers willing to teach. It's what you do. Always and at any time. Let me be blunt. Accept someone's grace and go learn, or stop pretending to care about violins. You are a farce and a waste of time if you ignore, over and over again(!), a learning oppurtunity in this field. You can speak and type better then you pretend to. You are smarter then you let on. Do us all a favor and stop jerking everyone around! The poor ignorant goofball act has gotten pretty old. That being said, good luck, and please!!!! Take the help thats offered!
  21. Yuen, What in the name of God are you doing in that picture?
  22. Why don't you ship it with the set-up completely off? It'll be easier to do the varnish work that way anyhow. Then you only have the fingerboard to worry about.