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  1. http://cgi.ebay.com.au/fine-old-italian-vi...Z1QQcmdZViewItm Item number: 130215832479 "http://pics.ebaystatic.com/aw/pics/globalAssets/rtCurve.gif"> height="4" src="http://pics.ebaystatic.com/aw/pics/s.gif">
  2. I foolishly bought an "Italian violin" on ebay a number of years ago from mrz2001- I had bid on the item but was outbid, and lost it - only to then be approached and told it was still for sale - I was so desperate to buy a violin for my daughter and believed the positive feedback that I sent off the $5,000. The violin is probably Italian according to various local luthiers - but it is very roughly and amateurishly made - it is heavy and thick and even one of the peg holes is too close to the edge - it is also semi-raw finished ie not varnished - which you couldn't tell in the glossy ebay pics. So I was done big time with no recourse as I had bought outside of the auction. About a year after that I had saved another $5,000 and did it again - this time I had bought a viola on auction and had it valued for $5,000 more than I paid for it - so I asked the seller if they had a violin - the seller had already sold many of her supposed "collection" and had a refund policy - so I gave her $5,000 with a guarantee that I'd get a refund if not happy - this was also done outside of the auction - (I know I'm mental). Anyway- this violin according to local luthiers is a Joseph Hornsteiner about 1803 and it is just wonderful - we recently had a cremonese exhibition here and my daughter tried a number of new cremonese instruments around $15,000 - her little old ebay violin ( and it is just slightly smaller - 352 I think) - was just as powerful and projecting but far warmer and mature. She also managed to be heard clearly and warmly over the orchestra in the Wieniawski 2nd. Mind you the $20,000 Cremonese she tried was noticeably better. Ebay is a gamble but sometimes it does pay off. And good Italians seem to only come with a heavy price.