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  1. Thanks for all your kind replies. Yes, I also found no example in the books. The bow was rehaired and I wondered about the frog. I asked with the owners permission, maybe he'll do more research and if he get a result , I´ll be happy to report. The difference to original Hills is of course the continued rail, which usually ends there before. The possibility of a fake was my guess, although the rest of the bow seemed right, precise made and in its way "fine". Since this model of frogs isn't sharp feathered, it isn't less dangered than the pictured example from the other thread. Thanks again to everyone!
  2. Here I have a nicely made bow with a Nürnberger stamp. Everything looks fine except the frog slide in the Hill style. I have never seen or heard about an example like this. Is it possible or is the stamp a fake?
  3. Why use many people the board to denounce dealers or auction houses publicly lately? If I think a dealer is too expensive and I can get the same goods cheaper elsewhere, I don't buy from him. It's actually pretty easy. It makes a difference to discuss a price or to set up a pillory. If I want to buy at a specialist auction without being a specialist and do not want to take any risks, I leave it, especially if I cannot read the terms and conditions. Pretty easy again. If I'm too stupid to see cracks big a canyon, I shouldn't bare myself crying publicly in a forum. I am really glad that I can write anonymously here, but blaming public figures anonymously without supporting facts is just as indecent as the biggest bullies in history are behaving in the anti-social media. I'm sorry, but just had to puke.
  4. I really appreciate the kindness and generosity of sharing your knowledge and experience. Thanks for that! FC: I also believe that an optimal (let's call it "favourite") balance point in terms of weight is player specific. But I believe on an for the most players (let´s call it "democratically" ) optimal point with regard to off string techniques balanced between power/strength and softness/suspension. Matching these two points in one would be an ideal. And yes, this bow came with a rest of silver tinsel.
  5. Thank you both very much for your prompt answers. Yes, the balance point was the reason for my question. I'm afraid I have to sacrifice the "auction weight" of a probably Knopf to the optimal balance. Are there any numbers of how far the balance point will move up with hair vs without? Perhaps the winding should be done after rehairing in this case. Thanks again!
  6. Could someone tell me what's the approximate weight difference between a 0.30 mm silver lapping and a 0.35 mm silver tinsel lapping? I know I could weight a similar long piece of each to get the difference (minus approx. 25% from the tinsel for the diameter), but my scale is out of order and I'm still waiting for two weeks for a new one. Perhaps somebody has a number... Thanks
  7. I would like to strongly doubt that. You could have met the same bidders there. And I wouldn't make a forecast for these times ... What do you mean with more authentic. It was an affordable auction, no valuation, no attribution.
  8. Excuse the short answer, was'nt meant to be snooty. The first one looks like a Mittenwald violin from the second half of the 19th century, the second one like a Saxon violin from the first half of the 20th century. Both instruments are typical and the products of cottage industries, distributed by wholesalers (called Verleger in Mittenwald and Fortschicker im Markneukirchen). Neuner & Hornsteiner and J A Baader were the biggest in Mittenwald. The system of the partial work and the construction methods were different on both places. Typical for each of this both instruments is e.g. the kind of varnish, the model and the work on the scrolls. For the Markneukirchen fiddle (includes the region of the Saxon Vogtland and the border area of the Bohemian Sudetenland) is e.g. the style of the (screwdriver) antiquing and shading of the varnish very typical, for the Mittenwalder this kind of dark red brown varnish. Corresponding to different construction methods the rib corners are executed in typical different ways. But this are only two of many other details. You will find a lot of information in older posts at this forum, Jacob wrote a good list of details and information about the methods to tell them apart. Use the search function. Given the same (acceptable) condition, the Mittenwald violin would be valued higher. But it depends on the work they need. With these Mittenwald instruments you should e.g. always check the stop length, the relations are sometimes wrong according to today's standards. As said before, according to the photos, there seems to be an issue with the neck.
  9. To me it looks like a wreck of a nice old Mittenwald violin. Crazy times...
  10. To me the neck of the Mittenwald fiddle seems not to be aligned, the neck angle seems to be too low, it doesn´t have a decent bridge... The pictures of the markie tell you nothing than it´s a lower grade instrument as Deans said. If you can get it very cheap and want to repair the fiddles for yourself it´s a gamble, otherwise it´s crazy to buy without an inspection.
  11. It was also my guess that the affordable auctions put on many instruments that would have been sold on eBay some years ago. On one hand there are higher buyer commissions on the other hand the condition reports and much more reliable and the shipping much safer. Retail prices for older lower end instruments are now perhaps expected to increase gradually. I myself was very surprised by the results when I sold some repair instruments in an AA. The results were probably much higher than I would have achieved in an Ebay auction.
  12. Are you asking me? No I didn't bid on it but I have to admit I like this kind of student fiddles, plain but pretty and classic. To me it looks like a pre war (I?) fiddle from the Vogtland but I'm always open for other opinions, I would be very interested wich details make BF think its post war. Perhaps has NoLuckSchmuck won the auction and could provide more detailed pics?
  13. No claims. Old violin with case...old condition.
  14. Bongartz has had two auctions annually for over 30 years. In 2018 none took place, in May 2019 was the last one. To speculate in a public forum anonymously on lawsuits, makes a comment unnecessary. Maybe the Germans are not too kind with that, but I think they can read: "The catalogue details, which have been compiled to the best of our knowledge and belief, do not have warranted status in the legal sense and shall be deemed to have informative character only; they shall not become an integral part of the contractual agreement pertaining to condition. The same shall apply in respect of information of any nature or content, whether same be in verbal or in written form. The level of preservation is not specified throughout in the catalogue, and therefore detail which is found to have been omitted shall not be deemed either to constitute contractual agreement in respect of condition; all items shall be deemed to have been sold per level of preservation and condition prevailing upon knock-down." Caveat emptor! The investment instrument business has certainly a high entertainment factor and is very interesting for business theories, but for many of the visiting dealers, these are simply one way to stock up on bread and butter instruments. All suggested cities are great venues for possible changes and for sure worth constant visits