Mark Neukirchen

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  1. The information I have on the bow was obtained only in passing, however it is my understanding that it's a Dominque. I do not know the reason why the bushings were installed or the credibility of the individual or firm claiming its authenticity. Thank you all for your comments...and a special thanks to Martin for sharing his knowledge so generously.
  2. A friend of mine is considering the purchase of fine old Peccatte viola bow, however its nipple and inner bore have been bushed. I was just curious how much of a price impact this type of restoration will typically have on a bow of this caliber?
  3. Yes, your conclusion is speculative, along with your unnecessary derogatory comments.
  4. I still do not understand why you feel that any form of deception was intended. Since the maker was able to use glued in bars in repairs and chose not to utilize them for new instruments, isn't it also then possible that integral bars were simply perceived by the maker to be superior to glued in bars?
  5. The "usual uninformed," ouch. (Note to self, do not participate in Blank Face quizzes in the future, lol.) I am curious, though, as to why you believe that the amount of detail work that went into creating that bar was performed strictly to deceive instead of just being a sign of good craftsmanship when utilizing this style of bar?
  6. I’m putting my money on a glued bar. While the photo shows the back of a rather crude f-hole that is somewhat typical of violins with integral bass bars, the bottom of the bar shows a distinct, consistent corner break along its edge, indicating that it was likely made independent from the top. In addition, the precise form of the top to bar angle coupled with the precision of the straight line established by the bar would be very difficult to achieve in an integral bar. JMHO
  7. I think it’s safe to say that the minimum value is strictly relative to the level of instrument knowledge possessed by the buyer. For example, a knowledgeable person may be able to locate a very nice old violin on eBay or Craigslist for several hundred dollars. That same nice old violin in a retail shop could be justifiably priced at several thousand dollars or more. The risk verses reward principle applies. If you want to pay the lower price, you will likely have to accept a higher level of risk in order to obtain the higher potential reward. The higher retail price paid to a reputable dealer
  8. I have the utmost respect for the incredible skill required to be a good bow maker, yet I’ve always wondered about one thing. With such careful hands and amazing attention to detail, why is it rather commonplace for the makers stamp to be crooked?
  9. The estimate proved to be a bit on the conservative side. Any thoughts as to who made it?
  10. Alex, I’ll take eBay violins for $400. Answer: Who will leave a brand new string if you leave your broken string under your pillow? Question: Answer: What will you dream if you eat a tuna sandwich right before bed? Question:
  11. Thank you for sharing your insight and thoughts on this violin. May I ask your opinion as to what constitutes a composite component verses a replacement part? For example, would it be normal industry practice to identify a violin as a composite, even if the replacement part was expertly made specifically for the instrument?
  12. That would seem more appropriate from my perspective, however I still find it odd for an item missing a major original component to be referred to as fine. Good, perhaps, but fine -- no. JMHO. I wonder if Tarisio has ever sold an instrument entitled, A Fine Composite Violin. I also wonder what constitutes a composite component verses a replacement part in the fine violin world. In this situation, the top was made specifically for this violin. If the top had once been part of a different instrument, would this violin then be officially identified as a composite? If both the top
  13. I’m not sure if Tarisio subscribes to that hard and fast rule, as I believe that I have seen multiple other golden age makers not possessing the fine designation. Here's a question, and just in your opinion, if the violin had a replacement top and a replacement back, and they were both expertly made by one master maker, would it still be worthy of being called a Fine Austrian Violin by Jacob Stainer? If so, how many replacement parts would it require before it should rightfully lose this specific designation?