Mark Neukirchen

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  1. Yes, your conclusion is speculative, along with your unnecessary derogatory comments.
  2. 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?
  3. 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?
  4. 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
  5. 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 should, at least in theory, eliminate the risk of getting something unusable or seriously defective. In any event, caveat emptor.
  6. 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?
  7. The estimate proved to be a bit on the conservative side. Any thoughts as to who made it?
  8. 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: Answer: What is better than being seen on the side of a piece of toast? Question: Answer: What is yet another sighting? Question: Answer: What is great for erasing that embarrassing missed note? Question: Answer: What is used to capture the soul of one violin for transplantation into another? Question: Answer: What is a Mosaic Maestro? Question: Answer: Why did Professor Brynner insist that all his violin students take steroids? Question: Answer: What is a Brynner Roid Rage? Question: Answer: Who is Santa Svengali? Question: Answer: How did Mrs. Stradivari pass the hours while Antonio toiled in his shop? Question:!55122!US!-1 Answer: What took 1st place in the Transylvania violin making competition? Question: Answer: What was the location of the 1996 Yellow Springs Mouse & Garden Exposition? Question: Answer: Why should you never let Uri Geller hold your violin? Question: Answer: What may be much better suited for clearing the snow around Barbie’s Fun House? Question: Answer: Who coined the philosophical phrase, if a tree falls in the forest and there’s no one there to hear it, does it still make a sound? Question: Answer: What was made during Eugen’s effeminate period? Question: Answer: Who is Maestro Me and Mini Me? Question: Answer: Who had his head surgically repositioned over his right shoulder to better facilitate playing his oversize viola? Question: Answer: What resulted in third degree burns to Santa’s privates? Question: Answer: What is a valid reason to issue an Amber Alert? Question: Answer: Who ran Guy Lombardo right out of town? Question: Answer: What lost its head during a drug induced mania? Question: Answer: What is the property of Maestro Spongebob Squarepants? Question: Answer: Who stole from the rich and gave to the poor, accept for the Strads, which he kept for himself? Question: Answer: What is a minor chinrest repair in between songs? Question:
  9. 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?
  10. 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 and back had been specifically made for this violin, would they still be replacement parts or would the violin then be deemed a composite?
  11. 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?
  12. Here’s a Stainer on Tarisio described as fine, even though its top has been replaced. One might think that its fine designation would have fallen in the trash can along with its original top. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a beautiful instrument with historical importance, but is a violin with a replacement top still worthy of being referred to as fine?
  13. Just curious, do you happen to remember if the other auction houses handled their fee increases with the same apparent stealth? Also, how does Tarisio's 41% total take (21% seller, 20% buyer) compare to that of other auction houses?