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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 should, at least in theory, eliminate the risk of getting something unusable or seriously defective. In any event, caveat emptor.
  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? https://t2-auctions.com/auctions/lot/?csid=2198913024&cpid=3542040576&filter_key=
  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: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Victoria-the-Violin-Fairy-Rainbow-Magic-Music-Fairies-6/332785485695?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649 Answer: What will you dream if you eat a tuna sandwich right before bed? Question: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Surrealist-portrait-violin-mermaid-vintage-oil-painting-signed-/253854500588?nordt=true&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.m43663.l10137 Answer: What is better than being seen on the side of a piece of toast? Question: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Antique-Violin-Scroll-Head-Rare-Unusual-Carved-Face-Early-Handcrafted-Insturment/112682333265?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649 Answer: What is yet another sighting? 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  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 and back had been specifically made for this violin, would they still be replacement parts or would the violin then be deemed a composite?
  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?
  14. 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? https://tarisio.com/auctions/auction/lot/?csid=2198749184&cpid=3495804928&filter_key=
  15. 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?
  16. It appears that you may have a misunderstanding on the commission structure. The 21% fee (20% commission plus 1% insurance) applies to the first $10,000 on any sale, no matter if it is $1000 or $100,000. So an instrument with a selling price of $10,000 would have a fee of $2100, and an instrument with a selling price of $100,000 would also have a fee of $2100. I should add that they also have a $90 minimum commission per instrument sold.
  17. Thanks for chiming in. I have a few questions for you. On average, approximately what percentage of your sales fall into the over $10,000 category? How did you notify your previous/repeat consignors of the commission change? Was the motive for making the change to increase revenue, to increase the number of over $10,000 consignments, or to decrease the number of below $10,000 consignments?
  18. Doubling the commission is troubling, but even more disconcerting to me is the lack of an announcement regarding the increase, along with an explanation as to why it took place. I’m on both their email and snail mail list and have not noticed any communication regarding this increase. Were they just going to surprise people with the news when it came time to sign the contract? This definitely leaves a bad taste in my mouth.
  19. I just noticed on Tarisio's website (buried within the Selling FAQs) that their selling commission has now increased from 9% (plus 1% for insurance) of the first $7000, to 20% (plus 1% for insurance) of the first $10,000. Seems pretty bold. Just curious, was anyone already aware of this increase? If so, how did you learn about it? I had no clue.
  20. I just noticed this update on Tarisio adding the rosewood restriction. https://tarisio.com/buyers-sellers/buyers/endangered-protected-species/
  21. Alex, I’ll take eBay violins for $200. Answer: http://www.ebay.com/itm/VINTAGE-MINIATURE-VIOLIN-WITH-MOTHER-OF-PEARL-INLAY-WOOD-CASE-1880-S-VERY-GOOD-/332116817773?_trksid=p2047675.l2557&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&nma=true&si=6tx1TjyhAu%2B3bQr%2FtB0i62W20Ik%3D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc Question: What ever happened to Jiminy Cricket’s fiddle? Answer: http://www.ebay.com/itm/ANTIQUE-1825-VIOLIN-HAND-SIGNED-MUNSTER-INSIDE-PLEASE-HELP-IDENDIFYING-IT-/142289232084?hash=item21211960d4%3Ag%3AYVAAAOSwLEtYmqPX&nma=true&si=QoPGgZrQaRzJppe0A7MXKEkeDq4%3D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2557 Question: What was Herman creating in Grandpa’s laboratory? Answer: http://www.ebay.com/itm/322398671482?_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT Question: What is the secret to balancing a bow on your head? Answer: http://www.ebay.com/itm/142279056497?_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT Question: What ever happened to Seinfeld’s puffy shirt? 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  22. No, the examples I have seen were done very precisely. Perhaps the purfling was somehow masked off to prevent the tell-tail marks. There again, the best test to determine if the flame is painted is to carefully look for the chatoyancy when moving the instrument. If there's no visible movement in the flame, it's virtually always painted on. Here's an example of what the backs looked like. I'm not saying that this example is fake -- it just helps convey the quality level of the painted flame. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Old-Czech-master-violin-labeled-Herclik-1959-Old-fine-violin-/222397317473?_trksid=p2047675.l2557&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&nma=true&si=f2hXRBiLPPMcMVvRwZlrhItx0uE%3D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc
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