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  1. Just came across this site which has the Skinner May and October 2009 Musical Instrument Auction Catalogs for download. They are free but you have to sign up (free of charge) http://www.scribd.com/doc/14199442/Skinner...cal-Instruments
  2. IBK

    Cracked tip?

    I would agree with Fellow that if it is just the ivory tip which is fractured that is not a problem. Replacement with either bone or mastadon will preserve the value of the bow. If however, the walls of the tip are fractured, that is another matter entirely and could present big problems for subsequent rehairings. Perhaps that is why the Nurnberger is priced at only $2000.
  3. Bugs in the Bow from the Strad Magazine Feb, 1989 Bugs_in_the_Bow.pdf
  4. I have the article you are all looking for and will scan and post it tomorrow 2/3 when I get into my shop, barring any objection from the folks at The Strad Magazine
  5. Sounds pretty much like what goes on today. A prominent Philadelphia firm comes to mind.
  6. Certainly not a great instrument, but it looks like a clean break if that is the only problem. I think that it could be replaced for less than the cost of the repair and would probably sound better, but at that level of instrument, who knows. For an instrument that was run over by a car, I am surprised that it didn't sustain greater damage. I once had an instrument brought into my shop which was also run over by a vehichle. The violin and case were an integrated mess and would have required micro surgery.
  7. Any type of liquid or wax applied to the surface of an instrument with a crack can cause extreme complication for a restorer. It becomes even more of a problem when an old crack has not been properly repaired. Wax based polishes have solvents in them such as nitro benzine. They clean and polish and can leave an oily residue even when wiped off the surface. I have seen wax based polishes used on newly varnished instruments that cause the varnish to crackle. Nice for antiquing but not for an evenly color varnished instrument. Proceed with extreme caution when attempting to clean or polish an instrument.
  8. I think that most Americans have a soft spot for the Jackson Guldan violins because of their place in history. During WW II when violns were not avialable from Europe or from Japan, it was the Jacskon Guldan violin which supplied the US with its supply of new and inexpensive violins.
  9. Nice fiddle, even with the condition issues. Quite possibly Testore school, especially the ff holes. I don't think that it is Tyrolean. Of course buying a violin of this type on eBay is always a gamble as you don't know how it sounds and how the repairs were done.
  10. The sad news that Olando Cole has passed away at 101 years of age as reported by Curtis Institute http://www.curtis.edu/html/21160.shtml He was a great cellist and one of the nicest persons you would ever want to meet. He owned the "Sleeping Beauty" Montagnana cello which was a featured poster in the Strad Magazine some years ago.
  11. Looks like your fiddle was the residence of a family of mice. Now that would not have happened if your very handsome cat was on the scene.
  12. I suspect that this is what he might have used on that telecast.
  13. I don't think that this cello has anything to do with any member of the Guadagnini family. It looks like a 19th century commercial instrument that at one time may have served as a "mouse house."
  14. Last night PBS presented Joshua Bell and Friends from Lincoln Center in NYC. It looked like he was playing a modern instrument, however the announcer said that he was playing the Hubermann Strad. It looked too new to be a Strad. Any one know what he was playing ????
  15. Good decision, you are a gentleman
  16. Amongst other things, a poor economy and increased competition form American based auction venues and shops within the Philadelphia area. It is an unfortunate fact that violin firms come and go. eg. Wurlitzer, W.E. Hill and others which were highly respected violin houses.
  17. Remember the Giovanni Iviglia, Strad investigations of the earlly 1950's??
  18. The metal tube like portion which holds the sound post vertical could be a problem with an instrument having narrow ff holes. Also, how do you use it with fractional size violins?? Quote: DBurns "I wonder how you will pick-up a dropped post?" Hold the violin over your head ff holes pointed toward the floor and "Shake Rattle and Roll" :)
  19. Have you determined that this is not a viola bow??
  20. Well, I see that viola jokes have finally gone high tech. I would spend $9.95 for one. Where do you place your order? :)
  21. Enrico Robella is a German instrument, most likely form Markneukirchen. Some say that they were made in the E.H. Roth shop. I have seen evidence to contradict that, or should I say, violins with that label inside which don't appear to be from the Roth shop of old. At any rate, it is a trade name given to high grade violins pre WW2. They were distributed by a N.Y.C. firm named Progressive Music during the 1930's. I have sold serveral over the years, nice fiddles. That name has now been recycled by a big box music retailer and they are at present either Romanian or Chinese.
  22. I always thought that we practised 8 hours each day so that we WOULD NOT sound like that. :)
  23. The Voller Brothers also, in London
  24. One thing that the Rolex counteiters don't do is to make the cases and watch bands from 18kt gold and use genuine diamonds on the dials. If these things are not important to an owner, than a fake Rolex probably serves it's intended purpose, to give the impression of being the real thing.
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