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  1. Thanks @Yogic, totally agree about customer feedback, although I am not sure that a public forum on a website is the perfect vehicle for it. Thank you for buying from us. The curse of anonymity is that I don't know what you have bought, but as any buyers are good news. Genuinely - thank you. One of the dangers of anonymity is that we attack the person, thinking we are attacking the argument. I hope I haven't done so, but apologise if I have. I'm not going to go down the rabbit hole of attributions publicly. If you wish, I am happy to answer any private messages you wish to send. On the same subject of feedback @Shelbow thanks for the point about the scroll. Not sure why we have never done it - we shall. Hopefully over Monday / Tuesday. I think we might be able to do it in time. Oh - and on sending bows / violins to the States. @PhilipKT a lot of buyers are from your side of the pond. We do all the paperwork (and shipping) our side and it is fairly effortless (says the man who isn't working until 11pm trying to pack ten cellos for shipment). If you have any questions, do get in touch with Elena or Sarah. Both masters of their art. We do our best, but I am totally aware we drop the ball sometimes - thanks to you chaps who put a good word in. Genuinely grateful. JKB
  2. Well Mr. Yogic, that's you off my Christmas card list. Although as you might have shoved some people towards our website as a result, I might reconsider. Taking the slightly emotive language out of it, you have make some interesting points. 1 - 'Probably'. Almost certainly over-employed in this auction, but there are usually reasons. I would be absolutely fine with the Collin-Mezin were the date not so early. It feels like an example from c.1905-10. The Dupuy looks good, but the only comparative example I can find, while similar, is of a different model. Without getting wearily under-grad about it, pretty much all opinion is a balance of probabilities and perhaps the current market conditions are making me more risk-averse than usual. If you know your Dupuys Mr Yogic, fill your boots. 2 - Well, it's hard to know where to start on this one. I think (if it's ok with you) that we will continue to sell instruments that our buyers want to buy and our sellers want to sell. I won't pretend the revenue isn't welcome either. I like threads like these, they give auctions publicity and sometimes give some genuinely valuable feedback that we try to implement into our auctions, so no stress my end. If you want to launch a zinger back though please bear in mind it's been the first day off I have had for about four months and I am about to re-introduce myself to the joys of Lidl Rioja.
  3. None taken at all - you put your finger on an interesting problem that a lot of auction houses are going to be struggling with. Specialist auction houses are going to be particularly challenged... fun times ahead. I grew up near Stroud - some very, very happy teenage years there.
  4. We're doing our best! Since lockdown we have had three auctions, and this will be our fourth. There are a few nuggets, some fairly decent cellos and a violin or two, but I take your point, which is going to be the same problem most auction houses are going to be having. The nub. We can't find instruments easily, and as we sell c.85% Specialist (and 100% of Affordable) instruments first time round, we don't have many re-offers to rinse and repeat ad infinitum (or nauseam). This is a supply-side problem at the moment and a fascinating one we are trying to crack. Trying to navigate our way between vague advice from the government, understandable caution from vendors and a temporary pause to international travel is an interesting three dimensional puzzle. Not to mention that by far the most valuable person to Amati is Sarah, which means that I should be at home child-wrangling. So here's a plea - if anyone wants us to sell anything (anything!) violins, cellos, grandmothers etc., then please get in touch. Best wishes to all
  5. Yes. Thanks for tagging me. The servers weren't autoscaling and although we fixed it in a few minutes, some people weren't able to place bids and we felt that it was appropriate to delay the end time by 24 hours. This has never happened to us before and we are doing a post-mortem. It may have been a combination of low reserves and quite a strong marketing drive but I will know more tomorrow. Huge apologies to anybody bidding. So far the bidders have been (mostly) very decent. Apologies again.
  6. Keyboard class, thank you for your concern. I have never been better. Eight (?) weeks without travelling or violin hunting has been the purest possible heaven. Sarah is holding the fort at work and juggling rather well. I am bringing some boundaries and stern parenting to the house during the day and the girls now look on me with renewed respect. Housework is remarkably easy as long as I ignore the boring stuff and focus on things like cooking and brewing kombucha. Sarah has been rendered almost speechless on her return from the office. I assume she is mute with wonder at the New Regime. Amati is in good shape, although I think we are all starting to wonder what the next phase of gathering will bring. How on earth we will find the next auction is going to be interesting. It's not as if we are sitting on many un-solds from March. Genuinely, if somebody has a good idea I am all ears. Hope you are all keeping well and that lockdown isn't too ghoulish.
  7. Thank you Mr. Match - I will raise a glass to you this evening.
  8. That's a good idea. I will ask the devs to have a look at it. We keep rolling functionality out, but too often it is based on a cunning idea I have had, as opposed to genuine feedback from clients.
  9. Oh you legend. Sarah was just nudging me to mention it on the thread. While I was putting the information in I totally got your point. It isn't the best AA sale we have ever pulled together, but I think your suggestion might add a few extra bids along the way. Thank you.
  10. For example #199 of why you should always double-check an auctioneer's workings. It turns out the number is actually Viola 138. Which - thanks to Mr. Saunders - is a huge relief as the dedication to Chambers now aligns. Also, I don't even need to mention the 'varnish' inside on the condition report, as it is actually linseed oil and original to the viola which brings us to example #200 of why you should double-check etc. To be fair there are people with good handwriting, and then there are doctors and violin makers. PS - to those of you coming to London for the view. I promise not to greet you with a hand shake / kiss / hug - but do come up and say 'hello', I suspect most of our business will be online for the foreseeable so it will be good to see the ones that make it through the fumes of virus and certain death.
  11. @Fossil Ledges Sorry for late reply (last day or so has been putting the catalogue to bed - always fun - but live now). I can see the attraction of what you are describing. My main concern is 'policing' good practice and the potential damage it would do to our brand. I accept that the AA sales aren't particularly ideal either, so it is as much an exercise in branding as the tech. Sorry brain-fried. PM me directly if bored and we can bounce ideas around. Best wishes, James
  12. Mr. Ledges, am always happy to encourage the hoarders. In fact, the next couple of months might be nothing but as I think my valuation days might be on pause for the foreseable. Please PM me - would love to help. As for organising the sales, can you help me out a bit on this?
  13. Ok chaps - thanks for this. Game on. We'll change the cataloguing in our Affordable Sales. @GeorgeH thank you for the suggestion. @jacobsaunders label photographs is more of an engineering problem than a management one, but I think we should be able to get it to work. Thanks all - enjoy the evening.
  14. Ok - fair enough. May I think about it? I agree it doesn't take much to do but I am haunted by buyers buying 'A violin labelled Klotz' as a genuine Klotz.