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  1. The button looks really weird to me. The stamp is not quite what I expected. I own an Andre Vigneron and have seen lots of others. The pics doesn't look like the Vignerons I know.
  2. It looks really nice. Can you post sound clips of your instrument?
  3. My instrument-shopping pal told me to always trust me 1st impression. If your gut says otherwise, then back out of the the deal. Even if the paperwork and the instrument check out, you are always going to have that doubt. Would a paper from Charles Beare make you feel much comfortable such that you would want to buy that instrument willingly and whole heartedly? In additional, why would you want to pay for an instrument doesn't have much originality left? Revarnished, lots repairs, and odd scroll graft? And a dealer with bad business manners? I believe you can always get a refund on the deposit if you are not going through with the deal... I hope you have a receipt though! I think in your situation, it's not so much that have you been scammed. It's whether you will let yourself get scammed?!
  4. I think looks and sound are independant. I remember playing a very ugly violin by Nicolas Vuillaume at Tarisio a couple years back. I didn't want to believe the violin sounded good, but it was much better sounding than most other instruments. Maggini, Da Salo, and Gagliano family all used much plainer backs. However, you don't find many peopel disputing the sound of instruments made by these makers. Don't let your eyes fool your ears. Don't let your eyes fool your heart either.
  5. Hi Yuen, Although I'd like to find out who made your violin but I won't ask... My experience with my owm commissioned violin is that, after owming it for almost 4 yrs, the sound got better. The power is still the same but the sound has matured. You should bring the violin back to the luthier and have him take a look. I know fingerboard projection usually changes after a year. I am not this change would cause your violin to "lose" its sound.
  6. My personal favourites are... Andrew Manze Hilary Hahn... don't forget... Christian Tetzlaff!
  7. I agree with your interpretation... cus the tone improved like day and night. More isn't better, for once.
  8. I took my bow for rehair yesterday. While the hair was being removed from the frog, there was a piece of paper in the mortise... It reads "on ne parle pas la bouche pleine". I think I know what that means but the French experts, please chime in! The hair on my bow, before the rehair, was very very full. And someone used some superglue to make the hair stay in place. The bowmaker had to remove some ebony when he was only aiming at removing the hair. So I certainly "couldn't speak with a mouthfull" because I was unhappy with the previous rehair, whom I have no clue that person is. Anyway, do rehair experts like to stick pieces of paper in the frog for the next person?
  9. THE HAIR!!! For the first time I realize how much difference good hair makes. When I first got one of my bows, the bow plaed okay and sounded okay. After a rehair, things complete changed. I did not know the bow hair makes such a huge effect on the tone. The playability is before and after this amazing rehair was similar but the tone is very different. After the good rehair, the tone is more intense and focused. HAIR HAIR HAIR!
  10. I am not sure how accurately you can judge an instrument/bow from just the pictures. I've seen many very nice pictures of instruments/bows over the internet and when I have them in hands, they were rather disappointing, and vice versa. Instruments appeared crappy doesn't mean it'll sound bad and vice versa. Depending on whether you are a collector and/or player, the appearance may not mean as much as the sound. Paganini's Cannone looked really "roughed-up" back at the turn of last century. In fact it may have sounded bad at that time. The very same instrument appears to be different today, tonally and aesthetically. My point is, pictures may not always be able to support a conclusion. But again, opinions are personal and everyoen is entitled to their own despite their credential.
  11. Just to let everyone know... I posted a couple of things over www.netinstruments.com and www.usedviolins.com. I get about 5-10 scam mails everyday very similar to the one you described. So if anyone who wants to post their item on either of those sites, think 3 times. You'll be annoyed with these mails very soon. These sites are free to post but will cost you to remove your posting. After months of posting, I have not received any "real" inquiries. So leave these sites alone.
  12. looks like you need to bring that to a shop and have them take a look. It's hard to see whats the issue but the bar doesn't appear to be glued to the table.
  13. Couple musician friends of mine got violins from Sam Z. They said there disappointed.
  14. The best instrument I've ever played was a Maggini violin.
  15. regardless of if the items is what the seller says is and despite the authenticity of the certificate, I think it's always very risky to spend a big chunk of dough on intruments over eBay without seeing it in person.
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