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  1. Oh now I understand your apparent bias/sarcasm... http://www.trickleupeconomictheory.blogspot.com/
  2. I think you are confusing age and antiquing. And yes, these were being made 10 years ago by the Chinese. There is actually a wholesaler about an hour away from Redlands who made a batch of them based upon my specs.
  3. I'd say prove that it's not Chinese. I'd say the Chinese are not given enough credit.
  4. Interesting violin that you got about ten years ago. To me, it is clearly Chinese and I know of a number of wholesalers who have a surplus of this model for about $80 to the trade (or at least that's what this model has been offered to me for). 80 bucks includes the violin, a bow, and a foam case. To give you an idea of the markup on these violins check this one out on eBay; http://www.ebay.com/itm/180483757236?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649#ht_2228wt_924
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    Pirazzi Gold...?

    I just strung up a Gand & Bernardel, 1879, with them. It seemed like it took at least a couple of hours to play them in. They seem to bring out more overtones and have a warmer tone than the regular Evahs. I think the increased overtones make them worth the price (wholesale ~$65 & retail $173.55). The set I tried have a silver G. Anyone else tried them yet?
  6. It's certainly interesting the way that both of the upper f holes have been re-shaped (wood had been added to make them smaller).
  7. Thanks so much for the input about the Gagliano. I just got a condition report on it and it indicates that it is in excellent condition. Do you suppose the condition combined with its tone accounts for the auction estimate?
  8. Thank you Jeremy for sharing your impressions about the May 4th auction. If anyone else has been fortunate enough to view and play the instruments in this auction, please leave a post about your favorite violins and impressions. I am curious to know what others think about the higher-end fiddles being offered. Thanks
  9. Personally, I find it very easy to play and play in the upper positions with or without a shoulder rest. When playing without a rest, I always play with a piece of suede under the back of the violin or with the back of my violin in direct contact with my skin. I find that either way, the violin has something to grip and there's no sliding around. I also use a chinrest which fits directly over the tailpiece. I think you'll find that Anne Sophie Muttner plays with bare shoulders which is key. When playing with a rest, I use a Voce because it's light and easily adjustable. BTW I am 6'1" and I have a long neck.
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    EH Roth violins

    Sounds like you are looking at a mid-grade Roth. Roths of this period generally range from the lowest grade model, IR , to the highest grade, XIR. The model can be told by the year and maker's name of the original that was copied. Here is a complete list; IR Strad 1714
 IIR Guarneri 1734 
IIIR Amati 1670 
IVR Strad 1718 
VR Ruggeri 1685 
VIR Guarneri 1732 
VIIR Red Strad 1722
 VIIIR Strad 1724 
IXR Guaneri 1736
 XR Strad 1725 
XIR Various made to order violins with the handwritten signature across the label. Please post photos of this violin. The varnish often has either a brownish caste or a reddish caste (with the exception of the XIR which has a honey-amber color). I prefer the reddish caste.
  11. Well, good and interesting news- OCD- nope Aspergers- Where do I go for a second opinion?
  12. Heck yeah! It is now $30,000 to commission a fiddle by Bellini which seems to be in line with other living makers. And don't get me started about modern bow makers! I am always impressed by the beautiful work coming out of the Puget Sound/WA area. Those makers offer excellent value. I would love to get a Charles Espy violin bow...
  13. I wholeheartedly agree that Bellini is one of the finest living makers. I often play my Bellini which is a copy of the Baron Knoop Strad. It's tone is outstanding as far as a new violin goes and it's tone sure to mature in a very good way. The plates aren't too thin as often seen with some contemporary fiddles.
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