Antoine Nedelec

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  1. Davide, I am glad you took it with humor. However, I think that if you were wrong and the same maker did both instruments, it would prove that personal style still shines thru in antiqued instruments as others have identified one luthier as the maker of both instruments. Cheers
  2. I Thought you couldn't see style in antiquing. You seem perfectly capable right there...maybe a good first step. Anyway, it could be the same maker with a different model, or the same model with a different interpretation . Or a different maker. That scroll is very cool, those tool marks give it a very nice style indeed. The funny thing is: either the 2 violins are from the same maker and some people (Kudos!) were able to identify his prints (Style), or they are from different makers but look different despite the fact that both are antiqued. I apologize to John C. I could not help it.
  3. Not long ago, I was looking at pictures of a violin on a colleague's website.I was finding all sorts of faults with his antiquing when I realized those were pictures of a genuine Stradivarius. Oops.
  4. Are you thinking about the cornerless one? I think he had the 1732 "Tom Taylor" (not 100% sure) before he bought the Huberman. Anyway, all fine violins to me.
  5. Funny because the instrument he played before was also a Stradivari. Are you saying it didn't offer endless possibilities? That can't be.
  6. I know Jeff used the full spectrum for grading. A bad score doesn't mean a bad violin, just that it didn't measure to the best violins (in the opinion of the judge). As far as the judges imposing their style on competitors, personal taste can not be completely ignored when one judges overall appearance (by the way, antiqued as well as new instruments were rewarded). It is true that judges don't always agree but that is a good thing. We don't want to make the same looking stuff, do we? At the end, despite some disagreements between judges, one can not argue against any of the rewarded instruments. Somehow it works. As far as competitions go, it is one thing to get feed back to try to make a better instrument but I find it silly to try to make a better "competition" instrument. Just make what you like as good as possible. I myself have never made a violin for a competition, i just entered the one available Anyway, there were many fantastic instruments and I feel inspired. Great event. And the food at the gala wasn't bad
  7. "Mike. Take away the pain. Talk to your tax professional" Yes, or even better, call the IRS. That's what I did after I received 2 different answers from 2 different CPAs. I found the people at the IRS to be very helpful.
  8. The property in question is a violin made by the person donating it. It falls under donating your time (think wages instead of property) The fair market value is completly irrelevant. Otherwise artists would donate their own paintings appraised by friends for crazy amount and get tax breaks based on those ridiculous amounts. Believe me. I donated a viola...before I found out I could only claim the cost to make it and not the fair market value. As your accountant, I would make you pay more taxes, but you would not be cheating. But Mike, I am curently helping my wife with her college math classes and my daughter with her statistics....You do not want me as your accountant!!!!!
  9. As brad already mentioned, when donating to a charity you can not claim time spent working. For a violin maker, that means when you donate your own work, you can only claim what it cost you to make the instrument and not the instrument's FMV. I know that from personal experience. Of course you had a few issues with the violin and you had to remake the back few times, using very expensive old bosnian mapple everytime, right Mike?
  10. Nice article. The drowback of the shim method for me is it can mess up the distance from top edge to nut. And some players are really picky about this. One way to do it without affecting this distance is to open the top's C-bouts (how far you want to go passed the upper and lower corners depend on how much you need to raise the projection). slide the top forward (this will change the angle of the top block and the neck with it), clamp and reglue. The great thing about that method is you can lower the projection. The bad part of this method is who want to open up extended areas on instruments. if an old instruments has had bouts glued many times it can be a nightmare to open them. On my own instruments it is a no brainer though. I should do drawings but i am feeling lazy
  11. Hi Mike, I think it is a great sounding Strad. One thing that stood out to me is how responsive it is when playing.
  12. Yes, good point about Andrea. I understand what you mean. I'll say hi to every body. Sadly, I will not be able to deliver your kind message to Ryan. I would have truly enjoyed it but he bailed on us this year...too busy building the biggest workshop in the world. Say hi to Joe for me. Cheers
  13. Hi Roger, I am on my way to Oberlin so I won't have time to have fun talking about it too much. But let's not argue semantics. My texan is not great yet. So crude is not the right word... When I see those really early Strads, they look to me like somebody's first few violins, the edge work in particular. Knowing how good he became, I have a hard time buying that he was a pupil of Nicolo. But this is pure speculation on my part. I am often wrong. Now that you mentioned it, it's true that the heads are pretty. Ok, on my way to Oberlin. Talk to you guys in 2 weeks
  14. Hi Bruce, Very good points. Just for fun, I'll argue that Stradivari's early violins are very crude (although still beautiful) particulary the awkward looking corners. Considering how talented Strad was, if he had been trained by Amati, this early work should have been "better" Do I make any sense?
  15. Melvin, You make a good point, they are needed somewhere else, like gathering data on global warming and informing us we should change our ways or.... But it seems people don't listen to them on that subject either. Seriously, I find it fun to disagree if we can stay courteous with each others. But there is no need to question the integrity of 2 very honest and competent persons as some people have done. I hope I get to argue with you about it over a few beers soon. Last time the headache I got from drinking the English brew was well worth it ( far better than the headache I got from doing math) See you soon, hopefully.