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  1. Having had more free time than usual I've been reading a lot more on various violin makers. It is very interesting how German violin making is perhaps not considered among the most highly regarded but at the same time so many makers of German descent are actually considered some of the all time best. Help me complete the list: Matteo Goffriller, David Tecchler, Carlo Landolfi, Michel Platner, Nicholas Lupot
  2. The last name is more like Serbian not Italian. One can get a better instrument from the Howard Core catalogue at under 1K than this...
  3. Met Opera Orchestra was just laid off till further notice. Hopefully will be back in September. NY Phil will follow all of Broadway musicians and actors are currently without a job... this will affect the instrument market a great deal. For those who have money now it will be a great time to buy a fiddle at a great price
  4. Anyone play this one? Label says 1737 Tarisio says it is made in 1780 dendro is somewhere in the the middle... no other provenance other than Tarisio proforma certificate. 140K British
  5. Crappy factory made instrument...
  6. So many old certificates mean nothing nowadays. I wonder if this is the circle of the violin trade. One thinks they have something special till they try to sell it 50 years later only to find out that the “new gods” do not agree with the previous certification. I see many Wurlitzer certificates from the mid 20 century mean nothing in today’s market as well...
  7. Money and auction houses like Tarisio...
  8. That’s the reason why I posted this sarcastically. Everyone needs to make their own conclusions. If anything is real in today’s violin market it is a French fiddle with a Rampal certificate...
  9. Weren’t you the one teaching us all that in T2 it means everything is fake?
  11. The notion that the "Pressenda" might be a Fagnola was expressed here on Maestronet. That is why I am thinking whoever bought it recognized something that perhaps Tarisio did not? Maybe making a quick sale rather than standing behind the name and a 6 digit price? Or perhaps that's the thinking of me the bargain hunter. Haha As far as the "Landolfi" I read he was so inconsistent in his output that baffled the experts to the point that there was a notion that there may be two makers with the same name??? It is in the Henle. This one has the high arching associated with the late and cheaper instruments form his workshop- perhaps going back to his German roots. Milanese cheapjacks as they named them at Hill. Chippy hard varnish, narrow deep cut scroll extra turn around the eye, very narrow looking from behind. F holes look pretty kosher and at this point his son Pietro was very active and making instruments in this style. Estimate was 20-30K which was kind of high for a crappy violin with fake certificate.
  12. This is the other D'Atilli certified violin that was offered in February and the best sounding of all lots. Quite high arched... e
  13. Very good points from both Michaels. Thank you. I was curious because Hans J. Nebel who is a good friend of mine calls D'Attili "ONE OF THE GODS" together with Sacconi at Wurlitzer in NY. Then a violin I bid minimum ($15K) certified by him as "Pressenda" in November's Tarisio was absolutely gorgeous. It started at 15K was going up to 20 but it went for 55K. Is it possible that Tarisio's experts missed something and the person who was willing to pay so much knew better? To spend 55K just because the sound and looks were gorgeous seems a bit strange to me. Here is the instrument in question