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  1. They have more, they don't share everything. If only you knew how large their database is! Anyway, the ones listed are ok except for one violin that stands out and this viola which I think was made in Mirecourt. Take a look at this violin: C bout and F holes, completely different, very personal and unattractive. Only the scroll seems to match This is exactly how I remember the 2 violins I had.
  2. f holes, edgework, purfling. everything is weird about her violins... photo's are not the real thing!
  3. This doesn't look like Jenny Bailly at all.. her work is... quite hideous, always. Looks more like something from Mirecourt instrument! Label also looks strange... I had two and they both had a grid of lines between the letters this one is solid.
  4. Vichy shipped in the past and gave several options with quotes (fedex, ups, dhl). Recently they stopped doing this altogether and only arrange packaging and you can provide them with a customer number to arrange/coordinate the pick up of your bought item. Or, use mailboxes. P.s, Vichy did gave me a cites certificates when I bought a bow with tortoiseshell though not required as it stayed in Europe. I'm not sure if this is standard or by mistake.
  5. I heard the pressenda plays lovely and the gagliano at bromptons, albeit it has worm so not for my me I'll go for the sleeper
  6. for JBV the Guarneri model is more sought after, so a higher estimate is justified. But, the condition is not nice as you pointed out. It would not be something I would invest in, there are plenty of vuillaume that are in a better condition for a similar price. A guadagnini in mint condition from his golden period can go for a million or more...
  7. Most of them came from Morizot. Best case E.A Ouchard which yours is not Yours looks like a Morizot freres but the head is not clear enough (lack of contrast) to positively identify. Also the vuillaume slide makes me wonder if it's not just JTL...
  8. soak in hot (not boiling) water and it should come off quite easily.
  9. Nowadays you can get better deals from dealers directly than at auction, you skip the middle man!
  10. I know of several well known players that have or had lawsuits against him because they bought something fake. Does he still drop Chinese bows in his auction? A well known story is him selling a "strad" to André Rieu which was not a Strad or only partially. I believe the top is later. One's own term of service is not above the law. If you sell something that is not authentic and you call yourself an expert you will have problems explaining this in court.
  11. I think mr Bongartz has too many lawsuits going on about some misattributed items. They are not too kind in Germany about this The string market is extremely small compared to other "art" specialities where auction houses make millions per sale, i doubt some new player will step in and go through the hurdle of finding good instruments which seemingly becomes more scarce each year due to auction houses becoming full time dealers themselves. I wouldn't be surprised if Tarisio would move their London branch to Amsterdam or expand.
  12. How would you luthiers go about repairing the neck on this1/4th French violin? Traditional way of adding extra maple, carving a new larger top block or perhaps simply gluing it all back? I have never done this repair on a child's violin and maybe simply gluing and retouching it will suffice because of the lower string tension on a smaller violin? The crack on the top is not a problem luckily it doesn't reach the soundpost area. I will be donating the violin to our local music school once finished.
  13. I understand where you're coming from Martin, you're a dealer I'm a collector and I don't mind spending big bucks on something in mint condition with the most beautiful wood. However, the Sartory's still sell for less than at say Tarisio... I just don't understand why people still want them when you can get a Jacques Audinot or JJ Millant that plays better for far less. Of all the bows I purchased at Vichy not one was weak not played bad. Maybe you expect a Morizot to play as a Peccatte? There are some bow makers who you can buy blindly. Not just the consistent Sartory who's bows I personally don't like (lack of personality) for obvious reasons i won't say names as the makers are still quite unknown though not surprisingly have increased a lot in the past years, apparently others found out. Still, you can spot the good playing bows by looking at the wood quality, balance and weight as i'm certain you knew already. Perhaps there are other factors that determine the higher results? No interest on savings, high precious metal prices and political uncertainties? Or perhaps because pernambuco trees are protected and good logs are extremely hard to come by.
  14. Vichy is bow heaven for a collector like myself. Italian violins are rare and often go for high results because as Martin stated out the eastern buyers simply have deeper pockets. But those people came long before the Millant collection, first time I was there in 2013 30% of the people were from Asia and I don't see an increase. Let's hope everyone spends all their money on the overpriced Millant stuff so we can get nice deals the day after. I disagree about things going for full retail. I nice Sartory at Vichy is usually an untouched attic find that has not been played in years and often has the original lapping and faceplate. This is something you rarely see at English or New England auctions where I barely see any bargains and where things sell AT retail prices. But to answer your question, people do reply in English if you ask a question. There is also a monitor which shows the current bid.