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  1. That thing looks like they took it out back and ground some grease or mud into the corners. The varnish wear is way over the top in the non wear areas, and lacking other areas. Thanks for the link. The pictures just went into my pictures "New Fake" folder
  2. I buy and sell on ebay, mostly antique auto parts. I guess you never had someone try to extort money from you after a sale, using the threat of a negative feedback. How would a seller fight that if the feedback system only works one way?
  3. To me , It's not so much the fee increase, this is a free market, and one should get what you can. The reason that I plan to strike is the new feedback policy that will allow sellers to leave only positive feedback to buyers. Thats a foul pot of s--t ebays cooked up for the folks that feed the monster.
  4. Bean, this is getting off topic, but this guy has some nice examples of early Washburn banjos. There are some beautiful carving and inlays, on some. http://www.billsbanjos.com/
  5. Lots of information on the web concerning Washburn, here's one you may find intresting: http://www.ducksdeluxe.com/washburn.html
  6. Woodland Thanks, Global express is about 2X the cost of Parcel Post Air, and I would be willing to go that way if it made a big difference in the transit time, but I'm going crazy trying to talk to a real person at the USPS, UPS FedEx. All I get are the mindless "if you want.... press 1-20 things that don't answer my question......... time for a beer! And it"s only Monday!
  7. fiddlecollector. I'm hoping to use USPS Air Parcel Post, and hoping to get it there in two weeks or less. Am I dreaming?
  8. No, that includes the case. I'm looking for the best way, not the most expensive way. My wife can't resist labeling me as a cheep f38k. I'm more interested on how long the package will take to clear customs in Spain, if anyone has any experience shipping there
  9. Is it a fresh crack, or an old open crack filled with crud? It makes a BIG difference as to the cost of the reapir.
  10. Anyone know the best way to ship a violin to Spain from the US, and how long should I expect it to arrive? The package is less than four pounds and all the shipping websites are vague, in regards to transit times.
  11. Since we're talking about trade names, it may be a good time to post this again. Some time ago someone here posted a list of trade names and makers who never existed. You'll notice that E.H.Roth is not on the list, as he was a real person who did actually make some instruments. I have added some names to the original list. This list is not in perfect order and I'm sure it is not complete, but some of the newer folks here may find it useful. List of violin tradenames: A Salvator, Alexendra (tradename) - Amatius (tradename) - Antonio Curatoli Anton Kessel (tradename) - Antonio Loveri Ardeton (tradename) - Barard (tradename) L. Barnabetti (tradename) Geronimo Barrell (Tradename) - Bazar (Tradename) - Bijou Vstad (tradename) - Bourdet (tradename) Antoine (Antoni) Buthod (Tradename) Charles Carlo Lorenzini, Carlo Micelli, Carrodus (tradename) - Ceruti (tradename) Giovanni Maria Chadwick, Chappine (Trade Name) - Circeron, Le (tradename) - Compagnon (Tradename) - Cremonatone (tradename) - Cremonese (tradename) - Curatoli (tradename) Antonio D Nicolas, Dass (tradename) - Denizot (tradename) - Dracontius (tradename) - Duchene (Tradename) Nicolas Dulcis et Fortis (tradename) - Durenzy (tradename) Adolf E Martin, - Eduard Reichert, El Maestro (Tradename) Enrico Robella, Epoch (tradename) - Ernst Kreusler, Eugen Meinel, Excelsior (Tradename) - F Breton, Farny (Wurlitzer import) Henri Farny (Wurlitzer import made in France) Farni (tradename) Fiorini (tradename) Paolo, Fracesco Viotoni. . Friedrich August Heberlin, Florentina (tradename) - Fourier-Magne (tradename) - Franck-Reiner (tradename) , Francois Barzoni - Fredeking Banks (tradename) - G A Ficker, Garini (tradename) Michelangelo (Michele-Ange) Garnier (tradename) L. Geronimo Barnabetti, Gibson Inc. (tradename) - Glasser (tradename) - Golden Tone (tradename) - Goulding (tradename) - Grandini (tradename) Geronimo Grandini (Tradename) Ecole Gustav Heberlein, H Clotelle, Harmonik (tradename) Heinrich E Heberlein, Heralto (tradename) - Hidalgo (tradename) - Hildago (Tradename) - Hofer-geigen (tradename) - Huril (Tradename) Jacob J. T. L. (Tradename) - Jacobus Hornsteiner, Joachim (tradename) - John Juzek Julius Heberlein, Konzert-Geigen (tradename) - L Ludwig, L'aine (tradename) Didier Nicolas Lamberti (tradename) Carlo Le Celebre (Tradename) - Le Lorrain (Tradename) - Le Parisien (tradename) - Leclerc (tradename) Jacques Leanardo Genaro, Leroy (tradename) C. Loveri (tradename) Antonio Ludwig Heberlein, Lupot (tradename) - M Couturieux, Mansuy (Mansue) (tradename) Pierre Marcus (tradename) M Marquis de l'air (tradename) - Matthias Hornsteiner, Medio Fino (Tradename) - Micelli (tradename) Carlo Milano (tradename) - Morelli (tradename) Andreas Neu-Cremona (tradename) - Nicolas Bertholini, Ottomar Hausmann, Oskar C Meinel, Paganini (tradename) - Paganini (tradename-bows) - Paillot, Paroche (tradename) Leon Penzl (tradename?) Ignaz (Ignazio) Petri (tradename) - Pique de Paris (tradename) - Primerius (tradename) Carl Ferdinand Professor (tradename) - Raggetti (tradename) - Revalo (tradename) (see Ohlhaver) - Robella (tradename) Enrico Ruggerio (tradename) - Ruggierlli (tradename) - Salvadore De Durro, Sampo (tradename) - Sarasate (tradename) - Schlosser (tradename) Hermann Schonewald (tradename) - Sofia (tradename) - Stentnor (tradename) - Stentor (Tradename) - Stradella (tradename) - Tartini (tradename) - Techler (tradename) - Tim-Geigen (tradename) - Timtone (tradename) - True-Tone (trademark) - Ulbrich-Tatter (tradename) - Vareni (tradename) Pietro Victoire (Tradename) - Victor (tradename) The Virtuose (tradename) - Vorgian (tradename) - Vosgien (tradename) - Walliostro (tradename) - Warszowa Rok (tradename) - Washburn (tradename) George Wilhelm Duerer, Wonder Violin (tradename) - Wunderlich (tradename) C. A.
  12. And if you do a search on "Joseph Nagyvary" on this site and than the web, read it all, you'll come back next month with a new perspective and a headache.
  13. The Juzek label is in the Metropolitan Music catalog, making it an easy score for the crooks selling fake violins on ebay, and other auction sites. The New York school system bought thousands of Juzek instruments from the 30's through the 70's for their music programs. I would think many of the beat up old Juzek instruments that pop up on ebay came from there. This has been discussed here before. Some years ago a bit of my time was spent researching the Juzek brand. The "Master Art" instruments made in the 20's and 30'are the best examples. They are well made, using vary nice wood. My opinion though is that the same hands did not make the many examples that were reviewed. I've seen the pictures, contacted Metro Music, asked questions regarding "John Juzek" and have come to the following conclusion: Unless someone can tell me when and where he was born, when he died, and where he is buried, John Juzek is just another, of a long list of trade names. Don't get me wrong I would like to believe that those "Master Art" examples were actually made by a master maker, and not just mass produced factory instruments.
  14. I'd contact the seller and ask. It's a good idea to always ask before bidding, what the shipping and handling charges are, if not listed in the auction. If you wait until after the auction ends, the handling fee could be anything, right?
  15. jaf67


    You know.... Around twelve years ago, I bought an old German factory violin at a flea market to give to someone, who at the time showed some interest in music and the violin. It wasn't until I started fixing up old discarded string instruments, that I felt the power and relaxation from holding those instruments in my hands. I was hooked. I started searching web sites, buying books, reading everything that the local library had to offer regarding the violin and other string instruments, how to repair and someday possibly make a good one. The search for tools, the visits to many string shops, and the frustration at the amount of time and skill it takes just to learn, and to get things "killer sharp" and understanding what that means. I found this site some years ago and have enjoyed the honesty and willingness you all have, and to share your acquired knowledge. Some of the men and women who post on this forum are the most knowledgeable and respected luthiers in the world, and should be treated with respect. THANK YOU! To you all , have a joyous and happy new year!
  16. After reading with great interest the theories posted here, I have come to the conclusion that some of you have forgotten what was and what was not avaiable in the days of Strad. I offer this up, as food for thought as to what may be part of the "secret" bagel ingredient that many still search for today. The statement that the bagel was "soaked in water" it correct but... the water must have come from the springs of Cremona and carried in wooden buckets, made from unprocessed wood that grew in forests long gone, that the water would be drawn from common wells also no longer in existence. It only makes sense there would be a transfer of minerals from the buckets, the stone walls of the wells, and the soot floating in the air at that period, to the water being used for the soaking process. This water would deposit a thin layer of minerals on the surface of bagel made by the bakers of that era. Is it not far fetched to conclude that it is this mineral layer that makes a Strad bagel so unique?
  17. Get yourself a basic set of scrapers, (IVC, Woodworkers Warehouse, etc) and scrape it off. I would recommend doing it outside or in a garage type environment and with goggles to protect your eyes, as the stuff will fly. When your done you will see some slight staining in the wood after all the hard stuff is removed. Try to get all that off also using micromesh or wood bleach. The more time you spend on the prep the better the result.
  18. jaf67

    true story

    Wow, you show superior self-restraint. You know, that problem would still drive me crazy. Did you try the buzzing string on a different instrument? And if so, did it buzz? If string will not buzz on something else you may want to revisit the nut. You said that the first thing you did: "was check the nut slot and height of the A string off the fingerboard". This may be a reach but, do you think that the type of string that made the buzz go away, such as the Helicore's makeup (steel core and thinner) made the gap off the board slightly wider?
  19. Looking at the auction, and the violin offered, I couldn't believe the amount bid for the 1950 Roth. Since Roth died in 1948 there are no possible hands on connection with that instrument. What would pknorr see in this to bid it to almost 3K. His claim that it is a fake (feedback) is just as puzzling to me. It looks like any one of the thousands of other factory Roth's from that period, including those labeled with different makers names. Am I missing something??
  20. "I thought they were going to prevent sellers with private feedback from listing items for sale, I haven't noticed any difference. It was supposed to have came into force worldwide from the 26th Oct." I think that the sellers using "Bidder ID kept private" option when listing a violin or whatever will finally go away. You will now have an idea of who is bidding, and there relationship with the seller, if any, while still keeping bidder ID's private.
  21. I would put #6 in there also. A member for one year on ebay and 50% of his bids are with this seller. I think that there are logical reasons why the % is high on those bidders, like the low amount of overall bids, but it makes you think something fishy might be going on.
  22. I started seeing this last week on ebay motors and at first did not like it. After seeing the information offered when you click on "view" I have changed my mind. You can now instantly see if an item is being bid up by someone with a high percentage of bids to the seller (possible shill bidding). I think it's meant to put an end to bogus second chance offers. This is the ebay explanation: As the internet evolves, eBay continues to strike a balance between preserving transparency and protecting our Community of members. eBay has decided to change how bid history information is displayed so bad guys cannot target bidders with fake offers using this information. In certain cases, some bidders will no longer be able to view Bidder User IDs on the Bid History page. Your User ID will be shown only to you and the seller of the item you're bidding on. Other members will see an anonymous name, such as Bidder 1, applied consistently to the Bid History page.
  23. From songman5: "But I will tell you all a few secrets. The violin is absolutely authentic. To my knowledge, there are no pictures from that maker in existence...except perhaps in the secret Hill archives." "Also, when you hold it in your hands, if you are used to Old Italian instruments, there's something about the size and proportion that speaks to you." "Also. I came up with the price because a respected individual told me that violins from this region are generally all worth the same amount. based on condition. It seems that the maker does not mean so much." "Regarding this violin, I have decided that I will simply wait for a buyer who is skilled enough to recognize an old Italian like this one...or a buyer who trusts their own ear and fingers. It is so particularly rare that when the right expert comes, there won't be so much nonsense." After all this bickering and name-calling and rebuttals, the true colors have surfaced. To songman5: The pictures of the violin posted are not good, and incomplete. There is no full shot of the front or back, sides of scroll etc, etc. They are however, perfect for ebay (incomplete, blurry, and amateurish). If trying to sell ANYTHING for 32K via the internet wouldn't some professional photographs be warranted? Unless I see something different, with some updated photos, my thought is that there must be HOPF branded under the button. Prove me wrong. I
  24. Hello, and welcome to the forum. Lots of things to consider, just mentioning a few: lousy feedback, no paypal, and outrageous shipping cost. The best case is that if you bid and win you might end up with a fine deal on a cello that you may or may not like, that may or may not be a fake. You may however end up with an empty box. Just be prepared to loose all or most of your investment when playing the ebay game. It's a crapshoot.
  25. "Why are you guys making so much fun of this? It's obviously 'a very goog violin,' just as the seller disclosed!" The chosen band is climbing up the narrow cliff path and suddenly confronted by the ogre, wheedling a VSO, riddled with holes in its body caused by the stone fire from the past luthier knights slingshots. After correctly answering the questions three, the ogre shouts "Goog, Goog" you may pass. The quest for the famous lost varnish recipe continues.
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