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  1. Nothing is sacred it seems. 21 out of 55 bottles were fakes!
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    Italian violin... but genuine?

    Is this the same violin?
  3. I have a vivid memory of Isaac Stern striding on to the stage swinging his Guarneri by the scroll! Holding an instrument by the neck is surely the safest way to hold an instrument? I am always horrified to see people grabbing an instrument by the body with hands all over the varnish. I was letting a friend try out a few of my violins the other week..a nerve racking experience. The worst moment was when the mint condition fiddle got placed on her knees whilst she marked up the part and the bow was placed on the belly of the violin...I was alerted by the the clattering noise! I know dings are inevitable but I would like to think that my instruments will leave their time with me in at least as good condition as when we first met ... sometimes they will be in better shape! Anyone else have pet peeves? Instruments on chairs? Aaargh!
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    A few old violins compared

    Different meanings defintely! I can't wait to hear Martin's definitions Oh, and having met him briefly I would have said he was cultured but unpretentious.
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    Viola strings

    Yes peg box and twice in a week. My friend's breakages were in the same place. I was a bit spooked to discover the second breakage 30mins before a concert! All I had at the time was a used Karneol long scale G in my case - I put it on to replace the short scale G on the smaller viola I was using and it has been fine ever since. I switched to Zyex (my previous favourite) for the larger viola at the last string change but I will go back to Karneol at the next change. As well as the sound, I like the tension and feel of Karneols. Indeed all the Warchal strings I have tried have felt good under the fingers. I use them on my violins too. Gordon
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    Viola strings

    I've had this issue too - as did my friend after I had recommended them (!!) I'm hoping it was just a bad batch, because I like them.
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    Wolf note on G# over low C on violin

    I have a violin which used to have a wolf on G#. Unusual, yes, and persistent, confounding all the typical taming strategies. So it lingered in it's case until I purchased an endoscope which enabled me to find quite be accident that the bass bar had become unglued somewhat in the middle. My local luthier fixed this and the wolf disappeared in the process. I would imagine this is not the case with yours, but it may be worth eliminating as a possible cause.
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    Letters from James Hardie to Mr Broadfield

    David Rattray might be able to advise. There are contact details on his website. He may want them for his own collection. Gordon
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    Violin ID: John Young or not?

    I have one. I have pm'd you.
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    Violist Marc Sabbah

    I like Marc Sabbah's playing and the viola. The sound has an edge that I find appealing.
  11. Cleartune is worth the small fee in my view. It has lots of features with various tuning temperaments including Violin Family.
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    endoscope for violins

    I bought one of the cheap ones just to see how it worked. All I was wanting to do was look for internal brands and other identifiers that might be hidden. However one of my violins had a troublesome wolf on G# that was tamed but still left it with an unpredictable response which made me reluctant to play it. On a whim, most likely remembering something I have read in this forum, I had another go with the endoscope, pointed it at the bass bar and found this:-
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    Violin Maker ID?

    Well, I'm sitting in Montrose writing this and John St is less than 10 mins walk away! Nicol is still quite a common local name. Let me know if you ever want to send it home! I need more fiddles :-) I will try and do some local research when I get a chance. Gordon.
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    Raphael Vaccari

    There is a photo of a 1967 violin in Liuteria Moderna in Emilia-Romagna by Artemio Versari. Gordon
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    Warning about UK live auctions and fake violins

    Irishfiddler, I sympathise with your problem. I too regularly scan the-Saleroom, but I'm wary, as most (not all) of the auctions that show up with violins are not specialist and the fiddles are often part of a general sale. I have seen examples of things that are obviously not what is claimed for them. I've bought at auction several times but only from the specialist auctions where bargains are much harder to come by but where you can have a bit more confidence in attributions and condition reports. (Or so you would think - there is one outfit based in Boston which will never get my business again after a quite flagrant failure to disclose a condition issue). I live near to one of the regular "the-Saleroom" auctions that occasionally has violins. I'll PM you again once you have a few more posts - it doesn't seem to work for you right now.