martin swan

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  1. If anyone is interested in knowing more about Kop's particular path as an artist, and her own reasons for her highly personal performances, then this is worth watching, particularly from about 13 minutes, when she talks about performing well known classical repertoire as an act of "dancing with skeletons". .
  2. 363 and beech blocks ... along with everything else I'm still in the early (ish) 19th century
  3. Here's a Chappuy from the 1770s - obviously the f-holes are distinctly Chappuy and very different to the OP violin, but I think they are related, and not necessarily separated by more than 30 years. So the little filler piece in front of the neck root may in fact be a little filler piece in front of the neck root ...
  4. I think this is French and older than you would first assume - we had a Chappuy with exactly this varnish, certified by Rampal. It conforms to a very early type of French trade violin, probably Mirecourt ...
  5. Almost always, but I have seen a couple of Scottish violins done this way ...the only name I can remember was Keddie.
  6. I'm just asking, not stating an opinion. These very round and narrow blocks are very much a feature of British Isles violins, as is the nice yellow/red varnish, and the screw through the neck is also not uncommon. But in fact there seem to have been any number of attempts to stabilise the neck, so I think the screw is more likely to be a later attempt at a dog's dinner repair ...
  7. English amateur or semi-pro violinmaker?
  8. Why are all these bows short? That they are falsely branded goes without saying ...
  9. Or Morizot Freres or Charles Bazin or Marcel Fétique - I think Prosper Colas might be a bit early for Coné & Fils since that brand only dates fro0m around 1930.
  10. So is someone a charlatan because they fail to understand a composer's intentions, or because they pretend to understand them, or because they don't give a fig for the composer's intentions? These are three very different issues ...
  11. People make baseless claims all the time ... But this is to do with whether something has a basis in fact or not. Kind of irrelevant to this discussion, which is about aesthetic judgments, not facts. Some of the comments here show a lack of respect for the person behind the performance.
  12. I see two Pajeot brands ... what does the bow look like?
  13. Well I would run a mile ...
  14. Was it a certain online retailer in Munich?
  15. Love it when Carl starts using CAPITALS! Kop! Refreshes the parts that other classical musicians can't reach ...
  16. Strange, it works perfectly for me .. you have to choose which forum you want to search and make sure it searches "all of my search term words". Or example, searching "David Caron Cello" takes me immediately to every mention of yours or your beloved cello ... It only seems to work from within a specific forum post.
  17. I would endorse what everyone here has said already - this is a really nice project that you've undertaken for your dad. I want to play like that if I ever get to be 89 ... The sound of the microphone you are using is fine, his playing is very soulful and he has a unique tone which comes across well. However, there are two things which are probably disturbing him - one is the dryness of the recording, which comes from being quite close to him in a rather small but reflective/bright acoustic. The other is that you have an automatic gain control (probably on the camcorder) which b
  18. Don't suppose you're talking about the search box up above us on the right?
  19. The Collin-Mézin on Goodwill is undoubtedly genuine, but I can't see the date, it's definitely post 1900 and it looks a bit manky. The bow photos are tiny but the brand looks good - however, the thumb projection is worn. So whichever way you cut it I think it's neither a bargain nor a lemon ... The one at T2 is an active auction so I wouldn't want to pass comment, except to say that it seems to be in good general condition.
  20. Indeed - if someone's such a "reputated" seller, one wonders why they need 6 Ebay accounts
  21. Now that we have some context, and looking at other violins advertised by the same dealer, I would say this is a particularly shiny violin and always has been ... Their photos involve direct lighting and give a lot of reflections, but one could argue that this gives a much better impression of what's there than most dealers' photos. In the case of this violin, I feel much better able to evaluate it for seeing this kind of "warts and all" photography.
  22. Clamp the clamps to "mini-shelves" ...? That's my solution!
  23. In this particular case I think it's impossible to discuss the question posed without 1. seeing other photos using the same alleged polishing technique and 2. knowing if this is actually being sold as a Blanchard. If is not being sold as a Blanchard then one answer to the OP's question might be that the violin just looks like that The OP's question and the posting of an unidentified photo in this context sets off some alarm bells for me.
  24. I would say that it's generally better to post a link rather than copy the image, since that predicates transparency and also allows the owner of the photos to remain in control of them.