martin swan

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  1. 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.
  2. Clamp the clamps to "mini-shelves" ...? That's my solution!
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. If that's meant to be a Blanchard I think the finish is the least of its problems ...
  6. Funniest thing I’ve heard on Maestronet for a long time ...
  7. I can see how detailed photos would make it seem like a good idea to buy remotely at auction, but if you went to the average viewing and heard for yourself how execrable the majority of instruments are, maybe you wouldn't set so much store by the quality of the photos.
  8. What's wrong with the photos? If that doesn't tell you everything you need to know then it's not the place to be buying
  9. Is this a Silvestre scroll? Or some other Lyons maker ...
  10. 1. Moseley Violins are selling their "German or French" violin at a fair price - but if you have a problem with that then sue them and leave me alone. 2. Gardiner Houlgate Auction - CAVEAT EMPTOR 3. Same violin as no.2 - pay attention. 4. Can't see a Bienfait but it's a trade auction - CAVEAT EMPTOR
  11. Unless it's about the secrets of Stradivari of course when they always go to extra time ... "Rib Taper Hypothesis" is already up to 10 pages, Sospiri must be feeling very proud.
  12. Well, we have answered these points multiple times, but you have obviously paid for the one hour argument so I will attempt to give you your money's worth. "The dealers I have listed in my subject post" No, one dealer, a couple of auction houses and some Ebay hoodlums. The one dealer admits to not knowing and has put a reasonable price tag on the violin. I think many professional members here would probably admit to not having been too certain about the differences in construction method between French and German trade violins until they started participating here. It's something we talk about all the time and attempt to refine further ... I don't think you have a realistic idea of the normal accepted retail value of an old violin. £825 is perfectly fair for a 100 year old violin in excellent condition, whether it was made in Germany, France, or the dark side of the moon - provided it hasn't been bodged up in a shed with Titebond. If some chancer thinks they are getting a French masterpiece worth several thousands at a bargain price of £825, more fool them. You haven't yet linked to a Bienfait on sale from a dealer as "supposedly French", so from my point of view there's no body and no smoking gun.
  13. A lower end French violin would not have an integral bassbar ... but it might have pressed plates or some other uniquely Mirecourt features, maybe flat scroll eyes finished with a rasp. So far you have only pointed out one dealer who is selling a Bienfait as "German or French", and for the price of £825. This is not an unreasonable price so i'm still struggling to understand what the problem is?
  14. As Blank Face said, the construction methods for Mirecourt and Schoenbach/Markneukirchen violins are fundamentally different, and one can identify the one from the other by looking at specific details, in particular the rib corners and the inner work, but also many other details which help to corroborate or preclude a determination. With regard to commercial value, a "Bienfait" violin would be worth about the same whether it's French or German. I think this may be the source of your confusion - sorry if the distinction wasn't clear.
  15. I honestly have no idea what you're talking about - I've really tried to understand what you're saying and have read it several times over but I just can't follow it. The way we determine the origin of an instrument is by looking at the construction method and the features of the violin. It's pretty scientific.
  16. I was explaining to someone that they have no automatic right to access images just because they were once published, and conversely that the auction house and the buyer do have the right to take images down. People do seem to have a bit of a bind spot about this kind of thing, and start foaming at the mouth when others exercise their right to privacy/discretion. Think back 30 years - producers were sampling other peoples' music left right and centre and there was widespread delight at the possibility of borrowing/recycling/stealing sounds. Now it's hard to imagine how anyone ever thought like that ... Most kinds of free-for-alls eventually get legislated away.
  17. He is definitely talking about the G, since he talks of the first string as the "chanterelle" which is the highest string.
  18. The violin is no longer public domain ... yes it sold.
  19. J&A Beare 1964 William Moennig 1972 Claude Lebet 1996 Jacques Francais 1996
  20. The one in Ingles and Hayday last October was remarkable, though rather stiff sounding. Back length was 35.7, date was 1810. According to the Jacques Francais certificate for this violin there are 5 known examples of Lupot DG copies.
  21. Outer mold construction also used on pretty much every French violin from the time of Gand onwards ... including authentic Vuilaumes. To me this looks like an early 20th century French trade violin of average quality, but the photos aren't good enough to make a determination.
  22. That's not really information - it's conjecture. I have been pretty categorical in stating that Bienfait violins were not made in France. With regard to the labelling, my conjecture would be that they were labelled in the UK by the wholesalers.
  23. I do understand that it must seem like bullying, but actually it's just a preponderance of better informed people telling you you're wrong ...
  24. OK understood "I think we've all had enough of experts" - Michael Gove.