martin swan

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  1. Wasn't it just one peg which was slipping ... the lengths people will go to in order to avoid paying a competent professional
  2. To me it looks more like an additional line of varnish covering the seam
  3. The answer to all your problems .... fantastically effective
  4. Yes, the auction was October 2019. The cello didn't sell because the estimate was too high, not because you need to be a Jedi master to set up a Peresson.
  5. I'm surprised - very common Mirecourt trade name
  6. There are a few known examples which are labelled but which don't have brands below the button. But that's why we sold it as a "circle of Richard Duke" rather than as a Duke ... I think your larger point is very important ie. that a "Duke" like a "Betts" or a "Longman & Broderip" or even a "Perry & Wilkinson" might be made by any one of a number of makers, and not necessarily even in the workshop. Often we find pencil signatures inside the instrument which tell us who actually made them sometimes people with no label of their own.
  7. The violin on the right was one we sold as "circle of Duke" but I was pretty confident of it as Richard Duke although unbranded and unlabelled. I see similarities in the arching but not the varnish or the corners or indeed the model. I saw this violin in the flesh - my take was that the whole thing had been revarnished, the back and ribs English of the period and belonging together but the rest of it later.
  8. The bow change noise is massively exaggerated because of the auto-gain/ compression inherent in cheap camcorder recordings. I don't think it merits serious discussion. For anyone who isn't familiar with the concept, compression or auto-gain makes loud things quiet and quiet things loud.
  9. I do find it a bit depressing that people who are so hugely interested in the minutiae of a particular performance haven't learnt about camcorders, auto-gain and compression artefacts, let alone digital compression. The idea that you can compare the sound of the Youtube video of this performance with the actual sound in the room is ludicrous.
  10. "Workshop of Mario Gadda" means that the seller doesn't wish to get drawn onto the thin ice of what is or what isn't a genuine Mario Gadda. "Workshop of Mario Gadda" might easily encompass bought-in instruments which he breathed on, labelled and certified as his own work. However, this cello looks very typical of his own work. Probably it was bought by someone who made that call ...
  11. The serif stamp with asterisks was used post-1920 ish. I would assume the thread was added because there was a lift behind the head - without binding these quickly turn into broken bows ... Otherwise looks a very typical later Franz Albert Nürnberger Jr.
  12. Not sensitive at all - much of it was sold through Gardiner Houlgate and I know a good few people who bought some, all sold as pernambuco. Perhaps fiddlecollector can confirm if it was ipe or pernambuco?
  13. Yes it has a bad break out to the back of the head - I did point this out in the first set of photos but it obviously gets worse on the player's side which we haven't seen. Get a UV torch if you're going to buy bows at auction!!
  14. What's wrong with using pernambuco from sustainable sources? Incidentally he had a vast store of wood, and I don't imagine he'd needed to source any for a decade or two. If he was using ipe that's very interesting, but do you have any direct evidence?
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    I concur - I'm afraid this doesn't bear any relation to Georges Chanot.
  16. I knew Garner quite well - I don't think he used anything but pernambuco
  17. Sorry I see Blank face has just posted useful and very similar observations .... I'm not sure what information you're trying to get beyond what's already known by bow experts who have posted here ... Are you looking to pin down exactly what species the French describe as "bois de Brésil", what the Germans describe as Brasilholz, or what the English speaking world describes as brazilwood? In English bow circles, Brazilwood is used to describe the wood in the OP photos. It has a very specific colour, is most usually found on cheap German bows, and is Manikara. In French bow p
  18. If you use the search function you will find many erudite discussions of brazilwood.
  19. I don't think you could call brazilwood "unidentified" ...
  20. I think you ought to get a prize for the first ever use of "adlubescence" on Maestronet - to squeeze the word into the same sentence as "dobbed" is literary genius of the first order.
  21. There are very specific points of style that would lead one to conclude (rather than surmise) that a violin was Italian, and many that would exclude that possibility.
  22. My reserves of cynicism on this subject are boundless ... I suspect many instruments are "Italian" because the consignor believes their instrument is Italian and won't consign it unless the auction house pretends to believe it too.