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  1. Some people will believe anyone wearing a skirt; they're usually called liberal Democrats, perfectly willing to dismiss the presumed innocence in force in the American court system. First, she <famously> debuts half-dressed in lieu of talent, then she makes accusations against a famous violinist who, as would happen, is incapable of defense. How convenient. Sounds a lot like a classical "attention seeker." Miss St. John may be late to feminism, but curiously just in time for #MeToo. Discuss amongst yourselves.
  2. I agree about being free to allege assault, and the time to make an allegation is when it happens, not when the accused is long returned to ashes and unable to defend himself!
  3. And while you're at it, mind those black helicopters!!!
  4. This is old "news." Jascha Brodsky was almost 90 yrs old at the time of the allegations against him, and Lara St. John is no "accomplished violinist"; she's best known for album covers where she's only half dressed.
  5. Just FWIW, several makers whose names have been mentioned in this thread operate out of the Fine Arts Building in Chicago, on Michigan Ave. Since you're concerned about the cost of travel, I should say Chicago is my favorite (short) destination spot. If you fly into Midway, you could be there in 20 minutes (unlike NYC, where everything takes forever, and is expensive once you do get there!)
  6. I don't know why it should be a "problem behavior" just because it happened to sell instruments at prices that were quickly going out of grasp's reach of professional musicians, even with concomitant tax benefits available at the time. Anyone remember "investment tax credit"? I have two colleagues who play nice instruments that were bought from Moennig. both look French polished, and decades later they're still beautiful to look at. One is a million + $ Ruggeri cello, of which I've seen 4-5 over the years. At that elevated price level, I suggest "beauty" is part of the deal. (And granted that "beauty" is in the eye of the you-know-who...)
  7. Yes, just as I said, at one time it was common to French polish, and then fashions changed, and it is now looked down upon. Of course, Bein & Fuschia is part of the fashion change in the marketplace.
  8. What is truth? Practically every world-class violinist who appears on stage with me has an instrument that looks to have been French polished. Does that diminish its value? And if you think yes, what if it was being played by Perlman? I have it on excellent authority that there was a period when every string instrument that came thru Moennig's was French polished. Was it for pecuniary marketing purposes? (he asks rhetorically...) These things go back and forth. For myself, I happen to think the matte finish is plain and ugly. That said, and speaking strictly as a player, if the instrument of my dreams happened to come that way, I wouldn't be sending it back with an ungrateful scowl.
  9. Probably French polished; a technique largely looked down upon today by restoration specialists. N.B. Whedbee's shop is down the hall from Bein & Fuschia in Chicago (on the "Mag Mile" overlooking Lake Michigan) the firm that marketed the D.G. cello. I have it on the authority of an excellent player that he believed the attribution to be authentic, but of course there are only a handful of "experts" in the world on this sort of instrument, and considering the MSRP, I would only completely trust half of 'em.
  10. Well...this has been an entertaining discussion. At least this time it can't be blamed on me.
  11. Bernstein was a passionate artist given to extremes; I happen to think this "Nimrod" is perfectly lovely, and at appropriate tempo.
  12. "Apparently he didn't realise the mistake until the next morning..."...?!?! That must have been some swell hooch they were serving at that last gig.
  13. That's because you spend much of your life in a bubble environment. Presumably you have an affinity for young people, since you chose to make your daily bread teaching them.
  14. Actually, I'm in the Deep South, but the comment you received could have come from anyone in any of our big cities.