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  1. Yes, yes. We know. Notice the tagged keyword "Krylon". Still, what precisely is underneath the stone spray paint is pure conjecture. Could it be a Strad or a deConet? Can we afford to take the chance that it mightn't be? Back to you, Vd'A.
  2. I thank everyone for the sobriety and respect with which they are commenting. I am seriously thinking of placing a bid (a single bid should suffice to win), and then practicing restoration myself, to be documented in an exhaustively (exhaustingly?) detailed slide show to be presented here. If David Burgess no longer has the cojones to post instructional and informative restoration videos, someone has to fill the void. Only if there is public interest, of course. I wouldn't presume. (?) Incidentally, and through no fault of my own, I am still single. Discuss.
  3. This is a serious subject on a serious thread on a serious website, sir. I would ask for at least a modicum of--if not outright decency--at least decorum from you, Mr. Sherbet.
  4. Perhaps it was a Gypsy's and there's a Strad underneath? It's possible, in fact it's probable. I think part of what is so disturbing about this erstwhile Strad is the amount of care the owner took to faux-granitize it. Make no mistake; this process took hours. Stuff had to be masked, parts removed, etc. I've painted cars; I know. Fortunately for us, this discipline and creativity has now been channeled into eBayntrepreneurship. After all is said and done, this is about creating jobs in a tough economy; the seller is thus an American hero and a role model. Can one afford to sit idly by and NOT place a bid? Sure, that's what Ben Hebbert and the unwashed, gitane-smoking / cappuccino-sipping / silk-ascotted elite might do over in snotty Europe. But it just feels wrong. I'm thinking of going for it and sending it to Lyndon for restoration.
  5. http://www.ebay.com/itm/281058784027?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2648 An argument against excessive polishing?
  6. Hi Jon, is your concern that they are using real tortoise shell or advertising fake stuff as real? Using the Report Item link will do absolutely nothing; it's almost just a "feel good" thing. To get something done, you have to follow the steps I outlined in my first post. If it's a case of a seller passing off mutton as lamb, you will have to be able to provide solid evidence and credentials and it will help if you have a colleague or two make similar calls, where you ask to speak to a Supervisor.
  7. OK, so trying to get back on track, then. Despite my initial, and now edited, view of eBay as a complete den of iniquity to be avoided at all costs...I have found over time that amid the riff-raff are, predictably, some pretty decent people and some good deals to be had both buying and selling-wise. I have managed to make some money selling stuff I had collecting dust around the house and have gotten some sweet deals on stuff that people just didn't want or need anymore. There's perils on eBay, for sure, but I don't think one needs to throw the baby out with the bath water, to use a hackneyed phrase. Knowledge is power, etc. Insert cliche here. eBay is like riding the subway in NYC, you get all kinds. I have found it is useful to know how to play the game. If some seller is doing illegal stuff, or stuff that is so unethical and irksome that it gets your blood up, there are tools in place to act if necessary.
  8. Pardon if this has been asked and answered, but where are the Tarisio-style condition reports I can have instantly emailed to me? I haven't found much in the way of descriptive text either. Please advise, Mr. B.
  9. One can still leave negative feedback for sellers. However sellers cannot leave negative feedback for buyers.
  10. This thread is hilarious. Re: eBay (or many things) "Never say never!" Back to the violin in the original post, I think it's not bad at all. In fact I like the candy apple red varnish. Don't think I'll bid any higher than a hundred quid, however.
  11. I guess you refer to Martina's quote "I stand behind my product and my reputation" ? (confused).
  12. Indeed it was this very clarity that drew me to the listing initially - "No crash" "Incredible deep tons", "Soft rexture". Ben, what's this about caviar? Don't get it.
  13. Not at all, Martina, on the contrary. I actually think the fiddle looks decent and know what the deal is, Skarampelu or whatever. I placed a bid just for fun! Hate the sin but love the sinner!
  14. It's currently at auction, so the starting bid could go anywhere in theory. Have a look: http://www.ebay.com/itm/221182894147?_trksid=p5197.c0.m619 My new philosophy on labels is that if a label is present in an instrument for sale and/or is mentioned in the listing title or text, then that seller is in fact representing the instrument as such. "Lab., labeled, labelled" = "I stand behind the fact that this instrument is made by". Deliciously simple.
  15. I am a bit obsessed with crocodiles at present. Tomorrow I am swapping a practical and very lightweight chinese foam violin case for an antique and totally impractical but way cool crocodile case. See you later, alligator!
  16. ARE THOSE CROP CIRCLES ON THE FIDDLE? OMG, IT'S THE END TIMES !!! http://www.ebay.com/itm/Old-Composite-4-4-Mysterious-Intriguing-Violin-Some-of-it-may-be-400-Years-Old-/261161859086?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3cce75b80e "There are eight wood wafers inlaid into the top just below the fingerboard. After much investigation I think this represents the Ptolemaic Universe*, i.e., the Universe consists of 8 bodies and the 'fixed stars' with the earth in the center: a Geocentric model. This view was the accepted 'norm' until the 17th century. If my thoughtful conclusion is correct, the top, and probably the ribs are from the 1500s. This dating is consistent with the extreme wear the top has seen."
  17. The violin is being sold out of Slovakia, presented as a Scarampella. (I actually think it's a pretty fiddle, just much more precise than Stefano could ever make.)
  18. Could you elaborate just a bit as to what is tipping you off as to C/R?
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