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  1. Any comments on the high number of unsold items in this auction?
  2. Am very surprised that only a few of the replies think this violin is overpriced. Even if it is a good violin for its class, $6000 is outrageous. Keep looking and Best of Luck. ot
  3. Hi everyone, just wondered if anyone attended todays auction and have any comments or observations to make. I noticed that there seemed to be many unsold items. Thanks, ot
  4. Happy Birthday to you Rodger and many thanks for your help on this board! p.s. Bill, thanks for your post as this is the type of music I grew up on and still listen to
  5. Hello; would anyone be able to comment on the high number of unsold instruments at this auction. Does Skinner now have a different format with high reserves or was there just a lack of interest and low turn out? Also, has the absence of David Bosney having an effect? Any other comments would also be very welcome. Thanks, OT
  6. Hello, would anyone care to comment on this Ebay # 271433266472, a 1756 Bairhoff violin. Thanks,OT
  7. Hello and thanks for the replies. Jacob, you are one of a kind and are very special to this board. Thank you for all of your fine posts. jj
  8. Hello, would anyone care to comment on the Ebay Grancino (231168056974) that is now selling for over $5000 with 55 bids and 1 day to go?
  9. Anders, Sorry I cannot answer your question from the standpoint of a violinmaker but as a player for over 60 years I can state that both the bridge and the bow can make a world of a difference, even up to a positive difference of 100%. OT
  10. Hello Omobono, thanks for your reply as I didn't know that Cozio had any kind of auction summary, so it is helpful and I will save the link. Now that we hear that David Bonsey has left Skinner, there will probably be more information on this board about this interesting situation. Thanks again, OT
  11. Would any members of this board who attended last weeks auction at Skinners be kind enough to post your thoughts as to attendance, prices, bidding, sleepers and overall price direction of auction violins. Thanks, OT
  12. Has anyone seen the photo of the violin perhaps from the Titanic and any idea who made it or the country of origin. The photo is only of the front. Great story if it is proven true. OT
  13. Hello Stephen, you may remember me from an earlier post I see we both have one thing in common, insomnia. The one difference between us is that you are a very bright man and write extremely well, where as I am all not that bright and do not write well at all. I do enjoy your posts as you are not only very bright but a very fine violinist, and I have learned many things from your posts. I have not been to Chicago for many years now, but do remember going downtown to Lewis & Son and visiting with many of the other old violin shops. It was always much fun as I was able to play on many great Italian violins, and was never even shown a German violin. Times have changed. Looking forward to you posts for 2013 and do have a Happy New Year! OT
  14. Hello Evan, thank you for your fine reply as I was wrong concerning your first post and am sorry. I do agree with what you are saying along with all the other posts, as they too are very accurate. It seems that all of these things will only get worse. OT
  15. Hello Evan, I hope I am not taking your post the wrong way and instead you are trying to be being funny? but we certainly do not need any more trouble on this board with insulting remarks. OT
  16. Hi Lyndon, my very best to you as I believe this will not be as difficult for you as it might seem. You have a lot to offer on this board and am looking forward to reading your posts. Merry Christmas, OT
  17. Thank you for your replys. I have googled his name here and in England but his name only comes up with his books. Thanks again, OT
  18. Hi, would anyone know the year that cyril woodcock died? Thank you, OT
  19. Hello, was wondering if anyone on this board would know the year in which C. Woodcock died? Thanks, OT
  20. Hello Bernie, This does look like a French student violin. Concerning the medio-fino's, its been my understanding that the red ones had real purfling, and the yellow ones that were made in smaller numbers did not. Instead they had inked on purfling and somehow were better sounding. OT
  21. Hello T Ford, Hard to believe that I am the only person to reply so far that did hear Heifetz perform live. However I was only in my early teens so I really cannot help very much. I do of course remember the solo concert he performed with piano, but was so in awe of him that everything he did or played was wonderfull. I was a serious violin student at that time and attended the concert with my father and my violin teacher. Heifetz did inspire me to practice more but I also remember the feeling after the concert that no matter what did I could never play anywhere near his level as I kept thinking, how did he do that? His Bach I remember the best as I had only started playing them as they were very difficult for me. So to hear him play as he did, was stunning. Also, at that time in the early 50s there was no negative mention that I ever heard concerning his stage demeanor as I was taught that this was a positive thing to do so as to keep everything balanced and controlled in order to conserve energy. That was the only part of my violin playing that worked out OT
  22. Hello Rick, great question and post. In the past I remember a number of occasions in which a violin far exceeded the estimate and that some one who had attended the auction knew the high bidder and was able to ask some questions and receive answers. I don't know if this is possible concerning this violin, but it does show that there are a number of really good experts/dealers that know exactly who made a questionable violin and are able to certify the violin. This happends at all the major auctions all over the world. OT
  23. Hello Dani, sorry about my first reply as I was only joking This violin is a E.H. Roth but the price I think is too high for its condition even though it does not have any cracks. It is almost the lowerst grade E.H. Roth and of course ( a 1700 Strad) and only a student violin. The label and branding is correct for a 1962 E.H. Roth. For $1000 you should keep trying at your auction site as you should be able to do better. Violadamore has a good idea, however I would think that a dealer would not be happy in your asking about a auction violin, a violin that he is not selling. I hope this is a better reply that my first one. OT
  24. Hello Jeff; but I only tried to answer his question
  25. Hello danitsui, Yes, it must be a Scherl & Roth as you cannot believe what it says on the inside! What probably happened is that some one took off the top, placed a fake label in it and branded the inside with a serial number to make it look like a 1962 E.H. Roth, model 1700, which it does appear to look like. What is surprising is that some one from Sao Paulo would be able to do such a good job of branding OT
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