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  1. Go ask Alex, the Red Queen, the hookah smoking caterpillar, the White Knight, or the dormouse. The White Rabbit has the answer. Something here strongly suggests the sensory distortions experienced with hallucinogens. I think the initials on the "cert" are AB, perhaps?
  2. An interesting experience for anyone interested in violins is to examine and play many different violins in all different price ranges at a major auction preview. However, I think it would be very difficult, frustrating and possibly very disappointing and expensive for an individual to successfully buy the violin they really want at a major auction. Often violins with modest estimates sell for many times the estimate. Another concern is that if you identify 2 or 3 potential candidates for purchase, you have to decide whether to try to win the first up for sale or wait to bid on anothe
  3. Actually, yes. From a German TV film where I played a ship's captain. I can't do anything for real, so I make believe... Jesse
  4. I listed a lot of 6 rattlesnake rattles a few years ago, and they sold for $5. I also got a few messages from people concerned that I might be hurting rattlesnakes to get their rattles. I am pretty sure that dealing in rattlesnake rattles provides few of the same rewards as dealing in violins. Jesse
  5. Does that mean that the excellent, well-trained, intelligent and conscientious professional luthier with 50 years of experience, who I use to repair and set up nearly all of the violins I sell on ebay, "should plain die and stop wasting resources?" He might take personal offense to that suggestion, as would many mature (read old) people who choose to continue to work for a wide variety of reasons. If someone chooses a new career late in life, does that make them indecent? Competition raises quality and lowers price. Competition motivates young people to work hard to achieve a level of
  6. Thank you very much Gizmo... Tara816621, I started selling violins on eBay 12 years ago. I was in a similar situation that you find yourself in. My daughter's level was developing beyond her rental violin and I took her to a shop on the advice of her teacher. After three hours trying violins with a very nice young man with a vaguely European affected accent, they "selected" a wonderful violin for $15000. I had the privilege and pleasure of informing my 14 year old daughter, the apple of my eye and the light of my life, that we were not buying a $15000 violin. I then bough
  7. I found this recent question and answer at the bottom of the listing. Is he threatening the buyer or himself? Q: The violin will you be able to sell the violin and the shipping for 200 A: NO For gods sake the shipping is extra Please don anyone else ask me this or I,ll just take it offline and smash it to Bits Lowballers everywhere.... Something like the bank robber screaming "Don't move or I'll shoot myself!"
  8. I was at the auction and apparently, I couldn't recognize a great violin when I held it in my hands. I think I might have looked at it much more seriously if I had seen it in a flea market or a garage sale. That others far more expert than I, also missed it, intrigues me. This was certainly a one-in-a-million long shot, but does that make the next Skinner sale in two weeks more or less interesting...? Jesse
  9. No malice, just second hand information, that I haven't verified personally, but came from two sources whose information has been accurate in the past. The expert whom I have been told has certified the violin is, beyond question, the recognized authority on violins of this kind. It is interesting to me that at least the two previous owners apparently had no idea that the violin was a del Gesu. And, supposedly, the violin was purchased by the consignor ten years ago for $5000. The fact that many dealers, who are more expert than the auction's specialist, saw and handled the violin withou
  10. It has been mentioned to me by people who usually know, that lot 44 of Skinner's April 2014 sale has been recently certified by a famous London expert as an authentic Joseph Guarnieri del Gesu. I heard the buyer is rather pleased with his purchase. There are dozens of experts who held the violin in their hands who are now scratching their heads. (speaking of heads, I understand that this one is not original). Lot 44 Sale # 2717B Jesse
  11. It looks like there are four different user names (at least) that this seller uses. While not identical, the listings are all similar, including the carpet backgrounds in the photos. lalamigra amteco giccgicc pilence0 The multiple user names is a dead giveaway for me that a seller does not want to be identified with his merchandise. Jesse
  12. Claire Givens is well-respected, well, maybe only in America and England where we don't know the difference. Andrew Dipper joined Claire Givens Violins as Vice President. Andrew Dipper, a highly respected maker and early instrument restorer brought Dipper Restorations from Taynton, Oxfordshire, England. In 1988, she hosted the Violin Society of America International Violinmaking Competition. In 2005 she organized a conference for the National Music Museum named The Secrets, Lives and Violins of the Great Cremona Makers. She has written "In Focus" articles in The Strad magazine fea
  13. I second Conor's thanks Kevin. That was a very enlightening explanation. I have always used the presence of those marks to identify American grown maple, although I have also seen American maple where the marks are very faint and hard to see for sure like the second example in the photos above. I find it much more difficult to identify other woods but I have had a lot of experience with American violins. Jesse
  14. Its not a matter of stupid, just whether on not you know. The small, dark streaks or sap marks that run perpendicular to the flame, parallel to the grain, in a random pattern is the most distinctive clue to identifying North American Maple. They are most noticeable in the first and third photos.
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