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  1. The frog rose motif is so far out of alignment it is inconceivable that Bultitude would have released it as such. He was entirely too fastidious. I'm with Martin...far too many inconsistencies to be acceptable as genuine. IMHO.
  2. Over years of observation I have noticed a significant number of violins of the antique variety which have had shims installed under the fingerboard to restore the break angle across the bridge. Otherwise I have seen abnormally low bridges on instruments without a shim, waiting for correction. In the world of flat-top guitars, neck resets are the normal choice to correct for high action. After a neckset, short shims are installed under the fingerboard tongue on top of the guitar or occasionally they are left with the upper fingerboard slightly bent where the fingerboard joins the body, usually for cosmetic reasons. Their bridges may have been shaved sometime in the distant past to lower the action, however I have never even heard of an acoustic guitar with a shim installed under the entire fingerboard to correct for high action. Neck resets are now entirely the norm. Since flat-top and even classical guitars are not engineered to be disassembled later for repair I am curious as to why so many fine violins have fingerboard shims. IMHO string instruments are made to be taken apart (hide glue, etc) for repairs. Is a neck reset simply a much more expensive operation vs. installing an under-the-fingerboard shim or are there other factors which account for the prevalence of shims?
  3. Actually you’d think that luthiers would appreciate a game that has no “penalties”, only “errors” and where wood and leather are the materials used to play it. IMHO ”Safe at home” just has such a lovely ring to it.
  4. Regarding examples from the great bowmakers of the past, were there any general principles regarding a decision to use nickel vs. silver as materials for bows? Did the maker get near the end of the process and decide that the bow was not of sufficient quality worthy of silver mounts or was the decision more a matter of economics in that more folks could afford a nickel mounted bow so it would be an easier sell as it was less expensive?
  5. See Martin Swan's informative reply to this topic: https://maestronet.com/forum/index.php?/topic/340919-top-10-destinations-for-contemporary-certificates-of-authenticity/&tab=comments#comment-815402
  6. It also came with a "We certify....", and in this case "bill of sale" is a more accurate description of the document previously posted.. Distinction noted, thanks Michael.. I found it interesting that the words "'Guaranteed Genuine" were employed in light of the current discussion while curious if any present-day dealers feel compelled to use similar verbiage to accompany their own bills of sale.
  7. Further to the discussion of written guarantees, I have a 1949 J & A Beare cert for my C. Pierray violin which states ""Guaranteed Genuine" (price obscured for posting here). Whether or not it would be sufficient to others in a future marketplace did not influence my decision to purchase. It was 'certainly' good enough for me!
  8. According to the link provided, the highest price a Juzek violin has achieved is over £3000. There is obvious public interest in Juzek violins. None of the examples by Salustri offered at the Oct 2019 auction reached an opening bid of even £200. If you were to paint your examples some bright colors you might see a modest return on your "investment". Good luck!
  9. There were 14 "Mario Salustri, Albano,, late 20th Century" examples in the Amati Specialist October 2019 auction. They all "made it" through to the Aftersale. Without exception: Each offered at £200. Here are a couple of examples. Six of the items were in the white.
  10. Fascinating! Any chance for a picture of this feathering? Unsure of what qualifies as inside vs. outside. is it possible to see this without taking the top off?
  11. In the condition report it refers to a bassbar patch. I can understand the necessity of a sound post patch however under what conditions would would a bassbar need a patch?
  12. The team is stopping in Los Angeles first! 4 days during NAMM Location: LA Violin Shop https://laviolinshop.com/lavs-is-now-partner-of-vatelot-rampal-jean-francois-raffin/