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  1. For these inexpensive violins with grainy finishes (and NOT fine violins, or even semi-fine violins) this is an okay method for reducing the visibility of lots of scratches:
  2. If any of you are thinking about stealing it, security will be present!!!
  3. Some of us include the front page of the newspaper printed the day we ship showing the date in our photos. Of course you have to have a subscription to the newspaper--something that is getting less and less common. I enjoy my small town paper.
  4. I have seen quite regularly student grade Hungarian violins (made in 1970s?) with two piece backs that had fake flaming on them. The flaming was sprayed on with some sort of masking, but so poorly done that the faux flame from one side that should have stopped at the middle seam, slightly overlapped onto the opposite side of the two-piece back. Dead give away! I have seen fake flaming on old German violins that must have been done with something chemical, as the wood was burned such that there was a groove in the wood and the varnish that was originally on the top of the "flame" had compl
  5. I bought a Ludwig Koschat violin maybe 15 years ago and then had a standing search on ebay for this maker. Bought about six more over 12 to 15 year period. They had the features of your instrument, even the pegs. I sold them by consigning them to a major midwestern brick and mortar store, retail price being between $650 and $800.
  6. I took a cello shell (no parts) whatsoever to a shop and asked them to ream out the endpin hole to fit a rather large clunky endpin I had, I was trying to avoid buying a bass reamer. They returned the cello five minutes later and charged me $125. I protested the price, and all they would say is that the book states that the cost for installing a new cello endpin is $125. Of course this is figured based on a set up cello, taking down the strings and bridge, risking the soundpost falling and having to be put it back up, restringing and tuning. I could have bought two reamers for what I paid for
  7. brokenbow


    I hope you have better luck
  8. How about just getting one of those loose fitting, old 1930-40s, felt lined cases. Add a few bits of rosin crumbs and the cheap chin rest tools that come with chin rests to the bottom of the case. Then sit down to watch a movie and shake the case back and forth until the movie is over.
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  10. I dont get it. Strad fiddles are valuable because they are historically important--Antonio essentially refined the design of violins to its modern form. The amounts they bring reflect the prestige of owning one of a limited supply of original strads--not their intrinsic value as a tool for making music. That a modern maker, standing on the shoulders of 300 years of accumulated knowledge about violin making can make/create a violin that is competitive in sound and playability to a Stradavarius is not particularly surprising. After all these modern violins are either fine copies or refinements o
  11. New instruments--instruments that may be purchased by retailers from wholesalers at a wholesale price are simply a commodity. A retailer may purchase a $1000 violin from a wholesaler for $500. While there are exceptions, wholesale prices are typically half of the MSRP (manufacturers suggested retail price). If the retailer wants to buy a large number of the same new instrument, the wholesale price may be even 5 or even 10% lower. If the world of used guitars and other fretted instruments, used instruments are typically priced at 50% of the MSRP. For lower end Asian made instruments, the pricin
  12. The magnet trick: Get two super magnets. Put them together and draw a line on their sides showing how they will align (north south) naturally. Place one of the magnets over the top of the crack on the outside. Create a cleat and using a tiny bit of 2-sided tape, attach the cleat to the other magnet with the wood grain of the cleat oriented the way you want it to stick to the underside of the crack. Use a thin metal whatever that will get the second magnet near the first, but inside the violin. Place the magnet with the attached cleat (with glue applied) on the thin metal whatever. Work the m
  13. So few people have ever met someone who makes violins that they have no idea about what to say-- so what comes out of their mouths seems silly to us. See the "curse of knowledge" at to better understand your reactions. Part of the work of any member of a profession is occasional public relations work which often means answering the same simplistic questions over and over again. Work on developing thoughtful and helpful responses. And always remember that computer techs and auto repair people have lists of stupid questions and comm