Danny Bradford

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    Violins and Skiing

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  1. Looking at the side views of the body is so strange. its like the body itself is warped in the middle. I had never seen such a thing and just wondering if that has some reason for being like that.
  2. I am posting this to ask about the side view of this violin as well as the front view. Both side views seem to show that the violin is warped. Also the front view seems to show that the fingerboard is horribly tilted to the side. Is this just a very poorly made violin or what's going on? http://www.ebay.com/itm/FRENCH-VIOLIN-4-4-hand-made-circa-1900-copie-CARLO-BERGONZI-anno-1741-VIOLON-/190729441023?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2c685c4eff Thanks, Danny B
  3. Hey all, is it that poor an example of a violin?
  4. OK I have read all about what is bad about ebay but if someone were set on shopping on ebay what pointers would everyone give? Perhaps a few listers that are trustworthy that all can recommend? Not sure if I would ever pull the trigger but it sure is fun to look at all those violins! Thanks in advance.
  5. OK I just updated it. Not sure if Google has changed things up or what. I hope it works this time as this process normally works! https://plus.google.com/photos/116196677963252158265/albums/5792910021151987601
  6. Greetings, I have a violin I was hoping to gain some insight on and remove the mystery. Here are the pictures: https://plus.google.com/photos/116196677963252158265/albums/5792910021151987601 Not much when looked at by local people and I have investigated enough online to know that due to the pins in the back that it is not really a Ferdinandus Gagliano The inside label reads: Ferdinandus Gagliano Filius Nicolai fecit neap 1781 Here are some dimensions: Overall length: 23 1/4 Width at fastest part of the body: 7 13/16 Width at skinniest part of body: 4 1/8 Length of body: 13 13/16 Any idea of true country of origin, age, maker, style of violin etc? looking at the button it seems to be a French style but there are some pictures of Italian makers that have similar buttons. Many thanks for your time, Danny B
  7. Oops I was not clear. The grand ole opry guy offered him 2000 not me. Please reread with this in mind. I did not plan on buying it without playing it and having a local expert look at it. Also I didn't come up with the whole HOPI thing this is what the guy said on the phone. You are right I could go to a local expert and buy one and in fact that is exactly what I did and I am quite happy with my current violin. That is not going to stop me from trolling the Internet for interesting violins that have a great background and offer a new playing experience. Thanks to all for your input.
  8. Ok so could someone enlighten me? Maybe point me to some reading material?
  9. I am looking for some material I can have handy at my home to review various Violin makers, styles, some history on violin making etc. I would like to hear your collective thoughts on some great starter material to look for. Catalogs perhaps? Also, what about good reference websites to compare pictures of violins? Any and all resources would be greatly appreciated. Look at it this way, maybe I can start answering some posts instead of just asking all of my questions! As always thanks for your time and attention.
  10. Nuf said! Ha! I tried to drudge the internet but came up empty so that may very well be why. Thanks for the reply.
  11. I got a Hopi violin a guy is looking to sell. He swears it is from the 1700's and was made in England and it is ready to play. Apparently there were 2 brothers out in England and the later one is the one who made it. He says some guy from the grand ole opry played the "fiddle" and loved it. Offered him $2000 but didnt take the offer. He wants $3000 for it and is not coming down much if any. He has no pictures right now. Does anyone have any information on this type of violin?
  12. Great information thanks! I will print this out and add it to the violin's folder for reference.
  13. Thank you for the feedback and I am sure you are correct.
  14. Understood. I am glad to hear that it is considered a work of craftsmanship. Martin, I do hope that I did not come up too short on this deal. Give me the truth don't hold back. I must say, just for the record, that of all the violins I have played, approx 12 so quite a small sampling for sure, this particular stands alone in sound. Each string just sounds completely different. I did not know that such a difference could be possible. Not sure if it was a fiscally sound trade but considering my goal in the beginning was to explore playing different sounding violins and in that goal this trade has proven to be the right move. Out of curiosity, is this a particular style violin as in Strad or Amati? Perhaps it is made with a different style in mind which is why it sounds so different.