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  1. Never seen a scroll like that on a cheap Mkn. Looks very amateurish. Or is the whole dreadful thing made by an amateur?
  2. Apparently JB did experiment with chemicals and heat treatments ( sorry, yes " baking" rather than "cooking" as the wood was put in an oven ) during a period after 1850. From what I read this was not kiln drying, but rather using already dried wood to change the colour of the wood and/or affect the structure of the wood to improve sound. Dealers know these violins says Jeffrey. I came across one of those and was told it was not as valuable as the non - treated Vuillaumes as the top had quite a few cracks and the violin was felt to be not as stable. The fiddle to me sounded fine though. Others would know more about this. There is also a thread on the Pegbox from 2005 that makes mention of it:
  3. Some Vuilaumes have been "cooked" ( pretty well literally) and are not as valuable today. Was that JBs own doing, or did it happen to violins by others in his workshop as well?
  4. ???????? Maybe we should refocus the thread or just scrap it.
  5. Dear Landolfi, Please show some pictures that help identifying this fiddle. You have been around here long enough to know how. Why did you leave out a frontal view of the scroll?
  6. Thanks , see what you mean. Nice scroll anyway. Regarding Osiraphael: I would imagine you were referring to peg bushings.
  7. Regarding the varnish: as the violin was presented as Bohemian imho the varnish does not fit well with that description, so I was wondering if it had been stripped and revarnished. However that would have been a heck of a precise stripping job and rather unlikely. Varnish fits well with what Martin describes. This kind of violin can be quite powerful, but responsiveness may be lacking a bit.
  8. On the balance of things it looks more French than Saxon/Bohemian to me as Vathek and Blank face may be considering as well. Would be nice to have an exactly straight view of the back. Even better if you could show the blocks and linings. Is that the original varnish? (Hint: use a UV light to check things out as in here: https://www.amazon.com/Flashlight-Vansky-Blacklight-Ultraviolet-Eliminator/dp/B0758CJDGT/ref=sr_1_2_sspa?keywords=UV+light&qid=1569603306&s=gateway&sr=8-2-spons&psc=1&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUEzRlgyS1hLUEZON0k2JmVuY3J5cHRlZElkPUEwNjcyNTA0MzAwRkRLQlFLNTZBRyZlbmNyeXB0ZWRBZElkPUExMDIwNzk4M0NXVEZWNzhCU09HTyZ3aWRnZXROYW1lPXNwX2F0ZiZhY3Rpb249Y2xpY2tSZWRpcmVjdCZkb05vdExvZ0NsaWNrPXRydWU= )
  9. I found the original thread just now. Hopefully the insurance paid for this.
  10. https://www.plainsite.org/dockets/2vwn8xt62/superior-court-of-california-county-of-los-angeles/leonidas-kavakos-v-nazaret-mkhsigevorkian-et-al/ It appears this lawsuit was dismissed on 7/7/2015 but maybe I am reading this wrong. Any more info on this?
  11. Don't know that app but it is not going to be an Xray device. Probably a studsensor. That would be useless for checking a violin or bow.
  12. Jerry and Martin regarding UV light: thank you, I thought so. A recommendation to readers : a small handheld UV light sells for about 10 bucks. For example: https://www.amazon.com/s?k=uv+light&crid=1QR8T3026P7KM&sprefix=UV+%2Caps%2C243&ref=nb_sb_ss_i_3_3 It can save you some grief when buying a bow or an instrument. Or cause you grief finding out that your own valuable old bow had a hidden tip repair. As a bonus you can find out where the cat peed on the carpet. Or where your radiator is leaking fluid. I don't know if the following was discussed on this forum: https://www.latimes.com/socal/burbank-leader/news/tn-blr-concert-violinist-files-suit-seeking-80k-for-broken-bow-20150113-story.html and https://www.violinist.com/blog/laurie/20151/16492/ It is hard to know who was at fault. Would it be prudent for a bow repair shop to check an expensive old bow with UV light before accepting it for repair? There are some characters out there in the violin world who may not be trustworthy, for example those who have tried to influence the outcome of big competitions in favour of their students or relatives. I will put this up as a separate thread.
  13. Out of curiosity: is UV light helpful in examining bows for crack repairs that are difficult to spot?
  14. Dario D'Atilli at the height of his career was very knowledgeable and reputable. This I've been told by people well known in the violin business that knew him personally. Later in his life he started writing certificates that were not even close to reality. It appears he did not do this on purpose but simply lost it. This became known and he was approached by some not so scrupulous people to take advantage of this. Others may not have been aware. I've heard it told that several top dealers including Charles Beare got so concerned that they decided together to approach him and ask him to stop writing any certificates . I'm sure some that read here know more about this than I do.
  15. Better pictures would help. Need good views of the scroll too. Is that all the D' Atilli letter says? No reference to any region or city in Italy? And when was the letter dated? Does it have a picture of your violin , or a good description? For better pictures: see