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  1. BTW, completely OT: is that a porcupine in your little icon? Lovely animals. Ask Reece ( in my icon).
  2. Is it true that for players with long arms a balance point further out works a little better? I have very long arms , and prefer bows that are at least average or a little heavier in weight, and do not have a lighter tip end. What is your experience?
  3. To me as an outsider it looks like it depends on a lot of things. 10 cents to the dollar may apply more to the low end fiddle that comes in needing a proper set up, and might still sound poor. If it then sits in your shop for 5 years or more before being sold , would you in retrospect even have offered 10 / 100 ? The more valuable the fiddle the more the equation shifts. Same with the consignment fees.
  4. You could give this nr a call: +31 475 565 328, 0475565328 The owner of the phone +31 475 565 328 is Alfons Pisters Vioolbouw located at Gasthuisstraat 3, Neeritter, Limburg, 6015 AJ. Alfons Pisters Vioolbouw Address Gasthuisstraat 3 Postal code 6015 AJ City / Place Neeritter (Limburg), Netherland Vioolbouw means violin making. When calling from abroad dial 011 - 31 475 565 328. When in the Netherlands you can dial the second nr.
  5. Can't see much similarity . Maybe " probably by" is not so probable?
  6. Maybe the article helps him to find another enthusiast with similar artistic and scientific qualifications? 20K in 1999 : could have bought him a very nice fiddle if he had visited a reputable dealer.
  7. https://www.cleveland.com/arts/2021/02/is-this-violin-a-rare-stradivarius-cleveland-area-man-on-quest-to-prove-estate-sale-purchase-is-worth-millions.html?fbclid=IwAR17flU8_ZZrNYud1mFvNjATMkr7KHwbzpJSM2CQRcUqJcqBa9osdIqRidw Found this rather interesting: "A fitness professional, glass blower, and amateur physicist, he had both the artistic and scientific backgrounds needed to take up the case. At the same time, he was a newcomer to the violin world, a fact he said has given him easier access to dealers and other experts." Unfortunately the pictures aren't very good, but looks like a nice violin. No mention of a dendro.
  8. https://www.gviolins.com/violin2.html The above description doesn't entirely compute. Most of these fiddles couldn't have had much extra work done considering the price.
  9. Scroll looks like an import from the usual area. Fiddle does not look Mkn to me.
  10. "I was told it could be a 1900 German violin. " Yep, Saxon .
  11. What a weird duck. Scroll from the rather poor picture seems Mkn -Sch, fluting stopping before 6 o'clock. Better pictures may help. I would suspect the body is too, probably 2nd half 19th century. But don't take my opinion too seriously, am no expert.
  12. Scroll looks Saxon / Mkn to me. Body could be as well.
  13. In a way my almost complete ignorance of music theory and composition theory might be a blessing in this case. Not being ironic. I remember how as a teenager a certain vinyl recording of violin middle movements from early romantic concertos gave me the goosebumps , many times. I think it was a more intuitive kind of listening. Then years later I found those performances not very inspiring or moving any more, having listened to a great number of the same with critical ears. And yet even though many of the later recordings were outstanding, none gave me that " rapturous" sensation I used to have. I regretted having lost that. Almost like a loss of innocence. Was it overly critical listening that killed it? Over familiarity? It never came back, and it won't any more I think, not in the same way. Now I appreciate music differently, appreciate more of the subtleties, the technical mastery, the interpretive style, the flow, the cohesion, but the more primal, direct connection to - whatever it is that moves us - works in another way now. A performance a few years ago of Shostakovich' 8th quartet brought me to tears. In my teenage years I would not have "understood" - gotten - much of it.
  14. Phillip K.T. : if I hear you correctly you find Brahms' music to be contrived. ( My words, not yours) I agree , some of his music comes across that way to me as well. For example some of his solo piano works, and bits and pieces in his compositions everywhere. Yet when I hear his first symphony , the piano concertos, so many other compositions he blows me away. He can create an atmosphere, as for example in the adagio of his G major violin sonata that one doesn't find anywhere else. Playing his chamber music is quite a challenge, but a very moving experience. It can easily sound muddy or dragged down. It seems he is trying to expound on Beethoven without leaving the restraints of the classical period too much. There is something very German in his music I think, this complexity , ( too ) much emphasis on detail, gründlichkeit, somehow lack of natural flow. Mozart was pretty well the opposite in many ways . His complete mastery came naturally - and yet from the "German" tradition as well. I am not a music scholar, just enjoy all kinds of music. Including both Brahms and Dvorak. Brahms is actually one of my favourites. He didn't write any bad music. There is some nobility to it. Sometimes he sounds tortured, maybe because he was often very unhappy. Some of Dvorak's music is astounding - 9th Symphony, piano quartets, quintets, , romance for violin and orchestra, romantic pieces, but he also wrote some very uninteresting second rate stuff. Just my 2 cents.
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