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  1. Jacob's original description of how to identify these may be found in here:
  2. What Rue and I said, "the usual", is short for a Jacobism, "the usual rubbish", which means a "Saxon" style German trade violin from the Markneukirchen-Schönbach area. I also coined the term "Markie" to refer to these. Millions of them were produced in a cottage-piecework system known as "Dutzendarbeit", and assembled and sold internationally by wholesalers during the period 1870-1925, more or less. They are the most common form of antique violin. They were imported into the USA and sold by mail-order retailers like Sears, used as raw material by makers elsewhere, and relabled by a va
  3. Jeffrey, pleaase lobby @ghunt to put the "Edit" button back where it was.
  4. The quality of both brick-and-mortar and online violin dealers varies quite a bit. Sometimes you have to kiss a lot of frogs, but sooner or later you'll find one to stick with. I'm not making any recommendations, because my need for raw material as well as parts differs considerably from your need for something playable to start with.
  5. IMHO, the usual, as Rue just shot past me to say.
  6. Ja, und James hat guten Müll. Don't start trashing us rubbish dealers.
  7. You might have another chance. Guess who's baaaaack, and wants to make you an online oil tycoon?
  8. Yup. Me too, and probably every member here who's registered at Brompton's.
  9. Doesn't matter. CF isn't wood, with multiply redundant microstructures, which have molecular linkages at the nano- level. CF is macro, compared to wood, and has interwoven visible filaments bound together by a resin matrix. Both components will accumulate tiny fractures under flexure until, sooner or later, they fail. You can make an analogy with metal fatigue. I hadn't really considered this in the CF violin case (figured the loadings were too low), until the OP said she was observing audible changes, which implies a really rapid shift in structural properties in a comparatively ri
  10. So, no joke, do you think that it's microfracturing, delaminating, or both? If its properties are changing, wouldn't that argue for a limited service life, just like a CF control surface or skin panel flexing under airflow, engine vibration, etc.? How do you change out skin panels according to a projected failure table, on a CF violin?
  12. ........ex Bonhams..........