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  1. I'm not singling out Andrew here, he just has the closest example of a (IMHO, mistaken ) theme which runs all through this thread. Some of the more experienced makers and restorers here, please check me on this, but the type of tool marks which are being discussed are not produced by incompetence, but by the nature of the tools used. All woodworking hand propelled cutting tools have an inflexible edge, whether flat or curved. At some point, they will not fit the surface being carved, and faceting (however minuscule) occurs. When this is not removed with conformal abrasives (as it isn't by makers who avoid sandpaper for aesthetic or practical reasons), it remains visible. That's not incompetence, it's style.
  2. The answer, as I understand it, is that the employer-enforced pristine uniformity of shop-made trade instruments (especially true of the outsides of Markies and their descendants, as well as everywhere on Mirecourt and Chinese), has made visible tool-marks diagnostic of bespoke violins (whose makers answer to no-one but themselves). Another point here is that trade violins tend to be smoothed with fine abrasives (requiring less skill), while bespoke violins usually are entirely cut or scraped into shape, which can leave a variety of tiny marks on some finished surfaces, no matter how carefully it's done. This has, counter-intuitively, made barely noticeable tool marks a sign of higher quality and value, rather than the opposite.
  3. Gee, what if you combined creative heuristic AI with deepfake video technology, and opened a news channel? And it could promote your movie and recording studios quietly running off the same technology.............
  4. What @deans said, plus some resentment towards music-store people who charge for sanding bridge blank feet, and calling that a "set up", like they actually cut something, on a trade fiddle that they'd marked through the roof, already.. @jacobsaunders, nobody here that I've noticed has ever done anything but praise your restorations that you've posted.
  5. Stradpet, huh? If they make a guitar gadget, I've thought of an unforgettable trade name name for it.........
  6. I dunno. It could still be sharp guessing. I know of a few sellers who are suspected of slipping a "phantom reserve" bid in at the last moment, but usually, when I get buried under a flurry of bids in the last 10 seconds, the numbers show afterwards, it's all or mostly old-timers like me. If something has 30 watchers, there's gonna be a dogfight, and all of us know roughly what something is worth. I really don't expect anything good for a minimal bid, except when the whole community in a certain niche has a collective brainfart, which is terribly rare, but has happened. I usually don't put in early bids unless I seriously want something, and then I place one at the entry, and a second one for the absolute max, and then I let things sit. When you see two bids showing, and the bids are still on the minimum, that's what's going on. Some pro has it staked out, and you are going to have to pay to see their cards.
  7. "You say tomato......", either one works. https://grammarist.com/usage/fora-forums/
  8. Based on contemporary Victorian memoirs and political commentaries I've read, dumb luck had a lot to do with it.
  9. One of the reasons why I only bid on eBay is because of their published terms of service and internal safeguards with regard to seller misconduct. There's nothing to protect you from sneaky shilling, but the seller can't see your max bid limit. I've won enough auctions on eBay with most of my "pad" left to be reasonably sure of that. Seller owned auction sites can write their own code, and can see everything. I see that as a hazard.
  10. Based on my polished expertise in forum brinksmanship (along with some modest training in logic and commercial law), what I quoted from @Strad O Various Jr. is beyond the limits, with reference to the "Personal attacks" clause of https://maestronet.com/forum/index.php?/forum/5-the-auction-scroll/#elForumRules OTOH, what @ctanzio said, as it cites an article relating matters of public record, is protected on MN by precedent established by you yourself (and several others) in commenting on the Machold case. My concern is that "gut feel" ad hominem comments like the one I objected to will attract censure from the mods. Let's not get another thread locked.
  11. Well, there's certainly enough rubbish on this one.
  12. IMHO, speculations like this should be avoided. Among present company, it's sufficient to note that, "They sell used violins on the Internet".
  13. On eBay this kind of thing can mean trolls, but you can see the bids there (unless it's "private", which can be a red flag) to sort out who has a new account, and who's an old-timer. When you see some low, or zero, feedback users fighting over something, it's time to sit back, and munch popcorn. I saw an auction relist recently, where the seller was so annoyed with the winner who wouldn't pay, that he "doxxed" the guy, in the new photos, phone # and all.
  14. It's retail replacement value, like if anything happened to my Salustri, I'd need at least a Sora to replace it with. Do you get it, now?
  15. Nice shooting, @JackSchmidling. You could call this the "Pons Asinorum", and make it more pretentious.
  16. If you put it alongside 10 or so typically fungible circa 1900 Markies, it would be an outlier on wood used, scroll carving details, one-piece back, and finish. It's hard to tell from the photos, but the top might be one-piece as well. I feel that it's Markneukirchen-inspired, but not Markneukirchen-made. For an analogy, Markies from the 1880 to 1920 period of maximum production ("the usual") are like so many nearly identical clones in an aspen forest. Any deviation from the norm stands out immediately.
  17. It's built-on-back, but IMHO, not the usual. From the wood, toolmarks, wonky repairs, varnish, and seller's location, I'd suspect 19th. C. rural or amateur British. Might actually sound decent, but I wouldn't gamble much money on it.
  18. It's mildew. You must live in Florida. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mildew https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stachybotrys_chartarum It doesn't look like a terrible case. You've done the vinegar, you might hit it with bleach or dish soap for good measure, then lightly seal the black spots with clear lacquer, varnish, or whatever after it's thoroughly dry, and forget about it. Try to keep the cello in a drier environment in the future.
  19. Ummmmm..................https://maestronet.com/forum/index.php?/topic/342400-new-york-neck-reset-what-is-it/
  20. Helps you support a violin with a "Blasphemy Pillar" installed? Total gimmick.
  21. Naaah. I never make mistakes. I vary my interpretations.
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