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Jeny Mahon

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  1. As I understand it, things in the collecting arena are starting to turn in the direction of early 20th c. American violin makers. Ever since pknorr bought out all the Marknukirchen fiddles (aw, just joshin' ya PK!) the rest of us have had to figure out what else to appreciate that has been historically underappreciated. To that end I believe Jesse has been blazing the trail on Ebay, so I wanted to ask him for his opinion on these violins. http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vie...me=STRK:MEWA:IT http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vie...me=STRK:MEWA:IT
  2. That is pretty hilarious! Thanks for sharing
  3. I'm both really... OK well more of a collector than a player that's for sure! I do some fiddling but I'm just a beginner. As for the fiddle, I'll have my luthier take a look at it and see if it's worth the button graft it needs. If it is he'll fix it up, put it back together and see how it sounds. Depending on how it turns out I'll either keep it or leave it at his shop to sell on commission.
  4. I just got it on Ebay...Don't know about the fiddle but WOW look at that case! Woohoo! anyway just sharing http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vie...me=STRK:MEWA:IT
  5. Well, I have a few thoughts actually...no brand (could have been regraduated though) not good enough pictures of the scroll and a possible crack in the rib on the bottom but still! What do y'all think? http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vie...me=STRK:MEWA:IT PS Congrats PKnorr, I saw you finally got a Knorr! I thought you'd be winning this one http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vie...ssPageName=WDVW
  6. WOW! I got the fiddle last week! It is BeeYOUteeful!! First of all it's not by Asa White, sadly but that's OK. It IS as Mittenwald as it gets, and we're thinking 1840-1850. Not ONE crack on it, one piece top, one piece back, one piece rib (complete with little nick on the bottom) and a gorgeous scroll. All original varnish and fittings too. But the best and most confusing part is, neatly overlapping the upper right corner of the Amati label is the Asa White label, which says plain as day "Jan. 1871"!! How could anyone miss tbat?! Even without that, it's obvious the fiddle is over 100 years old, not just 60! Anyway the work that was done, we think at AW White's shop, is that it was regraduated and got a new bassbar. The soundpost didn't fit AND was in upside-down, so Duane is making a new one, cutting a new bridge and setting it back up for me. I only get to his shop on the weekend so I've got to wait till next weekend to play it for the first time! Very excited! Oh! And the bow! WOW again! It's definitely a violin bow, it's light ish (I thought they said either 52 or 58g) and delicate rather than strong. It's nickle mounted and has the lizard and silver (tinsel?) wrap on it, which was being held on by scotch tape (shudder). The hair was falling out, and sticking out of the frog, um.. so that's being done over along with a new silver wrap. The current theory is that it is French. The stamp, if there was one, is worn clean off, but it looks like a hastily but well made Mirecourt bow. It plays VERY nicely, not as nice as the Hill, but nice I am VERY pleased!
  7. The listing says it's from the 40's but it looks older than that to me. Maybe 1890-1910ish Mittenwald? Also, wouldn't the A.W. White label itself put it in that time frame? Any ideas? And I gotta say I love the Liberace case! I think I might put sequins on it http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewI...me=STRK:MEWA:IT
  8. It went up almost ten grand in the last five minutes... starting at $9.99 mind you! The guy had no idea what he had until somebody came by his place and looked at it. After that he revised the listing saying the winner had 7 days to authenticate the instrument, and if they weren't satisfied, he'd refund the money. I emaild and asked where he got it, and here's the reply: "This violin was found under a bed in a house in Green Bay. The local hospital had purchased the property and solicited offers for the contents. The high bidder had no idea the violin was in the house and no idea what it was worth after he purchased it." I would love to see how this turns out! http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewI...me=STRK:MEWA:IT
  9. I suggest if you want a genuine Italian fiddle, you should spend that dough on a brand spanking new one by one of the new Cremonese makers from the exhibit this year. You'll be supporting the trade AND you'll have an instrument which will only go up in value over the years. Oh yes and I hear they sound fabulous to boot Just my $0.02!
  10. I got one just yesterday or the day before, but I think it's legit... It was that Roth reconstruction project I posted awhile back, apparently I was the 2nd highest bidder. I've heard of sellers offering to the 2nd highest bidder if the first one flakes out. I guess in this case the person had second thoughts about taking that on... so did I because I declined the offer
  11. If it's this one http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewI...me=STRK:MEWA:IT I don't feel so bad that, due to my login being timed out and I was in fact not logged in, I wasted a few seconds doing that and my bid didn't hit in time. GRRR!! I was very sad. However now it seems I never had a chance to begin with so that makes me feel better in a strange way! Suppose I should get me one o them snipe-o-matics Seriously though, this is a fine example of the "Clean Markneukirchen fiddles" mentioned previously. I imagine that Mr./Ms. Knorr must either Be, be related to, or very close to a Luthier. Somebody has to do the work on these fiddles that needs to be done at a price which, added to what she/he spends on the fiddles, would still would turn a profit either now or a year or two from now. Anyway I'm still sad as this really is a nice fiddle!
  12. Ah look, we've come full circle! http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewI...761419&rd=1
  13. http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewI...210453&rd=1
  14. All I have to say is, better make sure you look at whatever BOWS you got with them!!!!
  15. Jeny Mahon

    Ouch

    So, just out of sheer curiosity... if I had taken this to my Luthier, do you suppose he would have used it as a bludgeon and beat me over the head with it? It seems like it would take a LOT of time to restore it. Then again, these can sell for a tidy sum too. http://cgi.ebay.ca/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewIt...me=STRK:MEDW:IT I went in at $700, and as you see I was outbid by $25! Damn! But for future reference I just thought I'd ask if something like this is worth it. It looks pretty bad to me, (particularly the horrific job of taking the top off) but I'm not a Luthier!
  16. Heh! Everybody here will tell you, I'm actually the least knowledgable Anyway from what I recall I just looked at photos on Tarisio.com of a real Testore and it was obvious to me that the ebay one was not done by the same hand. Although I'm only going on basic stuff (all I know, barely) such as outline, ffholes, scroll shape etc. Plus there is something up with that dark splotchy stuff on the finish. I'm sure the others can give you the specific details better than I can.
  17. I thought they did! Well it's too late for the November auctions, let's see if this one shows up in Feb or April next year!
  18. Wow! Looks like it did better than you expected! Congrats! Hey, I've got a "Alberto Guerra" here I'd like to unload, it's got a label and everything
  19. He did not say that was the only way, just one of many and yes he made all the same exeptions as you did. I only brought it up in the first place because I thought maybe somebody could identify the wood from the photo of the purfling and perhaps narrow down what the violin is, or is trying to be.
  20. Um.. and by all of that I meant, perhaps by looking at Japes' photo of the bottom of the fiddle which shows the purfling kind of up-close, somebody could tell what kind of wood it is!
  21. You know what, my Luthier is fond of saying you can tell the origin of a fiddle by the type of wood used in the purfling. Now, I assume one would have to BE a Luthier to be able to tell this by looking at what amounts to a sliver of wood... but sometimes the pufling helps a lot to prove what a fiddle is. Last weekend he showed me Gagliano he was fixing for someone, (gasp! I got to sit with it for awhile and get a good look ) and he showed me that the purfling is made of corn husks of all things. With a magnifying glass you can see it starting to separate and push out. Apparently this is what G. used!
  22. Ah HAH! I knew they were out there somewhere! Sorry, I've got absolutely no knowledge of who is what, knows who, is related to whom, around here. Course I suppose Australia may have given me a clue then again I have a habit of not paying attention to stuff on the left side when I'm reading posts. So Japes!! Nice fiddle! Lots of other people must think so too judging by the number of bids already. The photos excellent as well. You must be a commercial photographer too or something Anyhoo just looking for input, as I couldn't figure it out either!
  23. OK, y'all, what do you think about this one? I'm not an expert but I'm having a hard time passing it off as yet another decent German fiddle. P.S. JdotPdot, you're a born salesman http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewI...me=STRK:MEWA:IT
  24. Course it doesn't help that the fiddle is so wrong I'm almost embarassed for the guy
  25. Jeny Mahon

    Sigh...

    If whoever got this one happens to be on this forum, I say well done! It is BeeOOoteeful!!! Sadly my computer was too slow and I didn't get it. http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewI...me=STRK:MEWA:IT
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