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Jeny Mahon

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  1. I haven't seen this kind of repair before; pins?
  2. Nice, thank you! And yeah, that was me... no comments so I didn't think anybody saw it Some day I will find those photos and the paper.
  3. I had an Asa White fiddle years ago, which we strongly suspected was of German origin, varnished and labeled by Mr. White. I humbly submit that this is not a White. https://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/109411588_1856-ira-j-white-boston-44-violin My guess is it's also a German violin that somebody stuck a fake label in (the date looks like it was written last week) and the varnish is probably original from when it was made, maybe Markneukirchen pre 1920? Anyway, I wanted to post it for educational purposes to see if I am right about any of my guesses I know there are real White violins out there and I'd love to find one some day, so I'm always looking when they pop up.
  4. https://www.christies.com/en/lot/lot-5622555 SCHOOL OF ANTONIO STRADIVARI A VIOLIN, PROBABLY ITALY, CIRCA 1770 Price realised USD 37,500 Estimate USD 30,000 - USD 50,000 Closed: 26 Nov 2012 SCHOOL OF ANTONIO STRADIVARI A VIOLIN, PROBABLY ITALY, CIRCA 1770 Labeled Antonius Stradivarius Cremonensis Faciebat Anno 1700, length of back: 13 15/16 in. (354 mm) with case (3) Lot Essay Certificate: Albert Hamma, Munich, September 9, 1933 (copy); J. Stern, New York, September 24, 1942 Dendrochronology: John Topham, Redhill, UK, March 3, 2012. The tree-ring analysis report dates the youngest growth rings on the bass side of the top to the year 1752 and the treble side to 1766. Condition Report Top Treble: There is a repaired crack extending from the lower lobe of the treble f-hole down to the bottom edge. There are two repaired cracks extending 2 cm and 3 cm up from the saddle on the treble side as well as a repaired wing crack. Top Bass: There is a repaired crack extending 6 cm down from the upper bass edge near the neck block. There is a repaired crack running from the lower bass edge to just below the lower corner and a repaired crack extending 8 cm up from the saddle on the bass side. Back: There is a repaired crack running from the lower treble edge to the treble C-bout and two repaired crack extending off the crack to the center seam. There is a repaired crack running from the from the center seam to the lower bout on the bass side just below the corner and a repaired crack running 5 cm parallel to the center seam on the bass side. Sides: There is a repaired crack extending from the back to the table on the upper bass bout near the neck block. There are two repaired cracks, extending 5 cm and 2 cm, through the upper treble rib and a 5 cm long repaired crack running through the treble C-bout. Scroll: The neck has been grafted and the pegholes bushed. Diagram is available on request. The instrument is setup and in playing condition
  5. Now it shows just the one bid. Maybe somebody was reading this and withdrew their bid! I've bid on things in the past that I didn't win, only to have the auction house offer it to me after the auction ended because the winner backed out for some reason.
  6. Thanks everybody as always! It's in good shape aside from the varnish, so I'll probably find a home for it, if only to give to a friend I promised a fiddle to awhile back.
  7. Yes! I was immediately suspicious of the varnish. Most of these aren't that color. It's not bad though, I've seen much worse revarnishing jobs And the scroll has shading that the rest doesn't, so I almost wonder if it belongs... but that tiny button, I don't know. It's weird.
  8. No label or any sign that one was ever in there. The inside is so clean, maybe somebody re-graduated it but I can't really tell. I don't have the tools to take the chinrest off so I don't mess with it. I leave that for my friend when I drag it into his shop
  9. I'm probably much too happy to have nabbed this one for $26! The listing photos were horrible but I thought it looked in decent shape so I got it. For $26 I figured I could hang it on the wall or make a clock. It came with a trashed Glasser bow in a cheap plastic case. I've been bored lately so I took WAY too many photos of it in various lighting... I need the practice! I assume it will be easily identifiable from the first one. I assume Saxon... also what's up with that teeny tiny button? I think I see a notch on the bottom rib, which is 2-piece. There's a pin also. Back is 355 mm neck is 130. It is overall rather delicate size-wise. Hit me with your best shots! $26? $260? Wall hanger / clock / dustbin?
  10. Well... they met the reserve with $2,100 so somebody must think it's worth fixing. I'm tempted to ask for a condition report. I mean yeah that looks quite broken but maybe it's a scratch or... not all the way through, or... OK it's broken. Sad face. What I want to know is why would somebody treat their bow so badly as to cause that damage.
  11. I've often thought about that... it makes me wonder if all non-French bows are the ones stamped upside down! Maybe we're looking at them and photographing them wrong? Considering the values of fine French bows, I tend to think they're the ones doing it right!
  12. I imagine things at T2 are there for a reason, which ones we don't know... Not that they aren't quality instruments or not worth purchasing, but they aren't listed in the "fine" auctions for one reason or another. It could just be a question of timing, maybe somebody wants to sell something sooner rather than wait for the fine auctions. Or maybe somebody has stock that has sat at the shop for 15 years that they want to unload. Basically it's up to the buyer to evaluate the quality, what provenance is provided, and make their own decision as to what they are willing to pay.
  13. I was going to ask about the kitty! Willy was a beautiful boy I love Meesers, we had a pair of Bluepoint sisters in the 70's, Tishy and Chikey. They had a few litters of babies, there's a photo somewhere of me at age 3 with a lapful of little puffballs. My mom tried briefly to be a breeder but that didn't go anywhere, and the two queens retired in the splendor of our shack in the woods, where they lived to be 15 and 16. They divided their time equally between a chair in front of the fuel-oil heater, and my dad's lap.
  14. Dude, you really need to chill and take a step back. Insulting the experts on this forum will not endear you to anybody. Maybe check out Jacob's credentials and think about apologizing. It's just a goddam bow FFS.
  15. George for the win! And here I thought nobody got my Lionel Ritchie comment about a certain cello! I imagine the fiddle has some sparkly face powder all over the top and some extra added eyeliner to the f holes. Perhaps a little "eyeshadow" on the scroll Gotta look mysterious!
  16. I'm starting to feel seen!
  17. Ah I see... so we're back to "property of a batty old hoarder"!
  18. Maybe they mean this? From Encyclopedia Britannica Lady, in the British Isles, a general title for any peeress below the rank of duchess and also for the wife of a baronet or of a knight. Before the Hanoverian succession, when the use of “princess” became settled practice, royal daughters were styled Lady Forename or the Lady Forename. “Lady” is ordinarily used as a less formal alternative to the full title of a countess, viscountess, or baroness; where the name is territorial, the “of ” is dropped—thus the Vicountess of A. but Lady A. The daughters of dukes, marquesses, and earls also have, by courtesy, the title of lady prefixed to their forename and surname—e.g., Lady Jane Grey.
  19. WOW! That's something, all right... thanks for the video!
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