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Jeny Mahon

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  1. On 5/19/2021 at 8:18 AM, GeorgeH said:


    Instruments in Goodwill auctions tend to go for very high prices, presumably because there is a way to write-off some of the cost as a charitable contribution (price paid - appraised value = charitable donation).

    Also the whole idea of "getting a steal" because it's Goodwill, and Goodwill representing all of their items as donated to a charitable organization.  I know for a fact that SGW has listed items that were purchased on eBay for much less than they are sold for on the SGW site.  Pretty sketchy considering the buyers are told the items were "free" and they are doing a good deed by buying them to support the cause.  This might lead some people to pay more than they would otherwise.  


  2. I'm late to the party but I found some pictures!  Looks to be in very good shape.  


    Is this literally the first time an "attic violin" turned out to be the real thing? Too bad most of us don't have Italian attics :lol:

    I'm very happy for the owners, what an incredible find!  I hope this does well for the family.  I'll be watching the auctions to see if it turns up in the near future :) 

  3. Here's some photos of Mangenot fiddles from Tarisio.  Some are branded.  You can see the differences between these and the fiddle you posted. 

    I would be curious to see a photo of the bottom rib, the endpin area where the tailpiece is attached.  The varnish reminds me of some Mittenwald fiddles, it tends to oxidize over time and end up that dark oxblood color. 


  4. Maybe they should go back to the old paper packaging like we find in so many old cases.  Those are always pretty cool, I've saved a few of the more interesting ones.  The string companies can call it both environmentally friendly and "antique throwback" with the old fonts and graphics.  You know how everybody's a sucker for old fiddles, why not old fashioned string envelopes?  If counterfeiting is a problem they can always throw on one of those little silvery stickers like us old folks remember used to be in CD packaging.  Uh.. if that's still a thing :lol:

  5. Once after a concert I went to get my program signed by Joshua Bell.  I asked him, "what's your fiddle's nickname?" 

    I'm not sure one word can describe his expression, which was a combination of flummoxed, annoyed, and WTF?  He said rather firmly, "The Gibson ex Huberman!"  I said, yes and that's quite good enough, thank you!

    Sooo I guess I'm the only one who gives my fiddles nicknames :lol:


  6. Oh no!  Yeah that's a titch bad!  I'm sorry.  I did the same once.  An eBay fiddle showed up with a lovely 19th c. French silver mounted bow in perfect condition, valued around $2K only because it was a bit light as I recall.  I had it re-haired and played it a bit, but not often (I don't actually "play" lol) One night our neighbors had a party with some musicians and we all sat on the porch playing.  One of them was a violinist who played in a band at the time.  This was back when Down from the Mountain was popular and all sorts of Mountain music inspired alternative bands were cropping up everywhere.  She complained about her bow which was sad to say a tomato stick, so I brought mine out and she played it.  It was a perfect fit.  I told her she could borrow it because I wasn't really using it as much as it deserved.  She took it to a gig, somebody moved it to the floor while they were setting up (!!??) and another band member stepped on it and snapped the head clean off.  She was literally sobbing when she brought it back to me with flowers and a bottle of champagne.  I said, eh, it's ok it was "free" to me anyway.  Ah well! Lesson learned. 

  7. The photos are horrible.  How can anybody tell anything about the fiddle from those?  The only thing I can say for sure is that it has a 2 piece bottom rib with worm damage on the bass side, some sketchy looking varnish touchups all over the back, a label that looks like it was plucked from the Dead Sea Scrolls, what appears to be screwdriver school antiquing on the top lower treble side and the neck has been out.  Looks like whatever incident that caused that particular damage may have managed to save the button, then somebody gamely stuck the whole works back in, using what appears to be vast quantities of Elmer's glue.  All in a cheap 70's case with an unremarkable bow.  If somebody is paying $7K for this I say, well bless your heart. 

  8. 7 hours ago, Strad O Various Jr. said:

    The crack is showing through the touch up varnish, that's pretty obvious to me.

    I posted this before I saw the OP say there is a crack under the goop, but this is the one I was talking about!

    Here's some closeups that I lightened and clarified a bit.  If you zoom in you can see it.


  9. Good information from the period about the cottage industry, and also a cool artifact! 

    Yep, I got it and plan to get it framed properly for my friend's shop :) 

    My husband is an artist and we get his work scanned by a pro here in Seattle.  I will have it scanned before I frame it so if anybody wants a copy gratis, just let me know!

    "The quaint little Bavarian village of Mittenwald nearly 8000 violins are made every year for export to all parts of the world. . . . The inhabitants work in their own homes, as will be seen in the sketch. The workmen are about 200 in number, and receive very scanty pay for their labor. . . . Most of them only do the fiddle-work in winter, as they are generally occupied in the summer in getting in their little bit of corn, hay, etc. A boy can learn the trade without any pecuniary assistance on the part of his parents, as the Bavarian government started a school for violin-makers some years ago. There is also a drawing-school and a music-school, free to all who choose to join. They make some wonderful imitations of violins, such as those of Antonius Straduarius, Cremona . . . . Giuseppe Guarnerius . . . and many more. These are sold in Mittenwald as imitations, but are often passed off by others as originals. All kinds of stringed instruments are made in this romantic village."



  10. IMO it looks like a nicer JTL than the ones I generally see which are mostly Medio Finos.  Decent wood on the back and the scroll is better than the usual.  The gunk on the back, if that's all it is, can hopefully be removed.   I'm wondering why it's there though, it's a one piece back so nobody tried to glue a separated back seam. 

    It could be from the case, if it sat for decades in a warm environment the back may have stuck to the case lining.  I had a fiddle like that once named Fuzzy :) 

    I agree the tailpiece is cool!  And please post photos of the bows. 


  11. It's all astounding but this just kills me.. THIRTY ONE people are watching???

    Maybe I should go international and start unloading some of the two dozen Strads I've got.  I'd offer a steal at a mere £29,999.99 a pop! :lol:








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