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Jeny Mahon

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  1. I would have gotten my jeweler to put those cracks back in with a quickness I'd say you win this game!
  2. Yep. I was off by a grand but the one you posted went for $562. Maybe this means $$$bags is on vacation? I think we both suffer from the same affliction: finding a Hill bow unexpectedly once. In my case it was early on in my violin hunting; just ridiculous beginner's luck. 16 years later I know exactly how lucky that really was. But.. I always still look at the bow. And I second @Rue that you are a good sport.
  3. Here's one I have saved twice in my favorites; sold once for $4,002 then showed up again two weeks later and sold for $1,500. Pretty sure that sale stuck. https://www.shopgoodwill.com/Item/117831481 But THIS I simply do not understand. It sold for $4,001. I haven't seen it back yet... https://www.shopgoodwill.com/Item/116966506 Both of these fiddles were won by "M*******o". Now, whoever they are THEY must have quite a lot of money!
  4. I saw this yesterday at $77, now it's over $200. Agree sterling mounted bow, no clue if it's straight or has a head! Fiddle is OK, big old saddle crack though. Lifton case with a key! But considering we're in the middle of a pandemic the idea of a "vintage hankie" is frankly terrifying >>shuddder<<! I've noticed somebody is buying up a LOT of "the usual" type fiddles (i.e. nothing special and/or hot messes) off of SGW for ridiculous prices. I'm just going to assume this one will go for like $1500 or something. It also may be back in about 10 days when the bidder doesn't pay. I've seen at least 4 different not-great fiddles go for a thousand or more only to suddenly show up again in a week or two.
  5. I always ask for more photos, most auction houses or ebay sellers will oblige. I'd ask for a photo of the whole bow to make sure it's still got a camber, and some good closeup photos of the head from all the usual angles. You probably already saw it, but here's the one on Tarisio. Most recent auction price is $680 in 2018, but one sold in 2010 for $2,000. Might be a good deal if it's got a camber and no damage and you can get it cheap! The one on Tarisio might be a titch light at 58.5 grams. I only say that because I thought 60g is the best weight for most players but it probably depends on the player.
  6. I would say it's a student grade fiddle from maybe the 20's, German. I'm guessing probably not Mittenwald or Markneukirchen either but I'll let the experts comment on that. It doesn't seem to have any major damage aside from the small crack, so since you didn't have to pay for it, if you brought it to a shop to fix and set up I imagine the cost to fix it would be about the same as buying one at a retail price.
  7. Thanks! I don't meet the criteria for expert anything I can use all the help I can get!
  8. Nice, thanks! Now I will wait for the experts to chime in I have one question for the experts: are the linings walnut?
  9. Jeny Mahon

    Violin ID

    My first thought also. LOB is probably 360!
  10. That whole scene just kills me... after having the obligatory whisky shots, Morritz asks what the luthier would do with it and he says, take it apart, take individual readings on the plates. Shock and gasp! Morritz says "I don't think you get it". It's just really funny to me, as we all know fiddles are made to take apart. I do like how Sam captured the "completely fiddle obsessed" character. Also, whether Uma held the Katana properly or not, I'm still impressed. I love those movies. As Count Rugen says, I have an overdeveloped sense of vengeance and it will probably get me into trouble some day
  11. GeorgeH posted them for us, scroll up a bit. YEP there's bows! TWO!!
  12. Nice fiddle, in really good condition! No cracks that I can see. That's a big plus. Maybe a 20s-30s Markneukirchen? IMHO the label is a copy. When you take more photos in the daylight, remove the end pin at the bottom, and put your cell phone camera up to the hole; it takes some patience, but you can actually get sort of decent photos of the inside that way. Try to get photos of the corners, neck block and bass bar. I'd be curious what it looks like in there!
  13. Is it even French? I know nothing of celli, just curious. Mirecourt at least? The label is obviously a photocopy, I can tell that much
  14. Ah! But didn't Lord Frederick Pope acquire the Nicolò Bussotti from the Romani camp on his vast estate in England? "What a marvelous violin! I was lured by the music, it drew me across the heath!"
  15. I'm guessing it wasn't Lionel Ritchie, but somebody found what they were looking for... or at least they think so! >koff< I hope they were local, packing and shipping that baby will not be cheap! https://www.invaluable.com/auction-lot/cello-gaetano-guadagnini-ii-1796-1852-dated-1832-3397-c-c0d4bca828
  16. Totally wild speculation but, is the back a replacement? The top corners are little nubs and the back corners are not. The top purfling and back purfling look slightly different to me; the back purfling looks narrower and the blacks stronger.
  17. You've probably already looked but here's all the Kriners in Jalovec: I don't see an Andreas listed. I still think it's pretty cool, though! I love finding stuff like that in fiddles.
  18. I see they posted only one photo. I've been relatively successful asking the auction house for additional photos, by visiting their site and sending an email. Just from the one photo of the top, and if it's 360+ I would lean towards Mirecourt, but without seeing the rest of the instrument it's hard to tell.
  19. I'm not remotely an expert on bows, but the stamp on this bow looks like a typical Tourte copy that we see everywhere. I'm guessing it is a common Tourte copy stick that was tarted up with a maybe Bausch frog, perhaps sterling screw, fancy thumb leather and silver wrap. The other bow the seller had; nice to look at, and includes "other exotic materials". i.e. ivory, mayhap? I have zero idea who would have made it but it looks more completely authentic to me anyway, whatever it is. https://www.ebay.com/itm/Stunning-Antique-Violin-Bow-With-Case-/265055577732 The only thing we know for sure is that all the bows and fiddles sold by this person are STUNNING! There's even a Federal sofa, which I will admit is actually pretty stunning https://www.ebay.com/itm/Stunning-American-Federal-Sofa/254776339335 https://www.ebay.com/itm/Stunning-old-Antique-Violin-labeled-Wonderful-tone/254879135187 https://www.ebay.com/itm/Stunning-Violin-From-Renowned-Polish-Luthier-Machiej-Lacek-/265065416951
  20. Yes! AND! Each Magic Bean produced ANOTHER GENUINE TOURTE!
  21. I know it's almost impossible to tell but I was actually wondering about the bow... looks like old tinsel wrap maybe? But not $977 wondering!
  22. I think it varies from store to store. I've looked at fiddles here in Seattle a couple times. Of course now, nobody is allowed to come in due to COVID, I think there's a banner on the site about it and/or it's in most of the listings.
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