reepicheep

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  1. Ugh. I'm sorry, that is really crappy of ebay Maybe Tarisio and other auctions like Skinner or Bromptons or Amati are a better option for you. Also for ID help I love browsing the Cozio archive on Tarisio. It's my go-to for trying to identify things I find elsewhere, the photos are an excellent resource. I have reference books too but for what I'm usually looking at Cozio is all I need.
  2. I've been buying on ebay for about 20 years, fiddles and antique jewelry and Native American silver. It has gotten exponentially worse however every blue moon or so I manage to get something good. I attribute this to sheer luck and probably being one of the first few to see it and make an offer. This is not to say that I don't have upwards of 40 fiddles of ahem... varying quality... but sometimes a fiddle will come with a surprise: many years ago, a gold mounted Hill bow showed up with a fiddle I paid $375 for. There was no photo of the bows so I had no clue. The fiddle was nice, and sold for $2,500 eventually, and the Hill for $6,500. So that is what keeps me looking, but these days I just patiently wait until something decent comes along, and hope I can BIN or make an offer. I'm getting one on Thursday that I will try to get decent photos of and post. If it's what it looks like my accepted offer was a good deal. If anything slogging through ebay has continually been entertaining at least.. and helps reinforce what I have learned about identification.
  3. This sounds super fishy to me... my husband is a fraud investigator for Amazon and they would never give another customer's account ID via email. It kind of sounds like they got your account ID and email, and may have been trying to get your password? If you have 15 years of good history with ebay I have my doubts about being "banned for life". It sounds like a textbook phishing attempt "urgent request via email to scam you out of personal information". I would go to the legit ebay help desk about this. And if it IS for real, then I suggest plastering ebay's twitter page with this story; then they will definitely do something about it.
  4. Stuff like this is why I always take a close look at everything, regardless of what they call it, whenever there is a Skinner auction.
  5. If I could have another cat, that would be his name
  6. Um. Okaaaaaaaayyy..... https://www.ebay.com/itm/Antique-solo-violin-manufactured-by-luthier-Gagliano-pupil-of-Stradivari/402100344456?hash=item5d9f0c5688:g:SAQAAOSwfrleSmge
  7. Wow, I forgot all about PH! Excellent beer observations also AH Ok, it's probably Mittenwald: somehow I missed the little whisper of a notch on the bottom rib earlier! Here's some more photos of other bits discussed in that thread. Thank you!
  8. Thank you! I might need a cup of tea while I read through this
  9. I will start by saying I only paid $275 mostly because the photos made me think the bow that came with it was silver mounted (it is not) and nicer than it turned out to be. Although I am happy with the fiddle which looks a lot better in person than in the crappy ebay photos, and I like it, pegbox repair and all. The back measures 355. According to the seller in Algonquin, IL they took it to the "local violin shop" who said it was German, had a sweet sound and was easy to play. From what I can see through the f holes, there is zero indication it ever had a label. The varnish is nice, a gold ground with red on top. I took the photos out on my deck and the colors were great in that light but my cell phone camera didn't capture it very well. It looks like it has a 1 piece lower rib. When I bring it to my friend's shop, my selling point will be that he has to do no work on it, and at least the crack on top isn't a soundpost crack for once I will no doubt end up keeping it for myself, with the short neck and fine tuners it's just what I need. At least I'm getting practice with my fiddle photography?
  10. I looked at this bow too! I am horrible with bow identification so I emailed it to my friend to see what he thought but haven't heard back. That was on Christmas Eve so I'm guessing he's taking some time off for the holidays. From the examples I found on Tarisio the stamp on this one looks a bit too heavy and seems to be in the wrong place, but that's from somebody who has zero expertise with bows and doesn't know what to look for in the actual workmanship
  11. Is this it? https://www.bromptons.co/auction/13th-29th-may-2019/lots/131-a-german-viola-by-neuner-and-hornsteiner-mittenwald-circa-1870.html I wouldn't call that a minor repair as the condition report states, but I've learned from experience that the standard response to questioning a written description is that "the photographs are part of the description".
  12. No kidding! As for this one though, I'm guessing they are probably more interested in fiddles that were made by Byron or Emmett Beebe.
  13. Yep, this is on their FB page: THE BEEBE FAMILY IS INTERESTED IN ACQUIRING BEEBE VIOLINS. PLEASE CONTACT US IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN EITHER SELLING OR DONATING YOUR VIOLIN TO THE FAMILY. THESE INSTRUMENTS HOLD GREAT SENTIMENTAL VALUE TO US & WILL BE CHERISHED, PROTECTED & PLAYED BY OUR CHILDREN. THANK YOU. I gave them my contact info and they said they'd let me know if any of the family wanted it.
  14. I wanted to share a fiddle that just arrived today! I got it on Ebay a few days ago, and at the time I didn't know that the Beebe family has an active facebook page and is looking for violins made by Byron Beebe or his son Emmett. Of course I immediately wrote to them and said they have first dibs on it! They responded with really good information, as they have all of the original records. They looked up the inventory number and this is what they found: "Evidently it was purchased by someone in Roanoke, VA. He must have been a dealer because he purchased several violins within a few years. It certainly appears that #1374 was an imported violin and re-graduated by both Byron and Emmett. The violin was a K410 model which suggests German in origin. In the notes they mention they considered it a good violin, a note they did not make very often." Aside from the saddle crack it's in great shape. It was cool to learn that the original buyer was in Roanoke, because the Ebay seller is located there. So, it most likely didn't go anywhere until this week! Anyway, that's my Small Business Saturday purchase... only 100 years late