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  1. Ah look, we've come full circle!
  3. All I have to say is, better make sure you look at whatever BOWS you got with them!!!!
  4. reepicheep


    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. 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!
  5. Heh! Everybody here will tell you, I'm actually the least knowledgable Anyway from what I recall I just looked at photos on 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.
  6. 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!
  7. 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
  8. 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.
  9. 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!
  10. 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!
  11. 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!
  12. reepicheep

    Any ideas?

    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
  13. Course it doesn't help that the fiddle is so wrong I'm almost embarassed for the guy
  14. reepicheep


    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.
  15. It's a plain ebony frog... I've seen the tourtise ones and they're nice! But hey, I'm not complaining
  16. My luthier said Ealing Strings does the most complete books on Hill bows in particular, but he didn't have a copy. I found the website and emailed them to ask what the stamps meant and they said the same thing, that the #5 was Arthur Barnes' stamp, and the "G-34" meant it was issued in 1934, but not necessarily made in that year. Usually the "G" on the stick would be matched by one on the frog too, which meant that they belonged to eachother. But probably not on mine, because they said in the 20's and 30's, bows and frogs were made by different people and then matched by William Retford. They were very helpful!
  17. I was beginning to wonder if the microphone was even ON... ANYWAY... Here is the whole story on the bow. The second paragraph is the whole story on the money situation for those of you keeping track. The fiddle shop just called today and said they did indeed take the butt leather off of the bow to see if there was any damage. They saw glue remnants and were concerned that the leather was put on to support a repair. As we all know, if it was damaged and repaired it would be worth only about a quarter of what it should be worth. If that had been the case, I would have kept it for use. HOWever, as it turns out there is NO damage whatsoever. The wrap was there to protect the immaculate "William E. Hill and Sons" stamp which indicates it is in fact their highest grade bow! He also told me it is a sturdy, heavier bow similar to the new ones today, which is nice to find in an old bow (1934). I'm getting it back on Monday, with his appraisal. I was told when he first saw it that it could be worth between $4500 and $5500, but I have nothing in writing yet. My plan is to play with it for awhile, (so I've always got something to compare every other bow I'll ever use to) then sell it, because I have to. I have no idea what I will actually get for it, so I will assume $4000 so as to not be too disappointed. I've been buying a lot of fiddles and have spent $3000 to date on credit as (unlike everybody else I guess) I don't have $3K in cash laying about to spend on fiddles when I feel like it. But as our society is based on instant gratification, and because those bastards at bank of America sent me a visa card, I was able to do it whether I could really afford to or not. So I did it the bad way and charged up my visa. I am going to take this as a sign to STOP while I'm ahead, and, obviously, pay off the credit card with the proceeds of selling the bow. Like I said I don't have money laying around, and don't know a thing about fiddles. This is basically the best I will ever do, and I am fully aware it was stupid luck. I take that back, actually I specifically remember thinking, a case and THREE bows, well ONE of them should be all right!! and I kept saying to my boyfriend how excited I was about the three bows. So maybe I've just used up my instinct/luck combo for the time being. And to add to that, of course none of the fiddles I thought were going to be something have been anything amazing. Naturally since I play and I love antiques in general, I am still quite pleased with all of them... even re-finished fiddles need love! Like the rank amateur I am I've now got two. Bottom line is, I assume I will probably only make $1000 "profit" after paying off the card. But like I said before, I AM going to give some cash back to Hungry for Music. I plan to give them half of whatever is left over, so the more it sells for the more they will get. If I actually DID have disposable income, I would have given a lot more than that. I'm putting this down to a rather expensive lesson learned without too much permanent financial damage done to myself and a chance to help out a very worthy cause twice. So if anybody does see Jeff before I get this sold and email him, go ahead and tell him there's a little extra coming HFM's way out of this deal! And that, as they say, is that.
  18. YEEK! Well... I took a couple of fiddles and the three bows that came with the "vuillaume" into my fiddle shop to be looked at. Of course, one fiddle was a decent German one, but was ruined due to being stripped, re-varnished and a fake "Guerra" label stuck in it. But it plays wonderfully and it sounds better than anything else I've got, so I'm happy. The "vuillaume" was (gasp!)yet another German fiddle, not stripped and with a little damage but definitely worth fixing and setting up so I had them do that. Oh yes, and turns out there are LOTS of Leopold Auer fiddles and accessories! That's what the chin rest was. Then I pulled out the bows. I picked up the gold mounted one and handed it over, saying, when I saw this I almost fell out of the chair. My luthier actually jumped up when he took it and he just started giggling. The co-owner who had been sitting over to the side quietly the whole time sprang out of her chair and ran across the room to see it.. They told me it was a HILL bow! WHOO HOO! The leather wrap covers the top and side (where stamp is) and they're hoping it wasn't put there for support on a repair but it looks perfect otherwise. They are going to clean it up and remove the wrap to make sure it wasn't damaged, and put new hair on it for me. It's all gold mounted, with a gold tip, ebony and MOP, plain frog, with a number "5" stamped in the gold and "G-34" stamped in the wood under the frog. They were very happy for me and both played with it and said it was "like butter!" even with only 50% of the old hair on it. The other two bows are both silver mounted, German, one is a "nice little bow" of pernambuco and in great shape, the other brazilwood and better than the one I've been using but the tip has a chip out of the ivory. They're re-hairing "nice little" one too so I can use it as my regular bow... turns out my regular bow is very sad. So there ya have it, folks! Jesse was right, you CAN get a good deal on Ebay! However I put this down to stupid luck as none of the fiddles I've bought thus far have been anything but German! Man those guys sure made a lot of fiddles. At any rate now I've broken even with a little to spare so I'm extremely happy!
  19. Wow! That's really good to hear, thanks for the info! And yeah since it was a good cause I had already decided that if I managed to make any substantial profit out of the deal that I'd be making a donation back to them! I'm taking the whole lot and a few other things I picked up on the old E. for appraisal in a week, so I'll let y'all know how that turns out!
  20. I would NEVER throw one of my fiddles away! Uh, which is probably why I'm drowning in cases over here... Thanks for the input everybody, I appreciate it! I've got a local shop looking at it for me pretty soon so I'll keep you posted.
  21. OK. So I bought this French fiddle and it arrived today: I got it mostly because it wasn't stamped on the back so I figured maybe it wasn't super-factory and hey I don't have a Mirecourt fiddle yet anyway! Also that there were three bows, so assuming they went the "mediocre fiddle and fine bow" route I figured one would be all right. Oh yes and because I can't seem to stop buying violins but that's another story... ANYway, here's the scoop. Bows seem nice, one stamped "G. Bachert" with silver and gorgeous MOP, another one, all pink gold where the silver usually is (uh for me anyway...) etched "G-34" in the wood under the frog and the third stamped Germany, basic silver and MOP. All seemingly fine, nice wraps, everything working, etc. I was fairly happy with those. The fiddle looks a tad factory-ish, antiqued when made, (either that or it has seen some very very heavy action in it's lifetime) sketchy on the inlaid purfling and blocked corners but still decent. No body cracks whatsoever, however the pegbox is cracked at the E-string peg. Label is exactly as described in the listing, looks like the "black" print faded to maroon and also has the "JBV" in a circle on it. Well, I assume that's what it is, you can't read it. Case is "alligator" dark brown leather covered, old, musty red velvet interior from "Excelsior Stamford Conn." and has a lock, the key to which was tucked away in a little envelope. Old rosin in moth eaten covers, a spare tailpiece with fine tuners, a stinky padded chin rest, and three Aubert bridges of assorted antiquity were also kicking around in the case. A black plastic circular thing by the tailpiece through which the D and A strings are threaded labeled "tourte" (nope, not an experienced player here!). Here's the whole point: The chin rest is ebony. I don't know much about fiddles but I have to assume this has been on it for quite awhile as the rib under it is bowed out almost flush. Right on the very bottom of the chin rest between the two metal braces somebody etched the name "Leopold Auer" in cursive script into the ebony. It's very obviously done by hand. Um....anybody feel free to jump in here... dare I even *think* this could have been his?? Or did he have a line of vanity chin rests
  22. Maybe it is one of these, slightly better with different lighting?
  24. It looks like it has a grafted scroll, and I haven't seen those "S.S." brands before. But as I know very little about violins, that doesn't mean anything Also I'm guessing the outline means the typical strad mould wasn't used, but that's all I can guess. Anyway I'm just wondering if this is A) actually old, and B)a decent hand made copy worth looking into. Any ideas?