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  1. Look at it from this point of view. "If nobody can do it cheaper and better" you have accomplished something.

    Very few things we do in this world that is worthy for a lot of money but people keep doing it for the sake

    of tradition. String instruments are something of culture accomplishments. By playing or making the instruments

    you get a lot of satisfaction that no money can buy. What good is a million dollars ? It is only a number in

    your bank book. Unless you really need that money. Otherwise it is siting there for your childern to spand it.

    I rather have them make their millions on their own

  2. Play a violin for sometime and make sure you like it before you decide to buy it. Let your friend or teacher play it too.

    There are good violins out there and bad violins out there.

    They all look the same. Labels and prices cannot tell the difference, but It adds the difficulty to find out.

    Go to a violin shop to try. They will show you some violins in your price range. Form your own opinions.

    Or take a few home to try a week or two. Even online, they let you return them if you are seriously thinking to

    buy one from them. Often you find out the same violin can make different sound, like a fast horse can run slow

    depends on who rides that animal.

  3. Ask the custom if you can put a deposit to insure that you will take the object back out when you leave that country. There is no

    business transaction involved just passing through. It makes more sense this way.

    Once I took a violin to Taiwan, the custom looked at it for a long time. At last he let me go free because it is a "used" violin. No value so

    to speak. Who would pay for an old violin like mine?

  4. Interesting cursive Morizot stamp, I wonder how it would look with Chinese characters.


    Look like " S " to me, not any Chinese character. If you say it look like Chinese,

    then it appears like a Chinese " Horse" then only partially .

  5. I am expecting an old Scherl & Roth violin in the mail. I am used to regular friction pegs and am wondering what I need to know about these Roth Caspari pegs -- the kind with the screw. Are you able to just slide these out a little when replacing strings, like I normally would do with friction pegs? Is peg dope applied to this type of peg? Will the pegs need to be adjusted with a screwdriver? And if so, how does this work exactly?

    I guess these are known as "mechanical" pegs, and I'd like to know more about how they work, and how I should maintain them. I have three other violins, all with regular friction pegs, and can deal with these quite well.

    Thank you kindly in advance.


    Try a set of "perfection pegs" about $100 , to see how well it works. The idea is revolutionary. Its appearance like ordinary friction pegs and the gears

    are hiden inside of the shifts. You need to turn 8 times to get one turn of the peg. So, it won't get loose that easy. That is exactly what everybody wants.

    You can turn the string tight without loosing it back easily.

  6. do you have any recommendations on where i can get some commercial varnish that wont break the bank? I really am open to all options at the moment.....any companies you highly recommend? it doesn't have to come straight from the manufacturer.

    Thanks again, really acknowledge the help your providing


    Why worry about the cost? Never expensive. Only the work to do the varnish you should be worried.

    Preparing the surface, brush stroke, drying time, keeping the dust out, do not breathe the vapor.. etc. that sort of things.

    At a secend thought it might be expensive if you make mistake.

  7. Try a few different commercial varnishes on wood, choose one you like. Imagine at Strad time he did not have choices

    Violin suppy shops have them in bottle available too. It is a great time nowaday you can do as much by hand yourself.

    Go to a violin shop they will show whatever violins (finish products) you like , cheap or expensive,old or new. Chinese or Italian.

  8. Self taught? To say the least , it is not efficient. Having a teacher is the way to go. Good teachers are better too. Believe me.

    If you don't have the training you will pay more in time and your reputaion. I don't know any decent player without going throught some

    kind of formal training. Reading music (notes) is just one necessary item .

    Once I looked at a self taught pianist , his fingerings of notes on a piano were all wrong. He may just as well as using a single finger to play.It is sad.

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  10. What is written on the label is nothing. The fact that you like it means a great deal. Keep it that way.

    It has the look of an old charm. The sound is subjective. It is not new that one person likes it but another

    person does not. That is why some people pay a fortune (over 100 k) for their violins. Later on

    they were not sure its worth.

  11. When a repaired work is "guaranteed" to my knowlege it is only good for a period of time.

    If my car transmission has been repaired and guaranteed. It means for 3 months or 90 days of not failing again (explicitly stated) .

    If it fails beyond that perod of time it will not be fixed free. I have asked when the 90 days would start

    if it is repaired second time. It starts from the first time of repair work. They said.

    Any repaired work I know could last for a long time. " guarantees," is hardly necessary. Repairmen are professionals. They are good or they

    would not be in that business.

  12. A "grafted head." Wow, who would have thought that such a bow exists. You would think that with modern glues a head would have to be absolutely ground into pure saw dust before someone would choose to graft on a new head rather than glue the pieces together.

    I suppose, though, that a head could be knocked off and then lost.


    A bow is like moving parts of a car. Its integrity is important. If I know it is a repaired bow I would play it gingerly which

    ruins everything of playing a violin..

  13. Recently I acquired a nice bow by emile francois ouchard from his collaboration period with his son (E.A)

    The only problem is that the stick has been repaired. The head is not original and created by the restorer, though in the style of Ouchard, this new stick and the old stick are integrated in a long V shape. About 5cm's of stick is not original.

    I must admit that the stick is neatly repaired.

    How bad is this in terms of value? An appraised said that if the bow was without any repairs it was worth €6000 and now it's worth only €1000 according to him, is this a correct estimate?


    Why anyone wants a broken bow ? it is too much for €1000 . After it is repaired and then re-establish a value. Otherwise we are talking

    imaginary bow. In your case it not imaginery. It has been repaired. If you pay €1000 for it then it is valued €1000.

    If it plays well for you, then it is worth it. I have seen $3,000 (US D) bow is just a bow that looks and plays ordinarily.

  14. It sounds like an " old Italian" violin., but I know Da Vince had made a lot of things now I know Da Vince also made violin?

    For a $1,000 bucks it may be worth that much regardless who made it. I would play it in a reasonable size (big) room first.

    Some violin sound usually gets lost in a big room. You do not want to be

    disappointed after you paid for it.

  15. Why people think the price tag is proportionally related to quality of a violin. Quality is a concept thing. You like it or you like it a lot.

    Most people would like to play a decent violin and while he or she can afford, the choices are more. I do not see why anyone pay that much money

    for a violin. After you are at a certain level of skill, better violins would not help. I would be more proud of my playing skill than the price tag of my violin.

    Like a kid wearing new dress in school, it is not such big deal.

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