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  1. Conquering and owning the world can be a bit exhaustive in the long run, with all the annoying collateral work like slaughtering, toturing, raping, extincting and last but not least enslaving so many people.
  2. This wasn't even his story.
  3. Not so useless maybe if it's about art history or actual political decisions. Or how to handle a pandemic?
  4. Factually the Spanish, the Portuguese, the Dutch and the French conquered the world, in other words the fckng EU. The Brits just took it when they were tired of owning the world. Even Manhattan was called "New Amsterdam" in the beginning.
  5. You can buy all my tomatoe sticks for half of this pp. Deal?
  6. There's more between the heaven and earth than one might believe in TX. OTOH this website often recommends to ask on a certain "Amerikanisches Forum" (though it's meant Canadian I'm supposing). The violin in question is a rather nice late 19th Verleger, but certainly not made by the Mr. Joseph Kriner Saiten-Instrumentenmacher in Altötting, but just bought in and labelled. The OP question was about a mirrored Andreas Kriner inscription, and I don't think that other unrelated violins bearing accidentally the same surname can bring ny light into this affair.
  7. Additional paperwork without clear evidence like signed photos and archival confirmations are worthless and shouldn't be even considered, also fancy family tales. Of course Bruce' observation reg. the ribs being let into grooves seems right to me, and the hardwood linings would be unusual for a Saxony or Bohemian violin, too. OTOH I can't see much French in it neither. So the OP could take a closer look reg. the rib/bottom attachment and the inside work, wood of blocks and linings and the form of the blocks, if they are symmetrical or longer at the C bouts or outer ribs. Is there a pin or
  8. Now it looks clearly like pernambuco, and the workmanship not so poor anymore. Photos can be delusive sometimes.
  9. Maybe what appeared to be a notch is more a dent? The linings seem to go over the corner blocks.
  10. To be clear, it looks to me a bit similar to a Ficker. This means certain aspects like arching ff and their position, edgework and purfling and the like. But by no means that it is one. Just the style seems to be a Vogtlandish in my eyes.
  11. There's also a (probably more European) school teaching to put the thumb exactly on the leather, not at the frog. Therefore the name "thumb leather". This way is more favoured by bow restorers, because it doesn't motivate buggers to carve away wood from the frog for a "better thumb grip".
  12. It's also impossible to log out with the phone. One needs to delete all the cache and cookies in the browser, what can be a drag. Log in is only possible using the reply option in a thread, but not at the main page. Extremely unhandy.
  13. Ironically old and dried out shellac is often very resistant to alcohol, much more than other finishes. That's the reason why covering old dirt with shellac/french polish can preserve it for eternity. Like Martin wrote, alcohol is used for cleaning bows, but usually not 100% pure and with care, which is learned by experience. And mind, that I meant especially bows of a certain "historical value" which should be treatened with special care regarding a otherwise intact finish. When there's just bare wood left there will be surely no better choice than to make a touch up. Maybe it's bett
  14. Î can agree just with half of this. It's true that a bow finish can be more easily replaced, but this doesn't matter only at cheapish trade bows. At an old master made bow I want to see the old finish, with natural tear and wear, but not partially removed by careless cleaning attempts and not covered with layers of later overpolishing, often working in dirt which cannot be removed anymore. The rounded surface of a bow is very prone to be damaged, and especially at octogonal sections the edges can be easily stripped and damaged, leaving a different unoriginal colour there. Same as with vio
  15. Obviously it's a problem, and many violins and bows were destroyed due to unedaquate "cleaning".