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  1. I remember, some philosophers had this opinion.
  2. Maybe there's a difference between wages you're paying your employees (as a big company, global player) and your income from a self-determined work, which has dignity in itself? The majority of working people IMO would say, yes, money is dignity and dignity is money, and it can determine the speed and quality of your work (regarding delivery service, not violin making ).
  3. The biggest problem, similar to Amazon and other companies, is the attitude to pay wages, which cannot assure the usual costs of a life in dignity. Why? See above.
  4. No, it was 8 Euro, before fees, charges and taxes. What about oaker rubrum/redrum (the last was from "The shining", wasn't it?)?
  5. DHL: acronym of "dauert halt länger" (it takes just longer) . After two weeks it could be there, depends not only from the company, but from your import office. Ask for the international shipping number for research. And the german post isn't government owned since the neoliberalism ruled in the beginning of the century and everything was sold on the stock markets.
  6. Thanks, now when football is over (and my team didn't win) I'm going to study the lexicon and to think about the meaning of "dead pig's" against "living pig's noses" .
  7. Would it be impertinence to ask for the difference between father and son?
  8. If we're going to put money on it, the Scottish will inevitably win....I'll quit!
  9. I can see your point about the lines, but as I'm knowing oak wood, the lines are much shorter. After comparing a lot of wood and grain photos from Google research I still can't tell exactly - but from my experience ash tree is more probable, here and in general. We should buy it and test the DNA . I have an idea of the joke (and I was drumming many times, really feeling as a musician), but who was the posssesssed?
  10. IMO it's not oak, but ash tree, which has a very similar grain as oak, but a more yellow-orange colour (like here), while oak is usually green-brown, and much to heavy as a tonewood. Ash tree is not often, but sometimes used instead of maple, for it's interesting, lively grain. It's not that unusual, I had some violins made of ash before. The purfling seems to my eyes identical at both plates, but we should look for the origin of this violin more north of the Alps . And what happened to the drummer?
  11. The certificate describes the LOB as 351, which is a rather short, but fullsize violin - from the pictures, especially in comparison with the hand and the chinrest it looks more like a halfsize. This is the first point, which is irritating me. To mention "family reasons" for a pretended under-value sale is a very, very old trick, every alarm clock should ring. No wonder, that Martin's communication stopped suddenly.
  12. Maybe this effect is not from the wood, but from the varnish (ground)?
  13. A violin teacher for the youngest children (what I'm not, for luck, but I know some of this speci(wo)men, and probably many of them are watching here) could say: Nice attempt, boy, concentration is allright, but position and attitude of the instrument and bow should be better....forget about the fingers, think of breathing and sound, imagine you are in a forest, singing along with the birds, and so on and on and on...........it works! And no, I will not demonstrate it!
  14. I never considered Jacob to be a "Bill", and surely never underestimated him; and that he is much wiser as Machold should be out of question, shouldn't it? But congratulations for your skills, although it can cause some stress to be "Vuillaum-ish"!
  15. With all due respect, Jac(!)ob, the story in the NÖN Kremser Zeitung isn't that much different from your's, only a bit more"pointed""; they don't mention, that you knew the violin before, just to make your light shine brighter, I suppose (and with your's also the light of their town:"Kremser uncovers fake million violin!") To call an Englishman "Bill" reminds of the "Fritz" for the Germans, not nice and a little inadequate, it sounds more like the name of a cowboy. Maybe they didn't learn the difference between US and UK at that time on the austrian countryside . But really fascinating, your work and also the work of Roger Hargrave, now it's saved in the internet for everybody!
  16. It looks like a cello, but this might be an optical illusion (and please don't play the clueless or blank-faced, that's my copyright) Nobody will laugh, they only will roast you ! It could be a good idea, if you want to use it as a rowing boat in the future, but with a musical instrument such an approach is called vandalism. Be aware, that you're gonna pay about 2, 3 or 4 times the sales price (incl. shipping and taxes) for a competent repair, and if that's really your proposal.
  17. I'm supposing, that my life doesn't depend on it, and so I'm voting against M/Sch and for british. Isn't the scroll fluted to the "bitter end", how the photos are suggesting? The back of the pegcase without a delta "dog's nose"? Even the varnish and the ground don't look "germanic" (if the pics are showing the right colour). It could be from M/Sch, if it was from late 19th century or 1900, but it looks older, more early/mid 19th. And I like the scroll, I would locate it rather in Britain than on the continent. Reg. condition I'm wondering why people are always kicking into the ribs of a cello , but the crack in the back seems to be a good distance away from the soundpost.
  18. We've noticed that before for old Vienna, Saxony, and Mittenwald, too, not to mention Italy.....
  19. Here's an example of Frébrunet: http://www.ries-geigenbau.de/han_v1.html# A bit different, but not impossible. There are always some variations of ffs, notches, and Chappuy used a more "Stradish" pattern in his later years (or his apprentices, who knows?). I find the affinity to Florence interesting, possibly there are some "vieux Paris" on the scene attributed to Carcassi or Gabrielli.
  20. http://tarisio.com/pages/auction/auction_item.php?csid=2197962752&cpid=3233579008 Chappuy?
  21. Maybe we could compare the relation between this Mirecourt makers and Turin/Guadagnini school with the relation between Mittenwald and Stainer? Not as exact copies, but more as a strong influence, and as a guide, what was "modern" at this time, While the Parisian makers in the early 19th were influenced by Stradivari, in Mirecourt we can find more this "Turin" pattern with straight ffs, a broad chest and squarish Cs, like at the OP violin.
  22. It's in no way accidentally, that the french makers you named from the early 19th century and later copied Guadagnini, much earlier than the german, for instance. Napoleon occupied the Piemont during his "activities", his troops had their headquarter in Turin, and later there were some french makers working and learning in the Pressenda workshop (Pacherele). There is a Tarisio blog about this relationship.
  23. I agree, that the affinity is not 100%, maybe it's a copy of a copy and something changed during this process. The most similarity is with the Chimei viola, not with the Maazel, which is a quite idiosyncratic and most impressive instrument. Furthermore I'm not so sure, if the violin is really from the 1st half of the 19th, neckroot, overstand and button can be indications, but not proofs (remember the Frankentf. case ). The most reknown Guadagnini copyist was Mermillot, but he worked in the late 19th.
  24. IMHO is the form of the ffs just copied from Guadagnini, compare http://tarisio.com/wp/2011/10/maazel-guadagnini-of-1783/ and http://www.florianleonhard.com/jp/noteworthy-sales/?tx_ptextlist_cached%5BnoteworthyInstruments%5D%5BheaderColumns%5D%5Bmaker%5D%5BsortingFields%5D=maker:1&tx_ptextlist_cached%5Bstate%5D=922519b5676c5371d204c404c1cd844d&tx_ptextlist_cached%5Baction%5D=sort&tx_ptextlist_cached%5Bcontroller%5D=List&cHash=5cdb4cf70cbd71520457d86abc84331f (the 1782 Turin) or here http://db.dacm.ntnu.edu.tw/chimei/en/v-Ita0039.html like many french maker of this time and later did. Not that idiosyncratic or specific for any particular maker.
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