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  1. Hi Michael, Thanks for the reply. I finally found the thing. It is marked "Ultra Light Shoulder Rest, Made in Chile". It's a very simple affair, similar to the Voight rest pictured but with a foam pad instead of the cloth covering used by Voight. The two "legs" are of equal height, rather than the slant of the Voight. I can't seem to find it on the internet at all and presume they are long out of business. Ah, well...
  2. Hello All, About ten years ago I had a shoulder rest I really liked. It has been lost and I can't find it anywhere, despite hours of internet searches. It was a very simple wooden design with no adjustments and stabilized by a stretchy cloth band that went around the corner of the violin. It was made in South America - I believe Brazil or Argentina. I've looked and looked and cannot find it anywhere. I'm sure I would recognize the name if I heard it... The closest thing I've found on my internet search is a UK-made by Peter Voigt, Ltd. shown in the attached photo. Can anybody provide me with some clues for finding another of these shoulder rests? Thanks! EDIT: I've found that the Peter Voigt shoulder rest is likely no longer available. Peter has a small workshop in Sussex and is likely near retirement.
  3. I thought perhaps it was drawn on with a crayon....
  4. Hello All, My mistake for opening the can of worms here. It is obvious that nobody has any theories that explains the obvious inconsistencies in the 1929 Roth and merely resort to personal insults. All I can say is that I am glad that they are directed at me instead of the seller, but it is obvious that certain posters have a pathological need to insult others needlessly and uselessly. And to Martin, my thanks. Your post summarizes the situation quite fully. The only thing I can add is that I believe that there is at least one other regular poster (besides Jeffrey) whose opinion is respected by Jesse. And speaking for myself, I have always enjoyed your posts and reading them. Thank you for taking the time to do so. And with that I will bow out of this thread. Thanks, Charlie
  5. And I would love to hear your theory of the 1929 Roth also. I'm not sure that any of us will ever know the detailed true story of exactly what transpired between 1929 (when the logbook clearly states that the fiddle was made) and 1961 (when the US importer signed the cert), but I'm still waiting to hear a more plausible explanation than the one offered by the seller. Thanks, Charlie
  6. Jacob, as you clearly believe that I am a simpleton, it should be quite easy to explain why the current manager of the Roth firm (by the way, IIRC there was a posting recently that says that their original building in Markneukirchen had been returned to the firm as a form of repatriation, quite the worse for wear and disuse, and that around 6 people currently work there) has an old logbook, listing the exact fiddle Jesse had for sale, with the S/N Jesse had listed and described as the exact model which Jesse had claimed. Many theories had been put forward (including one I privately made to Jesse), but none of them seemed more probable than the one Jesse put forward, which was that during those decades of hyper-inflation and a World War and treaty negotiations and on and on, that the instrument sat unsold until the '50s, at which time the top plate was (re?) installed with Beubenreuth brands added to allow importation to a Communist-paranoid USA. But if you have a theory which you believe to be more likely, I would be more than happy to hear it. (But please leave the insults aside, thanks.) Best, Charlie
  7. Hello caspace, We are supposed to be discussing the instruments here and not the seller. But since you insist on breaking the rules, I wonder why you characterize Jesse as a serial mis-representer. When I first joined MN about a year ago, there was a big kerfuffle regarding a 1929 Roth that also had a Beubereth brand. Many accusations flew back and forth, but it was actually settled by one of his most vociferous attackers who contacted the Roth firm and confirmed that the instrument was, in fact, made in 1929 (including photos of the original log book!). Since that particular poster apparently no longer posts here, there have been very few controversies surrounding this seller's violins and certainly nothing conclusive that I remember seeing (although I freely admit that there are large gaps in my presence here). Returning to the instrument itself (as we are supposed to be doing here) this is definitely one of those violins that raises more questions than answers. To my (admittedly inexperienced thinking in this field), one of the main red flags is how could an instrument be this good in sound and build quality, and yet there be no records of the maker? It's hard to believe that a hobbyist could make a few fiddles this nice in his basement? Surely a maker of this quality and active this recently would have other known works extant. But nobody seems to be exactly sure what it is, and there is little consensus. Just to add some additional puzzles, I have corresponded with the seller and there are more inconsistencies. One of the odder ones to me was that the fingerboard had enough wear to require a replaning. I'm certainly no expert in the faking of older instruments. Are the eastern European fakers taking worn fingerboards from older instruments to put on newer ones? I do know that this sort of thing is quite common with Gibson solid body electrics.A less valuable hollow body with the late '50s "Patent Applied For" pickups will be dismantled so that the entire wiring harness (including potentiometers with date codes from the '50s) will be put into a newer "reissue" instrument to create "Frankensteins" that can fool even experienced collectors. The bottom line is that in my opinion the seller has acted in good faith and honor through this entire process, and there is no need to attack him personally. The fact that he changed the listing reflects that he was, indeed, reacting to posting discussing the instrument. I seriously doubt that he changed it because of posters with pitchforks chasing him with personal attacks. Thanks, Charlie
  8. Viola, Your member listing shows you interested in the geosciences. I'm sure, then, that you must be familiar with the joke concerning the physics student receiving an "A" on his final exam. Something about the heat death of the universe and a pretty co-ed... to you too!
  9. Violadamore, Nothing like taking the bull by the horns. Pretty hard to dispute the words of the still-living maker! Maybe you should go on eBay and sell a concoction like the old "patent medicines" sold 100 years ago in the "wild west". I can see it now: Violadamore's Patented Leopard Spot Remover It's Amazing! It's Fantastic! Satisfaction Guaranteed or Your Money Back! Simply Spray it on Your Listings and All Inconsistencies Disappear!
  10. Dear Violadamore, Would it be impressively modern to say that I am in "purple love" with you? XO, Charlie Edit: Didn't quite get the right purple as your signature. Let's see if I can do a better job of restoring resurrecting...purple love. By Jove, I think I've got it!
  11. Hello Violadamore, Well stated, and good words to the wise! Cheers, Charlie
  12. Hello Violadamore and CCM, Thanks for clarifying. I actually lived in Newport News during my high school years. Of course back then I was more into collectible solid body electric guitars. The problem was that I only had enough money to own one at a time. Had I been able to keep them all, I could have probably sold them five years ago (at their peak) and bought several top Cremonese instruments while they were still going for under $1 million each... Les Pauls, Stratocasters, Telecasters, Broadcasters, SG Les Pauls, Flying Vs (including a prototype with a very odd headstock, ES-335s, ES-345s, ES-355s.... I guess it's kind of like fiddles. That's all I was familiar with was solid-body electrics by Fender and Gibson. I'm sure that if had taken an interest in Martins, Gibson acoustics, Rickenbackers, hollow-body archtops, and the like, I could have made a few more million dollars... And then there were the amplifiers....20-20 hindsight
  13. Hello, caspace pointed out a fiddle with an interesting burled body, neck, and scroll. The odd thing is that the seller wouldn't verify its authenticity nor accept returns, although apparently the maker is still living and it would trivial to do so. However I thought that the other fiddle that the same seller had was rather more interesting: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Old-violin-Franco-Barozzi-autentic-/181226571177 This one comes with a CA from an "important luthier" and also a 14 day return period. A perusal of Brompton's shows that the price is about right -- asking $4700 (£2900) retail, while at wholesale auctions they have brought between £1600 and £4300 pounds at wholesale auctions. It appears to be very well made and in excellent condition. The maker has studied with some very famous luthiers, although apparently not formally. (He still has a website with some rather clumsy English translations and no instruments currently on offer. It would seem that this instrument would be quite a nice buy. Thoughts? Thanks, Charlie Hansen
  14. Hello All, If you look at this eBay store: http://www.ebay.com/sch/mariam94/m.html there are fiddles priced as high as $600,000. Either these are valuable instruments or they are a huge rip-off. If the former, then, how can Jacob Saunders say that everything on eBay is trash? If the latter, why is everybody always picking Pahdah_Hound? Thanks, Charlie Hansen
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