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Everything posted by bean_fidhleir

  1. Perhaps I'm not looking at them correctly, but the one you illustrate looks varnishless and a bit dirty to me - as though it's been worn.
  2. Can't say I care for the negatives he got, nor his one reply. Don't fancy the fiddle much, either, really. Which isn't to suggest that it's not genuine or perhaps even valuable, just that it's not to my taste.
  3. "Steiner" and "Stainer" are, respectively, the "northern" (German) and "southern" (Austrian) spellings of the same name. Neither is incorrect, they're just different conventions. Similarly, you have Meyer/Meier in German and Mayer/Maier in Austrian. We in English have "twa", "wha" (northern) and "two", "who" (southern) conventions; same thing. Even in pre-ortho days, not many were promiscuous in spelling their own name. Shakespeare is notorious for the number of variants he used, in part because doing it was so rare. It even gave rise to the question of whether he was literate enough to have written the works attributed to him. There's also (I believe) the problem that Jakob Stainer's birth in Absam is documented at the Standesamt there.
  4. I thought it interesting that she perp'd it in response to what she thought had to be another hoax: "guitarist's nipple". Has that one been debunked, yet? I also thought it rather nice that the EIC of the BMJ took it in good part rather than going into a rage.
  5. I bet it plays "Ach, wie ist's möglich dann" really well.
  6. Does it sound as sweet as it looks, Mary? It's very lovely. FWIWWAM, I'd guess late 1800s, ethnic German
  7. Oh, that's gorgeous! You had me taken in right up til the last line. That's truly excellent, easily on a par with The Sick Note.
  8. Well spotted, Rich! I missed it completely. Do you know which factory? I don't think I've ever seen that mark before.
  9. You sound like you're really in love with it already. That might not be the best state to be in, when trying to decide whether to buy. Perhaps it would be helpful to look at it from the standpoint of its history. Are there any signs that anyone ever loved it? Did anyone ever care about it enough to have had non-trivial repairs (e.g., peghole bushing) done? Or even treat it well enough to keep it from harm? If nobody ever loved it before, what makes you think you will? And if nobody ever loved it enough to take care of it, why wouldn't the bow be even worse, since most inexperienced people think any old bow will do?
  10. http://cgi.ebay.de/Old-master-violin-lab-W...01470QQihZ016QQ The typeface seems anachronistic, but apart from that this fiddle appears, mirabile dictu, to have a proper original label, not a xerox. And varnished into position, too. The fiddle doesn't look a Widhalm to me at all, but the label technology (substrate, printing method) looks earlier than 1850, i.e. older than the fiddle itself. Pretty astonishing, also puzzling. Anyone have any views on the fiddle?
  11. That $200 would be about $1200 today. That seems like Bargain City, for that fiddle. I'm envious.
  12. If the possibility of duties and taxes bothers you, perhaps it would be good to avoid buying from sources where that might be an issue? Alternately, you could probably get in touch with Canadian customs and ask them if you have a specific fiddle in mind - I imagine they'd be happy to tell you. (Correction: Jesse's ebay name is spelled -I always miss out the first h for some reason- 'pahdah_hound'. Currently he has only one fiddle on offer, though, and you could probably get it for not much money because it's really not in very good shape)
  13. Since you're apparently a very concrete thinker who can't get past the details of an example to the principles behind it, I'd agree that I'm probably a good person for you to ignore. But if you should at some point in the future want to try thinking about ethical issues in terms of principles rather than specific details, look up Kohlberg's findings on how ethical understanding develops in children.
  14. Sorry that you find the issue so hard to understand. Someone who drives drunk, hits another car, and kills the two people in it. How does his culpability compare to that of the one who drives drunk, hits another car, and kills the only person in it? Is the one who killed 2 people in one go twice as wrong/bad/rotten/whatever?
  15. Lovely violining. Pity the engineer didn't trim back the accompaniment a bit - I'd've liked your playing to be more dominant.
  16. The important part, which you seem to be missing, is the not-caring. It's like the old 'joke' punchline about "now we're merely trying to set the price" - it's whether someone is willing to sell out that's the important part, not the price they're willing to sell out for. You, for example, apologised when you backed out. That's something the other vendor didn't do. I don't think there's anyone with a functioning conscience themselves who wouldn't rate you more highly than they'd rate the one talked about in the basenote. You at least recognised that you had a social responsibility that you were about to violate. The guy who breaks his word on a sale is 99% of the time selling out for chump change. Five bucks or fifty bucks or whatever, that's his price. That's what his word is worth. Maybe a local politician's or judge's price is five hundred or five thousand, and a national politician's fifty thousand, but down where it counts, there's not a dime's worth of difference among them. And that's why we have psychopaths like Albright who can safely say, right out in public on tv, that causing the deaths of a half-million innocent children for political chump change was 'worth it'.
  17. I can see your point. If the only ones important to you are your family, then whether you get a complaint from some stranger after you reneged on an agreement isn't going to bother you. My younger daughter went to HS with someone who even felt much the same way about having hit and killed someone with his car - to him, the victim was a stranger and it was just an accident, therefore nothing to do with him as a person. Since he didn't go to prison for it, it wasn't a problem for him. My daughter couldn't decide whether it was all front and bravado or whether he really wasn't bothered. She felt a horrified fascination for some weeks, though. Returning to the question of ebay, I had someone back out on a deal because he wanted more money. I gave him a ding, you bet! Thatcher was wrong.
  18. Jesse (look for 'padah_hound' on ebay) is also a flowery rhetoritician...but he has a strong reputation and very good business ethics. ingbergers, who signs herself Anne here at Maestronet, has a large, very satisfied list of ebay customers. You mention luthiers. Our own Jeffrey used to be the VP who ran the high-class side of Shar Music's stringed-instrument business until he got bored. Now he's happily working away in his own Michigan shop and, I believe, offers instruments though only rarely his own (he'll correct me if I'm wrong, I hope!) Michael Darnton, who used to be a mod here and teaches extremely well-received classes in making each summer, has a shop in Chicago, also not that far from Winnipeg really. He offers his own instruments and, in partnership with two players, student-grade imports that he sets up himself. Two members here produce prizewinning work, if that's what you're aiming for: Marilyn Wallin in Cambridge (across the river from Boston) and David Burgess in Michigan. David, I believe, has been cast into the outer darkness by the violin societies, he's won so often. We also have many other members who make, though I don't know how many are within reach from Winnipeg.
  19. As far as I can tell from here, none of those labels are worth the paper they're xeroxed on. I include the one on the alleged Meisel. You've run across someone who seems to have a real gift for hyperbole. On the other hand, a couple of those fiddles look like someone might have loved them, so they might well be good players. But in your place I'd assume they're all no-namers that came over on the boat from factories in Germany ca. 1890 and decide strictly on that basis, studiously ignoring the seller's flowery, empty rhetoric.
  20. BTW, there's a magical way to keep your browser from being hijacked, AL: de-install flash. It works for me...like magic.
  21. That's very interesting, Claudio (I love languages). Thanks for explaining.
  22. That's very interesting, Claudio. So Italian still doesn't distinguish nominative and genitive in names? The genitive function is completely carried on the 'di' ? And is it all names, or only human names, or only human family-names, or what?
  23. Do you really reckon so? I'd have said French was the language of culture and diplomacy during the late 17th and 18th centuries, with Latin being in everyday use only within the RC church.
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