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Everything posted by bean_fidhleir

  1. It's more than possible, GS, that the guy nicked your stuff in such an amateurish way because he suffers from kleptomania. People like that aren't thieves as such, they have a neurotic compulsion and can't properly help themselves. Many never get a diagnosis or therapy because they feel so shamed that they can't bear to tell anyone. A proper thief wouldn't have taken such trivia (since they steal as a way to get their living), nor so obviously.
  2. Andrew wrote: "Yet another example of some lucky ebayer finding a $100 k violin for $3,600. Not." Or possibly a $100 violin for $3,600.
  3. Why does the inner strip have to be wood? It's going to be under varnish, so use Bristol board (a type of thick paper for artists) instead.
  4. Not faded, chipped. Xeeeee-rox. The pressure involved in letterpress printing bound the ink to the paper very well - which is why 500yo books still look so fresh. Xerography, on the other hand, barely adheres the ink/toner to the surface, and it can easily come loose in grains and grain-clumps.
  5. I honestly don't think this 'always two sides' idea/catchphrase can be defended, at least in the way I suspect you mean it - namely that in any situation the rights and wrongs are always evenly balanced such that only someone partisan can take one side or the other. Which isn't to say that you're not entitled to not like the idea of revealing the name or location of the shop. But I think you have to agree that, generally speaking, our only hope of not being taken to the cleaners ourselves is to have available to us the good or bad experience of others.
  6. I think I understand the point Claudio is trying to make here (I hope he'll correct me if I'm wrong!), and I find it a good one. As Luis will confirm, I'm sure, a judge's ruling in law is typically not given in vacuo. It's usually accompanied by a detailed explanation of the points of law that are pertinent, a discussion of why they are pertinent, a discussion of why other points of law, seemingly as good, don't apply in the event, etc. So what I hear Claudio saying is that opinions of origin should be similarly detailed, to the extent possible. "I believe this was made by Xyz, probably in 16XX, because the grain of the table matches that of the Foobar...and he began cutting scrolls in a slightly different way with a distinctive pattern of chiselwork, and his ...yadda yadda". That, plus a record not unlike the maintenance record for an aircraft, where its entire history follows it along from owner to owner. So perhaps in 200 years the maintenance and authentication record for some fiddle that's led an exciting life might run to several hundred detailed pages.
  7. I don't know how others here feel, but I'd like to know the unsatisfactory shop's name, or at a minimum its location. Places like that should be subjected to extra scrutiny or avoided altogether.
  8. Agreed on the scroll...I've *seen* that bloody scroll, or its twin sibling, somewhere. Recently, too. It's maddening not to be able to remember where. The head's the main thing that made me think Tirol.
  9. Are you sure of the Mittenwald part? As opposed to, say, the Tirol?
  10. I think I, too, would have to disagree with this. I can't possibly say anything about the fiddlemaking trade, but in the three where I do have experience, those who knew the most were almost invariably the most forthcoming and eager to share what they knew. Which makes sense, when you think about it. People generally like doing what they're best at, and vice-versa, and people usually enjoy talking about what they like doing. Whereas those doing something mainly because it's an indoor job and pays better than digging ditches or mopping floors, their skill isn't part of their identity so they've no motive to be forthcoming. It's just a job.
  11. I wonder what accounts for the lack of common wear, then. Bad sound, perhaps? It's certainly been kicked around a bit, but surely a fiddle that was played even an average amount would want at least one rebushing in 180 years?
  12. So how about some post-restoration photos? Anyone else wondering whether the neck and head are later? It seems hard to imagine it surviving so long without even a re-bushing. But it looks a pleasant fiddle. Have you played it?
  13. I would think the scroll by itself would be a sufficient tipoff.
  14. Perhaps you should get your sense of humor topped up? You seem to be a couple of liters low.
  15. And the French have such a big reputation in art, too. Goddess, that is ugly. That is so ugly, a person could sell scrapings on ebay, if anyone would buy them.
  16. On the other hand, "going out of business" sales are the oldest ploy in the world. This guy seems to be selling the same cheap Chinese violins that can be bought elsewhere.
  17. FWIW, count me in as another who strongly prefers and is looking for a proper Amati/Stainer copy.
  18. Either it won't last for long or the world won't, that's for sure.
  19. The opener is for 3000 Koruna (~US$160.-), plus shipping. HOWEVER s/he won't ship out of the country (very likely the reason why s/he wrote in Cheky).
  20. Or get 2 names: Luis's www.violinsmith.com and its counterpart, www.fiddlesmith.com. Get people no matter what they call the instrument.
  21. Ah, you edited your post before I could respond. Does that mean you've changed your mind about it possibly being from the Tirol?
  22. It says it's a 200yo German fiddle. I think it also claims to be handmade, though I don't really read Cheky well enough to know for sure.
  23. Thanks, both. It's a scary situation, but I'll do my best. A few more questions: What thickness should the glue be? Can I melt it in a jar sitting in boiling(?) water, and thin it with...tap? distilled? something else? What's the best way to separate the block/table and rib/table joins? Palette knife and...anything? hot water? alcohol? something else?
  24. My fiddle has a new saddle crack that's a bit bowed up from the surface, as though the saddle is being pulled toward the neck and is compressing the table such that it has to bow to get relief. What's the best way to repair it? My first thought is to make up some water-thin glue, drizzle it into the crack with a hypo, then slack the strings to relieve the bowing, let the glue set up (possibly with a bit of a weight or clamp to keep the edges of the crack well-mated, and finally trim a sukoshi off either the saddle or the table where it meets the saddle so that, when I reapply tension to the strings, the same compression doesn't recur. Thoughts?
  25. Okay, question from an ignoramus: if one lives in an area of high humidity, I'd think hanging a fiddle at all would risk separation of body from neck. No?
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