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  1. Haven't we seen a "Mariam" before now. A Mariam who turned out to be a fraud, iirc? I ask only because it's a rather distinctive name for eBay (the Arabic version of Miriam/Mary/Maria/etc)
  2. This might be a slightly better translation: "This is for sure the worst fiddle in the world. It's actually offensive to all real violins that anyone would call this thing a violin at all. Basically what we're dealing with here is a VSO that was uncaringly thrown together in China out of bits of wood and then dipped in varnish. There's no bridge and I think it's missing a string (though I haven't looked that carefully). The bow is an absolute joke and more suited to be a switch for the use of a cowherd than for making music. The case alone seems to have been made with a violin in mind. The most useful thing to do with this fiddle is to burn it in the fireplace or turn it into the frame for a scarecrow. I guarantee that this violin is truly as awful as you can possibly imagine. For that reason, I will not accept it back for any reason. Anyone who wants the worst violin in the world need search no further....have fun bidding."
  3. I just now installed the slices, taken from a natural (uncolored) rubber band that's somewhere between 1.5 and 2.0 mm thick (I've an engine-divided steel ruler, but the division marks are of appreciable thickness, so I can't be certain at such a small size - it looks like 2.0) and 15mm wide. I don't have any testing equipment, but when bowed the fiddle does seem to have been damped approximately equally across all strings. Of course, without equipment I've no way of telling how large the effect is. It doesn't seem especially large under the ear, but perhaps it's more than I think. I'm thinking that perhaps I could increase the effect by sliding a length of shrinkable electrical insulation tubing over the strings, to distribute the pressure a bit more. If you think it's worthwhile trying as an experiment, I hope you'll let us know the measurements you get, since you do have the requisite equipment.
  4. Anders, have you tried using snippets of rubber as buffers between the strings and the bridge? I thought of putting slices of rubber band under the feet, but thought it might well destabilise the bridge, perhaps causing it to fall over, and would at the very least have a bad effect on the varnish. I take it those weren't problems that you saw in practice?
  5. I do have an electric (Yamaha), and it's my regular fiddle even though its fixed chin and shoulder rests aren't really comfortable and the electronics produce a sound that's a bit 'off'. I tend to get hungry for the pleasure of playing a 'real' fiddle after awhile.
  6. Sorry, I should have said. It's because I live in an apartment and don't want to annoy the neighbors. I'm too busy with a project to go find a seisean somewhere, so I only play at home.
  7. The title says it all. A bridge-hooding mute does evil things to the sound quality. I'm wondering whether something like slices of rubber band between the strings and the bridge notches would be as quietening and less evil. Or something else?
  8. That they're in Germany but won't sell in Germany says a lot. Agree with Brad on the label. It looks like someone got confused about how old the fiddle is supposed to be.
  9. I've no photos at all - it's Priya's fiddle. I put that image into photoshop and massaged it a wee bit and the color looks better. But even with the excess yellow pulled out (judging by the neck), the varnish looks very red, as though it's orange underneath rather than yellow. Or maybe the maker used burnt sienna rather than burnt umber. Agreed that the fs are wrong for the English idea of Stainer's model, but who was it that did that "bunchy" sort of scroll if not the English (I really don't know). Do you know what I'm meaning? It almost (to me) looks a cello scroll from its proportions: thick through the pegbox for its length, with an S-curve like a mountain road, and then a scroll with no throat that's over-large in proportion to the pegbox.
  10. Isn't it more the English fiddles that have heads that look from the side sort of thick and crowded, or bunched-up (I can't think of a better way to describe what I mean). Or am I just confused?
  11. I'm sure they reckon that if the South Tirol can be called Italian, so can this fiddle
  12. A sure sign of a cheesy factory instrument: the makers couldn't be hedgehogged at all to get the interlacings right. erm...that's our friend ISOC, isn't it? Perhaps we shouldn't mock.
  13. Did anyone look closely at the (thankfully out-of-focus) photo of the scroll? Eeeuuwww. I think he's optimistic on the price by about 2.5 orders of magnitude, though 2 people are either quite silly or winding him up ummercifully.
  14. To me, it looks like some German's idea of a Stainer copy. The f-holes don't look terrible the way they do on most German "Stainer" copies, but the abrupt changes in contour make it look like what Al Stancel used to call a "bathtub Stainer", or at least what I think he meant by that. I can't really see any Amati in it at all, but perhaps someone with actual expertise can. Is it a good player?
  15. To defend against a charge of slander/libel in a US court, it's enough to show that what was said/written was true, if what was said/written was about the person's business activities or the person is a politician. Are you, perhaps, the supplier of Mr Gammuto's white violins? Is that why you're interested in this issue?
  16. I don't think "Mr. yx" is who you think he is. The man who's an expert at finding hitherto unrecognised examples of major makers' work is a native speaker of English. "Mr. yx" seems to have an East-Asian language as his mother tongue.
  17. Well, that's an authoritarian for you - the only time they'll admit a mistake is if someone squeezes it out of them. Bummer for you, though.
  18. I was shocked by that treatment of you, too. It was a highly authoritarian thing for the site owner to do, and completely inappropriate. It totally curdled any desire I might ever have had to deal with her in any way.
  19. He was only licenced to practice in China.
  20. Anyone have any ideas about what, if anything, will happen to the fiddle trade when the 18th century arrives again? I'm presuming a future in which fossil hydrocarbons are no longer burned for transportation, and there's no magical breakthrough technology that takes its place. So it's a world in which transoceanic travel is by sailing ship, energy is more or less literally money, and capitalism (which depends on infinite growth in a finite system) has been replaced by something rational. In such a world, I would expect there to be an immense amount of leisure time because having "a job" in the sense we know it today would likely be fairly rare - few jobs today produce something the world can't easily do without, but most of them consume resources. We also know, from looking at non-rat-race cultures and subcultures (e.g. Highland Scots, Canadian Maritimerss, Appalachian hill people, Kalahari Desert peoples, Aboriginal people of Oz, etc) that music is a huge factor in the lives of those not consumed by trying to "get ahead". What will the fiddle trade be like in a world that loves music but recognises that the world is not the unclogable sewer plus inexhaustible cornucopia we've hitherto imagined it to be?
  21. What about this thread bothers you so?
  22. Yes, Jeffrey (cover your eyes, Jeffrey) definitely seems to remain relaxed and unbothered by uncertainty. Fortunately, that's a more common attitude of mind than the authoritarian one, though, as we've seen, the assertive, demanding nature of authoritarians and their frequently over-the-top reactions tend to make them highly visible. And destructive.
  23. And writing their labels in Italian, too. Which suggests it's an Italian fiddle, since for a given value of Italian, all Latin-derived languages including French and Romanian can be construed to be dialects of Italian. It's a bargain! Snap it up!
  24. It's worth noting that health issues can arise very quickly and without prior warning, as I recently learned firsthand
  25. Roan, that thread with the lawyer reference is here: http://www.violinist.com/discussion/response.cfm?ID=14884 I'm shocked by the amount of editing that's been done to the main thread as well as by what was chosen for deletion or retention. Ages ago, when I was "goddess" over some very active, contentious online political fora, I learned that frequent pruning of that nature is very like having a highly visible police presence everywhere. It results in a community that's quiet, careful, and increasingly bland. Eventually very little of substance can be discussed, and nothing outside a narrow factual range, because those who like such an environment have such a strong aversion to uncertainty that they go off the deep end (as we see in that thread where several people get quite upset at the very existence of the discussion!)
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