Jump to content
Maestronet Forums


  • Posts

  • Joined

  • Last visited

  • Days Won


Everything posted by bean_fidhleir

  1. http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Image:Jaastadfela2.JPG Here's a straight-on view at least, from Wiki. There *IS* a (slightly) larger photo available because I took a copy of it (which is archived on one of my hundreds of cds, somewhere). Unfortunately I can't remember where I got it. http://bergenmuseum.uib.no/resize_image.ph...=images/587.jpg That one gives a bit better look at how the f-holes wrap the edge, anyway. Plus, since it's a public treasure, the Bergen Museum might be helpful with plans, measurements, etc, if you wanted to have a go. The fiddle is definitely archaic - aside from the distinctive shape and fholes, it only has 2 drone strings, not 4 as today. (nice looking fiddles in your "few" collection)
  2. You guys are convincing me to stay away from those things. Ken, if you're going to make a Hardingfele, you could do worse than copy the decorations (maybe even the body style) of the Jåstad one. It's gorgeous (imo), also the oldest-known (ca. 1651) http://www.hfaa.org/graphics/gamelfele.jpg
  3. And now he has pulled it altogether. Quelle opera de soap!
  4. The fact that the seller says "labelled" is a hint, I should think. But the white bits? It looks like someone did a crude job of fitting new pegs. I note, too, that some of the fiddle's stigmata of age seem to have worked their way in under the varnish.
  5. http://cgi.ebay.com/BEAUTIFUL-ITALIAN-AMER...7932521QQihZ007 Farewell to the besoms of heather and broom Farewell to the creels and the baskets The folk of today, they would far sooner pay For a thing that's been made out of plastic
  6. Not a bad idea, Dwight. I'd forgotten about StuMac - I used to think of them only in connection with banjos (and guitars of course, but I don't even pretend to play guitar).
  7. Apparently he didn't get a bid that suited him, so he relisted with a floor of $539.- http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewI...em=250324221496 Truly surreal!
  8. "I think that the responsible thing to do is think twice before messing with a person's ability to put food on the table." I'm sure you'd agree that not everyone deserves that consideration. The limiting case is probably the career criminal - a mugger, let's say. They need to put food on the table too, but they do it at the expense of people who are not voluntary participants in their transactions. This guy's obviously not in that category, but where is he on the spectrum from dodgy to ethical, and how much slack should we be expected to cut him for the sake of his being able to eat regularly? I don't think we know that yet, do we? If you think you know something for sure, especially if it's to his credit, please share!
  9. Not to mention those blacks being mighty uniform, especially since the serial number is meant to be handwritten. It's surprising how hard it is to get a good, dense black ink that will flow through a pen nib of some kind. If there's enough carbon for dense laydown, it clogs. If it flows, it's see-through (optically grey). Xerography would be my bet.
  10. Well, he might be telling the truth. He doesn't say how many he's made or restored in that time, or whether anyone wanted to play them after.
  11. http://cgi.ebay.com/white-violin-4-4-unfin...tem320316627108 $69 seems almost criminally cheap, but the Chinese are devils for building share by undercutting. So what do you think - worth having a go as a way to get another working fiddle and a wee bittie practice in varnishing? Or would it more likely be just another way to waste scarce money?
  12. Wechsler must be experimenting with antiquing techniques, and in this case he let the flame of the torch get a little too close. Poor fiddle. Since there are several there "by" Wechsler, surely they must be Chinese fiddles bought in the white - I certainly can't imagine why anyone who actually *makes* would be so completely clueless about finishing. It's interesting, too, his choice of label. That's not a typeface I associate with German aesthetics - that "G" in Geigenbauer doesn't even look like a G, more like a cross between a T and a G. And "hergestellt" feels like a very suspect word when used about an product of allegedly personal work.
  13. I'll echo Janito, Sooyeon: well done! I notice that Gammuto claims that it was a heart attack that caused him to decide to switch his focus: "Moving on to lighter projects makes perfect sense to me after having a heart attack at age 59. When I can barely lift a small table without help... I'll still be able to walk from one corner of the shop to the other carrying two violins!!" (from the violins page)
  14. http://cgi.ebay.com/GORGEOUS-ONE-OF-A-KIND...tem170273783698
  15. Priya, where are you finding these things? Are you buying them all to play yourself? I ask only because I could bear finding a nice, quiet, sweet Stainer-model player for not much money.
  16. Someone made the most of their limited tools and skills, for sure! It's not the usual Appalachian fiddle, which were often made like a dugout canoe by hollowing out a solid block of wood. It might not even be from North America, since most people up here have at least seen enough fiddles to have a model in their heads. What that thing reminds me most of (which isn't much, just its elongated shape really) is the Jåstadfele, the oldest known from Norway (beautiful thing!). Whoever made this one obviously seems to have cared about it: they used high-class wood, pieced it together neatly, and I'm sure tried to get a good sound out of it.
  17. Not exactly a reliable source of information then, eh? "Joe Blow is a first-rate luthier whose meanest output compares favorably with Stradivari's best. And if you don't believe that, just ask me because I'm Joe Blow and will tell you the Cremona-varnished truth"
  18. The tone of the listing sounds to me like that of authors who write their own bio blurbs. Unless very skilled (or previously burnt) they focus on different things about themselves than someone else would focus on when writing about them, so it's a bit of a giveaway.
  19. Is there anyone that does a spray-on glass finish EXCEPT the Chinese? Interesting that even that fiddle on his front page was (apparently) colored with the pigment known as "Chinese Vermillion"
  20. Both, potentially. It's a tort (breach of contract if actually bought) and also can rise to the level of crime (various fraud laws) if a pattern can be shown from which a reasonable person would infer intent. ISOC might be able to plead diminished responsibility, since I believe he's generally regarded as honest but delusional
  21. I think the "made in" requirement started in 1891, but someone else will know for sure. The country Czechoslovakia was made by gluing together Bohemia (Böhmen in German, Čechy in Česky), Moravia, and Slovakia. I shouldn't think anyone would have made a label saying "Czechoslovakia" in 1910 though, since I don't even think the country was contemplated by anyone at that point - the Böhmer Germans were very happy with their cultural ties to Germany, Switzerland, and Austria thankyousoverymuch! They really had little in common with the Slovaks - the creation of a Slavic Czechoslovakia out of 2 German-dominant and 1 Slavic-dominant mini-countries was punishment for WW1, the same way the handing over of the Südtirol to Italy was. And a Česky nationalist would probably have baulked at using Polish spelling (Czech) anyway. So probably the label was backdated, whether or not to correspond with the actual birthdate of the fiddle.
  22. I'm with Brad on the idea that the dogleg one is, if not a mere scratch, then the edge of a piecing. The reason being that it's not at all jaggy, as a real crack is, being the result of natural forces pulling apart a fibrous substance. So with a real crack (the one going up and to the left, if it is a crack) we see the randomness of this fiber ending up on the left, that one on the right, and so forth, with the overall effect being zigzaggy and "organic"-looking. The dogleg one, on the other hand, looks cut. Or scratched, of course, which is really still a cut, just too shallow to create structural involvement.
  23. I'll stick my neck (very far!) out here and say that, while I think the line we're meant to look at --it's the one that appears to dogleg through the peghole, right? I'll feel a total fool if it's some other line-- looks a scratch to me, I think there might be a real crack there, too. It's most visible in the center picture, and starts at the slightly-B-shaped hicky at the top edge of the pegbox (lower edge in the photo), rising to the left and going about halfway across the pegbox wall. It's touched by the very end of the crack-that's-probably-a-scratch, and crossed by the short, scrubby-looking line that appears to nearly touch the out-of-focus peg nearest us. Is that a clear enough description of what I'm looking at? Have I totally shoved my foot into my mouth up to the knee?
  24. often have labels with the words "copy of Stradivarius" Oy! Nice catch...it didn't even penetrate that it was a quote from the label, not an independent ascription. [bangs head on wall]
  25. Without in any way wanting to cast aspersions on Mr van Wesel's character, I'd like to know whether anyone thinks this fiddle http://cgi.ebay.com.au/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vi...em=200255084621 looks Strad-like. Perhaps it's a trick of the lighting, but to me the arching looks very tubby compared to what I'd expect of a Strad.
  • Create New...