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Everything posted by bean_fidhleir

  1. It depends, I suppose, on whether you're a het male who likes porn. They were certainly trolling for you, if so. Eeeuww.
  2. So, Priya, how does your new fiddle-with-post-crack sound? Is it at least a good player, if not a good investment?
  3. http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewI...em=180294695861 It's probably nothing but a varnish hiccup. I see a little crescent-shaped blip over near the left edge of the enlarged photo whose thumbnail is right col, 2nd down. The mark is at the transition from strong edge color to pale center color. It's at about 2 o'clock from that rather pale dot very near the edge of the photo in the strong color (lousy description, I suppose, but I don't think I can do better).
  4. Is there a little semi-circular post crack on the back?
  5. Some individuals -they don't qualify as "people"- have all the emotional depth and sensitivity of a contaminated puddle.
  6. Jeez, if that's artificial wear, it must have taken nigh onto as long as creating real wear.
  7. I'm sure Reepi only meant a small touch of alc on a q-tip in an inconspicuous place, as a test.
  8. Ah, thanks, Omo. I wondered whether those were what you were seeing too. I took them to be artifacts of our inbuilt pattern-matching needs, sort of like those "Jesus's portrait appears on a piece of burnt toast" phenomena that show up in supermarket tabloids. I suppose I dismiss them because I can't imagine several people (the "handwriting" is different in each case) actually deciding to randomly doodle on the back of a fiddle as though on a piece of scrap paper. Not only randomly, but lightly, a sort of half-hearted, purposeless vandalism without communication.
  9. You got a bargain, for sure. And you're right about the change over time - I've seen that too. Now the sharks are constantly circling and ordinary people hardly have a chance. Except people like Priya, who are obsessive The problem's been going on for longer than 3 years, though, so if that's when you scored that fiddle, you did yourself well. Your fiddle has a very useful-looking scroll. I haven't ever before seen that kind of interesting longitudinal piecing-together we see in the neck, but probably other people have. From the scroll, I'd now guess it was pro-made, not amateur-/player-made. Unusual looking f-holes, though, unless it's an artifact of the camera angle. I hope others chime in with their opinions - I'm sure they'll be better than mine.
  10. I'll stick my neck out and guess early/mid 1800s, possibly player-made (could we see photos of the scroll, both sides?), stripped and re-varnished at some point.
  11. "Until today" is just an unintentionally-misleading literal translation. The meaning is "still", and in English could be left out. "There is no conclusive...." HTH
  12. Looking at that cheesy scroll, I'd run away. But that's me. I reckon that if '9' signifies the highest quality they produced (I've no idea) and that's a '9', then I'd truly hate to see what sort of VSO would get their 'average' rating.
  13. That's a nice looking fiddle - I'd have bought it too. Is the post crack well-repaired? It looks it. And that's a very useful-looking scroll. Omo, where are you seeing letters and numbers?? I thought my eyes were still good, but all I see is scratches that could be anything.
  14. Nice looking fiddle, though a pity about that encased-in-glass varnish. I could believe English, but that's just me.
  15. It looks exactly as though some vandal heated the tip of a screwdriver and used it to put char marks on for some bizarre reason that perhaps made sense to the vandal even if to no one else on Earth. The result is so weird and ugly that I have to suppose it drops the saleability/value by half or more. Who would want it?? (Sorry, Andrew, but it really was a dreadful thing for someone to do to an innocent and unsuspecting fiddle. I'm only sorry that you seem to have been elected the one who's going to take a bath on the price, since you sound like a decent person.)
  16. I wonder what it really is, and how old. The scroll looks quite useful.
  17. My first thought was "stripped and re-varnished". But that's partly because I think of that straw yellow as not having been used til the '20s or so, the '80s favoring a darker brown. But if the seller's right about Glier having used that color, maybe it's original. The texture really doesn't look original, either, though - the varnish looks gooped-on as though by an amateur.
  18. The MOP-decorated tailpieces seem to be characteristic of German instruments from around 1900. The better ones are fairly complex. That one is one of the cheaper ones. Zino, do the other Brugeres have the same meager-looking heads as this one? To me, the head doesn't look like much effort was spent on it - I have a German factory instrument from about the same time (with a more ornate tailpiece) that has a nicer head.
  19. Apart from the color "loss" and the too-glossy label, that looks good enough to be real. If it sounds as good as it looks (which it probably doesn't, based on the Chinese-restaurant rule) then whoever buys it is getting a bargain.
  20. Thanks for the warning! After you check to be sure Pirastro hasn't altered their product, I hope you decide to complain to ebay, to your credit-card company, and to Pirastro. Those counterfeiters shouldn't succeed with that. I try to buy nothing that comes from China anymore - they've embraced capitalism's "privatise the profit, socialise the costs" idea to the point where nothing they offer is worth the worry that comes with it.
  21. It cleaned up well, for sure. It's when I look at that 'after' closeup of the bridge area, and realise I can see details of the reflectors of the lamps used to light it, that the words "mirror finish" seem almost inadequate. Trout's comment about the finish having been "improved" feels all too plausible. We can see from the edges that the finish wasn't originally, or not totally at least, mirror-smooth. But after, under the bridge? Yikes! Especially since in the "before" picture, we see that something was going on underneath the bridge feet. What happened to that during the "cleaning"? Trout's serial number was written with a fountain or dip pen, which is what you'd expect for a fiddle of that age. As to Priya's, I thought maybe a Speedball point (they go back to 1915), but the strokes on the label don't look regular enough to me. It definitely looks done with a marker of some kind. I'd also be interested to know what the story is on the abrupt color change we see up by the treble shoulder and along the fingerboard on that side. It's kind of obscured by the changing values in the various photos, but it's evident if looked for. We have a golden base overlaid with red - but why does the red have almost a masked-off appearance next to the fingerboard?
  22. Just out of curiosity, do you guys really think that fiddle's over 100 years old? I look at the photo that was sent to Priya and see color values that are way off the mark, much too dark (I presume it was shot against white cardstock, not blue-ish grey). In contrast, the antique store's photos seem to have values that are quite accurate - the purple liner looks like most others I've seen, and the charcoal grey outside of the case looks about right, as does the light maple bridge, etc, the dark grey carpeting background, etc. If we assume that their values are indeed pretty accurate, then that blanket doesn't even begin to be a match for the liner. The blankets I've seen have always agreed with the liner - is that not other people's experience? And finally we have the apparently flawless edges of the f-holes and the definitely flawless, glassy, mirror-like complexion of the table under and near the bridge - how could it have survived in that condition? If played, it would be a little beaten up around where the bridge feet massaged the varnish; if stuck in a closet and never played, why wouldn't we be seeing dessication cracks? I can't see that being any 110yo instrument, nor can I believe that that blanket has anything to do with the case. Can anyone make a case (npi) for it being real?
  23. Well-named, for sure. Though I think they misspelt "con". Fascinating that they apparently had nylon-tip markers back then. I'd always thought the first markers were felt-tips and appeared in the 1940s.
  24. Seeing it makes me wonder whether it was a new Chinese maker who's unclear on the concept. The idea that anyone would take a heated screwdriver and go dink dink dink all over an instrument in the fond belief that it makes it look older or better or anything but "vandalised by some guy with a hot screwdriver" is a bit mind-boggling.
  25. It's easy to see from the light and shadow that at least some of them are burnt in. They look like someone took a red-hot screwdriver blade (the marks seem about that size) and touched the tip to the varnish again and again. Weird.
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