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Everything posted by bean_fidhleir

  1. http://cgi.ebay.com/Violin-Antique-18th-Ce...tem120295415536 How do people like that sleep at night, I wonder.
  2. I don't think Tarisio (or any other house) factors sound quality into their calculations at all. They estimate purely in terms of the fiddle's physical condition and maker/origin. If you're concerned about sound (as what player wouldn't be), best if you can go there and put a bow to it.
  3. Because the counterfeiter hadn't put the top on yet?
  4. Not only does it have "magpie varnish", it looks gritty in the top photo, as though dust got embedded in it. And does any top-drawer maker do corners like those?
  5. Ugh. You mean that long jaggedy thing on the rib to the right of the tailpiece? I thought it was a trick of the light. As to rebushing, you should ask your local luthier about what s/he'd charge - there's no use in anyone else trying to guess.
  6. Where's the crack, and is it open or closed? If it's still open, you'll have to count the repair cost into the startup price. Also, check out the fit of the pegs. I can see some wear on at least one, so if they're a sloppy fit or badly out of round, you're at least looking at a new set of them if not also a big bill for re-bushing the pegholes...which likely wouldn't be worth it. That aside, it doesn't look too awful. Student quality for sure but not carved by a drunk with a hatchet, so it could be a good starter instrument if the total startup cost is right.
  7. It's too hard from photos like those. People get the most information from clear, well-lit photos of the scroll and pegbox ("head") from the side, and of the body from the front and back. Once those are available, then there's some additional information to be had from shots of the head from the front and back, and from photos of the body from the side and end plus closeups of the f-holes and corners.
  8. Naja, einige finden Spaß wo und wie, nee? Anne's a nice person, a valued member of the community, so when she offers something for sale, I at least find it interesting even if it's not, by the standards of the well-off , expensive. And I've no problem with Anne's attribution - Tecchler's work looks rather Tirolisch too, even though made in Venezia or Roma.
  9. I wonder whether in the case of a clearly fraudulent sale paypal would hand over the identifying details of the payee so that the cops could be sicced on him.
  10. Are those Tecchler-ish f-holes found in Bohemian instruments? It do, don't it. As tho it had something fall on it, perhaps, poor thing.
  11. It's definitely got inlaid purfling (you can see that where it's started to separate, on the back up by the heel/button). It's often hard to tell about corner blocks without taking the top off - some of the cheaper "violin river" instruments from that time had fake corner blocks. A separate bass bar would be good, as would linings (the strips that run along the top and bottom of the ribs). To see them you'll have to have a dental mirror and a snakeneck light. Probably that fiddle does have them, but it would be nice to check just to relieve your mind. The real measure at that price, though, is how it sounds. Blocks and linings and so forth speak to the quality of the construction, but how important is quality construction if it sounds terrible? If you have good ears, trust them. And if you have a friend who plays, or better yet your teacher if you have a teacher, get their opinion. If it sounds good, then that price is a decent price. And if it doesn't sound really good, then that price is about twice as high as it should be for something that beaten-up. The wear we see is not from use, it's from being treated roughly, which suggests the fiddle wasn't loved by those who've played it. But that might be their fault, not the fiddle's, so you have to make your own judgement, preferably with the help of a skilled player.
  12. That sounds an okay price, not a bargain, but okay if it sounds good. And no, the words "fiddle" and "violin" just come to English by different routes, fiddle via Anglo-Saxon, violin via Italian. In keeping with the usual rules of snobbery in English-language cultures anything Italian or French is considered to be higher-class than anything Germanic, so people who play for listening in expensive places usually -not always- call theirs a violin, while those who play for dancing in kitchens or barns usually -not always- call theirs a fiddle. In traditions influenced by the bagpipes (e.g. Appalachia, Cape Breton) instruments that will be played for dancing sometimes -not always- have their bridges cut with a flatter arch so that it's easier to bow an extra string or two for drone value.
  13. Late 19th/early 20th century German student-grade trade fiddle would be my guess. If it's playable without further work, sounds good, and the price is reasonable, it could be a good choice. Note that it's almost certainly not "an antique", except in terms of age - it's just old. So the price should reflect what it is, and the fact that you're buying it from someone who isn't going to provide support for it.
  14. It'd be nice to know why our Anne is calling it Italian. It might be my memory, but the only stubby corners I can think of from Italy come from Brescia, which I shouldn't think that one's from. To me it looks more from the Tirol. Of course the south Tirol is now part of Italy, so maybe that's it I wouldn't mind buying it, but I'm sure with the "Italian" moniker it'll go for more than I could afford, or would want to given the condition. I agree with you that it looks a nice old thing, though.
  15. I agree of course on the purfling - the last photo was very helpful. As to where the idea of inked came from, it was the corner on the right-hand photo. Just the way the light strikes it puts me in mind of ink. That, and the self center strip, made me unsure of what I was looking at. Pity the label isn't photographable. Even if it's a fraud (as most seem to be), it might offer some information about the age of the instrument. Few modern forgers seem willing, or perhaps able, to counterfeit a convincing label, so they commit anachronistic errors that can be easy to spot.
  16. I think, David, that describing a negative personal experience is (or should be) in order. But I think it must be a careful description, with as much supporting detail and evidence as is possible. An emotionally-charged post filled with broad-stroke allegations of misconduct doesn't really leave readers with anything but a feeling that the writer went overboard. What are we supposed to do with unsupported claims - take them at face value? Why? Someone describing a bad personal experience is, in effect, putting the vendor on trial in the court of public opinion. The difference between a good trial and a witch-hunt is the quality of the evidence and the fairness of the process. It might well be my memory at fault, but I seem to remember your deleted post as not providing any actual detail. Your current post certainly doesn't. Can you see why that would look inappropriate to someone who's not you?
  17. Is the purfling drawn with ink rather than inlaid? It looks like it might be, but I can't see it well enough to tell. That patch to the back up by the button is pretty horrible. When you say the label is on brown paper, do you mean it's just tanned/browned, like an old paperback book or an old newspaper gets, or do you mean "brown paper" like paper-bag paper?
  18. It doesn't look anywhere near the claimed age, or even very old at all. It'd be nice to see the purfling closer-up, and the label just for a giggle.
  19. That sounds like the right change. I'm sure the other would have done sales a lot of no good.
  20. Perhaps the key issue is not so much the likelihood of her success this time, but the principle behind not offering something you've no intention of delivering?
  21. Not only that, but she is "no longer a registered user". There's one scammer-wannabe down.
  22. I just lodged a complaint with ebay about her attempted fraud. We'll see what happens.
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