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Everything posted by bean_fidhleir

  1. http://www.theglobeandmail.com...1204.wgibsonguitar1204
  2. Wonderful job on the lining. Are you going to strip and penetrating-resin the outside? Some of those old cases look very lovely that way, with the brass polished and all.
  3. The "15% restocking fee" means they keep 15% of the purchase price as well as the shipping cost. Paypal runs broadly the same scam - they advertise that you're protected from unscrupulous sellers, but they force you to return the bad goods at your own expense, so in fact you lose money anyway and the seller essentially doesn't suffer at all.
  4. quote: Originally posted by: fiddleD125 The Meaux's along with other Acadian families settled here in the 1700's as a result of the Acadian people being exiled from Acadia, a French province of Canada - now Nova Scocia and New Brunswick. The Acadians were exiled by the British. I'll just mention that it became Nova Scotia largely because that's where my folk (Highland Scots) were dumped - literally dumped, put ashore with the clothes on their back and whatever they could carry, well away from any settlement - during the Clearances, when certain clan chiefs betrayed ("sich a parcel o'rogues in a nation") their historical obligations to the dùthchas of their folk and evicted them in favor of sheep. Le temps sanguent, for sure.
  5. iewItem">violinusa dZViewItem">graphimax hope that helps
  6. I thought it was cute that the ebay poster used what looks like a Stainer or Stainer copy rather than a Strad or DG to decorate the diploma.
  7. That's a cheesy label for sure. It almost looks like an ozalid print from an original made with the sort of rubber-type sets that one can or could buy at the five-and-dime. I wonder whether Herr Body ever used anything so awful in his work. I agree with Omo, Trout, and Bob, Mitch - it's safe from a monetary standpoint to let the kids loose on it, though if it's a good player than as Trout suggests you might like to keep it and get the kids a real beater to start off on. Your one is a factory product, made to sell cheaply. Value? *IF* it's a good player, than you could get a few hundred from the right buyer--a fiddler who's in it for the music and who would enjoy the humor in owning a "sleeper" that plays well above its nominal quality.
  8. Nice catch on the Body family, Omo. It's a surname I've not heard of before, possibly because it sounds like it might be Hungarian in origin. Pity there's no August or Adolf or Alois mentioned, but maybe the records are incomplete. Mitch, I should have asked this before: is the label typed, handwritten, printed, or what? If printed, is the typeface regular modern or an old style ("olde English")? What about the capitalisation and commas - are they as you've shown them (cap A, all else lower, commas where shown) or is it some other way? Is there any chance you could provide some clear (non-fuzzy) closeup photos of the instrument (full front, full back, f-holes, scroll and pegbox from the side, body from the side, everything shot perpendicular to the surface rather than at an angle)?
  9. That's a very laconic label! Although "macher" is "maker" in German, it can also be a family name (though less often by itself than as part of a more complex name like Fenstermacher) and with the comma immediately following I'm guessing that's how it should be read. Innsbruck is a city in the Tirol (Tyrol in English) region of Austria. So I'll guess that it was made in 1893, in Innsbruck, by someone improbably named Macher. I've no idea what "A body" might mean in this context, since I presume the fiddle has a neck and head, too? If I'm right about the meaning, then I'd further guess that it might be a Stainer-pattern fiddle, since the famous 17th-century maker Jakob Stainer worked in the nearby village of Absam. Hope that helps.
  10. I'd guess 1880-1900, and that since it's a good player you're to be congratulated. Judging by the decoration and varnish, my bet is that it's a low-monetary-value German factory fiddle. Note that the interlacing doesn't really work, with some junctions being over when they should be under and vice versa. Also some of the curves were hastily done, being wobbly rather than careful. The text looks to have just been gouged out and filled in with something, and the letters themselves aren't on any sort of classic model which you'd expect given a classic-sounding text. Which says it was made in a hurry by people who were making a lot of them. So a tiny few (yours among them!) sounded great, most were mediocre at best, and the rest were not so much violins as violin-shaped wall decorations. I'd agree that it'd be nice to see a view from the side, especially of the head which looks to be better than most from that time.
  11. quote: Originally posted by: Jeffrey Holmes Allan, if you base your observations (repaired or not) on how well the varnish matches, you need to hang out with a better crowd of craftsmen. But Jeffrey, do people generally take the time to fill in the varnish so exactly, if the fiddle is not enormously valuable? Most of the grafted heads I've seen (not even a patch on a patch on those you've seen, of course) show a somewhat obvious demarcation. The varnish on this one is an outstandingly careful match both in color and brush-out, it seems to me. What's the likelihood someone would have taken the time to do such a superb job on an anon fiddle like this? (I'm only trying to get information, not argue)
  12. I think it should read 'vandal me scripsit'.
  13. That's gorgeous! Pre-fossil amber. I'd love to get my hands on some that's already gone through the fossilisation process.
  14. Why do so many people clog up their scrolls like that by gooping in the varnish rather than thinning it a bit and spraying it in?
  15. Fwiw, the label doesn't look good to me.
  16. Yes, what is that story? I thought Chanot was a skilled and 'straight' maker. No?
  17. quote: Originally posted by: NewNewbie I see a common theme in all of these favourites. I wonder if anyone else sees it. They're all, apart from Jeffrey's, shown bass side out?
  18. quote: Originally posted by: matzstudio for me the URL works. Interesting. I can't get DNS to resolve the name.
  19. quote: Originally posted by: piaffeAllan, The teeth are likely bone, or who knows, maybe squirrel teeth! No elephants in Norway.... Just had to upload these. Here you go.
  20. quote: Originally posted by: C.B.Fiddler Chinese birdseye fiddle Would you call that "birds-eye"? I'd call it "burl", rather.
  21. Just out of curiosity, does the translator discuss his basis for interpreting the quantitative notation? I believe that's one of the more vexed and vexing issues in old receipes generally.
  22. My expertise, of course, can only be measured using negative numbers, but the narrowness of the body, the upright f-holes, and the mingy upper back corners on this fiddle look "funny" to me, compared to other GGdG fiddles whose photos I've seen. But perhaps that's just my middle-aged memory betraying me again. I was going to timidly and in a very small voice ask whether everyone else thinks this is really a dG (documentation aside), but that Manfio also apparently has doubts makes me feel MUCH better about asking. Does everyone agree that this is a real dG, regardless of documentation?
  23. I find it funny-strange that it's a Canadian-ebay listing allegedly from Singapore but written partly in German. German? Did someone not get the memo?
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