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Everything posted by bean_fidhleir

  1. quote: Originally posted by: Roger any comment on this scroll? My impression is that the carver wasn't interested in conventional ideas of linear perfection, but rather worked in a very freehand way.
  2. The 'cheesy' one is a copy (or maybe the real thing!) of one made by one of the Testores. The Chinese made some copies and, for awhile, someone calling himself 'The Oregonian' was trying to peddle them via ebay seemingly without much luck. Nice snaps in general. Thanks for sharing them.
  3. quote: Originally posted by: Michael Darnton He had a chance to sell out, but he figured the horseless carriage thing wasn't going anywhere, so he kept the business, instead. He was right about that--the flash-in-the-pan just took longer than he thought it would, poor soul.
  4. quote: Originally posted by: Tuckers It's amazing that the printing in Amati's time was able to transfer onto the vellum without any imprint of stamp or pen! That's because he not only invented the modern fiddle, but was the unsung pioneer of offset printing, too Or maybe it was made by his great-great-great-grand-nephew and namesake who lived in Bayern? Near the Bodensee, of course, so he'd have Rhein-stones handy to decorate the back with.
  5. That back is one of the most gorgeous I've seen. Is the scroll pieced, or is that line we see a thread you used to suspend it while photographing (I can't tell)?
  6. Though it isn't under load, don't you risk the glue drying up and letting the purfling loosen and perhaps get dislodged?
  7. quote: Originally posted by: mcarufe How about the second 4 was a 1. Mike I shouldn't think so. Most Germans write their ones such that they look like US 7s to the uninitiated eye...that's why they bar their 7s and Zs -- so that they're not mistaken for 1s and 2s.
  8. No, that's a legitimate German 2. Nice looking fiddle.
  9. If you only want something simple, you could make them yourself. Fine silver (.999 pure) is quite easy to work in sheet form. Or you might be able to find something useful in a jeweller's findings catalog (e.g. Rio Grande), or you could even work it out in jeweller's wax and then have a 'tree' of castings made at a jobbing jeweller for a fee.
  10. quote: Originally posted by: Brad_Dorsey Second thought: I have a question about this explanation: Since it has long been common practice for violins to be pre-dated a century or two, why would anyone bother to pre-date one a measely 20 years? Perhaps because nobody would believe an 1803 (or similar) date on a Juzek label?
  11. Yes, I wouldn't believe any label saying 'Czechoslovakia' with a date before 1919 because there was no such political entity. There was Bohemia (Kingdom) which was called 'Ceky' (pron. Checky) by its Slavic inhabitants, Moravia (County, ruled by a Markgraf), Slovakia (Principality, I think), and Silesia (Duchy, I think) -- all parts of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
  12. Jesse, this goes well beyond your usual April Fool offering...are you really okay with the prospect of having a number of naive, irate people after your hide for this?
  13. I was more looking at their very different corners, table and back. I suppose one person might do that, but I'm hard pressed to think of a rationale
  14. Does that second one look a composite to anyone else?
  15. It looks to me like something that would have been sold by Sears as a 'Stainer model' 80-120 years ago (give or take). Pretty darn good shape, really.
  16. quote: Originally posted by: kolovrat They, -- or anyone with enough computer skills, -- can even get into your PC and control everything from there, provided the victim has high-speed internet and the computer is on all the time. Don't you mean that someone with sufficient skill can get in IF the computer is running the wrong operating system with an inadequate or no firewall and the owner has the security consciousness of a neep? I ask because I'm not aware of any way that computers are inherently vulnerable simply because of the connection speed and amount of uptime.
  17. Is there a way to get past the flash rubbish? Sunderman (if it's who I'm thinking of) was a marvel --owned a 1696 Strad that he played at his 100th b'day party and still working nearly a full schedule editing med journals and similar at age 102. (edit) Yes, that's he. Does that photo look like someone who was 104 at the time? It certainly doesn't to me! Pity they apparently don't have a non-flash presentation of the instruments.
  18. quote: Originally posted by: OuchardGadda Lucky, the sad thing is that a lot of what you say is true. It's a backwards set of priorities in this life. People value entertainment through things and materials more than experiences. Could you expand on that? It sounds as though you're saying that concertgoing is an experience, whereas getting one's hair done or watching a football game isn't.
  19. quote: Originally posted by: Froggie ... for stone work the "v" was used because it was easier to chisel. I think this may be a case for "Myth Busters" :-) Definitely a case for myth busters. Unlike the Scandanavians, whose runes were all sharp angles, the classical Roman guys had no problem at all doing really beautiful, graceful curves on their OCQDBSP and R letters. Marble, limestone, and chalk are much easier to cut than granite, I've heard.
  20. quote: Originally posted by: chcurtis "The medeaeval northern-Euro scribes created a rule for writing...." That's a great tidbit, bean-fidhleir! Do you know who gave out that rule? (Calligraphy is a hobby of mine, and I'd love to track down more about that). Sorry it's taken me so long to respond, Claire! I've never seen anything that purported to identify the person/s who started that convention. It just seems to have been a 'oh that's a good idea' kind of thing.
  21. quote: Originally posted by: falstaff Does this count as "swan-neck"ish? Yes, but not strongly/distinctively so. 'goose-neck', perhaps What's it from? Here's another one, though also more 'goose-' than 'swan-' (weird looking, too) http://i6.ebayimg.com/04/i/06/6c/a6/41_12.JPG
  22. quote: Originally posted by: wmeng I am the seller, and with a violin such as this, I am prepared to offer a refund to the winner if he or she finds the instrument unsatisfactory. I have already been contacted by a number of dealers and collectors about this violin as a result of the listing, but have declined their offers for the moment because I have a vested interest in developing eBay as a viable market for fine instruments and bows. I'm sorry that some here disagree with the attribution of this violin - but it seems that the knowledge and experience of the individuals commenting on this instrument is far more suspect than the instrument itself. I've already disclaimed any expertise about violins, so you can be as dismissive of me as you like But I am actually curious about that 'swan-neck' head. Can you point me to any other example of that kind of head made by Raymann? It's a very distinctive shape, and I really have only ever seen it in Austrian fiddles. If it was in more widespread use, that would be a good thing to know.
  23. "Classical" music has always been rich-people's music. It's not higher-quality music than other kinds, it's just more expensive. Small wonder if it's not very popular, really. Why, actually, when you get right down to it, should anyone find it more appealing than some other form? It's like "great books"--what about them makes them "great"? Do they give readers important insights into life and engender the tools to think larger thoughts than those readers would have done otherwise? Not usually, no. Mostly those books are considered "great" because some self-important gasbag with an agenda called them that.
  24. Here's another that purports to be a Raymann--totally different to the ebay one! http://www.buckviolins.com/ima...ish_raymann_front.jpg http://www.buckviolins.com/ima...lish_raymann_back.jpg and another...different yet again, especially in the f-holes and head! http://homepages.tesco.net/netstudio/raymann/index.html
  25. quote: Originally posted by: SakamotoRyoma I think left f hole of this violin looks somewhat wider than right one. And I remember f holes of L. Widhelm? was, too. Is that a character of English school? or just mistake from view angle? I've wondered about that kind of thing, too. It's been explained as an artefact of the wood deforming with age.
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