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  1. I surrender - what encoding are you using? I've my browser set to UTF8, but the multibyte chars are being interpreted.
  2. Threads with unseen posts have titles in bold until the thread is visited, at which point the title should revert to normal weight. For a week or more the reversion hasn't been happening -- even after visiting, the title remains bolded. Is anyone else seeing that bug?
  3. Since this issue I'm sure will come up again and again, I think it might be helpful to quote from applicable federal law in the US: the Uniform Commercial Code. I've rubricated what I believe are the relevant passages, namely 2-314 (2a) which states that there's an implicit warranty that people in the trade will agree that the fiddle is what the description says it is (in the instant case, a fiddle by Jais of Bolzen) and 2-316 (3c) which seeeeems to imply that if lies, puffery, and outright nonsense are a usual, accepted way of doing business in the fiddle trade, people selling fiddles can lie, puff, and blither about some fiddle without their lies etc, no matter how egregious, becoming a cause of action in court. Would the majority of people in the fiddle trade agree that the trade is the province of thieves, liars, and shameless rascality? If they would, then there's no implied warranty that the description is accurate and whoever's selling that fiddle can call it a Jais or even a Strad. But if not, then to stay out of court it can only be referred to as "labelled", or perhaps "experts differ, but one of those who gives it the stink-eye is accepted as an expert by the Austrian courts system". ------------------------------------- § 2-314. Implied Warranty: Merchantability; Usage of Trade. (1) Unless excluded or modified (Section 2-316), a warranty that the goods shall be merchantable is implied in a contract for their sale if the seller is a merchant with respect to goods of that kind. ... (2) Goods to be merchantable must be at least such as (a) pass without objection in the trade under the contract description; ... ... § 2-316. Exclusion or Modification of Warranties. (1) Words or conduct relevant to the creation of an express warranty and words or conduct tending to negate or limit warranty shall be construed wherever reasonable as consistent with each other; but subject to the provisions of this Article on parol or extrinsic evidence (Section 2-202) negation or limitation is inoperative to the extent that such construction is unreasonable. (2) Subject to subsection (3), to exclude or modify the implied warranty of merchantability or any part of it the language must mention merchantability and in case of a writing must be conspicuous, and to exclude or modify any implied warranty of fitness the exclusion must be by a writing and conspicuous. Language to exclude all implied warranties of fitness is sufficient if it states, for example, that "There are no warranties which extend beyond the description on the face hereof." (3) Notwithstanding subsection (2) (a) unless the circumstances indicate otherwise, all implied warranties are excluded by expressions like "as is", "with all faults" or other language which in common understanding calls the buyer's attention to the exclusion of warranties and makes plain that there is no implied warranty; and (b ) when the buyer before entering into the contract has examined the goods or the sample or model as fully as he desired or has refused to examine the goods there is no implied warranty with regard to defects which an examination ought in the circumstances to have revealed to him; and (c ) an implied warranty can also be excluded or modified by course of dealing or course of performance or usage of trade. -------------------------------------------------
  4. I find it really unfortunate that there's so much energy on display on this subject with so few facts to support it.
  5. Ich bin ja gar nicht so kluge. The "snaky" profile, largish Hinterkopf, and open throat seem to mumble 'Tirol' to me, but if you say Böhmen I can't possibly argue -- I reckon I'm doing well just having identified it as being a violin.
  6. mwahahaha "Germany-Tyrol". Evidently it's no just us Scots wha hae tae pit up wi "Glasgow England" an siclike
  7. That head looks a bit (I'm sorry, Jacob) Tirol'sche.
  8. Folding cartons, actually. That press - there were a dozen others, mostly doing 3-4 colors on CCNB & CCKB but several that printed corg containers using handcuts or dicryl - seemed to run pretty constantly doing a surprising amount of foil, tricky die cuts, and flaps for food and toys. It wasn't the largest press, just the one that could lay down the biggest variety of inks/coatings in a single pass. At least I think it was the one that could do the biggest number -- the production floor was the size of a city block, so there might have been a press with more stations that I never saw. Certainly that one was more than enough to impress me! I'm not sure why I'm surprised that the place you own (owned?) has larger presses. I guess I somehow got it in my head that yours is/was a decent-sized city job shop in Nashua or maybe Concord where most work would be 4 colors or fewer.and a really big job would be a corporation's annual report with diecuts and foldouts on high-quality stock that would maybe be sent out for finishing.
  9. Is that really an ivory frog, or is it ivoroid? It looks ivoroid to me.
  10. Yep, label says 1769. It's a nice-looking fiddle, but it doesn't look particularly old to me. But I'm no expert -I can barely spell the word- so best if you pay no attention to me.
  11. There speaks someone who's been in the printing business...albeit, I'm sure, with rather smaller presses! What impressed [npi] the socks off of me was the first time I saw a press that was laying down 6 colors plus varnish on solid bleach with a hotstamper and embosser/die-cutter off the end.
  12. It's a corporate "signature", not meant to be that of a human, though the more common way would be a human signature "for" the corporation. I think your point about the lack of accented chars is well-taken, tho there is one (an á) so perhaps there simply aren't any in those words (my French is too limited for me to have an opinion). It's also very badly typed, which might be common for that particular house but certainly wasn't common in general from whatever I saw during my time working in Europe. Corporate documents were usually taken quite seriously with no strike-overs allowed: do it perfectly or do it over. Moreover, the blank itself is in such poor condition that I wonder whether it's not a copy itself, now that I look at it again. There are missing chars that shouldn't be missing, and the leading is very bad. Even people whose main interest is the fiddles would notice that and object to it, I'd think, if only because it would make it cursëd hard to fill up the cert.
  13. Wow. I had to struggle to read that -- it's the worst Russian handwriting I've ever seen. And the lousy pen didn't help, either.
  14. I'm pretty sure the cheap ones were carved by hand in a rote way, possibly using a driven knife as Nonado suggests. It's pretty obvious that almost every cut is made by the same v-shaped tool. The head in my avatar is from one of Stainer's fiddles, though I can't remember which one, 1655 possibly. It's easy to see that it's a work of craftspersonship a step or three up from Conor's, which is another two or three or ten steps up from those cheesy chip-carved heads that probably took twenty minutes if the gouge was sharp.
  15. "Salutüs"? Badly hand-printed (and then possibly xeroxed) on wove paper using what looks like a nylon- or steel-tip pen? Das glaube ich nicht, danke.
  16. Ugly-looking thing for sure for sure.
  17. A Guarneri violin owned by renowned violinist Yuzuko Horigome has been seized by the customs office at Frankfurt Airport, apparently because it believes she should pay import tax on the valuable instrument, airport and other sources said. According to a press official at the airport in Germany and other sources, Horigome arrived from Tokyo last Thursday and tried to pass through a customs gate for tourists who have nothing to declare, as she usually does. However, a customs official told her the violin, which was inside her bag, should be declared. Horigome did not have a certificate proving she had paid import tax or documents verifying the history of her violin, so the instrument was confiscated. The press official said the violin was taken to ensure Belgium-based Horigome paid the tax. The official also said it was seized as evidence since there was the possibility of tax evasion. The office is still processing the case. Horigome was reportedly asked to pay 190,000 euros (about 19 million yen) in tax, 19 percent of the 1 million euros the office valued her violin at. According to the press official, it is possible the violin will be regarded as a tool of her livelihood and therefore no tax will have to be paid. In 1980, Horigome became the first Japanese to win the Queen Elisabeth Music Competition held at Brussels. She has played with some of the world's leading orchestras. === 'No problems before' Horigome was stunned when her violin was seized, especially since she has never had a problem taking it through customs before. "A musical instrument is a tool for my job and like a part of my body as a musician. I've used Frankfurt Airport many times and never had any trouble before," Horigome told The Yomiuri Shimbun by telephone. "I don't understand why this suddenly happened." Horigome said she is considering filing a suit against the customs office.
  18. The model is, approximately, that of Jakob Stainer from the little village of Absam near Innsbruck. I believe it's fair to say (others will correct me if I'm wrong) that his fiddles were far more in demand than Stradivari's or Guarnieri's until the advent of concert halls.
  19. I'd characterise them as pro-Paypal. Any benefit to the buyer is incidental.
  20. The best pictures are full-on front and back of the body, full-on sides of the body, full-on sides of the head (scroll and pegbox), and also full-on front and back of the head. All against a neutral, non-reflecting (light grey or cream/sand is good) background. Angle shots are largely useless.
  21. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Rare-Fine-Old-Violin-Italian-Labelled-Ruger-170-viola-cello-geige-/251120805453 It seems to have a rather massive post-crack repair on the back, plus at least two badly-done cheeks, and a myriad of other repairs. So what would make it worth even a $K, much less whatever it's going to go up to?
  22. EEEEK! Bathtub "Stainers", to quote the late Al Stancel, mhrip. Vernacular work from Tirol, would be my uneducated guess.
  23. Sebastian, since English isn't your first language, please carefully read Jacob's and Tim's cautionary statements: DO NOT trust a violin's label. Unless you know who made the violin, don't pay more for it than you would pay if it had no label at all and was made by a machine in the cellar of Wing Fong's Noodle and Violin Factory in Guangzhou.
  24. The label looks a xerox. Moreover, that signature was written verrrryyy slooowwllyyyy and, apparently, with a writing implement that didn't exist in 1948. I'd pass.
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