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  1. If I sell my handcrafted bow re-hairing jig, and it was signed by the maker, what would be the value? I have seen re-hair jigs on StweMac or Sam Ash, so I know they exist. Didn't know that when I paid a man to make me one in 2004. At that time, I paid $225 on eBay, including shipping. The Maker is R. L Wiles, who also wrote an ebook on making a violin bow. Anyway, it's really quite a nice piece of woodwork, but I am never going to get to make use of it the way someone would who re-hairs bows as part of their livelihood. I love it but can't begin to appreciate it. Here are a couple of photos: (see below). If I ask $100, would I even get that? I mean if you can get a decent one for the same price, with a warranty included, then asking more than that for a relative unknown (???) is not a better deal, is it? I hate to lose so much but I have to downsize because my life is taking up too much space. Any thoughts are appreciated!
  2. Gary M.!!!! I haven't visited here in years, but so glad to see this! I am the proud owner of a Kaplan Violin (with a repaired f-hole crack - the only repair it really needed when I got it). I don't know if I can find my photos of the instrument but if I do I'll post them. Meantime, just want to say that, if you put a mirror through your f-hole and check the block that supports the base of the neck on the inside, you might (hopefully) find a number there, which will tell you just which number, among Kaplan's handmade works it was. Mine is number 49. It has the same (or looks to be same) quality label, and was made in 1909, so you must have an earlier version. The sonorous quality of my instrument is nothing to shout about. However, the historic value of such things is minor legend, as I am sure you know. I got my Kaplan fiddle from a friend who inherited it and asked me to see about getting it fixed. I sent it to my uncle (nobody of note) who lived close to a luthier/stringed instrument repairer. Then my friend asked what it was worth, and I asked my uncle, who replied; "$160 - cost of repair". My friend did not want it then. He was hoping it would be a lost Strad! He wanted to sell it for thousands. So I asked if I could have it just for the repairs cost and he said yes. Later, I believe someone from here messaged me to say they believed the instrument might be worth up to 5K given the historic vlaue and relative condition. So I contacted my friend to see if he wanted it back, because it was worth more than we'd known. But he said no, that was not near enough money to be worth the return. I have kept it ever since, with no intention to sell. However, since my uncle, Charles Orlando, has passed away, I have considered auctioning it, so that I could use the money to pay his widow (my aunt) for a Scottish instrument that he bought on eBay (early 2000s) - the tone of which I love much, MUCH more than the Kaplan fiddle. There is a possibility that I might inherit it outright. But because of my love for my uncle, AND MY AUNT (an amazing person and excellent role model - much more accessible than my uncle) and their family, I imagine that showing the monetary value to "not be an object for me" would say much more about how much better my life has been because of them. Because I am a cheap-ass bitch. So I hope to be able and ready to buy it outright from the family, and in that case would be prepared to sell my Kaplan Fiddle, #49 of his handmades - from the NY shop in which he honed his craft.
  3. I know horses better than I know violins, but since I am here on an occasional visit, I have to say that it THAT'S all the pictures available, I would fully expect a seller to bend over backward to accommodate you over any request. Anyone who deals in used items (cars, horses, musical instruments). Any photo you request should be provided. crap; if I AM SELLING IT, whatever IT is, I will represent it to a "t", though I will be careful to include; "I do not know enough about it to satisfy you with an answer. Bid accordingly". Anything less authentic is a red flag.
  4. My apologies for not reading the earlier part of this thread, but I saw the headline and dove in on an impulse, only to throw in the question; WHO knows much of anything about Ladislav Kaplan? that is, aside from the rosin formula, the no wolf-tone e-string, his Early 20th century violin maker status (known more for the few superior violas than for the violins that he made by hand). Just curious. I haven't stopped in in many years, and I'm aware this is anot an "Auction Scroll"- worthy question. Still I am just 'takin' a shot' as they say at the racetrack.
  5. First off, hello everyone. I only stop by once in a while these days, when I have a violin subject on my mind, but have always loved my visits. I don't mean to be rude with my interjection which will probably not be terribly constructive, but I'm in a mood to pen a novel on this subject because I can identify with the buyer, so here we go. Regarding this particular sale: I feel that the seller probably learned more than he/she wanted to know AFTER they got hold of it; may have found out more about how fiddle-dealing, and then feared that they might not make back the investment, or get enough to make it worth selling, and so tried to separate the good-sounding stuff out from what should have been an authentic description -- like the white from a whole egg - which never makes an authentic omelet. In my opinion, it would have been best in the seller's case to deal an impending white elephant by describing only the physical aspects and leaving speculation about rareness, who might have made it, originality etc., and just inform buyers that the "seller is not an expert" and is selling the item "as shown". Because then you are still representing the instrument authentically. If a buyer wants to steal a prize, said buyer can do the same homework the seller did, and that in my opinion, is fair. Experience tells me that the seller could then be reasonably sure of attracting only the same market they were in when they bought it. And we woudln't be discussing the matter here. If the crack is worse than the seller made it out to be, that's grounds for a return and I can't see how anyone would have trouble getting one. I've never had trouble getting a return, although I always expect to pay the return shipping. With insurance. Maybe that's why. If it's not, then who is complaining about a couple hundred for it? If buyer likes fiddle because it is pretty in their eyes and they pay for it and they got lucky, they now know just enough to get sunk next time when they've shelled out three times as much. My Lifelong Experience With Violins, and the Great Wisdom I have acquired :\ I have bought 3 or 4 violins on ebay. none of them have been worth what I paid for them, and the one I wound up using the most was one that turned out to have been re-finished. NOT JUST refinished, by the way, but basically sanded with an electric sander (and apparently 60-grit sandpaper) and sprayed with a coat or two of Deft. But I got it because I needed a fiddle I could take with me when I travel, and I liked it because it was brown, and not red like my good one (I hate red! they are always RED. YUCK! Gimme a brown violin that has a color like real wood for God's sake! One of them was basically a wall-hanging made by a village idiot. If you couldn't see how comical the f-holes were, you deserved to pay what I paid. It's still in the beat up case I got it in. The corners weren't blocked, the neck was notched to fit the sides, the upper plate was all one thickness with no bass bar or even a smooth place to put one - oh yeah, but it WAS birdseye maple, the top.....and it was not red, thank GOD. I got a Rubus model that sounded like a mandolin. It was red; I sold it; I got about 2/3 of my original investment of $200 back. I paid $260 for the first one I described. The second one I gave $100 for, and you couldn't pay me to show photos here - you folks would ban me from posting if you saw them. Seriously. I also bought a set of 5 bows from a going-out-of-business sale at a shop in Australia. Photos showed price tags hanging on teh bows with 175 $ Aussie on them! figured by reselling a couple, I could get back the $375 I paid (plus shipping) and have a few new bows in the bargain. They were real pernambuco, but After sitting on the prettiest one and breaking it in half, and engaging in a life-or-death struggle to get a mere $75 each for two of the others I realized that buying and selling violin apparati will remain for me a hobby. My acquired wisdom? "You have to cover serious mileage in any discipline to hope for more than a lucky accident"; and; "I already knew that! ...Bbut NOW I know the difference between knowing and experiencing, so hopefully I won't have to experience that experience again." Said with tongue in cheek. Applied Wisdom One thing I have chosen to do based on these experiences is let go of wanting to get my investment back. It hurts the pocket, but it feels appropriate and elevates one personally in the long run. If I hate the thing I'm selling I stick to what's positive, in a neutral tone, but if it is defective or damaged, or otherwise worth way less than it otherwise appears, I tell potential buyers, and explain to them that I hope to cut my losses. To use speculation in a description is like Leading Questions in the practise of Law: it's a no-no. And the Principle of Karma Strikes again! Meanwhile, my good violin, my best violin, was indeed a lucky accident! It's the one I pay megabucks to someone else to set up (to no good use because I don't play well enough to do it justice anyway). I got it from a friend for the original cost of an f-hole crack repair and to be set up as a folk instrument - $160. When I later found it that it was probably worth between 2 and 5 K, I contacted my friend to tell him he could have it back for ($385: the $160 - and the $225 for the classical violin setup I later got) if he wanted to sell it. Thankfully he said no and I promised I would never sell it, at least as long as he was alive. This classy fiddle is worth well more than all I have lost on my attempts to be, like you guys, a fiddle expert. I wouldn't have chosen it out of a lineup of average violins. Why? Because it's red.
  6. I haven't been traveling in this circle at all lately but when I saw this I thought of the Maestronet community. Really couldn't decide of Fingerboard or Music Happenings was appropriate place to put this, so if it needs changed pls tell me & I'll change it. The story as I read it on Comcast news is quite short, so I am pasting it here. (there;s a copyright notice from AP on it but I'm not selling it for gosh sakes, so I took the liberty of pasting it in here: Here is the URL: http://xfinity.comcast.net/articles/news-odd/20111223/US.Rare.Violin.Lost.Bus/?cid=hero_media And here is the article so you don't have to leave the page: AP - PHILADELPHIA — Police are asking for the public's help recovering a rare violin worth $172,000 that was left on board a Boston-to-Philadelphia bus by a groggy music student from Taiwan. Philadelphia police say the instrument was left in an overhead bin on a Megabus late Tuesday. Muchen Hsieh (moo-SHEHN' SHEE'-uh) tells KYW-TV she noticed she didn't have the violin after getting picked up by the family hosting her visit to the Philadelphia area. She called the bus company but was told the instrument hadn't been found. Hsieh says a Taiwanese culture foundation lent her the violin as she studies at the New England Conservatory in Boston. It was made in 1835 by Vincenzo Jorio in Naples. Lt. John Walker says the instrument can be returned to Philadelphia police, no questions asked.
  7. I have been away from Maestronet for some time; very occupied with a house renovation and sevaral other pressing issues. However, I was viewing some photos on my IP, Comcast, and came across this story. My apologies if this has already been referred to anywhere on the site. Just thought of all of you all and had to share it. It begins; "LONDON - A retired shiping consultant said he lost a 17th-century violin worth nearly $400,000 after leaving it on a train..." The whole article can be found here: Man Loses 17th Century Violin on Train (p.s. - moderator; if this the wrong category, please move the post. I wasn't sure where to put it.)
  8. Umm...four hundred hours? I've been practising since the 4th grade (with a short hiatus between ages 13 - 28) and I just turned 49. All that practise and I haven't improved a whit!! Needless to say I won't be trying out for the Pittsburgh Symphony anytime soon.
  9. I was cruising eBay yesterday, checkin gout all of the violin sellers and ran across this ebay store: Old Violin House Here is the fellow's description of is business: "I am a violin trader from Singapore. I work with small workshops/luthiers. I sell new, old & antique violins - Stradivari (Strad), Guarneri & Amati style. Hope you will enjoy my ebay shop" I'm not looking for advice, but I'm curious to get a"forensic" analysis of who lies behind the offerings. I thought they were pretty, but my eye is better attuned to quality horseflesh than quality violins. What do more experienced eyes see here? Do they appear to be well- crafted? Do they show at least the level of skill that the better Chinese makers are known for? Is it possible that there are many truly talented but unknown independent makers in this dealer's China? What can you determine by looking about the story behind the story? Happy New Year and best wishes to all, Liz
  10. That's my question: Was (is) Carl Newmann a violin maker who had talent, made carved his own fiddles or what?I have seen more than a few copies of different models (Garnerius, Schweitzer, Strad) attributed to the name. But I loked through here and from what I could find, nobody has anything to say about him. Currently there are a couple listed on ebay. I know there are people who know who he was. I just hope somebody takes the time to answer me. Thanks if you answer, happy new year everyone. Liz L.
  11. Hmmm, I'm tryin' it now an dit seems to be working. That's a big relief!!! Thanks, Jeffrey! Thanks, everyone!! Liz
  12. I think maybe I should try firefox, but there are too many reasons I keep returning to IE- I just find it more comfortale for me. For this entry, I am writing in notepad first, to hopefulty be able to communicate. I dont; even know if this will post past the first line. I have several times had something urgent I wanted to convey, but couldnt get it posted. It might be something with my Java installation, but I have recently reformatted the hard drive and re-installed everything, so why it still won;t fundction, I do not know. Can anyone help me? I sure hope this whole thing prints. Often, the cursor remains at the right side of the page while I write a line, and then, at it's own initiative the appelet begins to print muliple copies of whatever I am trying to write. I dont; mean to spam up this discussion board, but as it is I cannot even communicate. Thanks, any and everybody.Liz P.S. I have tried notepad before and even though it worked this time, often it won't show anything past the first line- as if there were no word wrap.as if there were no word wrap. as if there were no word wrap.as if there were no word wrap.as if there were no word wrap.as if there were no word wrap.as if there were no word wrap.as if there were no word wrap.as if there were no word wrap.Now it Now it seema=s to See?
  13. Somebody please help me by explaining wy i can't post- this applet goes haywaire wen I try to as you can see. When I try to post, I keep losing control of the cursor, which chooses where it wants to begin a wor. I can't erase and soemtimes it kleekeeps tere
  14. Thanks, Steve_W. Only one thing: I see the "insert hyperlink" Icon, but I dont; see an "http' icon. So I hit the 'insert hyperlink" icon, and from there cannot past anything, no matter what other hittable icons, buttons or boxes appear. Can you tell me what I am doing wrong? If I'm not doing it wrong, maybe what I need to do is get out my viola bow and try whacking it over the head.
  15. I hope this link works. I don;t understand this new hyperlink function. You cannot paste your link or text into the field? I'm not writing it out in longhand, that's for sure. If you are interested in this article, try copying & pasting. It begins: Teacher Allegedly Whacks Child With Bow By Associated Press Boulder, Colo. A substitute music teacher has been arrested after allegedly whacking a 10-year-old student on the head with a viola bow after telling the class they were "the worst players I've ever heard." http://www.comcast.net/news/strange/index....868.htmlTeacher Allegedly Whacks Child With Bow
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