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  • Birthday 12/19/1950

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  1. That is not the way that government procurement works at all.
  2. That label, bearing the name Anton Schroetter, was very common in Mittenwald shop instruments produced in the early 1950s. It is generally believed there was no such person, but who knows? My original student cello was an 'Anton Schroetter', which my mom purchased used circa 1958 for $500 (a lot of money at the time). These are carved instruments, and if set up well they can be entirely serviceable. I still have it and use it as a practice cello in my second home.
  3. I bought a fire safe for documents years ago. These safes are rated by the amount of time they protect paper in a typical fire. Realistically, about 30 minutes of protection in the middle of a fire is about the best you get before the safe heats up enough to char whatever is inside. That is actually a fair bit of time, as fires go. The safe in that video did remarkably well, as the outcome shows, and I imagine having the instruments inside good cases on shelves inside the safe helped a lot.
  4. I agree with PhilipKT there is only one "type" of vibrato, varying in amplitude and frequency. It is anatomically impossible for any vibrato to "originate near the finger tip", as humans have no intrinsic muscles of the fingers.
  5. Outcome: Seven years have not yielded any additional information about this violinmaker. However, this week I retrieved the violin from my mom, as my adult daughter now wants to learn to play violin. I know all of the luthiers in Denver, so I will get it set up and have the bow rehaired for her. At the very least, she gets a nice student-level 1930 Mittenwald violin for free. After that, she's on her own. Rich
  6. This time, the price is egregious enough (far surpassing the known record for any stringed instrument) that it instigated a discussion over on the Internet Cello Society site. Enjoy! Ebay amuser
  7. Nevertheless, the overarching impression is one of real disappointment, given that this has been one of the most anticipated instrument sales in many decades. I find nothing tempting.
  8. You are all making a very basic mistake: The monetary value of something is not the asking price, it is the selling price. An asking price four or five times the going rate is very often merely a form of self-promotion.
  9. Anybody who says that high-end collectibles are immune from the forces of the economy is either trying to sell somebody a bridge or is living in a dreamworld. High-end collectibles are somewhat recession-resistant, especially if they are irreplaceable rarities such as Stradivarii. Other than at that very rarified end of the market, times are tough all over. The inventory of high-end properties, high-end automobiles, and other high-end toys on the market has skyrocketed as those who invested with the Lehmans and the Madoffs of the world scramble to raise cash and those who might otherwise buy are tightening their belts or trolling for deals. Transactions are way down, in all venues, and dealers of 'exclusive' merchandise are offering 'Sales' for the first time in memory. Just yesterday, I learned that a former high-end realtor in Breckenridge is now working as a bell-hop. So it goes.
  10. What more need be said? http://cgi.ebay.com/A-CELLO-BOW-BY-FRANCOI...id=p3286.c0.m14
  11. Ah, well, I only own six bows to keep in that beautiful bowbox, but I did not say they were inexpensive bows.....
  12. About a year ago I purchased a very fine contemporary bowbox. I was able to obtain it for an extremely low price on closeout. I was told a number of them had been handmade by a cabinetmaker in the UK, but they were not a successful item, and this was the last one. It is a darker wood, perhaps cherry, satin lined, and holds 12 bows (I only own six). I also once commissioned a craftsman to build very beautiful music stand, also at a quite reasonable price. The plate is made from a large piece of burl, walnut, I think.
  13. Not to be argumentative, but 1/10,000 = 0.01%
  14. I think this thread is on the wrong track. No, cellos are not standardized, even within one maker's "line". Scott Cao's are Chinese cellos, pure and simple. There are lots and lots and lots of Chinese cellos out there. You should NEVER buy a cello that your daughter can't play for a reasonable trial period and fall in love with. So, to answer your specific question, yes, you would be taking "a foolish risk by buying sight unseen".
  15. I would not ignore the environmental impact of violin playing...
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