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  1. I would.. but I'm not really sure how to move a post. I've tried the usual edit but I'm thinking it may be simpilar to just delete the whole post (although I'm not sure if I can delete the whole thing) and start up another over there.
  2. (As you said, "What's this world coming to?" ) Actually WesRist is secretly a guitar player. He's never been able to afford a good guitar (esp after that last concert) that he wanted so he just steals his little bro's violin takes off the chin rest the violin and plays the violin like a guitar. But did anyone ever have that problem when they were younger. A sibling stealing their violin to have fun plucking the strings I know I did and then I'd scream about how horribly out of tune it would be.
  3. I'm thinking about going to a violin making school in England and was wondering if anyone knows anything about the schools there and their reputations. I'm having a look around at the moment but was wondering if anyone had been to any in particular or had any insight about them.
  4. I love ebay auctions. They're a dirty little perverse pleasure to me. Having said that I do know people who have a lot of fun "shill bidding". One time one of my friends deliberately bid $500 on a particular item which would go a lot higher. The problem was they put up $500 in the first 3 hours that it was advertised on ebay therefore setting the bar higher for everyone else who was really serious about it. Hell one time I saw "wannabe buyer 1" bid something crazy on this violin. "Second wannabe buyer" bid on it. WB1 bid higher, SWB bid higher. Finally the frustrated SWB conceeded defeat. But, in a nasty move they made a ridiculous high bid and in the process they found out what WB1's bid was. So they pulled back their bid (due to incorrect amount) and then placed another bid.. $20 under the WB1's amount. Anyway in the end neither won the bid. I've known people see $10 common toys and want them despite another person putting a bid on them and therefore inflating the bid up to $100 (which the prat paid). This is probably one of the more extreme inflated shipping sellers out there clicitty here. THe bidding may start at $1 EURO but the shipping is $158 EURO which is bloody ridiculous considering the size. (Oh crap it looks like he's taken someone else's watermarked pics damn him). Anyway I know some people sit at home on the day and the time and wait for the auction's last 10 minutes before bidding and then there are the snipers that go in the last 8 seconds or so.
  5. I'm trying to find some good books on violin makers, their styles and such. I'm rather interested in Amati's work at the moment so I'm trying to find some info about him. I'd also like a general book that lists a lot of makers throughout the times and an opinion about them (eg not so good, self studied etc). Also does anyone know of some good ways to get rid of the glue on a violin. I bought a violin in ebay (not that expensive) and it seems to be a bit of a dud according to the luthier I took it to. Still I thought I could have some fun taking it apart and seeing how it works.
  6. Usually when I get my violins from other places they bubblewrap it for me. (god you should have seen the stress go out of me when I started popping *sighs* Americans are very generous with their bubblewrap). But if you send it in a case with bubblewrap around it, it should be fine. I've heard of soundposts becoming dislodged during shipping but I don't think it's that common. Also heard of bows wrecking the surface as well. You can ask them what they would prefer to be done if you want though. They may have a few ideas.
  7. Uhh... we're looking at the third picture aren't we for this "Jesus". I hope so because if it is in another I can't see it. Oh and if it is the 3rd picture from the top.. someone hand the violin owner some vaseline. Those lips need it. Anyway I like his user id "bayesforgov". If this person and the candidate are really the same then I say that this is "completely shameless".
  8. ampeg your story reminds me of busted up cowgirl and how she likes to stuff around people.
  9. Yeah but the Guarneri will only allow local pick up. I'm hoping that I can send the Strad over to Australia via air mail.
  10. Oh sure.. Let me get my cheque book. Oh.. oops. I'm supposed to be saving for the Strad at Christie's.
  11. Did anyone notice who bid on it? attic(addict) and pknorr. Interestingly enough attic(addict) outbid pknorr at one stage. Weird.
  12. Thanks for that guys. I suppose I should have looked it up first for my answer.
  13. I saw that one. To my non professional eye that seems to have some faults (at the scroll, it being the way the light refracts and makes it seem like there is faults. Normally this wouldn't bother me but combined with the way the varnish is put on, the stroke manner seems very slap dash on the front). This is the second time it has been listed. The difference between this one and the other bird's eye violins that this person sells is that this one's back is more pretty (that and the fact that it is double the price of the other bird's eyes). I honestly think that some of the $250 bird's eye violins are a bit better quality (despite having the same label) but if it makes you happy...
  14. Just curious what others think of this violin for sale. Also could people back up what they're saying with their reasons why. http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vie...=1&tc=photo Much obliged. Acyla
  15. Quote: Quote: CAN ANYONE PREDICT WHICH VIOLINS PKNORR WILL BID ON IN THE COMING WEEK? http://www.christies.com/LotFinder/searc...=False&AN=1 *slaps forehead*
  16. I like how he steals everything. The pictures. The description (including that funky font). I especially enjoyed how he stole the wording saying that it was a private auction despite the fact that we can see the users names and what they bid and also the contradicting shipping amounts. Now I wonder.. did he steal the violin as well? PS Michael did you report all the alias' as well to ebay?
  17. I think I'll see if I can pay my respects to it when I go to England if it hasn't been sold by the time I get there.
  18. .. TOTALLY MADE BY our Violin making master Mr Zhang Shu Mei in Beijing." Ahh.. my mistake. I saw that the item was in Hong Kong and made the presumption that the violin was made there. *slaps forehead*
  19. I saw that text for the back.. now should we be expecting the sides to go up for auction soon? The price difference is interesting. $180 for the back and the front starts at 99c with a reserve. I'm keeping tabs on all the people that don't seem to know what they're talking about. *grins* This guy is funny because he has a quick temper and he's basically saying, "you see something you like.. buy it.. I'm tired of this thing wasting space." But to his credit, $3 shipping for a violin sounds very good. Wonder if he's taken in the dimensions of the case or does he intend on trying to stuff it in an envelope. PAYPAL ACCOUNT. SHIPPING DISCOUNT 1/2 PRICE OF $8.00/ $4.00 THANK YOU. CHAR6N@AOL.COM BUY THE FRIST 2TH ONE FREE. Oh my.. two violins. Mmmmm... *snickers* The more I read into this the more amused I get. Acyla
  20. http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vie...me=STRK:MEWA:IT I'm really not surprised that this violin did not sell. Although I must admit to being more than a little amused at the question "is the back sold separately". Acyla
  21. I don't think the two are related. From what I hear ZSM lives in Hong Kong and Antonio Zhang is in China. Although Antonio is relatively unheard of. I did a google search for him and I kept on getting Stradavari imitators popping up. I'm not an expert, but doesn't the ZSM Birdseye look like the fingerboard is too close to the top? Is it the neck overstand that is too low, or the arching is too high, or the neck needs to be pulled back? Or does it look okay? Just curious. I'm no professional (just a curious person who doesn't hesitate to ask 20 million questions) but your reasoning may be why it's not classified as a masterpiece violin. A lot of ZSM's violins that are totally made by him are said to be masterpiece violins and come with certificates. Acyla
  22. The Zhang one was really nice. I bid on it but was fortunate enough to be outbid (what was I thinking.. going to bid for a violin when I have my big trip coming up). I talked to Andrew about it and although it was made entirely by ZSM it doesn't come with a certificate because it's not a masterpiece item. It is the best quality you can get without going into the catergory. At $1,100 that was a pretty good price. I think Andrew said it was a promotional item so there was no return which is the reasoning for the price. The one that niccolo posted about looks like it was made by Antonio Zhang and sold by ztl00 (it's something about the color of the bird's eye maple and the design that makes me think that). Also ztl00 seems to be, getting more than the odd neg that says that his fiddles are more intermediate than pro. There's a feeling inside me that tells me that someone bought the violin from ztl00 and wasn't happy with it and re-sold it. (I'm certain I've seen that bird's eye maple before). I know that someone bought one of ztl00's violins and changed the strings and bridge and said it was fine after that. (that person is somewhere around here) but I think they also said that they wanted to upgrade to a pro level one. *shruggs* Best go to check that or see if you can find someone who has bought one. ztl00 has a bird's eye for sale now but the craftmanship isn't the best. I believe that's also made by Antonio Zhang from China. Acyla
  23. Well the person who bid $7300 didn't pay for it after all. It's up for auction again. *rolls eyes* http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vie...=1&tc=photo What I find most interesting although it's by a different seller the picture of the lopsided scroll is gone (seems as though someone may have tipped them about the most obvious problem or this is a scammer who knows a bit of stuff about violins). Also there's no negatives given out to the NBP (although this may be the "newbie quick to hit the enter key" in me talking"). I think I'll keep an eye on this one. It's getting to be a bit of a joke this violin and I want to see how much it goes for and if it really sells this time. Acyla Editted: Bummer. Looks like ebay removed it. Wonder what the offical reason was.
  24. Cool.. I'll have a look out for some of their stuff. Though I'm sure I've seen some of their things in passing (although I probably haven't gone though them that throughly). Thanking you, Acyla
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