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  1. On 7/5/2023 at 2:57 AM, Blank face said:

    FWIW, I have a small collection of older tailpieces which I kept „as found“ in case I would ever need to copy one. They came also from collections, without instruments but with notes from where they were (allegedly) taken. One reads f.e. Hornsteiner 1813, the other features exactly the attachment we can see used here. The ivory piece has a groove between the tailgate holes which can be meant only for a thin diameter wire.





    Beautiful, thanks for sharing these wonderful images.

  2. On 2/9/2001 at 9:28 AM, Journey said:

    Thank-you all for the responses!

    I do have good news.---- I tapped the tailpeice, strings, and bridge, with a pencil (like fiddlefaddle said), and it made the buzz almost go away. It is still there, but barely. I am still going to check the f holes, like Christopher said, to see if that helps this little buzz.

    How do I clean the f holes if they are dirty?

    Fiddlefaddle: what does that do when I tap it with a pencil? By knowing this, does anyone have a new guess as to what it could be?



    Is the Buzz still nagging you or have you worked it out?



  3. On 11/28/2022 at 6:32 PM, ______ said:

    Wise words. Wise ones.

    I use to see frequently chinese instruments with fake Italian labels inside. The OP's case seems to fit that scheme to me.

    By the way. Apart from these I do remember a Prof. Jacob Saunders post about his work as a "referee" (authority?) for a court and comparison of "old typical schools" of violinmaking long time ago and a "mess" that we do have nowadays where some characteristics can be found practically ewerywhere...


    Are there any features that would definitely rule in or out your “Chinese copy” theory? 

  4. On 11/28/2022 at 5:22 PM, martin swan said:

    Fools rush in where angels fear to tread …

    Bass Clef’s viola looks very like the examples on Cozio. But how do we know that the Cozio examples are good reference points? This is a very rare maker and very few people would have the specialist knowledge to be sure of the attribution.

    However, for me Bass Clef’s viola and the one Cozio examples I looked at both shared a slightly gammy level of workmanship which I don’t associate with any commercial production. The f-holes are quite distinctive (not in a good way) and not generic or tradey. The varnish also relates well to better known makers from this region.

    So for me the balance of probability would speak in favour of it being  authentic although I have never come across this maker …


    Thanks Martin! Who is an authority on these instruments if you wanted to push this further?

  5. Dear respected members of the Maestronet community, and MaestroNuts alike, what have we here? This is owned by a friend of mine who is looking for more information. There are images of the label that I could add as well but I didn’t want to muddy the waters right up front. Post the label or not yet? Cheers and thanks in advance.4759A532-5DF4-47BD-B508-24B63F74DE0D.thumb.jpeg.dac1f9f70324361e5d42db4b815fe7f8.jpegEED8DC4D-88B9-4D07-8E2C-FB9422A6D53A.thumb.jpeg.c46979dcc55956b9db48ee24b094c218.jpeg46B4D030-5BA9-419D-9FDC-4ADFA269B673.thumb.jpeg.de41b4dca756da5770d32fe572366009.jpegCC3920AA-727C-4A92-9D8E-6A6401C9D767.thumb.jpeg.b13a8a56508c70373af5a71411e011cb.jpeg8C302DC8-645B-47DE-A41B-3A6E116EE24D.thumb.jpeg.75d40b44b4754af7445f7b7d013e1059.jpegFEC71AD2-02AA-4F3E-AFF7-1DBA8799CA9F.thumb.jpeg.be6db8e9438355f6696904e815ad9e9e.jpeg

  6. 16 hours ago, matesic said:

    Moved by request from the Auction Scroll

    Thanks to Shelbow's industry there's no chance of finding an overlooked bargain at any of the specialist auction sites, is there? Then again, this one seemed like a bit of a steal for 150 quid at Amati's last sale. I'm looking forward to trying to ID it when it arrives but in the mean time any thoughts?







    This violin reminds me of the horror-inducing fraction “frankentiddle” that is the unfortunate subject of this very long thread (apologies in advance): 


  7. On 8/9/2022 at 4:31 AM, Filippo Sciarra said:


    I tried a lot of violins there. Also one from the 1600s which didn't project much but had an extremely complicated and developed sound (it costs in the hundred of thousand, not what I was looking for but very nice).


    Who made the one that was selling for hundreds of thousands?2126797131_ScreenShot2022-08-11at4_22_26PM.thumb.png.0eee6e2bb85a6f522e93ed6d7dff748f.png

  8. On 8/8/2022 at 5:48 PM, Strad O Various Jr. said:

    Well I finished the repairs and set up to the OP violin and strung with Gamut Heavy+ gauge gut strings, very good sound, a lot better than a Mittenwald Lions head violin I have in baroque set up, so I think it was a good purchase with good result

    Wonderful, can you post a video of it being played so we can hear the very good sound?

  9. Those standard “wolf eliminator” rubber and plastic clamp things that we cellists put on the g string below the bridge… those usually don’t eliminate the wolf at all but are primarily in my experience used to manipulate a wolf note up or down so you can position the wolf to be between notes in order to avoid the worst of it.

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