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  1. Run over violins - whos fault?

    I wonder who is suing the garage, the owners directly - or the owner's insurance company, assuming the violin was insured?
  2. Violin ID? 18th Century?

    Well I promise to post some pictures of the insides as soon as I have someone take the top off...or if I can borrow a sneaky camera with a light ;). Till then, here's another lame attempt with my iPhone to try and get some better pictures of the ribs going into the back, etc...
  3. Violin ID? 18th Century?

    I believe the neck is grafted...
  4. Violin ID? 18th Century?

    That is hilarious...(re: the Hills). I really should have someone at least fix up those cracks, and if I ever have the top taken off I will photograph the cr*p out of it. Until then, is there a particular shadowy bit that I can try and capture? I was hoping and thinking it was a Thier violin of some sort. I sure wish you had a shop here in NYC Jacob ;).
  5. Violin ID? 18th Century?

    The Hills serial number on the fingerboard identifies it as "French Mirecourt 1780" which surprises me, as I didn't think it was French. Anyway, I'm just curious as to what it might actually be...
  6. Violin ID? 18th Century?

    Yes it was
  7. Violin ID? 18th Century?

    Dear experts (and others ;), I recently acquired this violin which is truly excellent sounding...and I'm wondering if any of you had some thoughts on origin or even maker. It has a label inside which I assume is bogus: "Mathias Thier, fecit, Viennae Anno 17..." It also has a W.E.Hill and Sons stamp on the fingerboard G738 (which I guess may, or may not, refer to the violin). I've seen what the Hills wrote about it, but thought I'd get some opinions before revealing that. Thanks in advance! And apologies for my louy pictures...
  8. 'Ascribed to Guarneri' at Tarisio

    Ha, I think a Nemessanyi certificate would complicate the Del Gesu fantasy. This could have been intentionally withheld by the seller, so it's possible Tarisio never saw it. In anycase, would be interested to hear opinions on how it sounds, if anyone plays it. All in all, it's safe to say this violin has disappointed it's owners in one way or another ;).
  9. Check the condition report...
  10. I agree completely...I've looked at bows on auction sites that seemed amazing, then tried them. Invariably, one ends up either falling in love with something else or nothing at all. If you're a player, a picture just isn't enough!
  11. If you tried a hundred bows, and none of them matched what you are looking for - it's hard to believe a stab in the dark could hit the bullseye. Try a hundred more, you'll get there!
  12. T2 Auction online tomorrow.

    I think when they say circa 1942 and the label says 1942 they are all but saying they think it's legit...but, just a strong inference.
  13. Zigeurnerweisen

    You might do better to post this question on
  14. Um, you have to figure in condition, provenance, certificates, etc...scanning the hammer prices at auction is not an accurate way to compare to retail. However, I must confess I sometimes double the high estimate figure and assume that might be near what the same item might, in someone's fantasy, be considered a retail price. But that could be delusional on my part as well...;)
  15. Picture bow? Obviously someone, or several people, thought this was real and not a German copy. Any thoughts on who might have made this at the V Workshop, if it is from there?