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  1. I found a genuine Strad at an auction in UK, but unfortunately it was stolen property so my first call was to the insurers of the missing instrument.
  2. It interests me too so I'll volunteer proofreading (unpaid amateur) for your thesis!
  3. Thanks for your input everyone. I will keep the instrument and carry on using it, I expect, because it is an absolute size match (coincidentally) for my usual instrument, which is slightly undersized. With a matching set up by the same Luther I can switch between the two easily. I just wish it sounded a bit better!
  4. Are there any UK Luthers who would be prepared to regraduate a violin? It is a modern instrument (1989) well made but with a very muffled tone. Sadly the maker is no longer around and the only other person I know who has one made by him uses it for amplified playing. I want to keep it and use it for a number of reasons but although it has a good set up and quality strings it is just too quiet and muffled to use other than for practice. Might regraduation be a way forward even though an expensive one?
  5. I look a lot at auctions and have made a couple of really good finds - unfortunately I knew in both cases that the instruments were stolen so it was just a case of letting the right people know and hoping the instruments ended up with their owners. Sadly, this didn't happen for either instrument. However, I got a reward from the insurer for one of the finds which paid off my mortgage.
  6. Unless I'm mistaken (not unheard of) the label of the violin linked to says Stansfield Mayson - Walter Mayson's son.
  7. The repair label says "Repaird (sic) by A. Hardie, Annan. Oct 1881". It's not a pretty "repair" but it's on the inside so I guess how it looks is not too important. I think it will be a wall-hanger as it would require a lot of work to get it going and wouldn't be cost effective as it just another German 19th century violin in poor condition, but it has a super eccentric one piece back of narrow flame. When I have more approved posts I will take some pictures and post them. BTW, I agree that the crappier the repair the prouder repairers seem to be of it!
  8. Hello all you knowledgeable people out there....I have recently bought an old violin because I liked the back and thought I would hang it on the wall. It is German and what I think is usually described in this forum as "the usual". It came with the top off (not very kindly removed by the look of it) but this has revealed what seems to me a strange repair. The back of the fiddle has been completely lined with wide but thinnish strips of a very soft, pale wood; the sort of thing I imagine a woodworm would go into ecstasies over. The repairer has stuck his label in on top of this. Why would you have this sort of thing put into the violin in the first place? Surely it would kill the sound stone dead and be a source of buzzing forever? I cannot see any damage to the back which it might be supporting in any way. Any ideas?
  9. I agree with Martin - it doesn't really look to be a "cut and shut". There are no matching marks on the back and altering a viola fop to fit a back would be more trouble than carving a new one, wouldn't it? Oh well, at £999 dollars I'll never know!
  10. Some ebay-er has pledged to part with a lot of money for that smile. I thought it looked "interesting" but not £1,000 dollars worth...
  11. This is an odd looking fiddle Does anyone know what could have caused the lines across the front which look rather like tummy tuck scars!?
  12. Hmm...The information in the second article regarding the recovery of the ex-Kym Strad is totally inaccurate. The violin was recovered after assistance from a member of this Forum when an attempt was made to sell the instrument.