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  1. A couple of horrors from my archive!
  2. You'll need a new plate on the tip which will increase the price...but if you like it it will be worth it. My favourite bow came with a violin I bought at auction. It's nothing special but I keep coming back to it
  3. The use of the term Aspergers has fallen out of favour because Dr. Asperger, after whom the syndrome was named, had ties to the Nazis and their child euthanization programme
  4. Am I missing something? Wasn't the sale in 2019 before the pandemic started
  5. Hello again - thanks for your help. I am very nervous about damaging the finish so I will proceed with caution. Maybe the glue marks will just have to be part of the fiddle's "story" along with the rubbed corners, dings and unexpected scroll graft.
  6. Hello Maestronet hive mind - I need some help. I have just received a violin I bought at auction (unseen due to the the 'Rona) and it is unexpectedly good. Although rather battered the sound is terrific but...at some point in its life it looks like someone has put a sticker on the varnish and it has left a horrible residue. I have tried to remove it with a cloth and my magic spit, but no dice. The violin is 130 years old so I need to be really careful. Any ideas?
  7. 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.
  8. It interests me too so I'll volunteer proofreading (unpaid amateur) for your thesis!
  9. 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!
  10. 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?
  11. 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.
  12. Unless I'm mistaken (not unheard of) the label of the violin linked to says Stansfield Mayson - Walter Mayson's son.
  13. 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!
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