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  1. I can confirm that I did not make this.
  2. I was thinking the fish, bass, but de-basting works as well.
  3. Leave it Ben. I don't mean to roast you, but I think your de-bassing yourself. The thyme has passed; the würst of the damage has bean well-done... something that people rare-ly forget. I veel l you should sea about getting on with some work over in Somerset Horse, not just spending your hours on Maestronet. On second thoughts, this may just egg you on...
  4. I would have a flick through the Leonhard book on Central Italy. I don't possess a copy but it has plenty of home made instruments by home taught woodworkers which have no purfling and are pretty similar in terms of refinement, so to speak. Martin, I don't think that Dilworth is infallible, and given the obscurity, I'd be inclined to not blindly trust the entry.
  5. Getting late now so will reply properly another time. Just quickly wanted to say that I was stupid about point 4. I'd forgotten that you'd mentioned that it was life threatening. I was thinking of the Fight Club scene where the main character explains how company's do big recals: they look into how much it would cost to do a full recall and then compare that to the cost of the lawsuits if they don't. Then they go with the cheaper option regardless of anything else. It's different with violins however as in many cases, you can't just google to see if anyone else has had problems. My initial argument on this point was tenuous, what I've written above is little better. It's interesting however to see how the Rumor Has It thread has evolved. You say that people should just go ahead and write bad experiences up, but I can see a lot of fear in doing so demonstrated on that thread. Certainly fear in doing so in ones own name.
  6. Hi Rick, I've added some bold and numbers to your post above in order to reply most effectively. 1: I take your point; as a buyer you do have a right to shop wherever you choose, but I would argue that if every dealer was so transparent as to divulge who the seller is, then all dealers would go out of business. When you are talking about these huge sums of money, most people will try and cut costs. The reason why the buyer will have seen the instrument is because a dealer will have sourced it, researched it, very possibly showed it to some other dealers for second opinions and then (and only then) decided to market it. I believe he or she deserves a cut of the profits because of this. Would the instrument seem as appealing if it didn't have a big name representing it? I don't think so. What ever the answer, it would certainly make for a much more confusing world for the buyer. 2: On the contrary, I think these two incidents are terribly interesting because they show that in certain cases, 100% transparency doesn't work. And transparency (or lack of) was what made the other thread so contentious and inflammatory. 3: I agree that so many people using the word has made it slightly meaningless, but I'm not sure of another word that works. Feel free to suggest. At least everyone here knows what it means. 4: Agreed, so don't buy their products anymore, but when we are talking about someones life savings, I personally would expect more from the company/seller. A lot of the horror stories about various dealers are not written up by the times but are well known amongst people in the know. If you are out of the loop and looking to spend several million, you could "do your homework" but still make a grievous error in choosing someone who will screw you over. 5: Neither Ben or I had mentioned Beares - I think we were both talking fairly generally (I certainly was). I hope this all makes sense. I've tried to order my thoughts as well as possible!
  7. Sorry, perhaps I wasn't clear. The item was taken by the auction house as a private sale item - something they wouldn't sell at auction. PT stands for Private Treaty.It was a different occasion I was thinking of, and it wasn't at Bromptons. But evidently it was a wide spread problem. Certainly the gentleman I spoke to praised Jason for buying Cozio!
  8. Point taken - let's keep this one a little more positive! What are the transparent code of ethics that you have in mind? I think transparency can be a tricky thing. Obviously too little transparency and the possibility and ease of ripping off customers becomes too appealing for many, but I think a lot of players would want complete transparency, right up to declaring how much you bought something for etc, which can make business almost impossible. I remember speaking to the head a London Auction house, who said they had on occasion had difficulty which old Cozio; they would take an instrument on PT, market it, only to find the potential customer has looked up the current owner and bought it less the commission.
  9. Martin - that seems fair enough and I should add that the violin didn't seem overly light to me either - I shouldn't suggest fault with instrument as it was just me thinking out loud.
  10. I've recently tried the Pressenda over in Tarisio London. It has a post crack in the back but is by a long way the most exciting Pressenda I've tried. Could it be argued that if the Mr Pressenda made the back a little thin around the danger point, that once it's been re-enforced and strengthened, the back will be able to work in the right way and it will sound better than before? Obviously this is impossible to say either way, but in theory (and putting historical assumptions out of our heads) I think this could be argued.
  11. I believe there was a bamboo bow in a recent Tarisio sale. Think the maker was Lawrence Cocker. As I remember it had a pernambuco head spliced on... I seem to remember the handle also being a piece of spliced on pernambuco. Anyone with a better memory, feel free to correct me!
  12. In my experience, the stamp doesn't dictate the quality of the bow's playing characteristics. I've found great and not so great playing bows across their range of stamps and mountings. I think they're quality control was to stringent to get away with putting out second rate bows (apart from the fated recalled batch - was it in the 20s?) I know Tubbs for instance mounted bows in gold when they were too light, rather than when he had a stick of special quality. At least the gold mounted Tubbs that I have seen tend to be quite weak.
  13. I have one similar (although a violin bow). Looks nice and standard from the pics but haven't seen it in person. Why, are you thinking of buying it?
  14. This thread should be added to the pinned reference section. So much useful information!
  15. Newark should be able to help: http://www.newarkairmuseum.org