JRyn

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  1. It was made to look like a real violin, but it's really just a knackered piece of rubbish.
  2. https://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/87300719_an-antique-european-violin Looks like it comes with a very nice French bow as well...
  3. Looks like Pan's Labyrinth
  4. Sounds great for a small viola, but a great player nonetheless.
  5. Except it didn't even seem like he had the skill to make a proper bridge
  6. The odor the old glue gives off is revolting and very hard to get rid of. I've walked into a couple shops that just reeked of this smell.
  7. Yea. This is what makes me skeptical about Salustri. This seems significantly better than his other work...
  8. Too bad for the saddle crack. It looks like a nice violin IMO and a very reasonable estimate.
  9. Thanks for the advice. I had a violin where the buyer was so unsatisfied that he returned it in a hundred pieces... the cherry on top was that eBay sided with the buyer.
  10. Ebay has a "buyer protection" system where anyone can get a free return for just about any reason within the first month or so at the seller's expense. The buyer can also send you back a pile of rocks and since there is insufficient evidence, they will always side with the buyer...
  11. To my understanding, it is only the worst of the worst that are considered "dutzendarbeit," such as the sunburst varnish fiddle that popped up recently on one of the other threads. It is important though not to classify all commercial Saxon work as dutzendarbeit because they also made some really nice violins, take for example Roth or John Juzek.
  12. I had a viola which contained an inventory number from Lyon and Healy and was labeled and attributed to Barthol Karner. Jacob quickly pointed out that the label was spurious. This makes me question though whether it was Lyon and Healy putting in these false labels to begin with.
  13. I find the people that buy Billy Bob's instruments appreciate them as folk art rather than fine violins. And they make good fiddles.
  14. This is what the dealer said it was. I'd take their attributions with a grain of salt though. It's too bad it's so knackered.