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  1. Could be fake accounts, but I think it is being underestimated what lengths some Ebay experts are willing to go.
  2. https://www.bromptons.co/news/is-this-the-ex-j-s-bach Could it be?...
  3. Someone paid a lot of money for a Frankenfiddle
  4. Not really. Anything interesting is also interesting to dozens of other dealers. I remember Jacob writing, something along the lines of, most people claiming to find gems are overdrafting their bank accounts.
  5. I find it suspicious how the wear on the violin is so diligently photographed, as if trying to prove something.
  6. Would a chamfered pegbox be unusual for a Mittenwald violin?
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    Thanks for the clarification Bill. I agree that the varying levels of workmanship strongly suggests that this instrument was made by multiple hands, though I don't know if this disproves it being American (or atleast to an extant, finished in America).
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    Can you explain what this means?
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    Widely spaced grain lines, a distinctive curl. Also big leaf typically has a very common and distinctive defect, which many of us across the pond refer to as "snot marks." Streaks, sometimes dark, about 3 cm long and 2mm wide.
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    The back is made of American big leaf maple.
  11. These Lanaros are really a dime a dozen https://www.ebay.com/itm/Beautiful-Old-Italian-Labeled-Violin-Umberto-Lanaro-1969-in-Case-NO-RESERVE-/264406372879?hash=item3d8fd9120f%3Ag%3AhYgAAOSwrHRdNdol&LH_ItemCondition=3000&nma=true&si=ltMh9B%2FQ7MtGS7coHySE%2FifoS5I%3D&orig_cvip=true&nordt=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2557