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Dr Watson

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  1. A reasonable and true point but I think the irritation is with the emphazizing by this new company of its long history, exceptional expertise etc and using quotes from a period long before the present directors were any part of the firm. The analogy of the car industry is very apt but there we find open discussion about the merits of this company or that. When a great car company, indeed an institution like Rolls Royce is 'taken over/merged' there is much discussion in the professional press, Jeremy Clarkson will have his say (sorry Jeffrey, he is another British institution). If a great desig
  2. Dear stradbergonzi, why do you doubt what I am telling you? Here is the proof…. 16 years old! Why not be proud of being such a new company? Why hide who is signing certificates? Why keep Charles Beare’s name on foreign websites when they are removed from the English version? A few of many questions that have still not been answered. J & A BEARE LIMITED 03487761 Registered Address: 30 Queen Anne Street, London, W1G 8HX Accounts Filed up to 2013 Type Private limited with Share Capital Age 16 years (Incorporation date 02/01/1998)
  3. I do not completely agree that there is a definitive correlation between tone and price but I do agree that there is a correlation between what a violin is worth and the certification it bears. As has been stated before and confirming what stradbergonzi implies, an early Hill , a Rembert Wurlitzer, a Charles Beare paper are still the gold standard for expertise and there are other younger experts today who are also making their name. They are not valuablet because the certificate has an intrinsic worth but simply because all other violin experts i.e. their peer group, recognize these experts k
  4. Thought that the wonderful 'Rumour has it....' was slowing down so here is a new one to hopefully provoke a similarly lively discussion. Themes being: Is it ok for a new auction house to be so disparaging about well established ones? Attic rummagers etc Is it ok to claim the best expertise based on a previous expert's reputation as a certificate writer? Are claims of violins being almost 'completely risk free investments' ludicrous? Is anyone impressed with a dealer who can recognise an instrument hanging up in their shop as a Guarneri copy (albeit with a hesitation)? Are comments
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