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  1. Dr. Watson, You have made things a bit more confusing. Are you saying that Beares is only 16 years old and not more than 120? How can that be? And if so, what possible explanation could Mr. Morris provide to justify the misleading information that still exists to this day on the company website? It strikes me that expertise in the violin world is a rather grey area.
  2. Yes, Mr. Swan; that is more or less what was intended. "Smaller amounts" does refer to relatively lower priced instruments. Thank you for the helping hand.
  3. Mr. Stross, Your puerile post is not deserving of a reply. You misquoted my words and your comparison was ridiculous as have been your speculations.
  4. Dear Mr, Stross, Your snide supposition was off-putting and hardly worthy of a reply. Just let me say that the number of fine instruments I own or have owned in the past would most likely be greater than the total you have had in your hands during your lifetime. Well certified and fairly priced violins in the higher price ranges typically posses greater tonal complexity and quality. In lower price ranges the bias toward instruments of a particular origin exists. This may at times impede proper consideration of instruments of other origins. My comment regarding provenance/certification does bring us back to the origin of this thread as well as the now locked "Rumor has it..." thread. Expertise is the foundation of the stringed instrument business. The experts that have withstood the test of time are few in number. Their firms continued to carry on after their departure at least until the public began to realize that that the expert was an individual, not something inherent in the company brand. This is at the heart of the two recent threads. Questions remain surrounding the posts by RH, misleading statements still found on the Beare website relating to the role Charles Beare continues to play in the company, the identity of the current signatory on the Beares certificates, and the rufusal of Mr. Morris to address any of these concerns. The failure on the part of the current Beare regime to clarify the situation is what is "dangerous for the business" as it shakes the very foundation on which the continued health of the violin trade stands.
  5. I know musicians that have made wise decisions when purchasing an instrument as well as many that have made mistakes. Your natter about "the very complex dynamics of violin status and pricing" is tiresome. If one gets the provenance and condition relative to price right the process is off to a good start. Perhaps their are other problems in the business world you are a part of that are too sensitive to touch upon, such as the value of expertise.
  6. With all due respect, Mr. Swanson, you have written a load of gibberish. Let’s start at the end of your post. The problem is not as you have stated but rather that sufficient emphasis has not been placed on provenance. As a collector of fine instruments, provenance of the right sort has always been the starting point in any purchase I have made. For this reason, I have been much “luckier” than many I have met who did not place enough importance on provenance. A very fine expert/dealer once explained to me that playability and tone are subjective, and so it was his job to value an instrument based on who made it, the quality of the example relative to others of the same maker, and the state of preservation/condition of the instrument. More than one personal experience convinces me that violins (well certified ones) are pretty accurately priced according to their tonal qualities. On more than one occasion during the purchase process I have asked well qualified musicians to offer their advice. Amazingly without fail, without knowing what they were hearing they have ranked the instruments absolutely spot-on, top to bottom according to price. Finally, what an insult you lob at symphony violinists. Do you have any idea how difficult it is to gain a spot in a major symphony orchestra? But since you mentioned it, hearing a major orchestra section full of fine Cremonese instruments would be positively magical!
  7. Enquirer, How about re-posting your previous entry on the "Rumor has it...." thread?
  8. Hear, hear, Mr. Hebbert! Maestronet could do with a word limit or at least suggest a limit to the number of points made within a single post.
  9. Dr. Watson, Your questions scream for a defense of the company you seem bent on bringing down! Attic rumagers - this is not disparaging as you suggest and it is doubtful that representatives of major auction houses have spent any time rummaging about dusty attics. RH was merely illustrating, perhaps a bit clumsily, that the Beares auction would cater to more discerning buyers and sellers. Expertise - Mr. Morris has adequately defended his standing as an internationally regarded expert in his field. Sixteen years under the constant tutelage of has given him enough knowledge to move forward with confidence as he leads his company to new heights. Violins as investments - a disclaimer should have been included. Recognising a violin hanging up in their shop - not impressed but we were not present during the interview. excelling at the violin is a way of demonstrating that you've reached the West's level in cultural terms' - yes, the comment is despicable but until Mr. Morris clarifies this situation, I refuse to believe the words were spoken by him. Mr. Morris considers the word "unrivalled" to be appropriate. Is there any rival to the Beares in terms of expertise, vision, business drive, implementation, and success? Is not Mr. Morris signing the certificates; was this not mentioned in an earlier post? With the expertise he has garnered over the years, one cannot imagine anyone else signing the certificates.
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