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  1. GeorgeH

    Violin ID

    There are various models of Gligas, and the higher-end models are decent student violins for the money. The better Gligas cost $1,000 and up new, so you must be charging a lot for a set-up. Here are 2 Gliga scrolls from Gama 1 models.
  2. GeorgeH

    Violin ID

    Why be silly? Agree. Or something of that ilk.
  3. GeorgeH

    Stradivari's secret was a concept?

    Really? How many violins were tested? Were they randomly selected? Were violins made outside of Cremona by Cremona-trained makers included? Sorry, Violadamore, but "seem to verify" is very weak tea.
  4. The fact (sad or not, I don't know) is that even authentic made-from-scratch violins by lesser-known makers drop significantly in market value the moment they are paid for and leave the maker's shop. The reason that I can't answer your question is because I don't have an answer to the basic question of at what point in a production process a maker can legitimately claim a violin as a product of their own work. And the next question (which I think you are asking) is what if a buyer disagrees with a maker's claim that a violin is legitimately a product of their own work? Even Michelangelo did not paint the Sistine Chapel by himself.
  5. Seriously. Well, as a thought experiment, anyway. It seems to me that the question being asked here is how and when does a violin become the authentic work of an individual maker? If a violin maker starts modifying a violin, whether it be a Stradivarius violin or a Chinese violin or a violin created by their own employees, at what point can they legitimately claim the violin as a product of their own work? Too bad Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume isn't around to join this discussion.
  6. If somebody re-graduates a Stradivarius or does a major restoration, should they take out his label and put in their own?
  7. GeorgeH

    1921 OH Bryant violin

    Definitely not made by Bryant.
  8. GeorgeH

    Interesting violin

    Oh, really?
  9. Judging from what I have read here over the years, most independent violin makers can't make a livable wage in America from making violins. I would not be surprised if the average hourly rate independent violin makers earn from making and selling a violin is less than the minimum wage.
  10. @not telling Having apprentices and workers make violins under the supervision of a master luthier who will ultimately finish, label, and sell them under his or her name is not new or necessarily dishonest. It has been a practice for centuries in all countries with substantial violin-making industries. Perhaps you are objecting to the fact that the unfinished violins are now being manufactured in China and imported instead of made locally in the luthiers' own workshop, but ultimately the luthier is responsible for the quality control as if it had been made entirely in his own shop. The difference is really only a plane ride. In regards to distinguishing the differences between start-to-finish handmade violins and "workshop" violins, this is a discussion that happens all the time for many famous makers. See Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume, for example.
  11. I think that you're painting with a broad brush here. For example, John Friedrich made, numbered, and labeled his own violins, but his firm also finished and sold various grades of imported violins with the "John Friedrich and Bro." label. Others you mentioned such as Lyon & Healy were not individual American violin makers at all, but were violin sellers that sold manufactured violins under their house brands.
  12. Dude, that O.H. Bryant is severely sweet. I had a couple of his fiddles it the late 80's.

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      I know. And it is the right color, too!

  13. GeorgeH

    1921 OH Bryant violin

    Can you post a link to the auction?
  14. GeorgeH

    Stradivari's secret was a concept?

    I doubt that the "Strads" that they excrete will be made of wood. They will more likely be made with rigid materials that can be reproducibly formed into a shape that has the exact graduations and density distributions to reproduce the sound of great violins (your choice!). There will also likely be machines that can play them. They may not even be shaped like conventional violins. These machines may also play them for their own amusement, rather than ours. Or the machines may simply develop the exact fidelity to accurately reproduce the sounds of a fine violin being played by a human virtuoso (your choice!), and you will be able to select what combination of piece, violinist, and violin that you want to hear. (Like Partita 2 in Dm, Hillary Hahn, Soil Strad) When a human cannot distinguish a human violinist from a machine violinist, the machine will have been said to have passed the "Violadamore Test." Real violins will then just become another plaything for luddites.
  15. GeorgeH

    Stupid violinist questions

    Purfling can both help prevent cracks from starting and help prevent cracks from growing. So purfling can stop an edge crack from moving past the purfling into the interior and also prevent a crack from the interior from moving past the purfling to the edge.