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  1. It depends what you want to buy. If you're interested in buying a Strad, I think they might have a few in the vault that you could see by appointment.
  2. That is not evidence, and comparing Goodwill online auctions to Tarisio is absurd. Most Goodwill violins are student instruments that sell well below their retail price if they get any bids at all. Furthermore, Goodwill auctions many many kinds of items, not just violins, and you have no evidence of shill bidding on them, either. For shill bidding to work, there has to be real bidder willing to pay at the end. The overwhelming evidence is that these high-priced instruments are paid for by most bidders. Recently both a good Didtschenko and a very nice JB Squire sold for good retail prices at Goodwill auctions. No evidence of shill bidding. The fact is that head-shaking bidding wars happen even in Tarisio, and "the Winners Curse" is a real phenomena. Shill bidding is illegal, and if you have any actual evidence of shill bidding then you should report it to the Federal District Attorney or the FBI. But you don't, so you can't. So you should stop making accusations that you have no evidence for.
  3. I believe in their contract they state that no part of any payments for auction purchases are tax deductible. Of course, they can't control what people claim on their taxes.
  4. You repeatedly write this without any proof of it at all. The last time you claimed shill bidding was for an old Roth violin that you insisted was going to be re-auctioned because of shill bidding, but of course, it never was. The likely reason an item comes back for auction on Goodwill is non-payment or buyer's remorse. One should not make accusations without proof.
  5. If bidder A bids $99 maximum and bidder B bids $200 maximum, then bidder B wins the bow for $100. In the end, Bidder A's maximum bid is disclosed by the fact that they were outbid. Bidder B's maximum bid is not disclosed. All you know is that Bidder B's bid was higher than Bidder A's by at least $1. There is nothing nefarious going on here.
  6. @FoxMitchell You will find this enlightening:
  7. Most items are listed "labeled" or "branded," but a few are listed as "by." The ones listed as "by" are presumably offered as authentic works by Amati.
  8. Part 1 looks more like it came from a hoarder than a collector. There does not seem to be any focus nor curation to this "collection." Not all. A few items are listed as authentic, but most are not. Some have higher estimates than £10 - 20. It will be interesting to see if there are any interesting bidding wars on any of the individual items.
  9. At least two were very confident. The runner-up was a dollar under the winning bid. I wonder what the winner's max was?
  10. The OP might consider shopping it around to dealers to see if they will buy it at a price discounted to what they would pay if they bought it at an auction or sold it on consignment.
  11. @Dr. Mark Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I think the anecdotal part of the address does tend toward "despair" and sadness, but as he points out, most happy events, such as weddings, also have music as part of the experience. The concept of music "as the study of relationships between invisible, internal, hidden objects" really resonates for me because that concept describes something I was never quite able to put into words before. Playing music on my violin, usually by myself, seems to do just that for me, whether happy or sad or any color of emotion. It allows me to express "me" back to me. I believe that all art does this for the creator. And if one does not create art explicitly, I think that awareness of the movement of "invisible, internal, hidden objects" can be had from experiencing musical and visual arts, or just a walk in the woods.
  12. Is called the "volute."
  13. Does it have a through-neck?
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