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  1. My experiences with Tarisio overall have been quite good. I have found they’re very responsive to consigners. They have gotten things wrong in their condition reports for items that I have consigned, but these have been corrected quickly. I generally now ask to see the condition reports before the auction starts. From now on, I am going to ask that they tell me in advance if any work needs to be done prior to signing the consignment agreement.
  2. In the states, Tarisio essentially has monopoly power for the auction of string instruments. There are consequences for that. By the way, Tarisio explicitly does not include open seams in their condition reports. Mostly they just report cracks, and they usually don’t describe if a crack has been repaired or not.
  3. No. The 1" slot width is wide enough to slide the neck in, but narrower than the peg box. The heel of the pegbox sits in a round recessed area that is lined with thick velvet.
  4. Maybe these will help. Shelves are 45.5" long and 10" deep and hold 8 violins each. Also, see this thread with @martin swan and @jacobsaunders's helpful comments:
  5. The flame looks real (not painted) to me because it is visible in areas where the wood has been worn bare and it does not run across the purfling.
  6. The hair of the bow vibrates with the string. These vibrations are transferred to the stick. The qualities of the stick can determine the synergistic vibrational interactions with the string. In simple terms, at the same bow pressure and speed, a weak stick might dampen the string vibrations and a stiff stick might stifle the string vibrations. The stick, the hair, and the rosin all matter.
  7. It looks much newer than the body and it appears to me that the neck was replaced. I don’t see any signs of a grafted head (but the picture resolution is poor).
  8. Don’t use alcohol. It dissolves the rosin that then soaks into the strings, which shortens their life. A study by Warchal showed >90% of surface rosin is removed by rubbing with a microfiber cloth.
  9. Thanks for all the replies. All interesting. if the property of breaking first instead of the wood, then metal should not be a good substitute, maybe? How often do silver tipped heads break?
  10. If that were the case, why wouldn't the head break first or simultaneously? Does ivory shrink? Does the ebony plate underneath contribute to it breaking?
  11. Ivory tip plates in old bows with broken rails on one or both sides of the head mortice are fairly common. Most of the time, the head is completely intact. What causes them to break? Is it spontaneous with age?
  12. It is in the shadow of the sound post, and strings were tied around sound posts to use to reset them by holding the ends through the ffs to move the sound post around inside. BTW, the OP hasn’t visited this thread since June 10.
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