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  1. This is a violin that I have owned for 45 years. It had this kind of wear when I purchased it from the wife of a deceased orchestra player who had owned it for 55 years. I have since then noticed this particular wear is quite common, as is holding the violin by the top treble bout as pictured above. However, for the damage on the OP's violin to have happened from holding it, I would think that the prior owner must have claws instead of fingernails. Or maybe a long thumb nail while doing pizzicato.
  2. I wondered about this too, and after watching people hold their violins horizontally when standing up, I think it may be caused by their thumbs:
  3. The top plate appears to have had pins in the top and bottom, but I don’t see evidence of pins in the blocks now. Does that tell us anything?
  4. That is because price has nothing to do with tone.
  5. Reminds me of a charity dinner in Philadelphia a few years back. Seems that they had some very very expensive magnums of old vintage wine that was going to be served as the highlight of the dinner. As part of the gourmet meal, the event sponsor had made special salads in anticipation of the possibility that the wine may have turned to vinegar, and would therefore be used as a salad dressing instead. So the wine in the bottles was both wine and vinegar at the same time, and would not resolve into one or the other until it was opened.
  6. As the article notes, "tricking people just works really well in general." When somebody says that their $1,000 violin has a "$10,000 tone," you know they have been tricked into believing that tone quality is proportional to price just like wine makers want people to believe that the quality of a wine is proportional to its price when most people can't tell the difference between expensive and inexpensive.
  7. I am looking forward to drinking the Pinot Noir I bought for tonight's dinner. It was expensive (for me) and the bottle was attractive so I am sure it will be good. In fact, the bottle says it was aged for 75 days in brandy barrels so I think that will also help it taste good, but I don't know why. I hope it has good body with a hint of chocolate and copper. @Michael Darnton There are, apparently, a very small number of people who can distinguish wines by certain characteristics. However, identifying these people from people who claim to have this skill is essentially impossible without some kind of testing.
  8. Proof reading is a measurable and objectively testable skill. Selecting wines or violins is not. "Fine" wines can sell in the same 5- and 6-figure price ranges as "fine" violins. Apparently many wine "experts" are not able to even tell a white wine from a red wine or a $300 bottle of wine from a $30 bottle of wine. Many people purchased their wine for their holiday dinner based on appearance, price, and brand label. Sound familiar?
  9. Look at how much fill is in the other grain lines. There is a lot. In the area of concern, it looks to me like some of the fill has shrunk or fallen out from between the grain, perhaps from vibration and stress in that area?
  10. Interesting article: "Is Wine Fake?" that seems quite applicable to violins. Something to ponder and debate on this American Thanksgiving Holiday. "Third, even if you find neither of these exculpatory, tricking people just works really well in general. Based on the theory of predictive coding, our brains first figure out what sensory stimuli should be, then see if there’s any way they can shoehorn actual stimuli to the the expected pattern. If they can’t, then the brain will just register the the real sensation, but as long as it’s pretty close they’ll just return the the prediction. For example, did you notice that the word “the” was duplicated three times in this paragraph? Your brain was expecting to read a single word “the,” just as it always has before, and when you’re reading quickly, the mild deviation from expected stimuli wasn’t enough to raise any alarms." https://asteriskmag.com/issues/1/is-wine-fake
  11. Maybe. I just noticed that my fingers don't slide as easily on them. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ In regards to wolfiness, I would think it unusual to have a lot of wolf tones on the G. In my limited experience, wolfs tend to happen somewhere around Bb - B, but when a violin loses tone on the high G it just gets scratchy and weak all the way up, what I think you describe as strangled, but these are not wolf tones. But, as you suggest, the set-up can bring out the core tones of the violin, and sometimes cure this. I find it remarkable what a tiny horizontal move of the bridge toward the treble side can sometimes do to bring out a resonant bass without touching the soundpost.
  12. Michael, I have found that the capability to play easily in the upper positions on the G-string without losing tonality or timbre is one of the playing qualities that can separate good violins from great violins. There are a lot of violins that sound good everywhere else, but lose it on the upper G. A trade-off is that violins that have good resonance on the high-G are also the the ones that tend to have wolfs in the high B area on the G (in my experience). I have tried the Kaplan Amo and Kaplan Vivo strings sets and liked the tone, but found their texture a bit rough under my fingers.
  13. Perhaps, but along with everything else, the scroll does not look like a Mnk/Schb made trade fiddle scroll, either. The whole thing looks very crudely-made, even when compared to the lower grade cottage industry stuff.
  14. This is pretty cool: https://ingleshayday.com/features/ingles-hayday-to-sell-the-private-collection-of-norman-rosenberg/
  15. It looks to me like a amateurishly-made kind of "folk fiddle," and not worth much. Sorry.
  16. I am not sure what "overly resonant" means, unless it is causing a wolf tone. I notice that when I play near my open violin cabinet with two violins suspended inside that I can hear they are resonating quite loudly from the sound of the violin I am playing. I think resonance is a pleasing quality of a good violin. Maybe you just don't like the tone of the Sandner violin?
  17. Here is a good story by Joseph Curtin about Maude Powell's "Guadagnini" violin, another violin in the Henry Ford collection. (Spoiler alert: It was actually a George Gemünder violin.) https://josephcurtinstudios.com/maud-powells-violin/
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