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  1. From the VSA: Dear VSA Colleagues and Friends, Please read this urgent message sent to us by colleagues from The AFVBM (American Federation of Violin and Bow Makers) regarding recent developments affecting the pernambuco trade. This will directly impact all string players, teachers, bow makers, violin makers, dealers and anyone else whose livelihood depends on strings instruments and bows. On June 23, Brazil proposed to CITES that Pernambuco be moved from Appendix II to Appendix I. Brazil's proposal will be reviewed by CITES during a meeting on November 14-25, 2022, in Panama City, Panama. Please find a linked copy of Brazil's proposal here: https://u.pcloud.link/publink/show?code=XZpLwLVZ4a2aKoU2thjWhP3dWVBtrLLEl0vV . We are engaging with management authorities to learn more about the regulatory implications of Brazil's proposal. Pernambuco is currently listed on CITES Appendix II. Under that listing, finished pernambuco bows do not require CITES permits for international trade unless they contain other materials (e.g., monitor lizard) for which a permit is required. Our understanding is that, if Pernambuco is listed on Appendix I, international commercial trade and movement of Pernambuco bows would require CITES export and import permits. Obtaining permits would require proof that the wood has been legally sourced and that its trade would not be detrimental to the species - difficult burdens to meet. And certain types of trade could be prohibited altogether. Brazil's stated goal is to stop of the illegal exportation and importation of pernambuco bow blanks and bows. The evidence of illegal activity in Brazil is extremely disturbing and now poses a very direct threat to our trade. We are analyzing the CITES proposal to understand Brazil's intentions, whether the words used in the proposal are consistent with Brazil's intentions, and the proposal's potential impact on trade. We are also gathering information about the trade and preparing a response strategy. We will express support for rules that both halt illegal trading of Pernambuco and enable continued legal trade. EILA has been represented during CITES proceedings since 2013. We have collaborated with other music industry stakeholders to build understanding and promote policies (for rosewood and elephant ivory, e.g.) that consider the needs of our trade and the music sector. In the past year, we have helped to form a new entity, the International Alliance of Violin and Bow Makers for Endangered Species (the "Alliance"). We have also supported for many years the International Pernambuco Conservation Initiative. Now, more than ever before, we need to focus our trade on the conservation and sustainable use of essential natural resources. We are also working closely with a large number of music sector partners, including the League of American Orchestras, Chambre Syndicale de la Facture Instrumentale and many other music and musician organizations, to advance our trade's views and position. We must be honest: the weight of evidence of the threatened status of the species and illegal activity will make it very difficult to avoid the imposition of significantly stronger controls on Pernambuco. We will make every effort, however, to build the strongest case for our profession. In this connection, we will come back to you with periodic requests for information and also with updates. Beyond CITES, and no matter what regulations guide our trade in the future, we must take this opportunity to raise educate our communities, to stand up against illegal trading, and to be a force for the conservation of Pernambuco, which is highly endangered. The stakes are high for each of us: young, experienced, retired, luthiers, bow makers and musicians. Please share this message with all your colleagues as the future of music is in jeopardy. Should you have any questions, please communicate directly with Alliance USA via Daniel Weisshaar president@alliance-usa.org and Charles Rufino GeneralSecretary@alliance-usa.org Best regards, Bill Scott President, The VSA
  2. There are auctions in France that annually sell dozens and dozens of these kinds of violins very cheaply. There are sellers on eBay who apparently have a business model of buying these violins and bows, and then re-selling them on eBay at a profit. Some of them are "tarted-up" with fake brands, labels, and antiquing; others are simply flipped directly as-is.
  3. Incident Report #: 22020252 Rowlett Police Dept. Officer Fleck - 972-412-6200 Photos of the violin Please be advised that a violin was stolen. It is a Carlo Bergonzi 1742 violin. It was purchased at auction and stolen by a UPS driver while in transit. The matter is being handled by the Criminal Investigating Division of the Rowlett, TX police. Carol-Ann Winegar carolann.winegar@hotmail..com 651-210-6651 Violin Society of America 14070 Proton Rd. Suite 100 Dallas, TX 75244 972-233-9107 x224 info@vsaweb.org
  4. Even in the world of retail violins, sound is not a factor in the price. It may certainly be a factor in the selection of a particular violin by a particular customer (e.g. between 2 identical Jay Haides, using WB's example), but it won't be a factor in the wholesale price paid or the price the dealer charges.
  5. It is not unethical, but it is certainly rude. Price discussions on MN usually descend into heated madness, and the OP is under no obligation to respond. I recommend that she not. I doubt that @Violadamore ever wrote that. But there are dozens of violin dealers with catalogs on-line selling similar merchandise that you can use to satisfy your curiosity as to how similar instruments are priced. "Sound" is subjective and malleable, and has little-to-no influence on the price of a violin. "Provenance" is unknown for most violins, and even if it were known, the chain of previous owners of most violins would have no influence on the price. Provenance only affects value if one of the previous owners was famous, infamous, or well-regarded for some reason. Search "Einstein's violin," for example.
  6. The "flame" on the scroll and pegbox is painted.
  7. Good, and thank you for following up. It is a nice-looking fiddle, and as others have said, I would not worry about the size. If it fits your daughter and your budget, then it looks like you have a keeper. Nobody said anything about it being illegal. There are plenty of things that are both legal and unethical.
  8. It is perfectly reasonable to do privately. It is unethical to post a violin you don't own without permission on a public forum for discussion by people who may erroneously, ignorantly, or deliberately disparage the instrument causing financial harm to owner of the instrument. Not all "third opinions" are qualified or useful or correct or made in good faith.
  9. Respectfully, do you have the owner's permission to post pictures of their violin here? It is unethical to post pictures of a violin you don't own on a public discussion forum without the owner's permission or knowledge.
  10. Glue a thin piece of suede or chamois leather on the lower back.
  11. What areas of the fiddle does he wear the most besides the lower back? Is the top protected by a chin-rest?
  12. You should be able to find pictures of authentic packaging on the internet to compare your products with. You could also post pictures here for people to compare with known authentic products. In fact, posting pictures of putative counterfeit products could be a service to the community. Manufacturers do change their product packaging and text from time-to-time, so different packaging does not necessarily indicate counterfeit products.
  13. If the Caspari pegs are in good working order, then there is really no reason to replace them besides aesthetics. It is not an inexpensive proposition to replace them. It definitely needs a professional set-up.. In the 1970s, some Roth 1700 models substituted a paper label bearing the oval logo and serial number for the actual branding in the back. Does yours have a brand or a paper label?
  14. Awwww, nobody likes my new bow. Oh, well, the price was right. Regardless, it is interesting that the frog with the narrow slide combined with the round ferrel doesn't seem familiar to anybody else here. Maybe it was made by an autodidact. Anyway, apparently not a common mass-produced frog, and probably for good reason. Thanks for your comments.
  15. Playing the lottery is fun! (That gif is great - I had not seen that one before.)
  16. Thanks. Are you familiar with that style of mountings? They are new to me.
  17. I have never seen a frog with this style of mountings: very narrow slide and oddly cut ferrel. The bow is stamped "Germany" on the butt. The metal has a slightly greenish tarnish, therefore I assume it is bronze or some copper alloy. The button and underslide are pinned. The frog and stick have matching manufacturing marks, and the metal lapping underneath the deteriorated thumb pad was also golden color. Weighs 57g as is. Strong stick. Restore or dustbin?
  18. Real whalebone fluoresces under UV light; plastic does not.
  19. It would probably be better for posterity if it was hung on a wall, and not subject to the rigors of being used as a working instrument.
  20. The bidders had to be pre-approved to bid in advance. Tarisio knew who both bidders were.
  21. Kind of a modern "cottage industry" effort.
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