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  1. Thank you very much, @martin swan, for answering my questions. I had no idea about the German customs authorities. One more question: What is the age definition of an "antique" for VAT purposes?
  2. Personally, I don't. The sound post crack in the back by itself makes it essentially worthless. It is impossible to predict if "it will have good sound," but you would be better off spending your money on a violin in good repair that you can play.
  3. It looks to me kind of like a piece of wood was added to the bass f to replace the lower wing.
  4. So, these are my kinds of questions: If you are in the EU, is there a financial penalty for selling a violin at auction in Great Britain? If so, how much? If you are in Great Britain, is there a financial penalty for selling a violin at auction in the EU? If so, how much? Do you pay more as a buyer in the EU if you buy a violin in an auction in Great Britain than someone in Great Britain would pay? Do you pay more as a buyer in Great Britain if you buy a violin in an auction in the EU than someone in the EU would pay?
  5. She'd probably be safer from Covid in Europe than in Texas.
  6. Sorry to hear that. Thanks for the reply.
  7. My apologies in advance to the inventor, but I think they are quite ugly. Did you try a polymer bridge with a more traditional appearance?
  8. Phillip Kass offered a course in this. Perhaps it will be offered again next year. https://training.unh.edu/course/violin-identification-general-guidelines-0
  9. See this thread. It will answer many of your questions. https://maestronet.com/forum/index.php?/topic/331607-violin-identification-classworkshop/
  10. It has been about 10 months since Brexit took effect. During that period, Tarisio has opened an auction branch in Berlin. Today, Tariso's London October auction lists only 20 instruments whereas their new Berlin October auction lists 143 instruments. Is this an indication that Great Britain will no longer be an attractive country for international violin sales and auctions? I'd be interested in hearing thoughts and observations from both sides of the channel.
  11. Tarisio October 2021 London Fine Instruments & Bows is up. Only 20 lots. I wonder if this is their last London auction due to Brexit? https://tarisio.com/auctions/auction/?csid=2199535616&showall=1&pg=0
  12. That is likely true for the 120-R "Model 1700." The "Model 1700" is only a marketing term for the lowest-priced violin marketed by the firm. It most certainly is not a copy of a particular Stradivarius violin made in the year 1700, nor any particular Stradivarius, for that matter. Nevertheless, the Model 1700s pre-1970 that I have seen have been decent violins, and some have been remarkably good. Here is another 1936 Model 1700 from the National Museum of American History. Click on the "<< 1 of 2 >>" to see the pictures. Click on the picture to enlarge. https://americanhistory.si.edu/collections/search/object/nmah_1296915
  13. Here ya go. Here is the OP's ffs to compare with 4 Roth 1700's of various vintages (1924 to 1974) plus a Roth II-R Guarnerius Model c. 1925. (These are some of the EHRs I have owned and saved pictures of throughout the years.) As you can see each 1700 model Roth has slightly different ffs, but they are all distinctly different from the Roth II-R Guarnerius Model, which also have more open C-bouts. The 1700s shown here also all had fluted ffs, but they don't show up as well in my pictures.
  14. I did address this. It is a Roth Strad 1700 model. It is absolutely not a Roth Guarneri model 1734 (II-R). The Roth Guarneri model is distinctly different than the Roth Strad 1700 model. You can look it up. :-) The Roth Strad 1700 model was the firm's entry-level violin, and it was not a cookie-cutter violin, so it had variations in its construction (such as the button carving), but overall this violin absolutely fits a Roth Strad 1700 model. It is definitely not a Roth Guarneri model 1734. I can't address the repairs and modifications that it has had over the years, but I believe it is what the label says it is.
  15. It is a lovely violin in good condition, well-setup, the OP is very happy with the sound, and he selected it after trying many violins at different price points from different shops within about a 250 mile radius. In short, he did his research and made a good choice for what he was looking for. I have purchased several fine violins from Bromberg's shop over the years, and I have found his prices to be both reasonable and in-line with other dealers, both locally and nationally. I have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending his shop to colleagues and friends. As @Violadamoresuggests, price discussions on MN tend to go nowhere fast.
  16. The "Copie de..." or "Copie Du..." labels can be found in clearly German instruments.
  17. Yes, it works really well for removing old thick black rosin residues from hard varnishes. I have never experienced any problems using it. As with any cleaning agent, including water, always test first. The thread from which duane88's comment discusses the pluses and minuses of Simple Green and other cleaning agents.
  18. Personally, I don't see anything that disqualifies this from being exactly what the label, stamp, and brand say that it is, regardless of what repairs or varnish tampering it has had. I would be interested in knowing what differences the expert saw to determine it is a doctored 1960's violin rather than a repaired 1936 violin. The Strad 1700 (120-R) models are very common, and they all look basically like this. In regards to the soft varnish, @duane88 pointed out that old Roth varnishes can become permanently softened when cleaned with "Simple Green." So it would not be surprising to learn that this varnish is original but permanently softened and changed in appearance by cleaning with "Simple Green," or a similar cleaning agent. In fact, applying Occam's razor, I'd suggest that a cleaning agent is a more likely explanation for the softened varnish than a poor revarnishing.
  19. The Roth Guarneri model (IIR: copy of Guarneri 1734) is quite different from the model of this violin. This is not a Roth Guarneri model, and to me it looks more like a Roth Strad model than a Roth Guarneri model.
  20. Actually the OP sent pictures and so-forth to EHR and got this reply: So that is what EHR said. I do not know on what qualifications this "Expert" concluded that this violin was "a 1960s Roth that’s been doctored." I can understand the "doctored" part (particularly the varnish and whatever repairs it has had), but I have my doubts about it being from 1960s. I trust that EHR was able to match the serial number with the year and model. BTW, the daughter's father is not the OP.
  21. After it is open, please ask the luthier to take pictures of the interior work, including close-ups of corner blocks. They would be interesting to post here. Thanks.
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