Posts posted by GeorgeH
1 hour ago, kmc said:
Thank you for the reply. I have checked the website but could not find any contact info there.
That is odd, isn't it? I wonder if the shop is closed.
"Fratelli" means "Brothers" in Italian. There is a Faruolo shop in New York - they might know something. Perhaps give them a call.
Nice post. I have wondered if anybody has seen a violin with a skull facing toward the player in the orientation of a lion's head scroll. Kind of a violin vanitas.
11 hours ago, DistractedCat said:
Luthier says that all the frog parts, wrap and screw are silver and not nickel (I don't know how to tell the difference).
One way to tell is that silver tarnishes black/gray whereas nickel tarnishes greenish.
On 3/19/2023 at 8:08 AM, Blank face said:
There are ways to make such damages nearly invisible (for example using shavings from the inside as veneer for replacements) and I can see no crucial damage in the central parts of the belly.
What about the back?51 minutes ago, jacobsaunders said:
Thanks for the aditional pictures!
Yes, @jamesbuchanan thank you. You may also want to change the description of the label in the text of the listing to "1785," but to my eye that date is illegible. The "3" could be a "5" as much as it could be an "8."
Can you tell the neck length?
9 hours ago, woodi said:
Not sure how I would know if it had been changed?
Check to see if the scroll is grafted.
7 hours ago, yxqc said:
but just curious whether the price was fair.
Pricing discussions here can be problematic because different people have many different opinions across a wide range based on many things such as experience, geographic location, and whether they are retail buyers, sellers or dealers, or hobbyists.
In your case it is impossible to give an informed opinion because one cannot tell the condition of the instrument, including things such as set-up, un-repaired damage, and prior repairs.
7 hours ago, Orpheus said:
Surely it does not weight 82g? That would be extraordinarily heavy for a violin bow.
It is a cello bow.
35 minutes ago, martin swan said:
For me the violin is an Eberle whether it has an Eberle label or not.
I understand your point. And @jacobsaunders's. And @Blank face's.
I am curious about the neck length, and why there are 3 pins in the button. The button also looks tampered with.
Back to the OP's question and assuming that it is an authentic Eberle and the back is in reasonable shape, would this be a candidate for a making a new historically-correct top as opposed to trying to restore the current one?
I am wondering if it makes more sense economically and also gives a better possibility to end up with a violin that sounds good.
What do you think of the condition of the back? Are there filled-in worm holes?
1 hour ago, Violadamore said:
Aren't we having some fun auctions this month?
This violin has everything @jacobsaunders loves - from a torn (insect eaten?) apocryphal label with an impossible date to f-holes apparently gnawed on by mice. And then there is the mysterious "gesu maria" label on the top block.
Was this violin once owned by a Church?5 minutes ago, Blank face said:
One should look at the label at last, or even ignore it.
My initial comment was based on the lot title. I had not seen the label or more aptly the remnants of it.
7 hours ago, martin swan said:
You have doubts?
I do. It seems he was born in 1727 or 1725, which would make him 8 or 10 years old, respectively, when he made this violin.
I'd suggest that the authenticity of this violin as the work of Tomaso Eberle should be your first concern.
Looks good. Did you smooth out the chamfers with the file marks?
Not surprisingly, this lot has been withdrawn.
It would appear from this article that he manufactured violins in a New York workshop as he continued to produce violins before, during, and after WWII.
In his presentations on American Violins, David Bromberg referred to some American violins as "dangerous violins; that is, American violins that look so Italian they are in danger of having the authentic American maker's label removed, replaced with an Italian maker's label, and then having a "0" or two added to the price.
I never thought that a Wilkanowski, particulalry with the distinctive "W" under the button, would be a one of them.
No doubt a Wilkanowski.
22 minutes ago, Shelbow said:
You can all bid on the strad now
I would, but they don't have a sound sample.
4 hours ago, jacobsaunders said:
You have outdone even yourself with that one.
1 hour ago, Zdenek - Lavuta said:
is it worth buying?
No, not even for free.
Thanks for the replies and pictures. It is interesting that Lanini placed the posts next to the rib and then ran the linings around them, which is different than the examples shown.
56 minutes ago, Don Noon said:
Apparently you both missed my "bench" thread posting in May 2021, and probably some earlier posts as well.
I am afraid so. It is interesting to know that you and David have both done this. I wonder if Riccardo Antoniazzi and/or Celeste Farrotti did this? It makes a lot of sense.
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Well, the water does evaporate, so it must do something.
I think the humidifiers using hydrogels are far superior, though.