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Everything posted by GeorgeH

  1. I looked exactly that, and could not find anything like it. I just sent a link to your post to Shar.
  2. Agreed. But I like old stuff. I like a violin that I can imagine would have stories to tell. I like wondering who played on it before me, and who will play it after me. I like thinking about the maker who made it and the time of history that it was made in. Old violins capture my imagination. I also agree that "those fantastically expensive old instruments don't" necessarily "sound better than well made new ones." But I will pay extra to have my imagination captured!
  3. Wow - that is great looking - maybe you should patent the new "Spencer" chin rest! Ot talk to Shar to see if they would pay royalties to you. Their Tekas are made in India. I know I'd buy a few!
  4. I know nothing about English porcelain. But I do know that if a violin or bow is legitimately described as "possibly by" a fine maker, than it should legitimately increase the interest in the listing. Nothing wrong with calling attention to that opinion so that potential bidders can decide for themselves. It won't necessarily increase the price. If an auction company often used "possibly by" when it was clearly not, then they would lose credibility pretty quickly among potential bidders. Often times instruments with certificates are not described by the auction house as being by the maker on the certificate, so auction houses will disagree with an attribution, even when you might think it is against their interests to do so.
  5. Pretty. It would be nice to see the scroll (front, back, side), and close-ups of the the rib miters, corners, and bottom of the ribs (endpin and saddle).
  6. It depends on their written terms of agreement, and these are always written to protect the Auction House, not the buyers. Having said that, non-specialized Auction Houses should be diligently careful about how they describe things so they don't say things like "Scottish Violin" when they really have no clue about such things. A simple description of observable facts should be enough, with a disclaimer that it may not be complete. One cannot and should not expect auction houses with virtually no experience in violins to provide accurate and/or complete descriptions or condition reports. "Possibly by" and "Probably by" are opinions that shout "buyer beware," and the buyer can either choose to agree with or not. If you purchased a "German violin labeled Stradivari" at an auction for a few hundred dollars and it turned out to be an authentic Stradivari, do you think the Auction House should have the right to claw it back from you? I didn't think so. In the end, buying violins at auction is always a form of gambling, and consider the odds are stacked against you. Read about "The Winner's Curse" on Wikipedia: "The winner's curse is a phenomenon that may occur in common value auctions with incomplete information. In short, the winner's curse says that in such an auction, the winner will tend to overpay. The winner may overpay or be "cursed" in one of two ways: 1) the winning bid exceeds the value of the auctioned asset such that the winner is worse off in absolute terms; or 2) the value of the asset is less than the bidder anticipated, so the bidder may still have a net gain but will be worse off than anticipated." In the case of the Picasso drawing, that seems to be deliberate and provable fraud.
  7. Any written instructions? Time? Temperature?
  8. I have never tried it, and my lack of expertise/training is even greater than yours. Did it work when you tried it?
  9. But bows should be loosened and relaxed between uses, so they don't bend or lose camber. But if a bow is left with hair tight for a long time, it will develop a permanent bend, won't it? I was just speculating about reversing the process, such as clamping it straight for a year. I am asking because I was given an old bow with a horrible bend, and I was thinking about running such an experiment with it.
  10. Anybody know of a technique for straightening a bent bow without heat by pressing or holding it straight using clamps or something else over a long period of time?
  11. Well, that might be. Where do I buy tickets?
  12. That is not the same thing. That saddle was still sitting on the rib.
  13. Thanks for the replies. The violin in question was made by a German-American maker around 1900. It is modeled after Maggini, and I hadn't seen this maker use an inlaid saddle on his violins modeled after Cremonese makers.
  14. I think you nailed it.
  15. Martin is making Bruce Tai's head explode.
  16. Thanks, Martin. Do you know if there is an advantage do doing it this way? Or is it simply an aesthetic or stylistic consideration?
  17. I have been switching all my playing violins from Guarneri-style chin rests to Teka-style. I like slightly higher platform of the Teka; it makes for a much more comfortable and relaxed hold for me. What I don't like (and worry about) is the having the chin rest clamped over the ribs only instead of over the ribs and bottom block. I would like to have a Teka style that also clamps over the bottom block.
  18. Does a saddle that is inlaid in the top like the one shown below indicative of a particular geographic region or school (or a copy of that region or school)?
  19. The saddle is a diversion, but my guess is Brescian.
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