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  1. Would you remove a Nemessanyi label from a del Gesu? I have an old violin from an unknown maker with a barely legible counterfeit label, and the violin is better than the obscure (maybe nonexistent) maker on the label would suggest. It isn't even from the same country as the label. That is part of my question. Does it perpetuate a deception to leave it in?
  2. I don't regard authentic repair labels as fake or counterfeit. I actually think they add some history to the instrument. But if you had a very nice Chinese instrument with a fake David Burgess label in it, would you take it out? Yes, I was only thinking about this in terms of a violin that the decision-maker owned or had the owner's permission. I guess that the crux of the question is: does a clearly counterfeit label add or detract from a violin's value?
  3. A counterfeit label is a label placed in an instrument that intends to deceive about the original maker or origin of the instrument or to make it appear more valuable.
  4. If one opens an old violin with a counterfeit label, is it better to leave it in or should it be removed? Does a counterfeit label add or detract from the value to the instrument? For identification purposes, is it better to have an unlabeled violin than a counterfeit labeled violin?
  5. Exactly. Like, who would write stories about what violin he was playing when he was busking in the Washington, D.C. subways if he wasn't playing a Strad?
  6. In this particular violin, it is the residues of the shoe polish that have seeped into the finish that give it the GREAT sound. Probably something that should be tried by modern makers to recreate this GREAT sound. Another Strad secret pro tip: Red shoe polish is best applied using a "spit shine" technique.
  7. How apropos for these times. Perhaps a humanitarian like Huberman could save some lives by starting a Syrian refugee orchestra in the United States...
  8. How old does a violin need to be before it ceases to be labeled as "modern" (in auction catalogues, for example)? Is there a difference between a "contemporary" violin and a "modern" violin? If there is, is the only difference between a "contemporary" violin and a "modern" violin is that the "contemporary" maker is still alive?
  9. The fine art market in general has seen prices rise significantly above the general rate of inflation. From an economics point of view, this is not surprising considering that the planet's wealthiest individuals are also the ones who have experienced the greatest percentage increase in wealth in the last 30 years. Hence, there are more discretionary dollars to spend on expensive items that the other 99% of us can only gaze at in museums.
  10. I wasn't being critical of the policy; it makes sense for the strategy that they are using for their buyers and sellers. I think that they might want to state on their website in an easy-to-find-page that they do not archive their sales on-line to maintain the privacy of the buyers and sellers, particularly because that is an important and deliberate of their business strategy. And, yes, I see what you mean about Bromptons. Too bad, I think.
  11. Wait until carbon fiber violins are perfected and mass produced, and then imagine the debates we'll all have here!
  12. Perhaps it would be useful to make this policy clear someplace on your website that is easy for potential buyers and sellers to find.
  13. OK, thanks for the explanation. Not that I personally like the policy ,it does makes strategic sense for what you're trying to do.
  14. Wow, that seems to be a pretty good way to minimize repeat visits to the Amati website, and to make it a far less interesting and useful website than other auction sites.
  15. Does Amati publish their auction results? I could not find them on the website.
  16. I think Jeffrey is right recommending not posting it here. And, Dillywilly, (nice name alliteration, BTW), it costs dealers money to maintain an inventory of fine violins, and expensive violins are not a commodity like a car. A violin dealer might wait years to match a particular violin to a customer. Auctions do not guarantee an immediate sale, particularly if you set a high reserve price. Having said that, you might be able to negotiate a sliding percentage based on price, while remembering that you do want the dealer have an incentive to sell it for as high a price as they can. And you should get offers of terms from several different reputable dealers.
  17. No, put it on Ebay "Rare Old Vintage Cello For Parts or Restoration"
  18. So, why aren't the strings still attached to the tailpiece?
  19. You might check with private sellers on Craigslist. At least you can see and play the violin that you are interested in, and many times these sellers will come down in price significantly. I'd recommend looking looking up some standard measurements and taking a ruler with you so you can check them. Also, look down the fingerboard for warping. https://london.craigslist.co.uk/search/sss?query=violin&sort=rel My rule of thumb is to assume $300 additional to the price of any violin I purchase privately for a new bridge, sound post, and fingerboard plaining. Now, on eBay: I have had very good luck with Song Violins purchased directly from China. I always assume they will need a $200-300 proper set-up (new bridge, strings, sound post adjustment, and fingerboard plaining), but they generally sound very nice for student or even intermediate student instruments. http://stores.ebay.com/Charming-SONG-Violin-store/4-4-Violin-/_i.html?_fsub=957326014&_sid=695128804&_trksid=p4634.c0.m322 I do not have any affiliation with this store, but I have been very happy with 3 violins that I ordered for students from them, and I know of 3 others who have received nice instruments from them. They are shipped directly from China. Again, plan on the $200-300 for proper set-up, but you can get a really nice violin for your purposes for under $500 from them. They have over 8,500 customer feedbacks and 99.5% are positive. These violins are a lot less expensive and just as nice as the equivalent instruments that you would pay 1,500-2,500 retail for from a dealer (in my opinion). Their high-grade carbon fiber bows are also quite good, and you won't need to pay extra shipping if you buy one with the violin. I don't recommend their lower-grade bows. They accept offers on their violins, too, so don't be afraid to try that. Again, and to emphasize, I am only speaking from my experience and I have no affiliation with them.
  20. See: http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2004-12-02/news/0412020147_1_kenneth-warren-son-violin-estate
  21. My guess is that most pieces are more likely from elephants. Just my guess.
  22. A definition of pseudoscience is important here: a system of theories, assumptions, and methods erroneously regarded as scientific (From: https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pseudoscience) Carry on.
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