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  1. Pardon the severely delayed resopnse.... there's nothing stated clearly or otherwise in the T&C regarding the sale of cases or posting links for this section of the forum. If I'd commited some infraction, the moderators could have informed me - or just deleted the post altogether.
  2. For your consideration is is this very fine, completely handmade full size violin case from Jaeger. It is forlorn back-stock from a violin shop that moved a few years ago. I believe it's from the early 70s, as the interior configuration is a bit different with the contemporary offerings. Lightweight, multiply birch shell bound in black kidskin. Handfitted velour interior with matching blanket. Four bow spinners and string tube. Compact design. Leather reinforced custom fitting duck-fabric cover from Gewa with multiple D rings for straps and a "subway" handle. I'm offering it with the Mooradian cover I've been keeping it in since I've owned it. I have never taken it out of the house, have been just hoarding it for a few years now. see link for more pics, feel free with the questions https://plus.google.com/photos/100695721341102389035/albums/6143566535216424993?authkey=CJL7xNXd8vGUdw $1000, negotiable - shipping included to the US.
  3. (to keep from cluttering up the board with new threads) there are a number of things about this listing that look rather fraudulent to me http://r.ebay.com/bPyZCV •horribly misspelled listing title "VERRY GOOD FRENCH VIOLIN 4/4 ALBERT DEBAYE annee 1926" •Item location is shown to be in Belleview, Florida; yet, lost in translation wire transfer payment instructions «BANK TRANSFER BY NUMBER IBAN AND NUMBER SWIFT / BIC - preferred» •a label placed on the right hand side, right under the soundpost position: • for an instrument purportedly made in 1926, if by some lapse of intellect, the workshop placed the label there; the obvious lack of wear or damage from 89 years of soundpost adjustments seems highly suspect. •furthermore, the seller's ID is associated with a Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cordesaisons/636542123111005) giving an address at Villeneuve-Lès-Béziers. Are they located in Languedoc-Roussillon, or Florida?
  4. I'm trying to determine a kind of provenance of these marquee necks. Not exactly worried too much about pricing statistics, that's more a matter of the experienced eye. That said a ¢.44 offer on your violin (ex, if in 1913 ¢.44 would be worth $10.39 in 2015) only proves the well founded fact of the shady side of the violin trade. I think we're slipping off topic
  5. going off-topic: Those pegs were/are offered by Grover. They're a "hail Mary" solution to worn out peg-holes, when a correct bushing would be cost prohibitive. They were usually stock pegs for early 19th c. American made banjos and ukuleles. For guitars, the old "imperial" and "rotomatic" geared machine tuners set the industry standard for years to follow & are yet (IMO) to be improved upon. The old American made ones are of superior quality to their current product line.
  6. thanks, grain of salt noted! I know practically 0 about German and Bohemian instruments other than owning one or two, so I figured this would be a good enough place to start asking dumb questions. I have lost track of the aforementioned Sears & Roebuck catalog, but I vaguely recall Louis Lowendall instruments being lumped in the higher quality instruments. Vaguely being a key word, although I though Lowndall worked out of Dresden & not Markneukirchen..... Or was Lowendall, in fact, just a brand name & not a violin maker at all? (I once had a delicate Amati model bearing his label & signature and a 1889 date) I might be trying to make a parallel to the kind of industry practice employed in Mirecourt, where small family workshops were employed with the sole task of carving necks to a dedicated pattern that were then used by the greater firms (i.e. JTL, Laberte, etc...) for the ranges of beginner to conservatory instruments. One of the things that draws me to this question is that a friend has a violin with this marquee scroll. It's a Stainer model with a great deal of thoughtful restoration, very light weight with a piercing sonority. As stated, I know 0 about German instruments but this one appears to have been made before the big US import surge of the later 19th c. She doesn't know anything about it, and the last time an certified appraiser was around, it was flatly dismissed as an ugly old fiddle. If I can figure out how to upload pics, I'll show you guys what I'm talking about.
  7. Here's something I've been curious about for some time. I see these trade violins turn up frequently, some can be quite nice and others, like the one pictured can be rather humble. It's this stock neck with a flat spot on the back of the scroll they all have in common - therein they've been branded with a model name, usually "consevatory", but I've seen them branded Paganini, Amati, Vuillaume, Ole Bull, Stainer ect... sometimes with no brand at all. I have an old Sears & Roebuck catalog from 1911 and there's a two page spread featuring these types of violins indicating that they may have been imported by Lyon & Healy or J&B. So, question: Is this common stock neck be attributed to a particular workshop? Or a particular area and many workshops used them? Or was it typical of a workshop in the mid-late 19th c. & became de rigueur towards the 20th c?
  8. Thanks to a lack of space, I have to keep the heap down to a navigable size for myself and my sweetie, so I have to keep the pile in rotation. I have a bad habit of stacking up french trade violins, old Gibson and Lyon & Healy guitars and mandolins (which sometimes attracts a banjo, usually requiring amputation). I have a real soft spot for old British roadsters, but since I spend so much time in France I've ended up with a couple of interesting handmade & production bicycles from Follis, Hoyer, Menet, Rochet, Bernard Carré, P. Limongi and Mercier. They're relatively cheap and plentiful, and because I work with the local bike coop when in Paris finding obsolete spares is usually not a problem. Been a little slack at it as of lately, but I made some progress replacing the old punk & new wave record collection of my teenage years which was magically/stupidly turned into beer money in my 20s. nice to meet you guys
  9. nice! Old British roadsters are right up my alley. Had a big clear-out last year, but I kept all my Sturmey spares and my 1941 Raleigh Popular. Will post pics when I figure out how.
  10. Will do, I have known Collin for a very long time & know Sam because we're share the mandolin affliction. A few of us gave Sam unsolicited recommendations on Collin's behalf when we heard he was being considered as an assistant.
  11. I'm new here and could have more constructive contributions to the forum, but I can't resist. Actually, I have a short list of, umm...ambitious ebay "antique dealers" hoping for a fool & his money. Embarrassed to admit how much of my time I waste on them. Anyone care to make an offer on this "1873 Nicolas Vuillaume"? Didn't he die in 1872? http://r.ebay.com/742p8A
  12. Hello, My name is Thomas and I'm an amateur luthier/collector and part time music professional. I have landed on the forum often enough while researching makers, techniques and other miscelaneous info to warrant actually signing up. So, here I am. I moved to New York City from Virginia in 2001 and travel to Europe frequently. I have an interest in fretted stringed instruments and antique bicycles as well. I will try to keep my stupid questions down to a minumum. cheers TB
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