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  1. Well here's what I learned, and I'll present it here in case someone else can learn something from it. State laws on valuation vary, but generally speaking it appears as though discretion given to the lower court is so broad that they can do whatever they want with it. They can count your inventory at full retail price if they want or wholesale if they want. In retrospect, I wish we had brought in an "expert" other than myself to explain valuation and markup to retail prices. Why in 'reasonable replacement cost' should be how items are valued in this sort of setting. I think the court gen
  2. Thanks for some good suggestions. I did get a small extension to work out an error in the transcript, so I'll try to pursue some of these suggestions. Sad to say, but the financial stuff is the tip of the iceberg. It will make more sense if I explain that she has a mental illness rooted in childhood trauma that involved, among other things, her family members kidnapped by their father in the midst of a divorce. When she realized I was leaving the marriage she accused me of abuse and slammed me with accusation after accusation for the next 9 months to prevent me being alone with our child.
  3. I recently got divorced, and really got screwed on my instruments. They valued them at 80% of retail and awarded my wife 1/2, but didn't assign any of the debt to her. So on top of what I already owe on my business she just got another 40%. I'm appealing the case (which is about a 1% chance of success apparently), and since I'm out of money I'm doing the work myself (so less than a 1% chance I guess). I'm struggling to find any legal precedents for how to value the work of new works of art. In my case, I started making violins a few years back, but don't really have clientele in that mar
  4. When this movie was in theaters I was about 17 years old, and was at the movie theatre with my girlfriend. Our movie was sold out, so we had to make a quick decision without knowing anything about the other movies. I saw the title "The Full Monty" and said "Probably a Monty Python Movie. Sounds good." When we sat down I noticed my parents were 2 rows ahead of me, and the movie was not at all what I expected. When my mother stood up at the end of the movie and saw me sitting a couple seats behind her she just about fell over. She said her first thought when the movie ended was "I'm so glad we d
  5. This pretty well sums up my thoughts (except I did use a pseudonym). I do have a harder time figuring out how much credibility an anonymous poster has simply because you usually have less information to go on, however, there are many on here who have no web presence and are not widely known. Real names are most useful for higher profile, well established professionals. My conclusion is that my anxiety over using my real name is not well founded. I don't see anyone saying that posting publicly has caused them any real problems in this field as was described by someone earlier (a v
  6. Thanks everyone. In general I tend to have a high level of anxiety, and even a Facebook page shared only with friends makes me feel uncomfortable sort of like public speaking. The exposure to a crowd makes me uncomfortable. So that is certainly a part of the issue. To better illustrate my professional concern, there is a local shop who I used to work for, and I've witnessed a bit of back-handed and slanderous commentary of other luthiers. I've seen it happen with former employees starting the day that they quit even though they were in good standing all the way. The sort of state
  7. I am debating dropping the pseudonym for my MN account and I'm curious to get feedback from other professionals. One of my reasons for posting under a pseudonym is that I am engaging in professional discussions about various things on which my viewpoints sometimes evolve over time (as I think is true for all of us). Practices change, and in the nature of these discussions, often of a speculative nature, it's nice to be able to exchange without the pressure of making a public statement that can misrepresent your work. I don't think I'm saying this clearly, but hopefully you get the idea.
  8. Perhaps they ended up with a short rib, and fudged it a little to one side in the making process. For example, maybe there was an issue in the corner bend, perhaps it broke near the end, so used what they had left and moved the joint. Alternatively, they may have run in to a shortage if they didn't do a cut list and didn't have a lot of room to spare. Just guessing.
  9. This is my thought, too. There are a few places on the instrument where you will find evidence of scribe points used for layout, and that being the case it's also just easier to follow that line a bit. It looks very strange not to do it. The place where buttons break is almost always at the purfling with two straight lines up to the edge from the purfling. I've often thought that there shouldn't be purfling across the button. It would look strange to just end it, but one could bring it inwards the way they do on some double purfled violins and do something decorative. Even just d
  10. I guess what I mean is that it would work like most search functions on a computer. As I mentioned, in AIMsi if you were looking for something with the title "Bach: Sonatas" and you typed Bach into the search field it would not find it because the description is has Bach: not Bach If you search for 4/4 it will not find it because a backslash attached to any character eliminates it from search results no matter what you do. Apparently that has something to do with coding (so I was told). In any case, the restrictions in the search function are unlike anything I've come across on a
  11. Came across this today, and it seems promising. https://www.rainpos.com I see some guitar shops are using it, and you can see reviews from those shops here: http://www.capterra.com/point-of-sale-software/spotlight/140893/Rain Point of Sale/Rain Retail Software The upshot is they seem to be liking it. Integrates well with websites (don't know about compatibility with particular web platforms), has sales, rentals, and service. The two notable cons mentioned in a couple reviews from music stores were that it doesn't seem to have options for trades or consign
  12. Thanks for the suggestion. Unfortunately neither of those would quite work for a violin shop doing sales, service, and rentals. I was really hoping that someone on MN was going to have the perfect answer, but I guess we are in a rather small niche. As a point of comparison the company that my wife works for (fashion industry) had custom software built to do everything that they wanted. It cost something like $15,000-$20,000 + a subscription fee. The software company owned the code, which also somehow meant that they owned the data in the program or something. Not quite clear, but
  13. It's really hard to search for software and get any sense of what it will do for a violin shop specifically, and of course it doesn't seem like there are products designed closely enough for what we need to be a perfect fit (if that's possible). I would think that any retail business with both web business and a brick and mortar store would want this integration, but from what I can tell it just isn't so straight forward. That seems bizarre to me. Especially with large web platforms like Squarespace that have web store options. One would think that it would be in the best interest of both the
  14. AIMsi to me represents everything that I hate about Microsoft products. Not intuitive, difficult to manage, in theory you have quite a bit of customizability, but some really key features are not there. Examples: When you're entering your item descriptions into AIMsi you need to be really careful about punctuation. If you type Bach: in the description, for example it will not find Bach because there is punctuation attached. You will need to use a wildcard search Bach* That may not be the end of the world, but if you use a / for any reason it will prevent you from searching for an
  15. Sorry for such a boring question, but I am trying to decide on software for managing the business operations of a violin shop. I've used AIMsi, and mostly hate it, although I'm not sure there are better choices readily available. I'd like to be able to manage inventory, integrate the inventory management with a website automatically, keep track of rentals and contracts, instrument trials, sales, repair scheduling, repair estimates, billing, payroll, shipping etc... AIMsi does all those things, but it's so painful and counter-intuitive that I'd love to know of something else since