Maestrojobo

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  1. What happens when a violin maker dies and people begin making copies in let's say, Mirecourt? If so many accept and buy bad copies of strad and del gesu, shouldn't the artist be flattered? Or should they be angry? Of course copyright laws didn't exist, but today amd the years to come it'll continue without permission. Should luthiers start hiring agents and publishing companies along with teams of lawyers? It's the age of litigation and luthiers are stuck on an 18th century workbench with no rights regarding copycats. How to change that and can we?
  2. The question quite what they were for, has been the subject of some pretty big arguments And what are the arguments?
  3. I thought the varnish was a giveaway to German. The scroll walls and arching could be English even. The purfling is what is really confusing. Is that drawn on? Whoever made it decided that they would make it look like an old violin. Hence the fake graft and sanded edges. So...Tyrolean? Pffft.
  4. I have to agree that as an Italian (who loves their kitchen witches, symbology, and superstitions) Strad was a creator and breathed life into his violins. He was a Giapetto making wood into 'real' boys. Though the symbol has been etched into church walls throughout Europe and can be seen in many other cultures around the world, the meaning and geometrical simplicity is ancient and means wisdom and the creation of life. I did some research on the divine proportion/golden ratio and it led me to the Seed of Life,the Flower of Life, the Egg of Life and so on. I even did some research on the chakra and other mystic libations and what it boils down to is this: Sacred Geometry. Everything can be measured and the building block of everything musical, spiritual, physical, the entire universe, even light, is represented by this symbol. So yes Old Man Tony knew what the symbol meant in every which way possible, and the precision that the seed of life brings to his work is probably the stepping stone to the secret that so many have searched for in his vioilns throughout the years. Every where around the world the symbol is found, it is called the same: The Flower of Life. Now that coincidence is something that we should take strong notice of if Stradivari had it carved on his violin mold. http://www.amazon.com/Ancient-Secret-Flower-Life-Vol/dp/1891824171/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1386622080&sr=8-1&keywords=the+ancient+secret+of+the+flower+of+life
  5. The yellow looks almost to be a Maggini school due to those ff's and that top arching.
  6. Looks Chinese to me, in the French.
  7. German but better than "trade". And quite interesting.
  8. I'd say that all of the above suggestions are factors, but allow me to offer my own suggestion. As a violinist this thought immediately came to mind: As a student we are taught the proper way to hold a violin while standing. The item of interest bumping and clattering against the instrument is the nails, the hand and of course, the bow! In that very spot. I can't tell you how natural it is to tuck the violin in "resting position" when standing and even sitting. Hope this is more of a consideration than Pizz. or a holster case.
  9. Many instruments aren't stamped Stainer. You can just look at one and know it's a Stainer build. Many famous violin makers used the model over Strad or Guarneri's shape. I actually have a Stainer model for sale, made by a G. Zanoli in Verona 1733. I'm sure there is one or two luthiers with the charts/jig for Stainer and have made them, I'm just not sure if there's a market for them. I'd be interested to see if there is indeed a luthier who only makes or is well known for Stainer copies too!
  10. You're right, unless you ask for it, nobody really makes Stainer models today. Most German shops in 1800's enjoyed a good Stainer, anda few makers in Italy. Otherwise I'm not aware of makers in other regions who caught Stainer fever. Del Gesu and Strad was tried and proven and the great virtuosos were only playing on the Cremonese makers models. There are a few today who play on the Stainers but those enjoy the smell of baroque music emitting from their violin. You also see those models all over ebay if you feel like having one fixed up. If you want a new stainer model you could commission of these fine and willing luthiers here.
  11. Hey, the Chinese are making some really good fiddles right now.
  12. Hey, the Chinese are making some really good fiddles right now.
  13. Huh, I don't do bows but I even know not to glue the plug! That's an interesting phenomenon.
  14. Anybody work on a violin of his, has pictures of his work, know about him, or ever seen a label/stamp/signature of his?
  15. Probably a copy of "The Cannon".