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  1. 'W Hill and son, London' branding on the bracket feet. I believe some of the earlier Hill chinrests were branded on the side of the chinrest. The mounting attachment on the chinrest is slightly different as well. Benjamin Hebbert has a rare catalogue of Hill chin rests on display https://hebbertsviolins.wordpress.com/2016/08/09/vintage-chin-rests-by-w-e-hill-sons/ Personally, for that kind of money I would consult/commision a local luthier to make a custom chinrest.
  2. You'd be surprised by the number of chinrest fetishes over here in Japan. Yahoo Auction have Hill & son chinrests listed between ¥100,000 to ¥300,000 yen (mint). So if assuming max of ¥300,000 a piece x 38 could yield the happy winning bidder up to 10 fold. Madness, of course. Or is it…
  3. Haha yes baffling indeed, that said regardless of this makers high prices for average Joes like me, I have to admire and respect the woodwork. I found his instagram account and the cups, tea bowls and chinrests are truly impressive. Judging by the number of chinrests this chap is making I can only assume he has orders coming in. https://instagram.com/kohakumatu
  4. Yes, I was thinking along similar lines. If he has access to particular woods from the Izu Islands then he could well belong to an elite class of master makers. I understand the Mikurajima mulberry wood is possibly one of the most prized if not expensive woods in Japan. Still, at those prices it had better make me sound like Kogan or Oistrakh and grant me three wishes.
  5. Hi, Just wondering if anyone has come across this Japanese maker/brand of chinrest and fittings. http://asaiseisakujyo.com/itemlist12.html I stumbled across this maker online while searching for chinrests made from Japanese Mulberry wood. They look really beautiful.… However, the prices seem to be a tad higher than what I am acustomed to. (Eye wateringly) I am sure whoever is making them is a master craftsman. So wanted to know if anyone in the maestronet universe has ever come across or own any of these fittings. Thanks.
  6. Hello everyone, Just wondering if anyone out there can please help me find information about a possible violin maker by the name of Francis Roberts. I recently saw a violin with the handwritten label, Francis Roberts London 1926. So far, my search online has been rather futile. Will take some photos next time I am in the shop. It has a lovely tone and a reasonable price tag. Would be grateful for any clues, hints or tips how to find out who this maker is.. Thank you,
  7. I was just about to post about this as well. Looks like this is going to be a very interesting auction. Going to pick James Buchanan’s brains on this one. Can’t wait for the catalogue to come out. Surely, there must be a living Cremonese master who would be able to recognise his own work in the white...
  8. I actually quite prefer this discrete policy of only knowing the final winning bid of each Lot through the watchlist. James, thank you for taking on board our comments. I actually have a few more suggestions and points to raise so will DM you. Thanks,
  9. Hi there, Yes, you need to register first then add each Lot item on your watchlist. Then watch your email inbox explode with all the bid updates..
  10. Hi James, Thanks!. The Auction was fun to watch. I was (as expected) outbid on the French 3/4 size but no worries. It was a good first time experience. I was very happy to see my predictions go well. The Lot 73 bow held up well. This type of 'possibly JTL' bow can sell for ¥500,000Yen retail in Japan . I did put a bid in on that too but quite early on. Typical JTL french 3/4 size like Lot 65 normally sells for about ¥170,000 - ¥200,000 over here too. I have to say I really like the Amati website. Very easy to navigate and super clear photos.. The 360 viewing app , while not always working for every violin listed, is a fantastic feature. Super fast replies from your staff too. Will be sure to say hello in person if I make one of the viewings in London. Just wondering what is the latest acceptable bid time on a lot when bidding online. My friend tried to bid within the last minute but his bid wasn’t accepted. I think he clicked with just 30 secs to go (against my advice I might add). Is that too short notice. Should one bid 5 mins at the very latest? Anyway, look forward to the next auction. Thanks
  11. Hello all, Just wondering if anyone out there is eyeing the current Amati.com auction listings. I am a complete novice but have seen a few nice bows and violins. Any opinions/thoughts on the following lots. I haven’t been able to attend the viewings so going on my gut instincts. Lot. 73 I really like the look of this bow and the low reserve suggests it will hit a bidding frenzy? My hunch is it’s a nice JTL bow. Slight warping can be straightened so not an issue. I think it will reach about 1,200 euros (my guess) Frog looks nice and flush. good condition. Lovely head in my opinion. Wood looks to be good quality from my eyes. Lot. 71 Lovely looking Hill bow. Clean repair to back of head. So for a player it will be a good value. Good Broken bows are still sought after so I think this will get a good price. I have a repaired Lamy pere that I bought on the cheap and works a treat. Lot 65, 66 two nice childrens violins. I think both will have a good tone. Bargain price for my students if I can win either of these. Problem is they sell for much higher in Japan so I will be up against the big guns. Lot 9. Betts violin looks nice although not sure of the starting price. This is just my humble beginners eye opinion. Any experts please feel free to offer pearls of wisdom. Thanks,
  12. Thank you for your interesting thoughts on the subject. I guess there are far too many variables to just pin down to the properties according to a certain pattern, as I am learning on MN. I would love a chance to play on an authentic stainer violin. My luthier friend, who is letting me trial a ‘stainer labelled’ violin, was confident of it’s potential tone quality and projection before even completing the restoration job. ( it had been sitting in the back of his paris workshop in pieces for 50 years before moving to Tokyo) The new bass bar is kind of curvy shaped. While the neck projection and saddle height measurements have been adjusted to his specifications for high arched violins. I have no idea about the ins and outs of this.. but the end result is a violin with a large projection, really deep G and singing A and E. Not sure how I would describe the D string though.. I don’t know. Maybe it’s just a lucky find. Anyway, this has all set in motion an interest into discovering the tonal qualities of an authentic Stainer. I may never know. All fun and games. Thanks everyone for the feedback. I’m very much new to MN and going through all the posts is overwhelming.
  13. This is exactly what I was looking for..thank you very much. I know next to nothing about authentic Stainer instruments let alone their sound. So this is a great find. Cheers
  14. Thanks. Out of interest. I wonder how much consideration, if any was placed on the scientific aspect of violin making all those centuries ago over the artistic aesthetics. (sure this question has been discussed on MN, so will have a sift through posts) Having said that, I guess scientific concepts back then was very different to the knowledge base of today’s modern scientific approach and use of high tech equipment. With regards to art, I suppose this is continually evolving.
  15. Hi All, As a follow up to my recent acquisition, I was wondering if anyone could recommend recordings of real stainer instruments in both baroque and modern set up, solo and ensemble? I recently came across the clip of Jorg-michael Schwarz briefly discussing the different qualities of his stainer along with some lovely playing. I have noticed that my particular stainer-esque german violin has a bell like tonal quality to the A and E string. It is a very different to my ‘strad G forme’ copy. So wondering if this is a common quality found in the better Stainer copies. My friend’s Marchetti has a very similar quality on the A string so I was a bit confused how two very different patterned instruments could have similar tonal characteristics. Thanks,
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