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  1. Thank you! CW Seidel. Very much appreciate it. --Kevin
  2. Dear Experts: For a few hundred $, I bought an old German 1/2 size violin for use by my young nephew. The seller had bought it for her son, in 1998, paying $1650 from the (then) Thompson & Seman shop (Skokie, IL). That is according to the original and signed sale and appraisal paperwork she provided with the instrument. With new strings it sounds good for a 1/2. I write you to ask whether you know anything more about the maker than the very little I can find online. The label reads Heinr. Eichheimer, Berlin 1891, Made in Germany. In a separate vein, can anyone tel
  3. I haven't got very good photos. Do you recognize the brand? Hard to read as indicated by the attempts seen in the paper. Here are a few more pictures.
  4. Ebay is a flea market for violins and other strings. Is there an online site where knowledgeable and trustworthy people buy and sell higher quality instruments? I've seen (and used, satisfactorily) such sites for guitars.
  5. Seems like this thread has also revealed *some* level of "crankiness" on this site, albeit more than offset by real expertise. But that's to be expected on any such public site. I'm off. Thanks everyone.
  6. There is no doubt as to *provenance* of this violin: it came from the maker, Rusnak, through Dixon-Stein, to the person who sold it to me, to me. As to *quality*, I'm satisfied that it's more than suitable for a college music performance major / conservatory player (which I what I have), a community orchestra player (the seller), etc. As to the issues around Dixon's recent *bankruptcy*, you can see from the appraisal letter (on the seller's posting) that he bought it in March 2014, more than three years ago. Finally, as to *value*, all I can say is that I'm delighted to have it for the price,
  7. Thank you, all. A few comments to wrap up. First, I have no doubt that the violin is what it's claimed to be, and that there was nothing untoward in either the original purchase, or in the sale to me, of this instrument. To my understanding, the seller is an accomplished and knowledgeable player who simply wanted to sell this instrument to help fund the purchase of something different. Second, I have high regard for WH Lee. The person who helped me was kind, professional, generous, and cared about instruments bearing the name of the shop and/or one of their makers. I would happily refer friend
  8. Thank you, Martin. The person who sold me the violin clearly had proper title, having bought it from DS. Before that, I cannot say.
  9. Interesting thread. It was (and continues to run as) an experiment to see what folks would say about a violin of known provenance and retail value given a set of photos. The interesting result of the experiment is to have surfaced pretty high variance in evaluations of provenance and quality, ranging from "Chinese junk" to "pretty nice," perhaps with an overall bias toward the negative. As to whether there's something "rotten" going on here, perhaps sadly there's just not. The seller bought the violin at Dixon Stein. DS eventually filed for bankruptcy and went out of business. I
  10. They're all the same violin, namely the one that I bought.
  11. Thanks. Point well taken. If I lived in NYC, London, etc. it sure would be easier!
  12. That's correct, albeit from the very shop where the luthier still works. The shop owner indicated that he was consulted to determine, and confirmed, provenance.
  13. My sense, perhaps at 90%+ confidence level, is that in this case I got a pretty good deal on a nice violin. No complaints.
  14. It's shinier than some decent violins I've seen, but not cheap looking.