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Bill Merkel

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  1. I would say that's from the Hartford, Connecticut region and date it from the 1940s to perhaps '60s. The style of scope on this one dates it to the 1980s for me, international style generally but probably a NATO country.
  2. Is that a reliable rule? I have this that I always assumed was Chinese.
  3. The guy smashing the violin should learn how to play instead.
  4. Karl Richer's orchestra seems to have used steel strings, along with the concertmaster Otto Buchner (with a Thomastik tailpiece). And they were Baroque specialists! I think their popularity occurred at a time when steel strings were popular in general with orchestras.
  5. My understanding is that the Old Ones have been so beat up and rotted and repaired that whatever differentiating subtleties in construction and materials they might have had would have to have been swamped. I've also heard the attention they get in setup is second to none. I'm sure my own crusty VSO could benefit from a meticulous setup by a recognized master. Or maybe setup is fake too
  6. Showing it with pictures in the background, one thing I've learned is that decent violins look alike in the details but not in the details of the details... It's easy to match things if you're just looking at the first level details. Scrolls on great violins or at least expensively great look like they were carved by a sculptor, with all his power and knowledge of aesthetics, not just somebody who can carve a scroll
  7. Maybe all those cracks in the top are from the OP swinging it around and that practice mute falling off.
  8. You're talking about the trip; I'm talking about the culture. Jokingly. Kind of. But music pop star highest calling is to be killed in a drive by shooting by a rival star's posse, so there's hope.
  9. The two sides should look for what they have in common, like directing vitriol at Paganini
  10. "Some thought Paganini was still alive and directed a great deal of vitriol towards Paganini"
  11. legalized hallucinogens + instant communication explains a lot
  12. there would be a side benefit to certifying all pernambuco bows, and genuine pernambuco bows only
  13. ^Stripping off the tailpiece and the case before returning it is evidence enough that they were the fence. Would have liked to have seen them at least threatened with receiving stolen property charge
  14. ^Was I a little too harsh? Were you the second shop?
  15. The violin was stolen from you ("fraud") and was fenced by the second dealer. The violin is yours and the second dealer is just out whatever he's out. Report it stolen and while you're there tell the cops you know exactly where it is.
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