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  1. Yes, I found that article and it is awesome! Wish I could find more like his article out there online. I will check out his site! Thanks for he info!
  2. Anyone have any general starting points to ID a Romeo Antoniazzi violin? Features to look for? Identifying stylistic elements? Marks? Et cetera... I am working on a research project on the lineage of makers he is a part of but his style seems, to my extremely basic eye, to be all over the board and very diverse. So I’m having trouble nailing down some themes to note for his instruments. I also don’t have a paid Tarisio account which I suppose might help but I’m trying to save money for now. Any tips on his instruments much appreciated. Thanks much!
  3. Aaah! I looooove cats! But alas it doesn’t look like the mark of two little kitty fangs.
  4. Hmmm that could cause the texture there and explain the darkening. Violin is from 1907 so who knows what it has experienced but I’d sure like to know! The luthier I got it from French polished it so that makes it harder to see because it’s so shiny haha.
  5. True! Playing outdoor gigs I’m often dodging flying stands and plexiglass missiles!
  6. Oh wow! Someone playing a violin smoking is something I’ve never seen before! Not sure if it’s burn marks as they are all on the right side of the grain. Looks more scuff like to me but smoking is a better story.
  7. Lol! I like it. I need a cool story/theory for when people ask.
  8. That could be it as there are black/dark marks around the top like something someone did (glue? Retouch?) after having the top off turned dark over time.
  9. That is my leading theory as the black marks seem to be on the right side of each of the wood grains, like something rubbed over it from the same direction. Maybe one of those old style violin cases that had a spinner that pivoted over the body of the instrument compared to today’s Velcro around the neck???
  10. And sorry for the poor photos with all the glare! Gah! I have only a cell phone camera and am experimenting with instrument photography but don’t have then lighting, tech, or skills yet to take better closeups, but I’m working on it.
  11. I always get asked what happened to my violin... and the answer is I do not know! It was like this when I bought it and it doesn’t bother me because I think it adds character and an identifying feature. No crack, just a surface abrasion of some sort. Any theories as to what caused this? I wish I knew because I am very curious of a person, haha. Is this damage anything I should be concerned about fixing/restoring? My luthier didn’t think so but I’m not sure if this can even be restored if I’d want to in the future? Thanks!
  12. I tried this and nothing moved. So I hope it's a good reglue! I checked all sides, too. We'll see what happens its first Midwest winter outside of a controlled shop...
  13. Yikes! Don't know when that happened or who could have done that prior to my owning it. Is that something that can or should be fixed eventually? I personally don't care one way or another but I do want to maintain the violin properly and take the best care of it.
  14. Just the belly. At times it kind of looks like black Sharpie in how it is, haha! If it is glue, is that something I should leave on as is or put on my laundry list try to have removed next time the top is off?
  15. Photo of course did not attach. Here it is!
  16. I was doing a routine inspection of my violin today and got to wondering about something... hoping someome more knowledgeable can clear up my curiosity... My violin has these black marks all around the top edge of the ribs where the top plate is glued on. But not anywhere else. Is this discolored glue residue? Varnish? Lead? Just was looking closer at things and was wondering what those marks were from in my violin's past. Here is a photo Thanks for clearing up my curiosity!
  17. Consider attending the HFAA Annual Workshop in Dodgeville, WI! It is THE place to try the instrument and learn to play tunes, regardless of your level of string instrument experience! It is also THE place to learn more about the instruments, making, history, and dancing!
  18. It is hard for me to say based on the photos with lighting differences if it is the same instrument. I agree that the wear on the black paint is intriguing and would be awfully coincidental if it was the same wear pattern in two different instruments. It is possible that any gold paint has been touched up since the documentary, as that wears pretty easily on the edges. The scrolls are hand carved, so that could explain the difference between the right and left the side of the crown. If he was a professional maker it is likely that he would follow the same general pattern for the instrument itself, but what would be different would be the details of the decorative elements. I'd be interested in seeing a comparison of the rosing (inked on designs) of the front, back, and sides and the inlay on the fingerboard and tailpiece. Comparing the documentary fiddle to your fiddle in all of those areas would make a more convincing argument it is the same instrument. I am not sure about why there could be two different dates. You might want to join the HFAA (Hardanger Fiddle Association of America) Facebook Group and post something. Individuals on there know a lot more about these things and would be able to say if it was the same fiddle as the documentary and give more info about the maker. If he is a reputable and well-known modern maker you could get a lot more for it. Sometimes modern makers have instruments that are a hit or a miss and determining if it is an instrument with good sound qualities will, of course, impact the price. Often older fiddles sell for a lot more just because they are older, but a great sounding and well-playing modern fiddle could fetch a good price. I myself cannot speak to any of this because I do not speak Norwegian to research online. It literally took me years to track down info about my own instrument, haha! I can recommend some individuals to reach out to in Norway and the USA if you message me. I am a hardanger fiddle player and HFAA member. If you are willing to ship to the USA, I am sure there is a buyer here. I know many in the HFAA who are looking for a hardanger fiddle and if the price is reasonable would be very interested.
  19. Thank you, everyone, for your input! Although what I have in place now is probably okay, for my own peace of mind I am looking for a company that specializes in instrument coverage. I have info out to Clarions, Heritage, and Mertz-Huber/Huntington Block for quotes on my violin, fiddle, bows, and cases. I will have to wait and see what they come up with for a price and then compare price and coverage. If it is comparable enough (or fingers crossed maybe even cheaper) I will change to a specialty company. Worth it for the peace of mind and if something were to happen, to work with a company that understands how instruments work, are valued, need repairs, etc and won't try to pull any funny business or put up any hassle.
  20. Agree. Even if it is a bit more expensive, worth the peace of mind and potential for avoiding hassle to me.
  21. How is that different from what they gave me? Does it serve as more of a guarantee without any doubt as to the maker, year, provenance?
  22. What other companies do you recommend I quote with? I did a little research online, but it seems there is always several negative stories for every company. So I got discouraged. State Farm appeals to me because, up until this recent development, what you insure for is what you get. No depreciation, no requirements for appraisal frequency, just simple and all-inclusive coverage. Pretty much the only things excluded are long-term damage not due to any isolated incident or intentional damage. Other companies seem to have more exclusions and rules to me, but maybe that is worth it to deal with.
  23. I have brought it up to my agent. He sent me policy information and, in summary, the full personal articles policy coverage applies but there is an added $50 deductible for professional use instruments. Pretty much anything that can happen, assuming it is not a gradual problem or intentional damage I inflict, is covered up to the cost on the policy. If it was a total loss in damage, stolen, or other situation where I was shopping for a new violin, "if the violin could be replaced with the same violin" for less than the coverage they would pay me that lower amount. I explained to him that the maker made other violins, but only a few others the same year, and they would all sound different, and thus it would be impossible to replace with the same violin! Also, if something were to happen, the chances of a violin by this maker being up for sale anywhere at the same time are slim anyway. That is exactly the situation I am trying to avoid! I know how companies can use their adjusters to increase the total claim or decrease the total claim as it suits them. It just seems sketchy that they have it notated that the maker it is attributed to is an opinion when it is a well-qualified opinion and they have never done that to me before...
  24. Hello MN - I recently purchased a beautiful vintage Italian instrument. It is the violin I am going to play for the rest of my life. The shop I bought it from provided an insurance document with details and specifying the replacement cost. I sent the info along to my insurance company which is State Farm and they have added it to my personal articles policy. The change was processed today and I see the new violin listed on my account. What struck me as odd compared to my other violins on the policy, and gives me pause, is that they have noted in the item description that it is an "opinion." The shop owner is well qualified to judge these type of things and has done so many times before! I am not sure if it is because the appraisal says "in my opinion" and they want certainty, but I am with the understanding that is standard wording for such documents and the underwriters who work with instruments should know that. I am even more puzzled because I used to work for State Farm and gave them exactly what they need and have given them appraisals with the same wording in the past and never has anything been flagged like this. Assuming that the high value of the instrument is initiating some extra process for underwriting or that if there was to be a total loss they would have to verify authenticity before paying me anything? But that seems ridiculous to me given that I gave them a verified appraisal up front. I just don't want to get burned God forbid something should happen (knocks on wood)! State Farm pays replacement cost up to the value of the item on the policy, so I planned to re-appraise every 5 years or so to update the value, which, per some internet research, seemed to be a fair time frame to reassess value. Additionally, I live in a rural area and getting another appraisal would be a 4-hour drive commitment plus the cost of the appraisal and I am on a tight budget after purchasing said instrument! This is my first "nice" violin, actually, it is very nice, so maybe it is a good idea to suck it up and get a 2nd opinion right away? But that would probably also use the same or similar "opinion" wording and State Farm would probably not remove that quantifier on the instrument. Or maybe I should look into other companies? After working in insurance, I really have a strong distrust of the insurance system! It is too easy to get burned on little details. Advice welcome!
  25. Ahh like a controlled experiment! I like that! I am starting to suspect it is either one ingredient common in many things, or just simply the prolonged exposure and friction of especially potent neck sweat LOL.
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