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  1. relisted??
  2. which is the source of my question, would that be typical of cottage industry in early 20th C.
  3. I agree that the inscription is a repairman in Sydney, but would the existence of a neck graft change the picture? I think I'm seeing one, and the flame on the scroll is different from the neck.
  4. Well, they even got as far as convincing someone to list the instrument as the 1737 McKay Strad on Wikipedia. There's got to be pics of the instrument out there somewhere... Keep digging folks.
  5. I had wondered the same when I saw this article the other day, and assumed these are stock pics from somewhere.
  6. I wonder if the rehair changed the tension across the ribbon of hair, causing the stick to bow slightly sideways, thus changing the bowing characteristics. I have seen this on several otherwise nice bows. And I agree with Stephen, that a recambre can subdue chatter.
  7. I can't comment on the value or provenance, but I fail to see the 'terrible condition'. Is there some obvious flaws I'm missing? maybe you mean the damage by the treble ff from clumsy soundpost work? back seam? what else... buy it cheap and resell it to me at a markup.
  8. I cannot argue with that. However it is still a pleasure to play it every day, and quite fun to study the original varnish, etc at close range. If it were in good condition I wouldn't be holding it now.
  9. French, Paris, mid-1800's, Charles Jacquot. Nice violin, in spite of the extensive repairs. I am loving the varnish, just can't figure out how to get a close match. Of course the look is achieved with the correct mix of wood preparation, process, and materials. And in a case like this, age!
  10. I can't believe it, so did I! I was trying to make it match this look and failed miserably! Luckily just a dream. Dream on, as they say...
  11. Mimi Zweig is a wonderful teacher. I second the recommendation...
  12. Strange, from a players perspective I have the opposite opinion. Evah P felt like wires, Rondos are like butter. Perhaps an exaggeration, but I like the feel and sound of Rondo strings a lot.
  13. Very cool, thank you. This exercise is extremely helpful and I will use it. Frog is definitely the hardest to keep from bouncing. A few variations I stumbled on include doing 6 fast notes instead of 4, which gives a bit more time for the strokes to stabilize after a string crossing. And starting each group of 4 with an up-bow. That sure changes the feeling, and seems to encourage smooth bowing. Provided there is some finger flexibility. Fun stuff. thanks again.
  14. Thanks Bill, those are helpful exercises. I recall seeing them many months ago, but with all the other great channels out there, some of these exercises slipped my mind. I'll work on it.
  15. I believe the ammonia gas method blackens the wood as well, which would make the steam method preferable. There is a long history of steam-bent violin plates, in so called waffle-violins from France.