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  1. morgana

    Craig Tucker Memorial Instrument

    Hi everyone, where are you all up to with Craig's violin? I've just messaged A.D I apologise for not getting back sooner. Been a bit under the weather. Well done everyone the maple back is absolutely Gorgeous, well done A.D. And that spruce, that is one great job Jim! Top spruce that is! Just thinking about how to get as much publicity for this violin, auctioning, as ppl have advised me in various ways regards to my question about the ways of getting an appropriate appraisal and how to go about it. Well, publicity is using a famous violinist, to play it, and endorse it publically, at a concert ...no, not me! I'm not that famous, brilliant but not famous...I can feel the knives being drawn out...lol! But, we are all agreed that we want to get as much money for Craig's family as well as pay homage to him, well, think on because auctioning an instrument is a dear do and wouldn't it be brilliant if us lot put our heads together and contacts (luvvie alert) and put on a charity concert. Get Bell or someone to play. And get maximum public awareness. I can organise with others
  2. morgana

    Craig Tucker Memorial Instrument

    I've got flamed maple ribs already cut, seven. They are very high quality and are 34.5 mms depth. They are just over one mm thickness and even. Been sitting around for a number of years whilst I have been busy with life stuff. They are not brittle and cut lengths of approximately 170 mms. The maple is in angle tilt towards top plate and was professionally cut which I bought from one of you. I think it was Radcliffe Pheonix, Arizona oh my God 10 years ago. The maple is not bear clawed, it's pale, not red. I will put up a photo as soon as possible if anyone wants them. I also have a top quality ebony fingerboard unfinished I've had for years. It's top grade and black as a gorrillas goollies! Lol! Not Chinese btw. No damage and a beauty. I've got rib linings, very aged but supple spruce, ebony and maple purfling, well enough for the violin. My secret recipe varnish ground! No seriously, I hope you will let me contribute please? Xxxx
  3. morgana

    Appraisal Help

    Actually, Jeffrey, and everyone, if you can just hold your horses, because new information in regards to one particular violin; (of which I have owned since a child) regarding it's pedigree, as in it's history, and it's provinence, which, if it can be, and it's going to take alot of research, is the most amazing twist of fate! It involves my Great grandfather, who was a wealthy Banker, in France in the early 1800s. Trouble is, I'm the youngest of 5, and my Father, who died in 1989, when I was just 19, was the youngest of 12! His mother died at 83 years of age in 1967, so I never knew her. Her Father ( The French banker), I have to trace, which is going to be difficult, as he was a Jew, and I have to get relevant evidence of his activities, his birth certificate, etc. This sounds as clear as mud, but from what I do know, was that he invested in, amongst other things was rare art works, and rare instruments, violins. He was also a gambler and apparently ended up, after his wife's untimely death, drinking himself to death, after coming to England.
  4. morgana

    Appraisal Help

    I hope this is going to get back on track. If Charles Beare is the most knowledgeable I will get in touch with him and I will keep you posted on here. My reason why is that I truly believe that to make sure that everyone can see how I get on . Simple as that. This is not a sales pitch AT ALL. No self respecting appraiser would be afraid of allowing a published appraisal.
  5. morgana

    Appraisal Help

    If you go down to Maestro forums, to look for hidden doors tidy floors more applause. You'll see it all the time, like what you've got like it or not, you're under The Soil...yes deep in the soil...oh well we're happy as fish, gorgeous as geese and lovely and clean in the morning...Peter Gabriel, Foxtrot...Genesis, a concept album...mad? As mad as a bag of frogs but...I am not. Sorry to sour the atmos with a slice of reality, but, to be defending myself in this way, is unacceptable if you bother to read the discussion of filth by various ...posters within this thread When it rains, it is usually because of water vapour, released from clouds of precipitation. Or is that debatable? On here, we have more concepts about bits of wood, than a rain forest has IPE. Or too many critics spoil the f ing facts. When do personal attacks against me and others who want real help be brought into an assault upon our person? All the world is a critic ey? Advocate posting my name, address and postcode and phone number? Get real! The atmosphere has soured so bad a lime would flinch.
  6. morgana

    Appraisal Help

    I agree with that. I don't find it funny either. I went through cervical cancer when I was 27 years old, after being raped and was made pregnant. I lost my baby and nearly died. I had to choose between radiotherapy which meant also having an abortion or both me and my unborn child would have died. Not just the third world.
  7. morgana

    Appraisal Help

    Really? Why? And if it is a sales pitch, Martin, looking at the many Marquies you have erected on this forum, the field is so full of them, there's not much room for anyone to put up even a one man mini igloo.
  8. morgana

    Appraisal Help

    Yes, I know, my memory is not on par. I did try to edit my answer about which Beare! Not John, it was Charles I meant. My old computer packed in, which had all of my email contacts and now have changed since then my service provider. I thought Charles Beare had died! I've been online and there are three Beare companies?! I am confused to say the least.
  9. morgana

    Appraisal Help

    Of course they do, I agree. Many dealers have to know that they can spot a criminal, though, even if it is a fraudulent old granny! Just thinking of the stolen strad incident! I said, rarely, actually. Of course established firms, are not. I'm talking about individual dealers. Maybe I should have been more explicit.
  10. morgana

    Appraisal Help

    Oh righto, thanks Jeffrey. I've had a few years of personal health problems, which have prioritised so I haven't been able to keep up with everything else. I'm also very upset about Neil dying and I didn't even know until I had a quick browse on here. Omg, he was so lovely. He helped me with varnishing advice and was so honest and thoughtful. I cried my eyes out the other night because I saw as well that Craig Tucker had died too. He was brilliant and really happy to help me out with bow rehairing when I was just learning and he made me a jig, as well as his generous teaching and his pamphlet as well as his humour and I am so very sorry for them both, great, talented, human beings and gents, inspiring and I feel so bad for their poor families.
  11. morgana

    Appraisal Help

    Legalities, hmm, Yes, concerned about my lack of legal insight and knowledge. Maybe I should find a good solicitor. I should have asked you and, er, oh yes, I remember his name now. Maloney for an appraisal of my bows before selling to fraudulent buyers on ebay....that story will have to wait for another day now. Time is not on my side, sadly. Xxx
  12. morgana

    Appraisal Help

    Thanks luv, for your thoughtful kind reply xxx
  13. morgana

    Appraisal Help

    Skreechee actually. What friendly email, please?
  14. morgana

    Appraisal Help

    I knew John Beare, asked him to appraise for me a good few years ago, but he's sadly gone now but I don't know Charles. But thanks Jeffrey luv for the information. Is he with J and A Beare? In London? Auctions I would rather steer clear of, not that they are all crooks, nothing wrong with decent auctioneers at all. It's just that I would rather know that the buyers are actual professional musicians, who are going to use the instruments for their careers, their enhancement of their talents, to bring happiness to themselves and others. Principles I believe dealers and collectors, rarely have.
  15. morgana

    The Swan (Saints-Seans) - On Viola!

    Beautiful. Magnifique! My kind of bowing. What's the instrument size hunny and I do like your loosening to tight slide into the next note. Expressive and almost right. Just remember that this is meant to falter towards the end so pianissimo then, warmest dark sweeping into the lower dark notes, less grab there. Meaning lower register needs less plummy voice, even less vibrato. Like acting, stopping almost, as an actor who is repertory and blase of his, her performance and is smug. You need to not look or sound overly confident. Then that hollow sound will stop and you can breathe normally, then bowing without breathing stops. Then you can draw on the strings allowing bow breath pauses, like taking in air, before you speak, and then! You are just about to wow you're self! Then your audience is in your power!