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    OMG, the bridge is so beautifully made and has a Gio Caressi stamp, such provenance.. No but really, I remember seeing this a little while ago and I couldn't help but say "**** right off" (Can anyone else relate). I really do worry for buyers on Ebay. Somehow all it takes is a label, the laziest fitted bridge in HISTORY (they have the cheek to put a fake name on it) , and a BS background story in the description for people to bid away with hope. This looks worse than my first playing violin I can't wait to see the photos of the other master violins and bows that the seller mentions is in his collection.
  2. How these varnish lines can be removed?

    I don't think i'm the right person for giving you advice about that. All the best
  3. opinions of Milo Stamm bridges??

    How big an order is big enough? I've been looking to bulk buy
  4. How these varnish lines can be removed?

    Well, I use Hidersol/Hill cleaner and polish (basically the same thing by the same people) and it's good enough for lifting most dirt from the varnish coat. I've never removed any varnish when using it for any of the violins I have received - it's so safe. I have heard of some luthiers using a cutting compound and mineral oil to cut through dirt on varnish, in which case it will remove varnish ( Not a fan of that though). I'm a bit suspicious about what the luthier said about scratch lines being unearthed when removing a layer varnish. A scratch underneath implies you would be able see it on the surface coat, and maybe be able to feel it? Might it be possible that the lines were made when your luthier was doing the cleaning? I say this 'cause I remember seeing an orchestra friend wipe her violin with a microfibre cloth and the small tag that you find on the corner ran along the varnish and left a similar light trail, I have a feeling this is what happened.
  5. How these varnish lines can be removed?

    Personally, I don't think that's true. That being said, I don't know what your luthier uses to clean violins
  6. Baroque double bass

    I actually got lost when visiting Venice with some friends, I strayed inland and thought I was just in some random and insignificant square - then I saw the outline of a violin through the doors of this building. I went in and did not expect to see so many of the best old instruments on display; took me by surprise. Good times... And thanks to you, I now know the name of the building and their website
  7. Just a Markie?

    Looks kinda Schonbach-made to me. I might be wrong, but the scroll and general form doesn't remind me of MK work
  8. Cellos origin???

    Yeah it just p***** me off because they don't have a single shred of integrity - " Original Evah Pirazzi strings". They know there are vulnerable buyers out there. As far as i'm aware, their high-priced items rarely sell anyay
  9. Craigslist Intrigue ID

    Hi Martin, why does "bright tone" ring alarm bells?
  10. Craigslist Intrigue ID

    Rosewood bow!
  11. Exactly! Cause you go along with an impression about something for so long... It affects you that little bit extra
  12. Opinions/ID on this Violin?

    Ah, cheers
  13. Cellos origin???

    I have a modern Romanian viola with spruce grain patterns similar to the Candi cello and has similar traits, so my guess is that. The scroll also strikes me as more Romanian than Chinese as well. Call me a pedant but those strings are advertised as EPs but they don't look right to me.
  14. Opinions/ID on this Violin?

    What does BOB mean?
  15. Opinions/ID on this Violin?

    I'm not an expert but I think you're right. Either German or Schonbach. Looks like a good instrument to practise on.