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  1. Here is a more detailed picture of the possible notch:
  2. Thanks for all the information everyone. Here is a picture of the front
  3. It seems to be a small impact dent that happens to be well placed.
  4. Hi everyone, I play on an 18th century Mirecourt violin ca.1780 that has a one-piece lower rib. I know that this construction method was quite common in Mittenwald around the same time, but do know how prevalent this was in Mirecourt (and France in general) in the 1700s. Looking forward to your thoughts -
  5. I'm mostly looking for people to buy from/sell to nice violins and people to have a nice conversation with, so the normal wheeling and dealing. I'm quite unfamiliar with this market as opposed to the North American one.
  6. Hi everyone, Who are the main fine violin dealers/shops in China/Hong Kong and Japan? Very few are listed in the "Makers and Dealers" directory of Maestronet and it seems difficult to find the most relevant ones with a simple Google search. Many thanks!
  7. A youth orchestra in my area is considering doing in-person concerts with a reduced capacity but also a paid live stream at a reduced cost to still have access to the live concert and support the orchestra. Does not sound too bad to me. They say the repertoire is set to change too.
  8. I tried one out just for the fun of it a few months ago, and I'm pretty convinced that they are fakes. They sound pretty good but the colours do not match the classic Dominant set (slightly different tint and thread material). Also, for some reason, the thread part of the string is way too long and goes over the nut (tried it on multiple violins). I would stay away from them.
  9. That looks really good! Do you have the Amazon link or a link of a product similar to the one you purchased? Thanks!
  10. Hi everyone, I've always wanted to take decent pictures of my violins and I am looking for alternatives to the expensive light boxes and complicated set-ups. I recently bumped into this website page from Carruthers Violins showing how LED light strips could be used to take good pictures. Are any of you familiar with this technique and would you recommend it? Here is the link to the article: https://www.andrewcarruthers.com/leds-for-violin-makers-four-applications/ Many thanks!
  11. I have seen many of these violins online with a very similar antiquing, but all sorts of different fake labels like Juzek, Heberlein, or Neuner, proving Jacob's point about just inserting a random label in a Schönbach instrument. I used to play on one a few years back that looked similar in the same style, but with no trace of a Juzek label (3/4 violin), just a typical "Guarnerius" label. Also spotted one on T2 with a Juzek label with similar traits.
  12. Hi all, I was curious to know what tools and pigments you would recommend to blacken a violin scroll chamfer. Also, do you use a specific varnish to cover it? How do you guys do it? Thanks!
  13. Hi everyone, I am considering selling violins overseas from Canada to Europe, but I had a few questions to ensure that the international buyers are satisfied with the services: 1) Is it usually the dealer or the buyer who pays for shipping? With some postal services (with full insurance), the shipping costs can exceed 600-900$ for a 20k violin. 2) Which postal services are usually most trusted for fragile packages such as these? 3) How would you recommend packing the violin? I currently pad the violin in the case, wrap the case in a cloth, and put the case in a cardboard box filled with packing peanuts. Would you leave it set up, or should the bridge be removed to prevent any damage? Thank you all for your input! If you have any other tips, I would be glad to hear them.
  14. Hi everyone! I've been interested for many years in the identification of old violins and have recently started buying and reselling them. I have a great interest in the history of violins and love browsing auction sites and violin shops comparing different makers, styles, etc. I was wondering if you had any suggestions for books talking about violin identification (by school and maker) as well as the current market value of the instruments. I have heard of the Red Book but was wondering what you thought would be the best books to learn identification and valuation from. Thanks for your help!