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  1. 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.
  2. 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!
  3. 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.
  4. 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!
  5. Hi everyone! I recently purchased an instrument an instrument (most probably) from the early 20th century Emilia-Romagna region in Italy, and I was wondering if there are any experts that are specialized for certificates of authentification and valuation for this type of instrument. Thanks for your input!