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  1. Hope you all can look back on 2019 with 2020 vision...... Thanks all!
  2. I agree with everyone who's posted. To answer the question, yes, you can find a decent violin at auction. However, you need to gauge if spending the time reading, learning, searching, etc. for violins is cheaper than spending the money. Reality is that the well known auctions whether trustworthy or not have many people scanning through with the same intent and varying degrees of expertise. The best way to find an instrument that is worth 10x what you paid is to spend several months to a year or more watching your local backwater auction that's still offline and doesn't know a wooden shoe from a violin. Then be prepared to pay for repairs.
  3. Really? Nearly 200usd for a kay tailpiece? At least you get 30% off.
  4. the peg box looks pretty bad too, at very least need the peg holes need bushing
  5. Ah, just thought I'd try find out who the lucky fellow was.
  6. Not to mention the 'professional level sounding violin made from solid woods' you can get for $99 and free shipping
  7. is this from that violin makers basement that sold for $5 with 3 unfinished violins and a bunch of other tools last month?
  8. It would also be helpful, as some already do with type of pictures needed for identification, to have a sort of title script so that all the threads are searchable. For example, instead of 'interesting violin' or 'Sergio De Paoli violin' maybe [insert country/attributed country] violin/viola/cello/bass, attributed to [maker, shop, importer] that way we have a predictable searchable format without offending anyone, besides we can call out people who don't follow the standardized titles to change it. And have it added to Rue's 'How to Photograph.....' Is there a better format for clarity and ease of using the search function ? Ideas?
  9. Sorry to resurrect but you are correct. Online it does seem to go by uzbek rubab, rabab along with a host of other names but the only Wikipedia page that matches what I have is the rawap a Uyghur Chinese instrument that has influenced several variants causing the confusion. Of interest to note is that the rawap underwent a transformation in the early 1930's to steel strings as apposed to the traditional gut strings because players wanted a more soloist and virtuoso sound. They also converted to the western scale at that time. Kinda reminds one of the violin etc.
  10. perfect, thanks all!
  11. one of my violin suppliers passed this on to me with a bunch of mirecourt projects/ (firewood) i've asked several other people what it is and the answers have ranged from banjo to some middle eastern sitar thing sorry if you're annoyed by this post but I've got to find out 5 peg holes, a weirdly shaped saddle/ thingy, hide top, bowl is carved out of one piece of wood it's not that old some of the joints are machined, the inlaid white seems like a plastic: what you see on cheap violin bow shaped things from china
  13. Thanks, I finally was able to remember this recording.
  14. yep. you got to find the ones that don't know a cello from a guitar and a viola from a double bass seriously, I've bought at auctions with above scenarios and you get exceptional value.......I even told them what it was and they were adamant that they were right
  15. found this recently in a violin labelled "cha. and sam. thomspon in st. pauls church yard london": "Repaired after extensive damage by leoivard collett wenhaston soffolk, june 1968" funny thing is he left out the comma after damage so is the damage by him?.... the ribs are affixed to the back with white glue