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  1. The other thread on certifications made me wonder this ... If an instrument previously has had certification(s) performed and “papers” obtained, does the next expert look at the previous papers as part of his/her evaluation? Or is it common practice to not tell the current expert about previous certifications so that they can analyze an instrument completely independently with a “blank slate” and avoid possibly being prejudiced by a previous opinion ?
  2. If one were to buy violins or bows online (whether auction or fixed priced sites), which do you think would give you the higher odds of finding something of value (let’s assume that means at least twice what you pay for it)? Could mean paying $200 and selling for $400+ or paying in the 000s and selling for 2X 000s. The dollars don’t matter as much as being able to find inherent value. You may need to take into consideration how difficult a decent undervalued violin or bow is to find online and how difficult it is to sell one (ie whether violins or bows generally easier to sell). I know that buying sight unseen can be a fool’s game, but just curious as to where you think the odds are greater. PhilipKT’s “occasional” posts about bows makes me wonder. It does seem that bows are often overlooked and there could be some diamonds in the rough there.
  3. I think he is a contributor here on this forum. Just a heads up if anyone is interested in watching it or bidding. It also reminds me of a question I have had about other instruments in the WH Lee shop. This one was labeled clearly that is was his. Are (or were) all WH Lee shop instruments labeled that way so that you know which of the builders made it? If not, is there any way to know who made an instrument from that shop?
  4. Well, that is the fact pattern (I had just forgotten that minor detail!). The violin was free (so in response to a recent question, it was not insured, etc.). Side note for PhilipKT- it did NOT come with a bow! So based on the collective analysis from aggregating many of the comments above, it still may not make sense to repair it even though it was free. Assume it is “worth” $2k if it were in good condition and purchased used. It doesn’t seem to make sense to pay even say $1,500 to repair it (if it can even be done for that) to end up with what would be a $2k used violin with a soundpost patch that would de-value it back down to say $1k. You could probably go out and buy a used Chinese violin for $1,500-$2,000 (that was originally $4k or more when new) and be in a better position without much hassle. Seems that decent used Chinese violins are plentiful at discounted prices from new retail. It seems that PhilipKT’s idea could be the best (maybe purely financially), but not sure if a manufacturer would even want to do that. Can’t hurt to ask though.
  5. I think a drop, but I'm not positive. The crack is clean with no splintering, so that may help with the touchup efforts if it is ultimately repaired.
  6. You have a good point, and that would make a difference. In this case, the $4k is the approximate price if you were to buy one new today. So the depreciated resale value now (if it did not have the sound post crack) is probably less that $2k if person to person (just a guess).
  7. What is the estimated cost to repair a top soundpost crack including removal and reinstalling the top, cleating the length of the crack,’patching the soundpost area, and retouching the top where the crack was. Crack runs the entire length of the violin. Yes, I know a luthier will need to look at it, etc. etc. , but I am curious about a ballpark cost. This is on an approx $4,000 Chinese violin, so not a high level instrument but not bad either. Just trying to decide if it is even worth trying to repair. Thanks.
  8. And precisely why I liked their high quality covers was to protect my Musafia cases. Probably overkill to protect a violin with a Mooradian over a Musafia, but they are great for extending the life (cosmetically) of the Musafia also. Oh well, hopefully someone will step up to fill the void in Mooradian’s absence.
  9. I see that Mooradian is no longer is business after 35 years. Is there another company out there that makes as high of a quality Violin case cover as Mooradian did? Thank you.
  10. It’s called “triangulation fraud.” Understanding Triangulation Fraud Not saying that is what has happened in the cases above, but it happens occasionally. Apparently some of the eBay sellers are also unknowing accomplishes and that’s how you can see good feedback ratings.
  11. It seems that finding a bargain (whatever the definition of that is) might be more likely with contemporary violins. On Tarisio, I’ve seen violins from living makers sell for 50-75% of what the maker would sell directly to you new (of course, you will never see deals like that on Zyg, Curtin, or other hot living makers). But you still have to trust the representations made by auction company that it is authentic and in good condition. And if you don’t go to play it in person, you have the risk that you won’t like it no matter how good of a deal you got. You also will occasionally see good prices on eBay for previously owned popular shops like William Harris Lee, Snow, Cao, Haide, etc... I would guess that those are less likely to be faked but I could be wrong on that. Bows are risky too, but you can often find decent prices on used carbon fiber bows of good brands like JonPaul and Codabow. If you want a carbon fiber bow, the sticks are less likely to be damaged from use.
  12. Perception is reality. One could perceive that there is a lot of fantasy/romanticism in the violin world. There is probably a lot more fantasy about unquantifiable intangibles that many would care to admit.
  13. Yes, but they are treacherous waters in which to wade... The violin trade seems perilous in many respects even outside of auctions. eBay is probably the riskiest of them all mainly because the quality and knowledge of the sellers is all over the place. The problem with auctions accessed remotely is that you can’t play the violin and/or bow. So even if you were to know you are getting an authentic item, you are taking a risk that you may not like the sound or playability.
  14. Certainly not an expert, but most certificates I’ve seen don’t really seem to contain much substance. There is usually language regarding the varnish color, the types of wood used, and measurements (somehow taking up a couple of paragraphs). Then the strategic use of words like “may”, “might”, “could”, etc. that don’t seem to commit to an actual determination or identification. Are certificates really all that useful?
  15. Concord Music seems to have some types that others don’t (Thomasik Infeld Rondo, Warchal, etc). Hard to beat Shar right now with everything 25% off, but I’m sure many of the other large online retailers have sales right now also. This is a good time of year to stock up when the retailers have big discounts.
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