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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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?
  5. 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.
  6. Nice looking violin. I hope to eventually find a good MA just to have. They seem to be kind of like Roth’s in that they may hold their value relatively well
  7. I had one like that once. Had the normal Juzek black and white “In Prague” label with grafted scroll, ebony crown, fine wood, etc. But it didn’t have the brass inserts in the pegs and tailpiece. It was a cannon with very strong projection. Sold it for approx $2k. ”Real” MAs seems to sell for $3k to $4k on eBay and Tarisio and seem to be listed in most shops in the $8k-$10k range (that’s a very unscientific recollection and not guaranteed).
  8. That case has been on eBay approx 5-6 months and on Tarisio before that. We discussed it back when it was first listed. But I guess things in that price range don’t necessarily turn over quickly.
  9. Most violin bows are stamped on the player’s side, but I’ve seen a few stamped on the audience side (even by the same maker who normally stamps on the player side). Is there any reason for stamping on the opposite side than is typically customary? Any historical/traditional reason? Could the maker have just been having a bad day and not paying attention?
  10. jacklinks

    Collin-Mezin

    Maybe kind of sort of on topic, but which generally has the better sound/tone: a pre-1900s Collin-Mezzin or a 1920s Roth. For a moment, forget build quality, aesthetics, value, etc. ... Which one is more likely to sound better?
  11. Is it safe to save that any that are stamped “Stainer” are definitely not real? I’ve always thought the stamped ones were the mass produced ones sold by the thousands in catalogs. But I know that there were a lot of mass produced non-stamped ones too. But anyway, does the stamp automatically rule it out?
  12. Sounds like it is less expensive than some of the famous amusement parks, but more fun.
  13. I don’t know the cause. But if the 90 violins in the Nov auction that ended today, 41 were unsold the first day. Then of those 41 unsold lots, only 21 of them sold today in the second listing.
  14. Those on eBay look pretty sporty and the price is right as a second “see if you like it” kind of instrument. What size is most popular for one of their violas?
  15. More like $66k. The commission is real. The Curtin went for the same price.