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  1. I had exactly this experience last weekend - the luthier who built our daughter's cello gave it a good going over after two years...he had just finished a violin that was sitting there, which was a sort of "red on grey" color, not the "warm red brown on honey" that my daughter's cello is. As beautiful as the cello is I was kind of wondering why he'd do something that different. Very cool, thanks Michael.
  2. A different kind of isolated place: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7Utq7gEBxM. Works pretty well in the university music buildings I've seen something like this in.
  3. I dunno, the point of auctions is to sell, and if I had something in one that failed to get a bid I'd be POed, unless something extraordinary occurred between consignment and the sale. (For me that's wine in the few to several thousand dollar range not violins, so maybe a different market.)
  4. That one was my favorite in the videos, sold at the low estimate. But in the US, the 4 instruments between the Becker and the Rugeri failed to get any bids. Does that mean that in a pandemic people are still actively buying $40K violins but $100K not as much?
  5. I had a similar experience earlier this week at my Steinway dealer where I haven't purchased anything for 15 years, and with the company that builds benches for them (Jansen) for a cello bench for my daughter, both of which I greatly appreciated...good way to run a business.
  6. A bad-ass wild boar with tusks and a wicked smile would be fine company for some of the lions etc. on Susanne Küster's site :-).
  7. TW, Jacob's comment made me think of something along the lines of what you're talking about. Some time ago I bought something from arguably the most reputable expert in the country. For documentation and insurance purposes I had it certed by AGL, one of the very best colored stone labs in the country, but it came back as clarity enhanced, and this was something at the time that was generally thought to never be treated. A very interesting discussion ensued, but in the end, the seller agreed that the lab was correct, and the matter was resolved to everyone's satisfaction. It was a fantastic learning opportunity for a novice. Gem enhancements are a moving target, just like folks are saying about maker attributions. But going forward, if a significant part of something's value depends on a judgement call and there's money involved, always request a second opinion - trust but verify. Which is kindof tough for your friend with the fancy vivid diamond since there's effectively just one organization doing those reports, although the market addresses the situation by recognizing that there are strong and borderline examples within each range, and prices accordingly, i.e. some fancy vivids would be priced at multiples over some fancy intense at a given size and shape.
  8. Wow. Super nice recycling job. Next to nothing compared with a new five-string but I expect the custom fingerboard work and tailpiece cost as much as the cello they started with.
  9. The high school orchestra program that my kids are in is one of the best in the state. We're so appreciative that the kids can use a cello and viola there instead of schlepping them to school so I offered to get Jerry to rehair some of the bows there. But it turns out that all of the bows are the $40-50 disposable kind from Shar. Not sure what it's like where you are. The instruments on the other hand do need looking after.
  10. We got my kids' group's violinist a Zoom H1n for this during the lockdown - I tested with Mac OS but the instructions say it works with IOS as well (you would need to verify that). Good $100 solution for stereo mics with built-in USB audio interface that records as well, although it's pretty flimsy. Although like I say YMMV with IOS since I haven't tested that. Example recording: https://youtu.be/Ny0diwb-EkA, the violin with the H1n. Edit - I remember seeing the separate part of the factory where the 1098s were built, cool piano.
  11. Is this the first time here in a while where the grandfather's fiddle in the attic might actually be what the label says it is? Way cool.
  12. $10K brand new would have been in 2000? Well-known luthiers want something like double that and more now, and the selling price of an instrument from 2000 would at least partly reflect the current commission price.
  13. Are you thinking of https://www.scrollavezza-zanre.com/en/1690-tuscan-antonio-stradivari-violin/? It was linked from https://maestronet.com/forum/index.php?/topic/318258-tuscan-stradivari-violin/&tab=comments#comment-859121.
  14. If coming from a home with no infection, I'm not sure it's any more of an issue than what you'd normally deal with when kids return instruments. Why not hold for two or three weeks then require parents state whether anyone in the house over the period tested positive. Then apply more stringent measures as needed to the affected instruments.