Craig Cowing

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    music, genealogy, history, chess, art, minutiae

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  1. To be honest it looks like a church bass that was cut down, or if it's older, a large baroque cello that was cut down. I might buy it if it were a few hundred, but $17000 sounds like an awful lot. In the end, you have to decide if you like the sound and are willing to live with it with the knowledge you will likely never get all that money back. This might be a case of "beauty is in the eye of the beholder." Personally, I like quirky instruments and this is definitely quirky. However, not quirky enough for $17K.
  2. That's a question nobody can answer. A lot can change about an instrument in 20 years. Browse Craigslist and see what others are asking.
  3. I've been around antiques all my life, and one thing I learned early on was to spot potential fake aging. Although I am not familiar with the aging of Italian violins, from the standpoint of antique wood, this one looks fake. An old fake, maybe, but not as old as they tentatively claim. The other tipoff is that they don't say "This violin is ca. 1700 from the circle of xxxxxxx xxxxxxxxx." Not definite at all. Someone here is trying to bake a fast buck.
  4. I have to wonder with listings such as this how much artificial aging goes on, and distressing of the wood to make it look older. Am I correct in assuming it happens a lot?
  5. Bonham's used to have several chess auctions in a year that would feature some pretty interesting sets. Now I understand that they have either stopped it completely or have significantly cut back. Probably the same reason offered above--that the money is in paintings.
  6. My question is does it really work?
  7. My question would be about the advisability of attempting to rush the development of the sound of the violin. Do we know that exposing it to vibrations would actually accomplish the same thing as playing it for a century? Why not go for an instrument that is a century or more old then you don't have to do anything other than play it and enjoy it?
  8. So would you sell it as is? Asking for a friend. I probably couldn't afford shipping. Just curious.
  9. I'm definitely late to this party. I am solidly in the "keep it as it is" camp. Yes, it's unusual. Could Jacob advertise it in its unrestored state, as is, and what it would be restored?Surely there would be a market, albeit a small one, in the early music community. If it were in the US I'd be interested.
  10. I learned on a Kay cello back in the mid-60's in 5th grade.
  11. When I was restoring antique reed organs a couple of decades ago I would sometimes find signatures or initials of someone who had assigned a serial number on the instrument, usually with a date. In the case of these instruments it was usually found on the back end of a key, the part you don't see. Could the WC be initials for an inspector or a foreman? Or, could it be that someone whose initials were WC bought it in 1912?
  12. British for the toilet
  13. My community orchestra is thinking about starting up rehearsals in Sept. but everyone wears a mask (except for the brass LOL) and sits 6 ft apart. I am thinking I'll do it, at least give it a try. I always wear a mask in public even though I am tested weekly for work and always turn up negative. It's a matter of respect for others, who don't know that I have been tested.
  14. My JTL cello has a label inside that says "Mi Fin."