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  1. That's the best thing I've seen all day - Thanks!
  2. There doesn't seem to be enough good information available in this thread for anyone to be confident in any answer other than "I don't know". It's easy to damn something based upon insufficient evidence, but it's really no better than improperly attributing a fake as genuine. As an aside, when I see threads like this, I wonder why anyone would ever post an interesting fiddle on MN - there's really only downside in it.
  3. Looks like a run-of-the-mill Lowendahl-style catalog instrument.
  4. Complicit in what, exactly? The trombone was made by someone before the Nazis established the Theresienstadt ghetto. The history of that place is horrific, but nobody here was complicit in what went on there. The OP is in no way disrespectful to the people who suffered and died in that hellhole, but I think many here would agree that using the memory of that place to anonymously score troll points in an online forum is ghoulish. You should be ashamed of yourself.
  5. Three13

    Strad label

    Another point worth noting on the OP is the stamp.
  6. Just 342 more, and you’ll be able to make a laminated Strad top…
  7. I recently saw a very interesting fiddle that turned up sporting this:
  8. It looks like they were trying for an early Brescian vibe.
  9. What a wonderful viola - you'd think he learned from Girolamo and Antonio, rather than Nicolo.
  10. That rosette is stunning - I wish someone would bring that feature back on a modern guitar…
  11. I love that subtle finish checking, and the color’s pretty nice to boot. Have you got any new stuff in the hopper right now? I’d like to see what that ground of yours looks like on a finished product…
  12. That’s a lovely pair of violas. Didn’t Gennaro end up a watchman/guard somewhere in Cremona?
  13. Three13

    Odd one ID

    I’ve seen an Auciello that looked vaguely like that, and had linings running over the blocks, but I think he had a habit of branding everything.
  14. It’s got very successful wacky ffs - Happy New Year!
  15. It was a fun challenge - I gave myself 5 minutes to try and copy the de Beriot del Gesu, but made the mistake of starting with the ffs, and discovered I didn’t have room for the corpus. Lots of great fiddles in the thread!
  16. The chain of custody on the Stradivari paper templates at the Museo starts with Paolo Stradivari, who sold them to Cozio in June of 1777 as a part of a lot that he described as "all my father's moulds, patterns, and tools, both those I have and those that he lent to Bergonzi." From there, the group passed to the Dalla Valle family, and was sold, intact, to Giuseppe Fiorini in 1920, then given to the Museo Stradivariano. From the perspective of provenance, this is as good as it gets for 18th-century objects (particularly things that weren't considered valuable from a collecting perspective at the time). We have a primary source document, written by an authority (Strad's son), ascribing them to the old man. The sheer number of case-related templates among these patterns, some of which bear writing that has been identified as Stradivari's, certainly speak to Strad's direct involvement in case design. The fact that he had ran a woodworking shop, and techniques he used to make violins were used to build cases that are associated with him, strongly suggest that the shop may have been producing cases. As far as the illustrated case and template are concerned, following its sale, I was able to examine it and the template in hand. The template conformed more or less exactly to the outer edges of the wood used to hold the body of the violin, and the pegbox cutout areas were in the exact same locations, at the same angles, and the entire template was the correct width to correspond to that case. Any change in the size of the case or the orientation of the violin within it would have resulted in a space that wouldn't correspond to the pattern at all. Did you spend any time examining the case and template in hand, or is your fairly smug "fairly snugly" comment based upon a cursory examination of that photograph?
  17. So what you're saying is that a case designed by Strad, but made using parts from a vendor doesn't qualify as a Strad case? Interesting. As an aside, it's probably worth noting that the pair of top-loading cases examined in the article that's referenced by that link were both built using sections of wood bent in the same way that Strad's violin ribs were made.
  18. For those of us who find early cases interesting, would it make any sense - in this thread or a new one - to discuss what it is that we know about them? It seems as though we would all benefit from a thoughtful exploration of the topic. It's worth noting that the number of baroque Italian cases extant is only a tiny fraction of the number of Strads (or even del Gesus) out there. They're fascinating things that are actually worthy of some study/discussion. Also, for the people here who consider Strad's involvement in case making/design doubtful, it is worth buying Antonio Stradivari - Designi Modelli Forme, which includes numerous paper templates from the Stradivari shop that are clearly intended for violin cases. Here's an article on one of them from a few years ago: https://www.thestrad.com/lutherie/the-mislabelled-template-which-proves-stradivaris-role-in-inventing-the-modern-violin-case/7601.article Whether Strad was making the cases in house, or designing them and having his next door neighbor, Leonardo Rolla (a blacksmith and leather worker) make them, these things are as rare as hen's teeth, and are unquestionably directly involved in the history of the violins that we all profess to love.
  19. That’s a mind-blowing number. For years, I’ve had the guitar Jerry Garcia played on the infamous Playboy After Dark episode where Owsley spiked the coffee urn - it’s almost tempting to auction it, but then I’d never get it back…
  20. With a replaced top, it’s hard to say, but the scroll reminds me of a Lupot del Gesu copy I’ve seen.
  21. It’s the same all over - inflation and boredom are always great for tangibles. Great coins are setting records, but most the numbers have made sense. Some of the less mature collectibles markets have seen completely insane records, though. I think a first edition Harry Potter just made around a half million dollars, and some modern sports cards and video games are bringing numbers that would make your head spin.
  22. They sell them directly, although you may have to wire them funds. The book is well worth it.
  23. Were the L5s without virzis birch-backed, mid-20s examples? I think those are the only ones that got them, and they have a different character from the maple ones.
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