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Garth E.

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  1. 4 hours ago, tradfiddle said:

    The one on Ebay is not a Hill case, but a fairly standard mid to late 19th century British case.

    I wondered why there was not even a trace of a label. Thanks for the correction. I also see the hardware is different from Hill cases.

  2. 2 hours ago, David Beard said:

    Later after working the plate, the pins and markings made it easy to return the sides and plates to the desired alignment.

    Would I be correct to assume the groove made for the ribs would be after the alignment? Thanks for the interesting information David.

  3. 2 hours ago, Jluthier said:

    Anyone:  do you ever see pin marks on the front plate of old instruments?  I know the theory is that they WERE there, until the saddle and neck cut outs were placed, in which case those of you who have had the top off would see pin holes in the blocks.  

    Actually Jay, there is a pin extending through center at the top plate. Just one that I can see.

    locating pin 1.JPG

    locating pin 2..JPG

  4. 3 minutes ago, Jluthier said:

    Garth:  Interesting question.  Who or when is the maker of that instrument?  Are there any pin marks on the front plate?

    Quite possibly  18th c. French. Frebrunet was a strong possibility. I don't see any pins on the front. The experts here have had a good look at the violin, but the pins have been a mystery to me. 

  5. On 12/19/2020 at 7:37 AM, jacobsaunders said:

    Everything “is repairable”.

    So true, Jacob. What I have found lately though is that what I would take on in my mid 20's/30's when I thought nothing was impossible to fix has now become " I don't have  time to waste on another project that will just sit on a shelf"

  6. 1 hour ago, Blank face said:

    But it's not clear if they meant case or violin (or the place where both were put together). Usually not many are reading this item specifics btw.

    It's a little vague. For what he is asking you'd think he would focus more on the violin and it's history. I find the case just a distraction.

  7. 3 hours ago, Violinjon said:

     I definitely don't think eBay is a great place for the little guy.

    I guess e-bay can be a lot of things. You've had an unfortunate experience. The gist of my rant was that the little guy has to now sell on e-bay because the pandemic restrictions will not allow customers to shop in his store.

    Hope you can work things out on your end with e-bay.

  8. Right from the get go, I didn't mind E-bay.I shop there a lot. As I would go to lot's of yard and garage sales also I sometimes got a bargain just like on e-bay. I also frequented antique stores and the odd estate sale. What I see happening now however is a lot of these small shops must sell their treasures on e-bay as customers aren't allowed in the stores due to pandemic restrictions. So they take not so good photos of their items and hope someone will buy on-line. I've seen lot's of antique stores selling items on e-bay over the years so I think generally there are lot's of honest sellers out there. In 20 years I have never had a problem. What a great market e-bay has become for the little guy who isn't allowed to have customers shop in his store. For the little guy who has a hard time with computers and all the crap you need to know just to make a few bucks. This pandemic doesn't miss anyone.

  9. Just goes to show that there is a broad range of opinions here and not all posts are safe from criticism. For instance if you were NOT a luthier and you posted photos of your violin repair work here....I can only imagine the response. However you might also learn a thing or two, the hard way. Anyway, just a little levity.

  10. 12 minutes ago, antero said:

    What did Rampal say in your case?

    Rampal sadly never got back to me. Possibly e-mail/messaging issues. 

     Glad you found the link interesting, can't thank the experts here enough. 

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