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  1. 3D Amati Image

    I just had a play with the 3D rotatable image of an Amati violin here: 3D image A novelty only as far as I am concerned as a player, but I would be interested to hear what makers think.
  2. Tarisio Certificates

    I noticed in the Tarisio website they announce a certificate service for instruments described as "by" a specific maker and listed at $20K plus. Is this a first among auction houses? Just curious..... tarisio
  3. A E Smith on Tarisio

    Wow! $84K with premium. That's a lot of lolly for an Aussie fiddle. Certainly smash a few records even with the impressive provinance.
  4. A E Smith on Tarisio

    Jacob's story about 'pregnancy' jolted my memory in that I recall a mentor of mine in my student days had a Smith fiddle with quite exaggerated ribs that widened in the C-bouts to create an impression of a swollen belly. Don't know if there was a rhyme or reason for it, and I do not recall having seen anything similar since.The owner actually called it his 'pregnant Smith'.
  5. Paravicini Strad?

    Here is the "before' picture of the table from the article Strad April 2017 p. 28.
  6. A E Smith on Tarisio

    I tried one from 1964 about 15 years back. The finish was poor and set-up not great (not his fault!) so was also left unimpressed. Mind you the price was only around $15K Aust. at the time.
  7. Paravicini Strad?

    The article suggests they had to make 20 successive casts to restore the arching to the table (which had been crushed beyond recognition), each requiring a five week period to take effect. Yes, you could do a lot of reading in that time.
  8. Paravicini Strad?

    The April 2017 issue of the Strad features the restoration of a Strad fiddle now re-christened with the sobriquet "Paravicini" after its first-known Italian-French owner/player Giulia Paravicini (1769-1842). It's suggested subsequent provinance is: Francois Schubert (1808-1878); Dresden Staatskapelle (given to and thereafter owned by the orchestra); concertmasters and players: Henri Petri (1856-1914); Wilibald Roth (1909-1972); Kai Vogler; Thomas Meining. The luckless instrument was twice smashed in accidents (Petri sat on it, Roth dropped it). It remains in the ownership of the orchestra. The most recent restoration apparently took five years. Labelled 1734 it is proposed by Charles Beare to be from 1728-29. The fiddle has an intriguing number "26" emblazoned on its button. I wonder if anyone knows anything else interesting about it or whether there are other such instruments that have been abandoned as 'beyond repair'?
  9. Our friend Patricia Kopatchinskaja is featured front cover of the Strad 2017 May issue.
  10. Ancient Cremonad Violin

    Frederick W. Adams Frederick Whiting Adams (December 27, 1786 – December 17, 1858) was a noted physician, author, and violin maker. Biography He was born in Pawlet, Vermont in 1786, and graduated from Dartmouth College in 1822.[1] Upon graduation, he practiced medicine in Barton, Vermont, continuing there through 1836. Beginning in 1835, he also attended medical lectures in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In 1836, he moved to Montpelier, Vermont, where he continued his practice. He was a skilled violin player, and early in life turned his attention to making violins as an avocation. He was of the opinion that the superior tones of the Amati and Stradivarius instruments were due to their having been made of old and seasoned wood. Accordingly, he selected the wood for his violins himself from the forests of Vermont and Canada, taking his wood from partially decayed trees. He constructed 140 violins.[2] [3] He is the author of several works dealing with theology, including Theological Criticism: or, Hints of the Philosophy of Man and Nature, published in 1843. He died in Montpelier in 1858.[4] He married Rachel Harmon (March 27, 1785 – December 16, 1818) on April 24, 1808. She was also born in Pawlet. They had five children. She died in Barton, Vermont, and he later married Mary Ann Wallace.[5] References Wikisource-logo.svg Kelly, Howard A.; Burrage, Walter L., eds. (1920). "Adams, Frederick Whiting". American Medical Biographies. Baltimore: The Norman, Remington Company. Wikisource-logo.svg Gilman, D. C.; Thurston, H. T.; Colby, F. M., eds. (1905). "Adams, Frederick W.". New International Encyclopedia (1st ed.). New York: Dodd, Mead. Wikisource-logo.svg Wilson, James Grant; Fiske, John, eds. (1900). "Adams, Frederick Whiting". Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography. New York: D. Appleton. Who Was Who in America: Historical Volume, 1607-1896. Chicago: Marquis Who's Who, 1963. Harmon, Artemas Canfield (1920). The Harmon genealogy, comprising all branches in New England. p. 184. W. Adams&uid=1575
  11. Ancient Cremonad Violin

    Guido, Yes, I sense the good Doctor Adams, who appears quite a 'universal man' dabbling in diverse pursuits, believed he was 'reviving' the lost crafts of Cremona, just as he might revive a patient from a coma? It looks to me like the instrument in question could be from his workshop or passed through his hands, as fiddle no 89 (or 87?) so the owner has quite possibly an American violin at least 150 years old, since the maker died aged 82 in 1858?
  12. Ancient Cremonad Violin

    How about Dr. F. W. Adams of Montpelier, Vermont? Likely candidate?,_Frederick_Whiting "As a boy he learned to play on the violin and other instruments. His love for music never forsook him and during a long period of time, partly to amuse himself and partly as an occupation, he experimented in making violins, violas and violoncellos. He carefully studied all models of old Italian and German makers and endeavored to rival their quality of tone by using well-seasoned woods taken from our native forests. He is said to have made one hundred and forty instruments, some of his making still being in use among the people of New England. His skill in this direction attracted the attention of Ole Bull, with whom he enjoyed a close friendship."
  13. Ancient Cremonad Violin

    script looks more like a restorer's mark than anything else. Is that Montpellier, "Fr" (France)? In that case spelling should be "Montpellier" (2 'L's') Or Montpelier (1 'L') Vermont ("Vt")?
  14. A E Smith on Tarisio

    I am guessing this would be a new high auction price for an Australian fiddle? 1959 Smith There don't seem to be any other recent auction listings of a Smith fiddle so I suppose it was always going to show some increase in value.I'm sure the Ricci provenance helped a bit too. Probably towards the end of his making career? (he would have been 80 in 1960) I think he had a stroke in the early 1960's? Possibly his violas are more widely regarded?
  15. Stradivarius viola

    Nice view of that wide spruce grain on the table.