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  1. "Violin business"? Whoever mentioned being in the violin business? I was just asking what the violin in the picture is. I picked it up last week at a house clearance. What doesn't bode well for this forum is that it's dominated by a handful of tossers full of their own self importance. It will go the same way as most other niche interest forums have gone in recent years.
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  3. ?? When did I say it was English? I was replying to the other person saying the varnish looked suspicious. I'm just saying it looks the same as my English violin with regards to varnish, colour and patina. Honestly, I asked a simple question and I think only one person has actually answered it. The rest are just arguing amongst themselves.
  4. Sorry not replied earlier, been at work. Yes the cracks are definitely real cracks. There is a seam open too, near the button. You can see it in the picture to the right of the button. Regarding "fishy varnish" that some people have mentioned. It isn't that "shiny" in real life. The photos made it look darker and "richer" than it actually is. I have another violin, English, from early 1800s. Side by side they're a very similar colour and patina.
  5. No ideas then? With regards to the wonky scroll, I took the pictures with the fiddle balanced upright on the bed leaning against the wall. It's not actually bent if that's what people are referring to, just the way it looks in the photograph. Thanks.
  6. Don't say "a violin!" Thanks.
  7. I would have thought there's enough people in the know that profit margins have to be fairly consistent no? But then we're talking about violins aren't we. And it's all smoke and mirrors as far as I can gather. There seems to be a very small number of people "in the know" and that same group of people go to some lengths to keep it that way. I'm enjoying visiting different shops and playing lots of different instruments though.
  8. Just general increase in value. I have no clue what markup dealers put on them but I'd assume that would be fairly consistent. If they were putting 50% on them 30 years ago I'd assume they're doing about the same now, ish? I was just wondering if violins that generally went for a few hundred quid 25 years ago are now typically selling for a few thousand. Really just out of interest.
  9. I was looking at an English violin at a dealers with a price tag of £4000. I found details of a very similar instrument online, same maker same year, possibly even the very same one, who knows, but sold at auction in London in 1997 with an estimate of £300-400 and sold for £260 apparently. Just interested. Thanks.
  10. Mate, seriously, grow up. I've driven a good few hours to look at violins at this particular shop. I was really looking forward to it and did enjoy playing lots of different instruments while I was there. I took one home on trial but then had some questions about it, so I came here to get some expert opinion. Just because I've said things you don't like doesn't mean I'm a "troll". Look back through my posts, I've been in the market for a new instrument for months.
  11. You're absolutely correct. But anyone who has driven a car for long enough will know when something doesn't feel right. And if you take it to enough garages you'll get a whiff of when someone is being economical with the truth.
  12. I've played the fiddle for most of my 40 odd years. My father played it before me. I'm hardly "new". But you're absolutely right, it's very difficult to tell the difference between one con man and another when they all look very similar.
  13. Absolute jokes. It's a public forum. Yet some of you clearly think it's your "domain" and your comment just demonstrates the prevailing attitude. What happened was somebody came along and asked a genuine question in good faith. One of the very first comments was "this just shows your inexperience..." And then you all spent a week masturbating each other over your collective "wisdom". It's embarrassing.
  14. You're absolutely correct and it is going back. Thanks for all your help, showing me that I am indeed a clueless idiot who shouldn't ask questions and fully deserves to be belittled. There are several UK dealers that have popped up here with snide comments and made absolutely damn sure that I'll never consider buying anything from them in the future. Martin Swan. Some representative of Ayres violins in Manchester, etc. There are a number of other helpful people who have messaged me privately to say ignore the snobs and the clique, and given me details of dealers who might be a little more accomodating. They're the ones I'll be visiting in the next few weeks.
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