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  1. Someone paid $6,500 on Goodwill for a 'Signed Collin-Mezin Luthier Violin - Paris France' (plus bow) Which is above the top estimate for the one just listed on T2 Go figure
  2. I am releasing a large database of instruments including maker name, year built, price sold, date sold. Below is a link to the database. Due to the uncompressed data taking 40 gigabytes of storage, I will only be releasing the database without image data at this time. My goal is to increase knowledge of the violin trade through the eyesight of statistics. If one would like to provide critique or help in the project, below are desired questions regarding the database. 1. Accuracy: What information is wrong? Are there any systematic errors in the database? Is the price sold data accurate?
  3. For the July Tarisio auction, the listed price estimate for an Testore school cello that is in very poor condition is 30-50K. The head is not original, and it has multiple significant cracks as well as cosmetic damage. Am I correct in thinking this estimate is more than its worth? Also, how come Tarisio has 70 items for sale but only two cellos?
  4. This site has a few violins every so often, but somehow - link from Maestronet? - got on their distro list. Thought the following would be of interest. Sadly, this is becoming the new normal. When will companies learn to secure their databases? Note the price - just that of a not very good Juzek or dutzenware. "LiveAuctioneers disclosed a data breach after a well-known data breach broker began selling 3.4 million stolen user records on a hacker forum. BleepingComputer was told by the data broker that the database is being sold for $2,500. The breached data includes user's emails, user
  5. Who are the primary customers buying at auctions like Tarisio (both the Fine Instruments listings and the T2 listings)? Are these primarily broker/dealers looking to sell to shops who in turn sell to customers; shops purchasing to sell directly to their customers; individuals looking to flip them for a small profit; and/or individuals looking to buy directly hoping to get a good deal even if they do not have the opportunity to play them in advance. I suppose the answer is all of the above, but which group are the majority of the buyers in? Many of the bidders seem to bid on a lot o
  6. We all know the unparalleled feeling of finding "the" violin. Well, a couple of weeks ago, I did: I went to a shop and found a beautiful instrument that has exactly the sound I am looking for. Therefore, I want to upgrade. I'm looking to sell my current instrument to set up the right financial situation. My violin was made in 1998 by Raphael Le Cointe (who then went to Cremona). I have an insurance appraisal for $15,000 and his instruments have sold for upwards of $20,000. I'm hoping to get 10-12K to offset the cost of the upgrade. The violin is in suberb condition: it's more a solist's instru
  7. Any thoughts on lot 209 in the July T2? I'm assuming it's "workshop of" but could it be something else?
  8. I've had my father's Juzek 1938 Master Art violin (Strad model, No 364, Prague) for around 30 years, and now would like to sell it. I would appreciate any guidance and opinion regarding where and how to realize the best value for it. I've considered auctions, but wonder which one ... for example in Europe, US (east or west), exclusive instrument auction, general antique auction, etc ? Then there are numerous violin shops (higher commissions?) ... and again, what area might be best for a fine Juzek ? I am located in SE Michigan. I'm not an expert, but I feel this is one of the most bea
  9. Here's a link to the Brompton's catalogue for their September sale. Enjoy!
  10. Hello, folks! This violin is Lot 110 of Tarisio London. Although it has Ceruti label, the estimated year is way younger and it seems not to have any features of Ceruti. To my amateur eyes, it is somewhat german. Anyway it has two german certificates, and I like its back a lot. Any comments and opinions are appreciated. Thanks!
  11. Hello, I am looking for a bow from Tarisio auction. My budget is maximum $6000 (including premium), and it seems that there are some fine bows within the price range in this auction. The problem is I am not in the US, so commissioning is impossible. It would be much appreciated if someone shares his/her opinion, who commissioned bows at Tarisio New York. (Especially Lot54(Morizot), Lot81(Martin), Lot89(Thomassin)) Any recommendation is also welcome Thanks.
  12. In Dwight's 18th Century Viola thread, Deans uses the term 'mad money' to describe what amounts to a gamble on an instrument or instruments at a distant online auction. For most purchasers of a T2 instrument, we won't have the opportunity to try them, but many of us will bid and sometimes buy. I have bought a couple of violins and a bow from T2 since the T2 inception, with low expectations, yet have been happy with the results. Dwight started the ball rolling, an 18th Century Probably French Viola in not bad shape, with a very reasonable guide price. I k
  13. Hi, Please I would like to have information regarding this violin. Was it french? german? how about its quality? I liked the red back Thank you
  14. Maybe we should have a topic for auction scams... like this one, I mean, it has to be a scam, right? What are these people seeing that I'm not?
  15. I've been search through posts in this forum for a quite long time and a lot of them are really helpful, really learned a lot over here. However now I feel like to actually register an acount to gather some opinions here. Scrolling through the new Feburary sale on Tarisio to find something that I can potentially get, after some modern Italians, this one suddenly caught my eyes: lot 174
  16. I have a violin made by WC Ehrmann in Albany New york in 1908 which I planning to sell to move onto a better one. I bought it a decade ago for 8000 dollars. How much should I sell it for or expect to earn? Ebay is a site I may use.
  17. Hello all, Just wondering if anyone out there is eyeing the current auction listings. I am a complete novice but have seen a few nice bows and violins. Any opinions/thoughts on the following lots. I haven’t been able to attend the viewings so going on my gut instincts. Lot. 73 I really like the look of this bow and the low reserve suggests it will hit a bidding frenzy? My hunch is it’s a nice JTL bow. Slight warping can be straightened so not an issue. I think it will reach about 1,200 euros (my guess) Frog looks nic
  18. Bought this violin from ebay for £400, it is a "Josef Kloz in Mittenwald 1760" - antique 4/4 violin, i am only a beginner, and this will be my first violin. (if i refurbish it) The wood is still in very nice antique condition with some light scores to the surface, some little chips also to the edges as you would expect with a used antique item. Also looks like there has possibly been a few little pieces of wood to the rim edges that may have been replaced or repaired, although I cannot confirm this, perhaps that is just the way it was made? Violin will need restrung and possibly m
  20. Twenty-five lots, each of 8 blanks Also a box of uncompleted frogs..!
  21. I was not quite sure where to put this, it does not quite fit the auction scroll or the luthier exchange, so forgive me if it's in the wrong place. Whilst browsing the upcoming Amati auction I saw that lots 139 to 207 onwards are a fair number of Pernambuco blanks. There have been a number of threads recently asking about bow blanks and this might be an opportunity for someone? Especially if someone else will do all the tiresome paperwork?
  22. Anything of interest here? ...and since I am trying to educate myself rather than just look at pretty pictures, why is lot 409 possibly Italian rather than probably German? Thank-you for your comments in advance
  23. Hello, i´ve got a question: Does somebody know the results of the latest Beares Auction? I am very interested to know the prices for violins by Vuillaume and Sgarobotto, viola by Storioni and Lupot and Tubbs violin bows. Unfortunately you can´t see the results online. Thanks in advance for your answers.
  24. We were discussing the Amati Auction in another thread and today hubby and I were at an antique Auction...which got me wondering about regional vs specialized auctions vs mindset. I know auction mentality kicks in and people overspend...but around here I swear auction prices far exceed retail prices...yet dealers are buying stock and I can't figure out how they are making a profit. I assume violins (specifically) also fall into that category? Or do dealers only dump and NOT buy from auctions? And who wants dealer discards? Obviously people are making money...
  25. Missouri relatives, who know we're looking for a violin upgrade, enthusiastically alerted us of a March 14 "fine instruments" auction in St. Louis, sending us TV news clips, catalogue links, offers to go look, etc. Just curious why almost everything remained "unsold" (lots #40-118.. couple instruments went at or near "opening bid.") Were the estimates so far off on account of the wares? Midwest venue?