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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 kind of liked this one for no other reason than that it caught my eye, but I probably won't bid on it because my mad money fund is lowish right now and because of the horrible Canadian Exchange Rate. I was also attracted to Lot 161 initially by its beautiful 'Fahrkarte' and then it grew on me! So, what about my mad money choices for T2 September Sale, and where would you direct your mad money?
ARTICLE AS PDF http://www.iburkard.com/ETUDE1950.pdf I thought this would be nice short article to share from ETUDE of Jan 1950, "HOW TO CHOOSE A VIOLIN." There are some interesting images of small hairpin style lining clamps and other details that are fun to view and read. You can either load the PDF attachment, or download the individual pages here: INDIVIDUAL PAGES http://www.iburkard.com/page1.bmp http://www.iburkard.com/page2.bmp http://www.iburkard.com/page3.bmp http://www.iburkard.com/page4.bmp I am sorry that I have not been participating much, but I got married last year and have been using most of my woodworking skills to repair our 1930s home.