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Thought that the wonderful 'Rumour has it....' was slowing down so here is a new one to hopefully provoke a similarly lively discussion. Themes being: Is it ok for a new auction house to be so disparaging about well established ones? Attic rummagers etc Is it ok to claim the best expertise based on a previous expert's reputation as a certificate writer? Are claims of violins being almost 'completely risk free investments' ludicrous? Is anyone impressed with a dealer who can recognise an instrument hanging up in their shop as a Guarneri copy (albeit with a hesitation)? Are comments about Chinese, Korean, Japanese etc musicians '..... excelling at the violin is a way of demonstrating that you've reached the West's level in cultural terms'...offensive and patronising? Jamie at Amati apologised for unrivalled, the Beares advertising uses the identical word. Still no word as to who signs certificates? Please help start a new thread, hopefully as good as the last one on this topic.