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  1. Any thoughts on lot 209 in the July T2? I'm assuming it's "workshop of" but could it be something else?
  2. 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 of listings and actively participate in every auction.
  3. 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 beautiful violins I have seen; it is in excellent condition (no issues), has a neck graft, but the diamond tailpiece was "misplaced" by a repair shop years ago. The sound is robust and bright. Some pics are attached. A big thank you for your thoughts !
  4. Here's a link to the Brompton's catalogue for their September sale. Enjoy!
  5. 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!
  6. 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.
  7. 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?
  8. 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
  9. 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?
  10. 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 So I've been sending email to Tarisio and I've been told that they are simply uncertain about makers of any part of this instrument! btw as a composite the top is not original. Plus soundpost cracks on both front and back, whole bunch of inserts, cracks, I also kind of feel like it may not worth the estimate? In my opinion it does look pretty nice; with back and scroll look a bit like Amati school? So what's your opinion on it? First post ever, thank for any replys
  11. 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.
  12. 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 nice and flush. good condition. Lovely head in my opinion. Wood looks to be good quality from my eyes. Lot. 71 Lovely looking Hill bow. Clean repair to back of head. So for a player it will be a good value. Good Broken bows are still sought after so I think this will get a good price. I have a repaired Lamy pere that I bought on the cheap and works a treat. Lot 65, 66 two nice childrens violins. I think both will have a good tone. Bargain price for my students if I can win either of these. Problem is they sell for much higher in Japan so I will be up against the big guns. Lot 9. Betts violin looks nice although not sure of the starting price. This is just my humble beginners eye opinion. Any experts please feel free to offer pearls of wisdom. Thanks,
  13. 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 may benefit from a clean and polish. is it worth it ? how much would it cost me extra? Thank you in advance!
  15. Twenty-five lots, each of 8 blanks Also a box of uncompleted frogs..!
  16. 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?
  17. 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
  18. 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.
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    Auction Mentality

    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...
  20. 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?
  21. While perusing the latest Tarisio auction I found this interesting American violin lot 250. Unique purfling on the back, as well as interesting wood on the back. What do you think?
  22. I've had this idea , and ran it by Jeff, within the vein of networking , paying it forward, saying thank you , and good old fashioned fun, We have an opportunity here ,come September , to accomplish all four , MY idea .... and why , as Maestroneter's I think that it's save to say that we have all benefited so much from the dialogue, sociability and great threads ,such as .big bass blog,to amateur repair,.from tuning pegs to tailpieces end pins to end blocks and whatever the heck is is that Burgess is talking about, we got it all , just gotta keep looking for the pony...... ... .we could collectively make donations in the name of MN to the vsa auction , there will be a lot of people a lot of people who will hear the name and see the community...I think we would see many new members here after such a thing, as well as a substantial boost to VSA scollorships... I have a few tools I'm going to give to auction, , my question is , is any one else interested in such a thing?
  23. First of all, hello to everybody, I'm new here on maestronet, I have been a lont-time lurker, and I finally have something to post about. I have currently taken this violin out on a 1-week trial: The price is roughly USD$500 (I have already paid it, but have been given a 1 week return period). The violin is unlabelled, but as you can see on the photos, it has "cm" stamped on the back right below the neck. The scroll is fluted all the way, the instrument seems to have its corner blocks, real purfling, etc. Anyways, me being no expert on violin construction, I'd sure like to see what the members on this forum think. Is it factory-made, workshop, handmade? And of, course, is $500 a good deal on this instrument? If necessary I'm willing to upload more detailed photos than those on the auction website. Thanks in advance for your answers...