April fool Story or not?

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17 hours ago, Three13 said:

+1 - I once handled a coin that had been owned by a guy in Japan. He had his jeweler "fix" it, removing evidence of cracks in the die from which it had been struck - features that exist on every one of the 13 known examples.

Had the work never been done, it would be worth about $800K today, with the improvements, I bought it for $125K and sold it for maybe a 20% profit.

So, I'm guessing this isn't an April Fool's hoax.

Is the original fiddle Neapolitan?

Seems like an opportunity to offer to build him what he really wants (although he probably won't see the logic in it). 


Relieved to hear that there are other cases of madness out there.

Building the instrument the customer wants is the logic of a violin maker. So this definitely doesn’t work. Or maybe if my name would be Andrea il Prussiano.

Maybe I need to find a fake Strad made by Colin Mezin, to trade it with the customers Francesco Guadagnini.

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