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10 hours ago, Alexander James Stew said:

I suppose on a completely different level, one could also say that Jean Baptiste Vuillaume was also not a maker?

Quite the opposite, Vuillaume was a maker, and a good one. As his business expanded, he employed many of the best makers around, and did less at the bench himself. 
 

Its a stark contrast to someone who couldn’t make a violin, buying in quantities of ready made, screwdriver antiqued violins, cheaply, by anonymous workers.
Then gluing in a label (with a fancy border!) and selling them for a huge profit.

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13 minutes ago, Wood Butcher said:

Quite the opposite, Vuillaume was a maker, and a good one. As his business expanded, he employed many of the best makers around, and did less at the bench himself. 
 

Its a stark contrast to someone who couldn’t make a violin, buying in quantities of ready made, screwdriver antiqued violins, cheaply, by anonymous workers.
Then gluing in a label (with a fancy border!) and selling them for a huge profit.

I stand corrected but will reserve judgement until I have this particular JAN BASTA instrument in my own hands.

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1 minute ago, Alexander James Stew said:

... will reserve judgement until I have this particular JAN BASTA instrument in my own hands.

Reserve judgement about what?

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19 minutes ago, Alexander James Stew said:

I will probably come to the conclusion like most of the experts here that it's just a piece of wooden junk good to stoke the fire with. But I live in hope......

No one said it was junk, or firewood, those were your words.
The only issue was that you misrepresented it as being made by Basta.

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True...it carries a JAN BASTA label....let's see how it sounds.

10 minutes ago, Wood Butcher said:

No one said it was junk, or firewood, those were your words.
The only issue was that you misrepresented it as being made by Basta.

Very true Wood. It simply carries an apparently superior Jan Basta label.. ( black with gold edges)suggesting a superior level of instrument.Let's see how it sounds when I get it.

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1 hour ago, Alexander James Stew said:

It simply carries an apparently superior Jan Basta label.. ( black with gold edges)suggesting a superior level of instrument.Let's see how it sounds when I get it.

If it is that easy to suggest a superior level of instrument, it's lucky for us they were so ethical as to only put those labels in their best fiddles :ph34r:

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2 hours ago, Alexander James Stew said:

True...it carries a JAN BASTA label....let's see how it sounds.

Very true Wood. It simply carries an apparently superior Jan Basta label.. ( black with gold edges)suggesting a superior level of instrument.Let's see how it sounds when I get it.

I'm sure it will sound ok.

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