Ever actually found a gem that was thought to be a VSO?
With pseudo-Strads and antique junk that can be found for sale, ever run across a bona-fide high-value, high-quality instrument where the seller didn't know what they had?
I do remember reading a story in the “odd spot” in the Melbourne Age of a pawn shop somewhere in the US that was thinking of instituting a rule that people bringing in musical instruments be required to demonstrate that they could play them .
I play one.
Is that the one you were posting about last year that you just had to have because it had such an effect on you? If so, good to know your instincts were right
I may have come across something myself yesterday. Someone had listed for sale a OLD VINTAGE VIOLIN so I checked it out and bought it for $60 to practice repairs on. It has very bad top cracks and they drilled a hole in the scroll through the peg box so it could be hung up for show. I do believe that it is a real ETTORE SIEGA & FIGLI anno 1914. After all the repairs are complete I may possibly have it appraised. Well see...!!
I think those were made in Germany, I see them on ebay from time to time
Well Lyndon, I'm hoping that is not the case and it's really from italy but I'm no expert. :)
Well I checked and the genuine ones are quite valuable, definitely not something you should attempt to repair your self, I thought I read that they also imported German violins, but maybe I'm thinking of another maker, show it to an expert, and make sure its not just a fake label, those are very common with Italian violins.
Rule number one, when you're trying to learn violin repair, always start on recognized cheap violins as your initial efforts are going to devalue, not improve the violin.
Thanks for the advice Lyndon. I definitely agree with you on that if the repair isn't done correctly it will definitely devalue the instrument for sure. I've been repairing for some time now and have done some pretty advanced restoring and repairs. This will be the first time I'm grafting a piece o wood into the back of the scroll tho to fill the hole they drilled. So I guess that's what I meant by practicing. Haha... I finished my first violin 2 weeks ago :) very exciting :)
You're still not qualified to be working on a $20,000 Italian violin, heck I don't even consider myself qualified for that and I've been in this business for 20 years, You don't fill the drilled hole, that's a historical feature that you leave alone. Show it to an real expert, and see if its genuine, and if it is find a way to get a really experienced top professional to work on it
Lyndon you don't know me at all and can only make the assumption I'm not qualified. I wouldn't say the same to you because I don't know you or what your capable of doing. As far as the Violin being worth $20,000 I sure shit hope so! But even if it is I'd still do the repairs myself because there is nothing I can't repair on a Violin.
fools rush in where angels fear to tread
if you can't make your crack repairs literally invisible, like my expert friend does, you're not qualified to be working on a $20,000 Italian violin.
Too many men are afraid of being fools
Not necessarily VSO related, but I overheard a conversation about a violin in orchestra last week. Someone’s partner found a genuine Maggini violin in an antique shop, for less than £1! This must have been years and years ago. Anyway, the back and sides are genuine Maggini, but the top I think has been replaced or something. I thought that was really cool. Maggini violins are really something, and I love how they look, especially with the double purfling. Not that looks defines sound, but you know, I’m impressed either way!!
I once bought a violin and bow together at a flea market for $100--they were both in bad shape, but I could see even then that the bow was something. My in-laws were scandalized that I didn't even try to bargain the seller down but I felt guilty enough as it was because it was clear to me that the seller had no clue about what he had.
Mary Ellen - is it odd that a violin that wasn't much to write home about would be paired with a great bow?
I don't know that "gem" is the right word for this one, but it's a keeper.
Scott, maybe more unusual than the reverse. But I have no idea how the seller had paired them up. He may have found them separately himself and “bundled” them for sale....he very obviously knew nothing about violins and bows other than that they went together.
Lyndon, let the man wreck his antique Italian violin if he wants! What's it to you? LOL
Thank you Paul :D
I will post pictures of it when it done. Then you'll see how wrecked it is...
It's amazing that one day on this site on my first post and two people that don't even know me or my skill level are so judgemental.
Perhaps enlightening for some :-)
Zilpah, That is so great to hear. It is actually my fathers book but the website is mine. I'm so happy to hear you found it useful and thank you for the kind words. I will let him know :)