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Hello fiddlerman, Just cruised by v.com and saw the link to your new website. Glad to be here, around real people.
There's nothing more satisfying than to find a fine old Cremona, or any fine sounding violin for that matter. I've invested a pile of money so big it would take 2 banks to hold it all, and have gotten hold of some real sweet hearts over the past 40 years. Why, I might even post a few pictures in the 'for sale' section, if you don't mind my offering someone else a chance to own one of these treasures. Due to a serious injury to my right shoulder it is quite painful trying to play. So… perhaps…. someone might appreciate the chance to acquire a nice fiddle from a plain old country boy with a taste for excellent quality.
Everyone can now post pictures. Just press reply and use the icon up in the toolbar that looks like a tree on the left side of the film icon.
Look forward to seeing the pictures.
Your file size limit is quite small, but maybe this will work:
Front views of my 1741 and 1742 Guarneri fiddles.
The 1741 has been 'certified' by Jed Murphy, of London. Website: http://www.atelierviolins.com
Jed is the ONLY competent, and honest, violin appraiser I have met with in my entire life. He is a graduate of the violin making department (London Guild Hall) and is, in my considered opinion, the very best restoration expert living today. To my knowlege, the fiddle of 1742 has never been seen by any dealer, nor has it ever passed through an auction house. The power in the tone of either violin will peel the hide off a bull elephant, and I'm not joking.
Thanks. Fiddles like these should have been found and bought by people who really need them. But something is amiss…..the people who need them the most simply refuse to believe they could possibly exist outside of a big-name dealer's shop, or a bank vault, or some rich man's castle on a mountain in Switzerland. What irony!
I'm not sure what file size limit would be appropriate for a forum. Some allow very large images, but that might depend on the volume of traffic, or advertisement I suppose.
Well it looks like a couple have found you! I also know about other fine violins of similar quality which are in the hands of gentlemen who play quite well. But one man, who doesn't play at all, may well have in his possession The Crown Prince of all violins. If it isn't a Guarneri del Gesu, then Jesus made it himself.
Deciding which is "the finest of the fine" in tone quality is an event that would be like nothing ever heard before. That sir, is a natural fact.
The family lives in Texas. The story behind the violin is bone chilling, but cannot be verified to a certainty. Sometime ago it was 'tone-tested' against two very famous golden period Stradivaris, in a major concert hall. The 'artiste' first played the Strads, then rather causally, almost disdainfully, started playing the 'pretender' or so he must have thought. Instantly every one listening jumped from their seats, ran back down the aisles to the entrance doors and literally went into raptures over the tone it put out. And that was with old strings on it, and one side of the belly's lower bout being seperated from the ribs. They forgot about the Strads, real quick.
Then the folks learned about me, February of last year, eBay as it were. Made contact and asked if I would examine some pictures via email. I consented, got the images, took a peek, sent my response and the first week of April two of the brothers travelled to see me with fiddle in tow. When they got here, we visited for a spell and I asked them to open the case. I opened one of mine at the same time and their eyes almost popped out of their heads. Needless to say we've become very good friends since then…
Finding and playing upon a del Gesu is much easier than the 'public' has been led to believe.
And to Maestro Pierre Holstein,
You're a highly trained, highly skilled professional musician, comfortable with performing in many different venues and styles of music: so maybe the fiddles are the 'privileged', huh?. Now, I must ask a question of you:
What kind or type fiddle do you believe would fully meet your expectations regarding tone?
If you've played any very early modern to contemporary fiddles that were better sounding than the so-called Strads in the MSO, then those violins were not made by Antonio Stradivari. When you're ready to try the best fiddle you have ever heard or will ever hear, send a pm with your telephone number.