Monthly Archives: January 2002

Understanding Appraisal Bafflegab

The Segelman lawsuit, covered elsewhere on this site, is just one of a few scandals in recent times which have been particularly murky due to problems of widespread ignorance among non-professionals in their interaction with the string instrument trade. Likewise, … Continue reading

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Vienna to Auschwitz, A Biography of Alma Rosé

Alma Rosé was born in 1906, the daughter of Gustav Mahler’s sister, Justine, and Arnold Rosé, the concertmaster of the Vienna Philharmonic from the 1880s until 1938. The Rosé household was a veritable Who’s Who of musical personalities from Brahms to Schoënberg, Mahler, Strauss, Bruno Walter, Berg, and Webern. Continue reading

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Assessing Tone Wood Using the Lucchi Meter

Francois Xavier Tourte and Dominique Pecatte never used a Lucchi meter. In fact it was not until the late 20th Century that the first Lucchi meter was developed. Today however, the Lucchi meter has become so ubiquitous that the pricing … Continue reading

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A Scandal for All Seasons?

The headlines have been sensational: “Dealers Gain Collectors Trust, Score Multi-million Dollar Bonanza” “London, Chicago Experts Finagle Holy Grail Cache of Violins” “How Nazis Targeted the World’s Finest Violins” “Trail of Treasures is Lost in Secret Rare Instrument Trade” “Survivors’ … Continue reading

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