Saturday, January 07, 2012

News about Violins

One of the big stories going around the internet is the one about the eBay customer who may or may not have smashed a valuable antique violin.  Apparently this is Paypal policy.  If you want to get your money back, you have to smash the item.

Claims "Erica," the seller: "The buyer was proud of himself, so he sent me a photo of the destroyed violin."

Andrew Hooker, an antique violin dealer and former auctioneer at Sotheby's, said that "only an imbecile" would buy a precious instrument without playing it first.  Which would kind of leave eBay out, I would think.

My own opinion would be that if it requires an expert to authenticate it, it should similarly require an expert to unauthenticate it.  Advice:  neither buy nor sell your Guarneri on eBay.

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