Give me a couple of days to build this up. I will probably use this as a running blog. As of July 16, 2008 - nothing new to report. ...compiling lists of violinists and violin makers. Let us see what develops from this. August 14, 2008. I have posted a few pictures of old and modern violins. I have obtained permission for all postings. August 23, 2008.
I will probably post links on this page but I have decided not to add a blog here. Instead, I encourage you to visit the following blogger site. (For me, blogspot is much easier to navigate and manage. I can also post a painting or photo on each blog as well.) Thank you. August 23, 2008.
...just enter pronetoviolins on the search bar
As of October 17, 2008, still working on this and other sites - as time allows. The list of violin makers is still quite incomplete. I am finding violins, but only of the cheap variety so far. There is a potential special acquisition (Guarneri) that I cannot detail at this time. I have to go about it very slowly.
As of November 16, 2008, working on a potential Maggini. As Einstein said, there are 3 keys to success: Imagination, Work, and knowing how to keep your mouth shut. I have posted a few more photos of violins here for your amusement. The photos are not high resolution photos so they are there only to amuse and entertain. As far as I know, Pollens has not yet come out with his new book.
As of November 27, the Maggini turned out to be a copy. I bought it anyway. I am now on the trail of the Guarneri and a Da Salo. Steady as she goes - I am now looking at a Dalla Costa. Mozart played on a Dalla Costa violin, no? The Guarneri and Da Salo are still there, waiting for me. January 30, 2009.
As of May 5, 2010, there have been no finds - cheap or otherwise. The Dalla Costa was the real thing but the seller ruined it by re-varnishing it - he didn't know any better. Sorry.
As of February 2, 2011, I continue to pursue leads - nothing interesting. Too many leads that take me to ordinary violins. I am also busy playing and composing, though that does not stop me from chasing after that one precious violin which I know is out there.
As of March 22, 2011, some interesting developments which I am not free to repeat. Wish me luck.
As of September 16, 2011, some promising business leads have turned up which I am exploring. It's all luck.
As of November 11, 2011, a very promising lead from Switzerland via Italy.
As of December 25, 2011, a very promising lead from Chihuahua, Mexico.