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Smiling at the estimate at this French auction house 👌 nowt to do with me, wish I was in France….
Yeah, I saw that too. It is doable to buy from these auctions although sometimes at the mercy of their own shipping methods and costs, but I suspect their advertised 'estimates' are what are known in the auction trade as 'come and get me' estimates, deliberately under-valued and intended to stir up maximum interest among potential bidders. Having said that, even for Joseph Di Mauro, that one looks like it needs everything restoring and should be quite cheap.
wish I could get to France easily. (though this will probably sell for 1000 euros or more next week)
Very tricky shipping France => UK now, 3rd party CITES certification required, then customs / import taxes to pay.
Yeah, I have been keeping an eye on this, and others but the so-called estimates are probably meant to be what the trade call 'come-and-get-me' prices to get people interested and start the bidding. There are many in France who will be bidding 1000 Euros without tempting the rest of us. It is even trickier pinning down some auction houses re cost of shipping to Australia; they usually use a sub-contracted packing and shipping specialist which can add some crazy cost. There were a couple of nice Favinos last month and elsewhere there is a tasty late '50s Jacobacci Royal electric estimated at 200 to 300 but unless I can get a clear straight answer about shipping (which has not happened yet) I leave them alone.
That twice-a-year sale at Vichy always throws up a few cracking guitars, alongside other tasty instruments.
I'll get to it, one day, & smuggle something nice back home ;-)
Looks like the Vichy auction house are still busy cataloguing, or they found another Busato in the back of the lorry.
any guesses who made this "Maison du Jazz" ?? €100-150 might take it home: Is that another one of yours, Bortolo ??
Yes, I got those notifications too. The Busato advertised as such will sell well enough, even though it is described as a 12 fret model in rough condition; top unglued with several cracks and binding missing, and the back has the same faults plus 'damage' but no photo to explain. But the 'Maison du Jazz' could be the sleeper. I had read before that these were made for the store of the same name by Busato. I know we hear that claim all the time but although I can't remember where I read it, I know it wasn't just some ebay hopeful. It certainly looks right. Busato supplied his own shop 'Toute Pour La Musique' and probably Beuscher and Paris Musical with the bulk of the cheaper ones from the 1950s made by Pierre Fontaine and the deluxe models by Pierre Calza but this one does look more like an earlier one. Certainly the outline profile of the body, the shape of the narrow soundhole and the tailpiece all point to the magic B name. Not sure what the weight if the original wooden case would add to international freight costs though.
At a minimum, there's some missing hardware and some reveneering work required on this old heart-hole Di Mauro.
Yeah, I thought that too, but then adding up the auction costs and freight and then all the work needed to end up with a what would be a 'restored' or even 'rebuilt' guitar it suddenly seemed less of a Lotto win. Shame, nice guitar and probably worth saving for a talented repairer who lives nearby.
And today there is a small parlor size Gerome and a Patenotte labelled as a Paul Beuscher, both nice and with low estimates but there is also this listed as unnamed but supposedly from 'Mirecourt'; does anyone else think it looks like a Di Mauro 'Boogie Woogie' model?
It does, but shouldn't there be the "A. Di Mauro" brand on the back of the headstock? And does the headstock really have the typical shape?
Or does the application of the brand and the headstock shape depend on date and circumstances of production (such as: pre-war or post-war, colab of luthiers)?