: Thanks to all who responded. I didn't mean to start a feud. I have never been to Italy and my only intent was to ask for advice from someone with local knowledge so that I don't ruffle feathers unnecessarily.
: I should have also asked whether it is customary to be able to play some of the violins in the shop or is that sort of thing frowned upon. Does the proprietor expect you to bargain, etc... I don't want to be unintentionally rude nor do I want to be taken to the cleaners should I decide to purchase something.
: : Apuleius!
: : I wouldn't take Mr. Hersh's post too badly.
: : You are a smart guy!
: : Remember, the following topics will always get you in trouble on this board:
: : 1. Italian violins
: : 2. Tap tuning
: : 3. Amateur makers
: : 4. Disagreeing with Andrew Victor and/or his faithfuls
: : 5. Disagreeing with Al Stancel and/or his faithfuls
: : and a few others that I am too bored to write.
: : Just get filter the useful info from the BB and forget the rest. Not worth it!
: : Anyway:
: : Glad to see you are still alive!
: : Send me an e-mail (I only check this address weekly), or give me a call sometime!
: : Otherwise I will. :-)
: : Arcomelo Erimanteo