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  1. Thanks jacob. Would there ever be a reason to replace a bass bar other than if damaged?
  2. Hi everyone, I thought I would update this thread as I have managed to find a luthier afterall in my area with reasonable prices. I now have the violin in the shop and I was able to get photos of the inside- I struggled with the angles etc, but maybe they will be workable for more ideas on identification? I'm still considering whether an appraisal would be worth it. I am having the soundpost patch done, and it was suggested the bass bar might be replaced as well due to the dementions not lining up with where it should be( I believe that's how it was explained) is it possible to say how much this affects sound? Can anyone weigh in on whether to just replace or leave it as is? As always, thanks for the input.
  3. Well both of course! Kidding aside, I definitely agree that it should be done well and that it is a craft that takes serious skill. I know the scroll has some repaired damage. What would be some of the main concerns about leaving the scroll as is? From what I can see, it does seem pretty solid at the moment. Thanks
  4. Yes. My area is expensive and for what will already be an expensive repair I am looking for a luthier that might not have such high overhead expenses for one. I am open to exploring options around the country, or luthiers that are perhaps newer to the craft that might be a little less expensive. The two reputable shops/luthiers I know of in my state are high end-I am looking for options. I'm not concerned about the scroll. It is in no danger of falling off What luthiers in NJ can you recommend?
  5. Here are some additional shots to help. lob:14 and 1/8
  6. Hi Maestronet, I am curious if anyone can recommend shops in the US that offer repair services via mailing an instrument, and if anyone has had a successful experience, and where. I have two soundpost cracks on the top, one of which was cleated probably some time ago, and the one nearest the f that needs repair. I've had the crack glued previously, but not shockingly it didn't hold. Also would like to see if anyone has any ideas on the maker of this violin. It was sold as a French violin and has a fake guersan label. Thanks
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    The lighting used to take the photos is odd. The seller had better ones posted originally. The scroll reminds me of this testore, not that it probably has to do with this maker, but perhaps the school.
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    Palousian, The certificate you mention is only a condition report showing what had been repaired. The listing stated the orgin was unknown but probably Dutch, or Italian. Like most on here, I do not trust ebay either, I am just curious about the instrument, and occasionally some of interest do seem to pop up. I had been watching the listing for quite awhile and the seller had dropped the asking price from 25,000 to 6,500. Anyways, rip of or not, I am only interested to see what is said about the orgin, regardless of it being on ebay. I've seen a few violins of similar build and wonder if my inexpert attributions are way off or not. To be clear, I am neither the seller, or buyer- I would not risk thousands on ebay.
  9. This violin caught my eye. Just curious to see what others think of it. The scroll, f holes, purfling look italian to me. I guess either way someone got a good deal on it, looks like a nice one. https://www.ebay.com/itm/Interesting-Violin-No-Label/303336869260#vi__app-cvip-panel
  10. Another vote for Yita. I bought a violin over the summer and I am quite happy with it. I haven't tried their Violas, but for a back up or a just to try instrument it seems worth it. Better than spending a lot until you know if you want to continue.
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    Violin worth it?

    Yes, certainly another concern. No bow
  12. Alto

    Violin worth it?

    Definitely in need of a new bridge/soundpost. The neck angle looked good. The inside looked clean from what I could see of it...certainly rethinking it with this info. Also I'm not too near a luthier.
  13. Hi Everyone, I was in a local antique shop and came across a violin that looks like it might be worth the setup cost and as a back up instrument, but I hesitate in case I'm very wrong. Unfortunately, the few pictures I could get of the instrument are not sufficent but I've noticed the following: 1.The varnish doesn't remind me of a typical low end student grade instrument. 2. The violin appears crack free, and solidly built. No label. 3. The pegbox is not painted black which I understand to be common on lower end instruments, or indicate german orgins? The asking price is 325.00. If anyone is able to get any info from the less than ideal pics, I look forward to some info.
  14. I like Jade. It's not too expensive and works well for all seasons. Works well for me on both violin and viola.
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