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  1. 10-15% off Retail would be consignment dollars. 30% of retail is a wholesale dump. Somewhere in between is what you get.
  2. Nope, but it opens the market for who might purchase it. Classical violinists might look at this as a "fiddle" and direct a student away from purchase because of the back of the scroll! You could ask the teachers that question, but that would be rude...
  3. Let us consider that the "Spanish Flu" most likely originated in Kansas, spreading from a military camp there off toward Europe. Apparently, you can't trust anyone's numbers, regardless of country of origin. Best for us all to stay apart and continue to cultivate the OCD in all of us. Wash, wash, wash.
  4. And quite often, we violin makers carve that flat spot out and retouch the varnish. Conservatory, soloist, "Lady's Violin", paganini, student. These are all things that I have seen carved on the backs of the scrolls.
  5. All it needs is a "HOPF" brand below the button to make it complete!
  6. I would like to see pictures of the entire cello. I have owned and sold many Morellis, and all of them have distressed varnish with grafted necks and bushed when new peg holes.
  7. The value is in the frog and button. Martin is , as usual, correct. Can't wrap it, can't pin it, could devalue it further by replacing the head...
  8. I asked my dentist what he was doing with his CNC during his closed hours. He didn't seem open to my using it.
  9. I believe that the quote regard Bubonic Plague is attributed to George Gruhn, for when folks show up with "rare" instruments and are shocked that they have little value, or substantially less than the owner thought: "The Bubonic Plague is rare, but I don't hear of people paying much to acquire it."
  10. I went to help with the estate of a violin making friend last year. Having been in the trade for some decades, I was expecting a bunch of great old tools and stuff, but the workshop was remarkable not for what i found, although there was some of that, but for what I didn't find. Where was his bending iron? I expected a nice Gewa or German-made similar device, but I found these. His son had put them out on the porch to dispose of, since he didn't think that they had any value. One set for violin, one for viola. I am lookning forward to trying to use them.
  11. I've got a Gibson fiddle on the bench right now. You would think that with all of the knowledge in the factory related to carving and graduating arched-top guitars and mandolins that they would make nice violin family instruments. Nope. Their greatest value is to people who collect Gibson ephemera.In the US, I usually send these to either Gruhn or Elderly Instruments. UP of Michigan maple, and if you are blindfolded and someone has you smell the Gibson violin family instruments, they smell just like the guitars and mandolins. Cellos are rare compared to violins and violas, so you should be able to find a buyer who wants it simply because it is a Gibson. They were made in the late 30's through the early 40's, and not after the war.
  12. try cleaning one of those dark brown Mittenwalders with soap and water and see what you get.(Not really, please don't)
  13. I agree. The best quote I have heard comes from Manfio, "The best violin polish is the one that you don't use." Most are harmless, but oil and open cracks or edges don't go well together.
  14. https://www.stewmac.com/Materials_and_Supplies/Finishing_Supplies/Colors_and_Tints_and_Stains/ColorTone_Touch-up_Marker.html I don't like them, but for violins that do indeed have lacquer, and are rentals(...) these may be useful.