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  1. looks like it to me, maybe late 18th. What does the neck set look like?
  2. Another good question. I think we all have a few such things hanging around in limbo. I have sprung for repairs on instruments that "weren't worth it" and have been happy, but it doesnt always work out.
  3. Good question, another option is to do nothing, which is not a bad choice, And if the OP is really interested in just getting a better playing instrument, then doing nothing is probably best. It wont get wrecked by a hack, and it wont be $600 in repairs down the tube for an instrument that could suck. It will just be a $29 conversation piece..
  4. If your goal is to tinker with violins then this is a good buy. But if your goal is to have a better, more enjoyable fiddle to play, then put the repair costs towards another violin, purchased from a shop. Its unlikely that this is going to be good player and at a shop you can chose based on playing it. There are many really nice sounding affordable Chinese instruments,. You're getting up there in age, why muck about?
  5. Cant help you with ID but it looks like a cool instrument. Why do you think the scroll isn't original? One thing to consider is the the f holes could have been modified.
  6. The ones you posted set a pretty low bar. I also have a violin that I'm pretty sure is 18th century Salzkammergut, thats the one I should post.
  7. All I have on my phone is the (detached) head. You'll have to wait a few days for the rest. Doesnt really resemble yours, but as Jacob said, it could be from somewhere else, and probably earlier.
  8. Mine certainly could be from somewhere else where they made through-neck instruments. Actually its on at least its 4th neck.
  9. Seems they made a lot of violas, big ones, I (probably) have one thats around 44cm. Were these used in folk music of the region? Or just produced for usual viola work.
  10. Looks like they are playing cheap 20th century German trade fiddles. Maybe they cant afford Salzkammergut fiddles because thay have all been passed off as Testores
  11. The appearance of these fiddles suggests that the relationship may have been a bit too close.
  12. There are hard workers out there. I think its fair to say that this purchase probably doesn't make economic sense for most violin dealer's business models, except perhaps for some that have the restoration capabilities already on the payroll and/or have the specific client base. I assume that every violin I purchased at auction wouldn't make much sense for someone trying to make an easy profit, otherwise I would probably have been outbid by a dealer.
  13. We can sit here and come up with all kinds of scenarios where this could have been a good or bad buy. Maybe the buyer was himself a restorer or has one working in his shop with some extra covid time. There are people restoring violins all the time. Maybe somebody knew of the instrument from the past and it was believed to be a fine player. Maybe it was a collector who didnt have 7 figures to spend at the time. Or maybe it was just some idiot who by chance also happens to be wealthy.
  14. Look under the "nice one for ID" thread.
  15. I see both a graft and bushings. They wouldnt need to be there though, sometimes peg holes survive and sometimes necks are adjusted at the heel.