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  1. Any shoe/luggage repair shops near you? They usually do this for far less money then the aggravation it will cost you. Getting to be a dying business though.
  2. What both David and George said. Plus some people have a sharper ear than others.
  3. Keep in mind that 40K pounds at auction plus fees is a lot. Tarisio has 42k usd as a the record for a cello.
  4. Hard to say, maybe a bad example, maybe it just wasn't its day. From what I see Peresson instruments still seem to do well both at retail and auction here in the US. ( in spite of some poo-pooing). I've looked at several of the larger violas at auction, always seem to go for more than I had at the time.
  5. I agree with Andreas for the most part. But if you just want to move it out and get cash, perhaps the best thing is to sell it as is. The crack repair, if done well (it would be worth it) plus set up work will likely run you the better part of $1K. This fiddle would probably retail for more, but now you've made a significant investment and it can be difficult for an individual, with one violin, to sell an instrument, unless your are well plugged into your music community. As is, you can get some cash out of it quickly, maybe not the max you could if you fixed it up and shopped it around, but that that costs money too. I would think that on Ebay this would get into the low-mid $100s, although I don't necessarily recommend that route either.
  6. I don't know. But I might say that if the string length is such that 4/5 of the strings can be off-the-shelf violin strings then its a violin. But I guess some very small ~14.5" violas can use mostly violin strings, so maybe that's not a good criteria
  7. Better yet, dump the fine tuner and evas and use plain gut, maybe with a gold label g and d.
  8. deans

    Cello Id please

    If it were mine, and I was cello player, I would.
  9. Call and ask. Viola tailpieces (and violin for that matter) are made in different sizes. Some people call a 15 inch viola 3/4, so I don't know. Most viola tailpieces designed to fit average full size violas (16") might be too long.
  10. I knew someone who had a Pallaver that I thought was quite nice. If either of these two is like that then it would be a nice deal if it stayed within the estimate. They look nice and are a good size. But of course you never know what any given instrument might sound like.
  11. What's the vibrating string length? I play a lot of various gut strings and to me Dominants and Tonicas seem to be closest to that sound, others may disagree. With Dominants you have the option of shorter scale strings, if your instrument happens to need them. If the string length is around 14.25 or so, I would just go with medium Dominants, they will be pretty low tension and work well on a Saxon viola I have of similar size. Not the recipe for most power though.
  12. deans

    Ouch!

    3 bids up to $47. Someone must want it for their pet mice.
  13. Peresson might come close for some reasons.
  14. deans

    europe

    Yeah, cant blame a guy who likes to buy and muck around with fiddles. And its bound to lead to buyers remourse once in a while. But the europe thing cracks me up. And there always seems to be a luthier buddy who thinks its Italian.
  15. Is the issue that players want European/American instruments. Or do they not want new handmade instruments at all?