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  1. As far as learning to play, this isn't really a good candidate. The nut, fingerboard, pegs all look like they would lead to frustration. Probably also some dimension problems associated with the neck/neck set. Rather than try to get these things fixed I would say go to a shop and get set up with something that's ready to go for a beginner.
  2. I guess it depends on how good of a salesman he is. I think many dealers could get 2k for it, fixed up, but harder for an individual.
  3. As others mentioned there is little info in the books about this specific maker, you would probably have to go to Mittenwald to learn more about the person, if anyone knows anything. But it might be good to have your instrument re-evaluated before you spend a lot of time focusing on George Wornle. I think a lot of people, like BF, will question the 1973 appraiser. Make sure its at least an old M-wald instrument, which should be easy for most appraisers. It would'nt be very satisfying learning lot about Wornle if the violin is a 19th century Saxon.
  4. Given a string length of 375, a lot of standard medium strings should work OK. Usually when people are struggling with strings on large violas its because the string length requires one of the special long scale/light gauge strings, but that doesnt seem to be the case here. I dont want to diss your luthier but I dont believe that "stronger" strings (whatever that means-I assume higher tension) works better on larger violas, and I have had lots of violas 17" and larger. I actually believe that more often than not, the old saying "less is more" (tension) often applies to large violas. My general rule of thumb is that if Dominants dont work, then something is either out of adjustment or there might be a deeper problem with your instrument. In your case you should be able to get by with standard issue, medium Dominants, and maybe a medium Jargar A. Thats certainly what I would try first if you handed me this viola. And I might go with lower tension before high, if it still wasnt working.
  5. I would agree with this. Leave them alone at least for now, until you figure out if you like the way it sounds. This might be a situation where you get a good luthier to cut a bridge, then use that as a standard for learning to cut your own. See if you match the tone.
  6. I'll put my hand half way up. I cant say if the buyer thought it might be the most beautiful violin he/she heard, but I'll bet functionality played some role in the price decision.
  7. Manpower is probably not the problem. The commission from this instrument certainly justifies paying for a full time effort just for this one fiddle, and I'm sure they have someone on it around the clock. The bottleneck is probably just the amount of time in a day. In the past Tarisio has seemed willing to show most instruments to anyone, but in this case it just might not be logistically possible accommodate everyone, even all of their regular customers.
  8. I'm sure your right, but the increments are getting tighter, and ranges are overlapping. Hard to find any under 10K. Except maybe the larger Amati model.
  9. I dont think the model numbers in the 1920s are as critical to the price as they are in the post war production. Somebody here could probably give a tight estimate. I would guess 12k retail.
  10. Worth it if you think you'll use it. If you have a need for an inexpensive bow, a student loaner, back up, etc. Always good to have something around you can loan out without too much worry. But if you already have a decent bow, and are just kind of wondering how it might play, if it might be good, then chances are that new rehair will just sit in your case unused.
  11. Probably. Something to remember that that's often part of the equation.
  12. I think it got fair value at this moment in time. As Martin said, every serious buyer in the world would have known about this. Most would have evaluated it ignoring any hype, positive or negative. Maybe russion oligarchs were out of the mix this time. But do those guys buy violins? I suppose some do.
  13. Yes wire. What tuning do you want? Another choice could be tenor banjo strings which would be an octave above cello. But I dont know if they would be long enough.
  14. You're a good brother. Wait until she is here and take her to a local shop. That way she can go back and forth easily if she needs adjustments (usually do after a new purchase). Were is she headed?
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