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  1. It looks to me to be a 1:25 taper on the original peg. There are still violin reamers around with that taper, though hard to find. I've been looking for one myself for quite some time. There is nothing wrong with reaming the holes with a 1:30 reamer and putting bushings in, re-drilling and reaming. There are no consequences as to the value, and you'll have a violin that is much easier to tune, and will stay in tune, given the job is done right. (A 1:20 taper was used from the 1500's to sometime in the late 1700's(?), when the norm became 1:25.) Going that route would be the best bet. If there are any mechanical pegs around with a 1:25 taper, they are still going to be fitted to the holes, meaning bushed and reamed. The mechanical tuners are very easy to tune with. The cheapest way to go would be finding a luthier who has a 1:25 reamer, and have new pegs fitted.
  2. I was referring to the tonal beauty.
  3. How violins are built can be a starting point for determining where or in what region it originated, and to some limited extent the quality. No upper corner blocks can indicate the method used in construction, but is no indication of the violin being "decent" or not. As the saying goes, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
  4. According to Rene Vannes, Dictionnaire Universel des Luthiers, and other sources, including Tarisio and Amati auction houses, Jules Remy branded the inside of his violins in a triangle, In Urbe Cremoniae Remy. I'll leave it at that.
  5. The maker is Jules Remy. A search on the web will give you a better idea of his work, though limited in scope.
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    What does one use as a solvent with Tartrazine Lake? Alcohol?
  7. Is the cello new, or just new to you? If you find a luthier who will fix it for 40 bucks, run away as fast as you can. To do the job right, it will cost a few hundred dollars. I'm having trouble seeing the repair to the scroll. The cello does look nice, but also hard to tell from your pictures if it is worth the cost of the repair.
  8. bump... The violin could date back to the 1700's, possibly of Germanic origins. The number below the button is likely an inventory number, not a date. It is unique, to say the least. What is the LOB? Hopefully someone who is more knowledgeable will respond.
  9. What about cleaning the inside of a violin by a known maker from about 250 years ago? Should one try to remove some of the caked on grunge? It's definitely not original, but does testify to it's age. What would be ethical here?
  10. Yes, violins by E. H. Roth had this type of saddle, but I don't recall the dates. Early ones and later ones didn't. I know that in the 60's this type of saddle was used. Other makes of violins also had it as well. It may be a German/Czech sort of thing.
  11. It could be a non ebony fingerboard that has been blackened and varnished.
  12. If you are looking for a Stradivari at an unbelievable low price, here it is!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  13. I found the original listing, if anyone is interested.
  14. On a side note, there are many cheap Chinese paint brushes and expensive varnish brushes with a 1:30 taper. I use them to work in spiral bushings (candle wax applied to the handle). Looks like you are using one in the endpin hole.
  15. Does anyone have any information on this maker? I have one of his violins dated 1980, and there is currently one for sale on the internet dated 1930. He isn't listed in Jalovec. The name is German. (I don't know how to place the umlaut over the u on my keyboard). The label reads: Alexander Grune Salzburg fecit ano 1980 the add I had a link to previously has been deleted, probably sold...edited 4/6/19 Thanks