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  1. I agree with Jacobsaunders on the violin. The bow is crap and should be thrown away.
  2. This is what I was thinking. I'm quite sure it doesn't have to do with the plug, but it probably has to do with the hair and the way it is tensioned. If the hair is longer, the bow will have more bounce because both the stick and the hair length add elasticity. If there is more or less hair than before, it will influence how the bow feels. If there is more hair on one side than on the other side (often a little more hair is put on the side which is tilted towards the string, because that hair tends to break and wear out faster, resulting in worst case of neglect in a permanently crooked stick), it will influence how it feels. The wideness of the hair ribbon influences how the bow feels. So that begs the questions: how to judge the quality of bows and what is a good rehair? A good rehair is one that looks and functions in a way that the repairman intended, and that is repeatable. A rehairer that cannot reproduce his own work, or alter it in a way that the costumer desires (if the demands are reasonable), is not in command of his craft yet. However, the costumer has to understand that if there is a shoddy piece of hair on the bow, the characteristics of that ribbon cannot be relieably reproduced, because you cannot measure everything and reproduce it faithfully, in such a case. The bow stick is easier to reproduce, as it is measurable to a much greater extent (although it is a costly thing to do!). A standard rehair should look something like this. A good ribbon is one that is as close as possible to uniformly wide from tip to bow. Mostly the hair should just about relax when the frog is a its "shortest possible" position, as most bows work better with a slightly shorter ribbon of hair. In most cases, a slight amount of extra hair on the playing side is preferential, but not so much that it would cause the bow to bend. The hair strands should run perfectly parallel and not cross other hairs. The hair strands should be as similar in length as possible, so that when the ribbon is relaxed all hair is similarly loose. Most of these can be somewhat changed according to the preference of the player and the particular bow. However some off standard factors cannot be reproduced faithfully. If a player prefers hair strands that do not run paralell, that would be one, for instance. Or of a player for some reason prefers uneven length of hair strands, that is also not reproduceable as it was before. Or if a strangely shaped plug was used, that is often not well reproducable. Your rehairer wasn't instructed by you to make the hair ribbon less wide at the tip than at the frog, in fact, you specified that you would like it to be spread as widely as possible. The preference for the strange plug is not reproducable, so your rehairer cannot be blaimed for that. But the wide spread of the hair should be reproducable (especially as that is how a bow should be, standard. Look at the ribbon of hair in this video), and your rehairers ignoring this preference makes me suspect he is not a master of the craft yet. It makes no sense to talk to him about it, since complaining will not make him a better craftsman. Find someone else.
  3. I think the violin looks at least partly revarnished, especially the top. There are a lot of small dings on the top that look not touched up, but much rather as if the varnish soaked in (which would be the result of not being properly sealed there). That is unusual for a first application of varnish, and doesn't look that way on the rest of the instrument. The varnish has soaked in more in the open end grain parts of the top, a typical mistake for novices in varnishing, again showing a lack of proper sealant. Also, the treble f hole looks as if it had some damage and was repaired? If so, then the revarnishing might have taken place after that. Apart from the damage and the unlucky top, I quite like the appearance, nice outline. The work is not perfect but has charm, and the back wood is spectacular.
  4. Good price/quality ratio. T20 is much better than T19, especially sound wise. The instruments do need a better setup than they come with.
  5. @danios, Markneukirchen instruments made as "Dutzendarbeit" are in your price categorie. There are different grades, the cheapest ones being terrible. This one looks like it is quite well made. In the end, if you are looking for a cheap good player, you should judge it playing it and not looking at it. Ask your teacher or a pro player to try it out and be frank in their opinion. If it is judged a good player and the instrument is below 1500 Euros, nothing should hold you back, in my opinion.
  6. It looks not badly made, but the maker had an odd taste. Both the f-hole model and the varnish shading are highly unusual (I like neither). The Instrument looks brand new to me, and the combination of odd features/bad taste but ok craftsmanship makes me believe it is chinese. I would expect its value to be a couple of hundred dollars.
  7. The fingerboard looks unusually thin, and (it may just be the perspective) it looks as if it has a string height issue. So possibly you need a neck reset and a new fingerboard. I'd pass on this one.
  8. There is a very plausible explanation for the notch that has to do with the making process, but I have forgotten what it is. I think it may have been @Roger Hargrave that explained it, so I'm hoping he will chime in.
  9. Not that hard. Here is his website: I'd think there is a contact form on there somewhere.
  10. Vasile Mare and Claudiu Ciurba, good contemporary romanian makers from Reghin, both seem to have worked under him for a while. His name turns up on websites from other makers from romania. I'm quite sure he existed. You could contact Claudiu Ciurba, who knows english, and ask him if he has any information for you.
  11. About half a year ago I got to play an original Testore cello. String length a whopping 74 cm. When attempting to hit 4th position I was actually in the third. It sounded terrific, and the cellist who plays it regularly, Johannes Krebs, former solo cellist of the Bremer Philharmoniker, currently professor for cello at the Graz conservatory, managed fine. He a big, powerful guy, and I do not know how I, a small not so powerful guy, would manage to play that on the long run, but it was easy to play, sound wise. I still think there is a market for your Fichtl as it is.
  12. Woodworm Needs a certain % of reative moisture in the Wood. Old Wood, kept inside the house in a dry place, is to dry for woodworm to thrive in. Unless the violin was recently stored in a Damp cellar or something of the sort, it is very unlikely that there are active woodwoms present in the violin. Mosst likely the woodworm Damage is from Long ago, when the violin and the Wood were still relatively Fresh. The holes seem to have darkened quite a bit, so I would suspect them to be old, and I wouldn't worry About it.
  13. I was in your Position a while ago, and never made it much further. There are a couple of Problems I encountered that I couldn't at this Point overcome. The biggest one being time: you Need to do this a lot almost on a daily Basis to become good at it, like playing an Instrument. There is an awful lot to learn. Otherwise, I think one learns best with the help of a teacher. And seeing someone do it in person is better than a thousand words. You REALLY Need to learn to maintain and sharpen Tools, before you do anything else. And then you Need quite some Money to spend on Tools, Wood, books and tutoring. A friend of mine managed to make 3 Cellos, working on his fourth now, because he has a friend who is a maker, and his friend allowed him to make use of his workspace and Tools. This is the only Amateur maker I know personally that got to a good Level. I have my hopes up for my retirement (still About 30 years away).
  14. If you have to use Prim for Cello, take the thicker gauge, I think ist called "Orchestra", it will Sound better. They will last quite Long, but the a string doesn't Sound very good. Crown strings would be preferable, much better Sound, but will cost a bit (although not much) more. Thomastic have a new string set called Alphayue which is incredibly cheap. The violin set sounds good, haven't tried the Cello set. But I've heard they are not very durable.