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  1. Often, early music festoivals have a fair attached to it, where makers present their stuff and you can try lots of things out. That would be ideal. I do not believe in going half the way, like using a baroque bow on a modern violin. Never satisfieing. The idea behind using baroque instruments is that you let the Instrument tell you, how it wants to be played, becaise that way, you might get closer to what the composers of olde were used to hearing. Because of this, CF baroque bows are not baroque bows. They don't teach you anything.
  2. They will not harm your violin. However, most steel strings (e strings excepted) are not so good for classical playing. They give a sound and bow response that most classical players do not much like. Fiddlers often play steel strings though. If you fiddle, then steel may be just the thing for you.
  3. I like it a lot! I'm only a player, so don't take this too seriously. The only criticism I have is I find that the "island" of varnish damage in the centre of the back looks a bit too pale and new to me in comparison to the rest. It almost looks like the neck.
  4. I'm only a cellist, not a lutier... I understand that you'd like a full size cello string length (69,5 CM) right? If you wish to add a long neck to a small body (the neck will need to be a lot longer than on a 4/4th cello!), you need to think of the fact that a longer neck is going to have a greater pulling force at the neck base. One of the problematic things about cello necks is that they'll have the tendency to deform due to the pull of the strings. There are people (also high profile cello makes) that insert carbon fibre rods or other carbon fibre supports into the neck, in order to pre
  5. There has been a thread on this board about this in the past, that I know for sure.
  6. Jacob has a had an excellent thread on that, maybe he'll share the link, if you ask nicely. It covers your question in all respects. If you would like to use the violin, you should get that enormous saddle crack repaired before it turns into a sound post crack.
  7. Meaning you will not manage to find an individual makers name for this instrument. It is also not a valueable instrument, couple of hunderd dollars, provided the clumsy repair of the sadle crack on the top is solid. Likely it could serve an amateur well, and if it gets a good setup it may be totally servicable. To know this, one would have to hold it in ones hand.
  8. I'm just a cellist, not a maker, but, I've played on quite a few older instruments that have such slight offsets. If everything otherwise is well made and in good condiction, and there is enough bow clearance, the offset in itself is no reason to worry. Optically it can be handled the was you describe (you do not say if it is towards the treble of bass side), and can also be hidden by shaving off some of the fingerboard on the side which protrudes more. If you combine the methods (bridge slightly off centre, slightly tilted, fingerboard slightly shaved off), then all of them need to be done on
  9. As I see it: - probably structurally ok - could be tonally ok, but could also be somewhat light/short etc. in which case a differnt bass bar MIGHT help the bass register. - How much more would it cost to reopen the cello and add a new bass bar, compared to adding a new bass bar right now (and then possibly finding out it doesn't sound as good as hoped for)? Either one option is a gamble: how much are you willing to gamble? - If you close it up and it turns out you don't like it to such an extent that the bass bar can't be blamed for all of it, you can just sell it. You can
  10. If the top over the bass bar has not caved in, then, at least structurally, the bass bar does its job. I'd also prefer a bar a bit more along the lines of Evans pic, but in this case, If there is little top arch deformation, I'd take the chance and leave it as is, see what it does. edit @David A.T. was basically saying the same thing at the same time...
  11. You are aiming for a cello with "a powerful tone"; in your opinion, how does the width of the bridge feet influence the tone of a cello? Thanks!
  12. I'm following this thread. I always love looking at how an instrument slowly grows. You should consider opening a bench thread on the "contemporary makers" forum, although if you are looking for answers or opinions, you get more here. I like the scroll, but for some reason, the bevel on the edge of the scroll (I hope my terminology is correct) seems rather prominent and especially in the smaller turn and eye makes the work look a bit clunky. But it may also just be the picture, the light or the fact that it isn't varnished yet that cause this slight (!) impression.
  13. Do not give your friend this violin. This is probably not a good sounding violin, and it is in need of repaires and a new setup, possibly old repairs are not only visually, but also structurally badly done and need redoing. Your friend will find him/herself obliged to play a terrible instrument because it was gifted to him/her. Aside from that, gifting string instruments is a bad idea anyway, because tastes differ.