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  1. What I don't understand, if the original varnish coat did this by itself, why are there large areas that do not have the Craquelure, but Look very ordinary. Do you think it was a shaded varnish and only the darker parts had this tendency to form These dark "Drops"?
  2. That is a Bridge for a very flat arch!
  3. I saw some People asked About strings, if I remember correctly, gut strings for the da spalla were developed by Mimmo Peruffo of Aquila strings. ah yes, here.
  4. I borrowed a violoncello Piccolo for a month or two when I was studieing baroque cello. I believe the string length was something like 67 CM, so just a Little under current Standard 4/4 Cello. I remember it used an extra thin gauge top d string for Gamba as an e string. I believe the brand was Aquila. It worked fine and sounded nice.
  5. I'm a Cellist and have a few Questions about this. 1. the height of the Bridge (projection) and ist relation to Sound have something to do with the pressure on the top, Right or wrong? 2. meaning, if the neck overstand is low, which often is the case on older Instruments, then, Sound wise, you can achieve the same effect with a lower projection as on an Instrument with more neck overstand and a higher projection, Right or wrong? 3. The angle of the strings over the Bridge is a better indication of what will happen, Sound wise, than the actual projection, Right or wrong? 4. if the projection is low because of a low neck overstand, if the wish exists to bring Things up to modern Standard, then the neck overstand is the first Thing that Needs to be corrected, Right or not? 5. assuming the neck overstand on this Instrument is low-ish on this Instrument and the projection corresponds to that, and the Cellist doesn't find the low overstand problematic, and there is enough bow clearance when playing the a and c strings, there is no Need for any correction, Right or wrong?
  6. I don't see how that would work. Du you think they used something similar to the mother of Pearl coated slide that they fixed by attaching it with a string?
  7. Yes, this is a Problem, and not only for bows.
  8. The title sais it all. I'm asking since a reputed bow dealer posted some Pictures of according to him completely original early Tourte bows, dated between 1785 and 1795, and the ivory frogs have ferrules. I would not have expected that, but I don't know when they appeared.
  9. On my screen it looks like a very neatly made violin. I think the corner blocks, linings an bass bar all look like they could be original. I see a hole in the top that seems to have belonged to a locating pin, doesn't that plead against BOB construction? It does look very german to me. Could it be one of those made by those mysterious Grossstadtgeigenbauer?
  10. You need to post better pictures for anything conclusive to be said. It looks as if the rib corners go all the way to the end of the plate corners. That would be a typical trait of instruments that were built on the back, a technique used predominantly in markneukirchen and Schönbach until the start of last century. As the rest that I can see seems consistent with that, I vote for a saxon instrument of medium quality made in the last quarter of the 19th century.
  11. Congratulations on your viola and your daughters quartets success! A very well documented Building process, I think.
  12. Thanks everyone for the attempt to help. Bottom line is that I think the cello might be tweaked into something usable if one knows what one is doing (I do not). But I have lost trust in the seller, and therefore have decided to hand the cello, a Harley Benton, by the way, back.
  13. Lol thank you Mike, I realise this is a Crystal ball Kind of Question, but I really am a total beginner at this, so actually your comments did help! The Cello is relatively cheap at 400 Euros, but the electronics are from a respected brand (shadow). The Placement was done by the manufacturer so I do not think that could be the Problem. Maybe my expectations are too high of such a cheap product.
  14. @duane88 That is the Thing, both treble and bass are fine, the a and c strings Sound better than I would have expected, but the d and g strings sorely lack in Sound; both clearly less loud and a very different timbre. (I've a spirocore/Larsen Combo on, btw). So if I boost the bass, the c string becomes more poweful, but it doesn't help the g string much at all. If I boost the treble,, the a string becomes shriller, but the d doesn't Change much at all. The best Setting for balance is to completely reduce both bass and treble. Then the balance is a bit better, but Nothing close to acceptable.