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    Cellos?<br />I play a magnificent 2005 David Caron. I have a Paul Martin Siefried/A C Schuster/Hubert Chanon/H R Knopf bow, all of which I love, though I play the Chanon and Knopf most.<br /><br />I like instruments, music, old cars, firearms(especially lever actions)<br />and cats... I like cats a lot...

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  1. PhilipKT

    Is this cello Chinese or German

    When I think “German Factory” I’m thinking of Stohr, Juzek, Phretschner and the like. I have helped half a dozen or so kids find old Stohr instruments from the 90s, all fine instruments for the money. Are all those factories closed now? That would be very melancholy information.
  2. PhilipKT

    Is this cello Chinese or German

    I’m getting a lot of replies like that, this file cabinet apparently came out of a French office of some kind long ago and I bought it in an antique shop in 1996. It’s big and clunky and I’d love to get a slightly more efficient copy made, but no one wants to take on such a task, so your comment is not a surprise. If you ever get the yen, though, let me know.
  3. PhilipKT

    Is this cello Chinese or German

    The tailpiece is ebony with added fine tuners. Everything else you said is accurate. This cello was a “rent to own” instrument from some music store. The wood grain, scrollwork, and purfling all looked German to me, but the Chinese strings, badly done bridge, and fine tuners suggested Chinese. i appreciate your input.
  4. PhilipKT

    Is this cello Chinese or German

    Mark I have a large interest in having a new flat file made with roll top doors. If you can make one I’d be really interested.
  5. PhilipKT

    Is this cello Chinese or German

    A student just bought this instrument very cheaply off Craigslist. The listing pictures on craigslist were bad, but it sure looked like a German instrument to me. I saw it today. It’s in perfect condition and sounds marvelous. It has no label, and the strings are awful cheap Chinese wire things, but overall it looks very German to me. It came with an old nickel W Seifert bow that appears to have very nice wood, which indicates a certain age. Regardless of what you guys think, the price of the kit was so low that she could probably make her money back just by selling the bow, and the cello sounds great, but I’m really interested in whether My eye is developing enough that I can identify at least a German factory instrument.
  6. PS. How do you know that the wood is going to sound good? Is there any correlation between attractive qualities and acoustic properties? Did you do any testing on it to see if it sounded resonant before you took it home?
  7. Can you help me visualize how you went from Log to Violin back? I saw a log with lovely flames on the right but also pretty nice flames on the left, and a big chunk of miscellaneous wood in between. Did that turn into a single half of a back? An entire back from only the flamey right side? More than one( I didn’t see how thick the log was so don’t know how many slices are possible.) any good joiner can probably answer these questions just by looking at the log, but the only think I can join is a gym.
  8. PhilipKT

    J A Fort CELLO bow info requested

    Yes it is a cello bow I corrected the listing. Thanks for pointing it out.
  9. Howdy all! I thought I had asked about this bow long ago, but a search revealed nothing so here goes. I purchased it long ago and have always liked it. It is light, a bit flexible, and has a small sound, but I just keep playing it and I like it a lot( Although I have no illusions about it being a great bow) I have not been able to find a thing about this maker. I went back and did a screen capture of the photos at Tarisio, where I bought it years ago, And I am including a couple of my own, and any information would be welcome.
  10. I’m not sure I understand the problem. My cello was 100% handmade. One man working alone, from the cutting of the tree to the aging of the wood to the handmade tailpiece...except for the purfling. I was astonished to learn that he used pre-made purfling. Oh well. But having a company do the rough-out work on your wood is no different from having an apprentice do it. It is the last 20% that reveals the master and not the first 20%. If the bulk of the instrument, especially the most important bulk of the instrument, is made by the master, and the process isn’t hidden, nor the maker deceptive about it, I don’t see a huge issue, although it is a separation from the makers who DO make all their instruments-including the purfling- by their own hand. That may be a small number, but if I were looking for a cello that’s where I’d look.
  11. PhilipKT

    1921 OH Bryant violin

    It sold for $850, but I don’t think it was made by Bryant. It looked nothing like the violins I saw in the Tarisio archive.
  12. PhilipKT

    1921 OH Bryant violin

    Actually, no I can’t, because I’m accessing it through a site called Invaluable. But it is Blackwood March auctioneers. I looked up several other Bryant violins pictured on Tarisio and this particular instrument appears to have nothing in common with them.
  13. PhilipKT

    Stupid violinist questions

    I’m glad someone has asked this question, I was actually under the impression that purfling was laid along the glue line, and the soft wood in the purfling functioned as a kind of gasket in that it allowed the plates to vibrate a little bit more freely because of the compressibility of the soft inner layer of the purfling. Is that an old wives tale?
  14. PhilipKT

    1921 OH Bryant violin

    Howdy folks! I found this violin for sale at an upcoming auction in Mass., and because I’ve always been interested in American violins I googled the name OH Bryant And found a lively exchange here from several years ago. This is the only photo offered by the auction house and it’s not very revealing, but I share in the event that others might be interested. Bryant was apparently a very fine maker and anybody who is favorably compared to Gemunder is worth sharing.
  15. PhilipKT

    Varnish melting point and repair options

    Well, to be more detailed, I think the violin shop owner, who is my very dear friend, said he had tried to compound it? Is that the term he used? The varnish had bubbled and the bubbles looked like plastic? I know they aren’t plastic but that’s what they looked like and they could easily be broken with your fingernail and he attempted to level out the bubbles and touch up the varnish, and despite his expertise, he was so unsuccessful and unhappy with his work that he didn’t charge anything. The cello is a very nice instrument, originally sold by a shop in California, although I don’t remember the model. It’s certainly worth repairing, I’m just wondering if it needs to be stripped and completely re-varnished.