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  1. Someone withdrew their bids - price dropped by 1k on it suddenly.
  2. Oops somehow I missed that discussion... thanks for the link
  3. Any comments?
  4. I am no expert but this looks nothing like a Klotz. Still a pretty fiddle. I agree with jacobsaunders most probably Saxony
  5. What does the slightly bigger LOB size mean exactly when it comes to old Mirecourt violins?
  6. That’s exactly what I thought...
  7. By the way LOB is 36.2 cm or 14 1/4 inches. So what is the next step after addressing the cracks?
  8. Because it looked and sounded awful and I was ready to use it as a starter in my fireplace haha.
  9. I know... he has been a friend of mine and a mentor if I can say so for 25 years. I used to do the breaking in on all of his newly set up instruments before he sold them. I was the one putting “mileage” on them after restoration...
  10. Yes he is a Mittenwald born in family of violin makers dating back to the dark ages... worked for Wurlitzer in NY and during his time there he worked under Simone Sacconi. He has no apprentices and does all the work himself hence very high prices. He has not seen this violin yet...
  11. Sound: The instrument is obviously poorly set up. I played it in it’s original set up and sound was bad stifled muffled and no resonance. I just spend the entire day making it playable again. Now it sounds completely different deep and resonant vibrant and quite projecting. The wood still feels a bit “lazy” if I can say so but the difference is huge. I’m really confused at this point what to do. If I bring it to Hans Nebel I know I’ll get yelled at and then receive a minimum of $5,000 repair estimate... This fiddle is worth bringing back to life at this point Note: I don’t know if it makes any difference but both the top and the back are one piece. The top begins with very fine grain to the right and finishes with very wide grain to the left.
  12. From what I see it is a trade/factory made instrument. It has GRANJON stamp with backwards N. One of my luthiers looked at it and dismissed it immediately “ not a good instrument worth repairing” by him. I agree I would not have spent thousands on it but I find it somewhat attractive and I think it’s worth giving it another shot. As I said anywhere there was a crack the violin was covered up with off-white household paint (in my opinion). That’s how they disguised the ugly square patch and cracks etc. Gentle clean was not an option as as it exposed that which covered up the entire arching. Then the white paint was gradually faded towards the edges of the instrument where one can see the undamaged wood grain again.
  13. Yeah I have to re- examine those...
  14. The varnish was not original. This instrument was re-varnished some time ago when the cracks were repaired. I already confirmed that with a luthier. The front was covered with some strange white base to hide the cracks and then the entire instrument re-varnished red. I would never remove original varnish but this was not the original varnish. All cracks are intact and repaired from the inside cleared - including the soundpost patch. The bottom 4 pictures show the original varnish which perfectly intact and beautiful looking. The top was the only part that was stripped because the white layers covering up the cracks.
  15. I bought this violin as a restoration project. As you can see in the pictures it came in a very soft and thick deep red colored varnish. I was able to quickly and safely remove that pretty gross varnish with pure alcohol which exposed the original layer of very pretty golden amber. Top of the violin is another story. It literally had a coat of white paint- like base of some sort I am guessing to cover up the cracks and then again a thick layer of deep red on top. I thoroughly cleaned it and removed all of that junk now I need an opinion on what to do with the top. The wood has a gentle pink color right now I can “French” polish it with shellac or use this varnish kit I have pictured below...