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  1. Seems strange that a real Carlo Bergonzi instrument would have ever gotten to the condition shown in the photos.
  2. Yes, I have quite a bit of info on him. What is your interest in him?
  3. Ron1

    Violin Id

    The label is not original to the instrument; it is apparently ca 1934 by Valot.
  4. Possibly recent high sales are a result of the current inflationary trend- folks are investing more in physical items which tend to hold value, rather than leave money in the stock market or banks where it is steadily losing value.
  5. I seem to recall some J-G violins that had bellies made of glued-up strips of Spruce; strips maybe less than an inch wide.
  6. I believe this is actually 4-ply purfling, with all plys made equal width. Two white center plys were used to achieve a wider white "center" purfling. The technique was used because it was easier/faster to make all purfling strips the same width.
  7. Perhaps of more interest might be the purfling. Use of the double white center strips could point to certain regional origins, and even possibly particular makers if not "schools". Do you know the origin or maker of this cello?
  8. Matthew- I see you've also learned the necessity of being undisturbed while working in the shop. Do you have to use the tranquilizer darts often?
  9. Looks like "Sen." (Senior) to me.
  10. Looks like a bridge has never set foot upon it.
  11. Maybe his father installed the fingerboard. Gotta love the tail-piece!
  12. This is unmistakably a David Burgess violin. It's just that he didn't get to put the finishing touches on it after hoggin' it out with his sawzall.
  13. The scroll fluting falls a little short of the "bitter end".
  14. I know persimmon was not one of the choices, but..
  15. You need to do everything possible to make potential buyers want to have YOU, not just your violin. Even if I made the best sounding instrument ever, I doubt anyone would want to own a Ron1. Effort needs to be made toward advertising and making your name known. Capitalize on your successes. If successes aren't happening, you have to make them happen. My icon guy made good instruments, but he was a master at promoting himself. As many makers did, and likely still do, he employed various clever, if not marginally shady, ploys to this end. If you can get your $5k violin into the hands of a recognizable symphony orchestra violinist for $0, that's $5k well spent on advertising which would benefit in promoting yourself for the rest of your career. Good marketing will sell even second-rate instruments, but with an absence of good marketing, a maker of excellent quality instruments will never be "successful" in their lifetime.
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