hendrik

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  1. I didn't buy my particular cello from e-bay , but from a teacher ( not cello) in another city. He is well known. I still give him the benefit of the doubt in that he may not have been aware of the poor shape the cello was in. It was repaired by a luthier I never heard of before or after. The cello sounded great and my daughter's cello teacher swooned over it. It was a costly affair. Not the only time I found that teachers go for the sound of an instrument but don't really pay enough attention to the condition, or don't know enough about provenance. Shows you you can buy trouble anywhere. As you can tell I'm NOT an expert. Just got myself a little better educated after having over-paid on many occasions. That has saved me some money. Some dealers have been very helpful. One of them - Serge Stam in Utrecht - helped me an awful lot pointing out that a Ricardo Genovese which I had bought at another dealer wasn't even Italian , and quite new. That particular shop did take it back for trade ins and those were fine.
  2. Well, I guess this cello is in better shape than the one I bought years ago. That one was french and had a sprung bass bar. The treble side of the table was starting to cave in. Routine repair meaning: big patches?
  3. If the table is at the end of it's life the cello isn't worth much. It depends what caused the cracks. A half baked repair likely won't last. In a worst case scenario a proper repair may involve making a plaster cast after the base bar has come off, pressing the table back in shape, making a new base bar and " doubling " the table. It may not be as bad as that but that's why a knowledgeable luthier should have a good look. At least that was my experience having gone through this once.
  4. With 2 cracks in such bad places you have to wonder about the structural integrity of the top of the instrument . Are there open seams anywhere?
  5. From the limited info from the pictures the instrument looks like a straigth forward Markneukirchen trade violin, as I gather Blank face is alluding to as well?
  6. Has an open soundpost crack ,a saddle crack and 2 other cracks just on a cursory look. Maybe Lyndon might think it worth fixing ( and be affordable) , but most shops wouldn't , I think. Maybe VdA has an idea what to do.
  7. It's the Gadda family then? Edit: I see just missed your post
  8. hendrik

    Violin id.

    "Habsburgian" as you can see this outline in instruments from - present day- Austria as well.
  9. hendrik

    Violin id.

    Here is the back as well Compare with a Pique from Martin's site: Exit
  10. hendrik

    Violin id.

    Dom, if you look at the shoulders all the way down to the upper corners you see that this violin is distinctly different in shape from a Pique. That part looks more "German" -- maybe one should say "Habsburgian" --- to me. But what do I know.
  11. The purfling in the corners is not mitered, and very "pointy' , rather different from most makers I'm trying to match. Not Heinicke as far as that is concerned.
  12. Oh scrap that. Corners not at all like Poggi.
  13. 1944 : that makes it really difficult. waiting for your next clue. See some Poggi features maybe in the scroll.