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  1. Bow, what kind of wood?

    Depends of how many hair you'd like to put in.
  2. Bow, what kind of wood?

    Good Markneukirchen work roughly from the first half or mid 20th century I'm supposing.

    If the original varnish was removed before, there was nothing to save of course; in general I would better leave an overcoating than to destroy the original finish completely. The inside work with blocks, linings and rib mitres are IMO typical french outside mould work of better quality. Equal angled mitres would more likely point to a built on the back construction.

    This appears to have been a nice instrument before - there are several methods of removing coatings, abrasive powders for instance, maybe it would have been better to show it to some more experienced restorers, or just leave it alone before stripping of everything completely. It's a pitiable sight now.
  5. The difference to the instrument discussed before is in the homogenity of style; outline, soundholes and "head" of the pegbox are featuring straight forward the design of a particular period, not pretending to be something else. The cornerless Strad started life with a different outline and was altered to the actual shape later.
  6. Anyone else think the art world has gone mad

    I think you nailed it. Like the editor wrote in his comment, the art of the auctioneers was to put it into the post war sale, not in the old masters, "Because that's not where the elephant bucks are." Violins, either old or new, are "old master's art", and maybe it raised the attraction that it's authenticity was disputed.
  7. Anyone else think the art world has gone mad

    Ah, you mean there's actually the copy of a president?
  8. Anyone else think the art world has gone mad

    Maybe you missed a Zero? Strads are bargains. Buy as long as they are.
  9. Anyone else think the art world has gone mad

    Ok, you could buy actually three good football players for this sum - possibly only two soon.
  10. That's well said - but I'm guessing that most of violin buyers want a visually perfect fiddle rather than a battered looking with 80% original substance, otherwise the demand (and prices) for the first kind won't be so high. OTOH, a "brick" made of well matching wood, adjusted and touched up fine ain't the same as one from accidentally chosen and roughly inserted pieces, and unfortunately we very often find the last.
  11. I'm supposing, too, that it was made before the invention of the milling machine. Reg. the brick, I'm afraid, that this sort of repair is very often caused by the failed attempt to remove a through neck, breaking out the the button as well as some wood beneath it.
  12. Violin type Nicolo Gusetto

    Maybe you are referring to the Braga or Chanot Chardon, which was discussed here as an altered former viola d'amore? It started life as a different instrument and was cut down to a violin later. Don't know if it's the same, but it appears to be:
  13. Violin type Nicolo Gusetto

    Maybe I was a bit harsh, but I see that you have invested now into the instrument - I wasn't talking about bridge or strings, but the crack under the bridge, very dirty and roughly glued. The soundpost crack now is still visible, but cleaned and I hope better fixed (patched),so that there won't be future problems with it. Reg. taste, this type of instrument was mass produced, like Jacob wrote above, around 1900 in the Markneukirchen/Schönbach area as a product of historism, vaguely based on these cornerless fretted viol and Baryton heads, as one can see at the pictures below (Simon Schödler of Passau 1785, Maria di Brescia 16th century). The right carved head is a copy of a quite better quality and workmanship. I don't know if the flamed style soundholes, which are usually seen at later period's viola d'amores, were ever combined with such a shape in the period of origin, but probably not. The cottage industry just took the shape of a Renaissance or early baroque Da Gamba instrument, the head of a Rokkoko Baryton and transformed it into a violin size and set up, what it never was meant to be, and added the edge mosaic and back mop decoration to sell it as a fantasy "historic" fiddle, composed of elements from different periods.
  14. The name is rather Strack, not Strad, from Brag, means Prague, which both it most probably isn't, but a 19th century Vogtland made violin with a reproduced (copied) label from the same period. Can't actually find this name either, it's possibly a product of fantasy only. The button repair is what's in another recent thread regarded as a "brick".
  15. Violin type Nicolo Gusetto

    The violin is not in a very good condition. There is a bad "rigid" crack at the right bridge foot, a soundpost crack, which ain't never repaired by a luthier, but by an amateur butcher. To say it clearly: This artefact pretending to be a violin is really dumb, won't work as such and it's value is based on bad taste only.