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  1. Definitely. A composite with a multicracked and revarnished top. The label must be something like "Stuemperia Hungaria fecit 1999".
  2. The Jombar looks (except the scroll) like the typical nice and clean French Guarneri model, I can see clear differences to the Op in regards of corner shape, purfling and purfling joints, f holes and more, which make me doubt that they are from the same origin. The biggest similarity is with the scrolls, which is the part we can know the most less if it was by the same hand as the body.
  3. To me the bow doesn't look bad. It seems to be a 19th century nickel mounted Markneukirchen bow, what's called "school of Knopf" in the widest sense, made of nice pernambuco (as it appears to be in the photos). That's the up side, the downside is that both the pearl slide and the headplate tip are damaged/crudely repaired and need to be replaced, at least in the long run. I would also question if the adjuster belongs, usually I see them with two rings/ebony, and it is probably younger than the rest. If there are major damages to the stick can't be detected at the photos. Such bows can sometimes be attributed to a certain maker or shop, mostly not because there were too many working in a similar style. Given that there is no other devaluating damage than these you mentioned (and I described here) the price appears to be in the usual range, but you should be prepared for some more investions.
  4. I'm afraid that even the new photos won't change anything about the ongoing argument. When I'm understanding you right that you've got the violin at hand, just take off the bridge and see what's the result - otherwise you can ask the seller to do this and send a photo. With bad luck, you will have a big part of the varnish stuck to the feet, what IMO would be a reason for complain and refund. In my understanding, if the strings are off-centered and the bridge isn't movable to correct such issues, as well as a (very slight) re-positioning of the bridge due to whatever, misfitting feet or "slurpy" varnish, no matter if new or old, it's a flaw. My POV, others with more experience with such an occurance might disagree.
  5. Ok, Jacob beat me. I thought he was sleeping, like I will now.
  6. As far as it’s possible to tell from the video (and I stopped and enlarged it at several points) it has a typical Buchstetter model, typical Buchstetter scroll and even the label looks like it was made with the imprinted letters which should be expected. Definitely not a Markneukirchen. Buchstetter had followers working close to his style like the Thumhard family, so without examining the violin and the internal features more detailed it could be made by one of these, too, but I‘m assuming that they asked also a real expert like maybe Köstler before bringing it there. The both guys examining the violin aren’t violin makers/dealers but from a museum and unknown to me. The estimation of 15 K Euro seems to be a bit optimistic in the actual condition (badly repaired bassbar crack, much touch up and probably more), but I guess it was given as a show effect. Buchstetter and his style and special features were discussed in detail here: https://maestronet.com/forum/index.php?/topic/329708-gabriel-david-buchstetter/
  7. I always suspected that this kind of show was copied from American TV. To be precise, the couple saved it from being thrown in a dumpster at a house clearance, at least that’s the story they told.
  8. So it’s a sort of picture puzzle, hard to tell from a phone screen. In each case something what needs to be fixed. Agree that feet and knuckles don’t look like they should at a good bridge. Is it a new trade instrument?
  9. This looks like cut with a teaspoon or the like. In each case the misfits will damage the varnish and probably the wood, too. Very small gaps can be tolerated sometimes, but these are dreadful, can cause buzzing and shed a bad light on the skills of the person making the setup.
  10. So there aren't attic finds only, but also nice violins (though not a Strad) in Bavarian dumpsters or dustbins. BTW, it's possible to configurate English subtitles if they aren't visible in the actual link. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BAtW8uf5m0M
  11. Maybe noidea is referring to this thread, which has but the same photos? https://maestronet.com/forum/index.php?/topic/329398-h-derazey/
  12. And even this is part of the show. Please don't scare us anymore this way.
  13. Repetition is my profession.
  14. Like Martin said, my point was exactly that it doesn't look like a Medio Fino from outside, but the internal structure was similar to cheap French production of a certain period, and I mentioned other trade names just as examples. BTW, also these can look very different to each other, and your example of a Medio Fino is a more nice one, be it only for the reason that it has flames. Maybe it sounds arrogant, but for beginners it takes a long time to see all the subtle differences between violins which make an identification or attribution. There are fine differences in purfling, the workmanship of the edges and scroll chamfering which is rough at your's but neatly at the real Derazey, small but decisive differences in the refinement of the corners and other similar points. You might have noticed that at your violin the wintergrain is brighter than the summer grain, what's pointing to a stained wood ground, while the Derazey has it just the opposite. And so son and on. Not your fault, but as a beginner you need to accept that there are many features and a lot of boxes to tick to come to conclusions, and that all can mean different things in different context. A scribed purfing as another example is usually seen as a flaw, but at a Testore it would be a necessary feature. Not to start with carved bassbars or "left out" cornerblocks etc.
  15. When there's anything particular French (trade) about this scroll I'd rather say the very narrow throat over a straight pegbox. As Jacob wrote, it all can depend of the period. Maybe you know it already, but at Viaduct violins you can study hundreds of French scrolls.
  16. It's somehow boring without his bow inquiries, and other entertaining contributions. So fingers crossed and and all good wishes.
  17. For similar reasons I said that I was surprised by the look of the violin after having seen the inside only before. But there could have been smaller, relative unknown shops, others than JTL, which made small numbers of such instruments. One can never know all.
  18. The inside work now looks like what I've seen at cheap French producton, like I mentioned before, from the late 19th century period. Lininigs and blocks made of willow, roughly cut and assembled, tooth plane marks at the inner ribs, also the wide grain of the belly is what they used for these. OTOH the blocks are usually wider and at the outside the purfling rather scribed or inked, as at Medio Finos, Grandinis and the like. So IMO there's a possibility that the violin was a sort of knock-off from a Vogesian shop, but they wouldn't have been allowed to use the Derazey brand, which appears to be very spurious (and BTW the brand of the Ebay link is a Just, not an Honore stamp). With your conclusions about alterations and actual value and use I agree completely.
  19. A hint could be if the corner blocks were longer in the middle bouts or the lining tips were glued over the blocks, what we can not see by the actual photos.
  20. Hard to tell from pictures, but I would doubt it. Even the workmanship is not like the quality what's usually seen at silver mounted bows of this origin. But if you're saying it....
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