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  1. Couldn't figure out why hippies were being drug into this until I zoomed in on the picture. LOL
  2. For this reason it seems important to get some local resource to service them as best as can be on a continuing basis. Perhaps even come up with some methods of repair that work better in that environment than what the usual methods. And maybe sometimes it comes down to "you would never do this with an instrument of any value" but you try it anyway because there is nothing to lose. And literally the choice seems to be either not-great instruments with slapdash repair and setup or nothing at all, and in that case I always go for trying to keep an instrument alive no matter what.
  3. I think that a person who is a bit handy can perform setup and minor repairs, especially if the instrument is not something of great value. I started doing setup because my first cello (an ebay special) was so cheap the music store basically laughed at me. Maybe you can find a local craftsperson who would be up for it if you aren't yourself. For tools and supplies, as a hobbyist/hack I just get cheap blanks for bridges and nuts from ebay or amazon, and I don't have any specialized tools. A good carving knife, small block plane, sandpaper, etc, and then palatte knifes or thin spatulas for separating pieces or for getting glue into open seams. The pros can probably give better advice, but I think for repair work you can get by with simple tools. Then again it may be worthwhile to look into some new beginner instruments. They will still need setup, but should at least be structurally sound. It sounds like some of your instruments are in pretty bad shape.
  4. FWIW I think it is a very attractive cello.
  5. Not that it matters, but I see now where I missed some wear in the photos. I was looking for some indication of the bridge being moved around and the first photo looked like the top was perfect, but I see in the last photo of the label some imprints of where the bridge was moved around. Still, for a century old fractional the condition is still surprising. I guess they really didn't practice.
  6. That violin seems to be in suspiciously good condition for being over 100 years old. My guess is that it is almost new and made in China. Then again I am often wrong. I was just in Brazil for a month, in Sao Paulo. We went to the music store row one day but there weren't any amazing deals that tempted us to have to lug stuff home with us.
  7. Well, at least you can say it isn't "the usual."
  8. Forgive me if this is a terrible idea. If you have multiple people asking if you could get them instruments, perhaps, when traveling, you could partner with a few shops abroad where you act as an agent for the buyer to find them instruments but the transaction is between the buyer and the shop. You could charge a fixed fee or a percentage or whatever but then you wouldn't have to have tie up money in having a stock of instruments to sell, and any return or warranty issues are between the buyer and the shop. Maybe after doing that for a while you get to know the tastes of the buyers and buy a few instruments to have available and transition into a private dealer role in that way.
  9. glebert

    J.D. O’Bryan

    I am absolutely useless on these IDs, but the shape reminds me of the violins in this thread, specifically the hourglass shape with nubby corners.
  10. Don't know how many g/hr, just know it worked pretty well. After 15 minutes in a non-walk-in closet I could smell a bit of that "after a spring rainstorm" bit of ozone smell when I opened the door. AC or DC should be fine as long as you are getting the sparking.
  11. I do guitar amplifier repair and had some amps that reeked of smoke and no cleaner would touch it. I built my own ozone generator for $5 from an old pad sander and it really took care of the problem. Here is the method.
  12. Man, if there is a market for loud, nasty, wolfed out string playing then maybe I need to get in on this! Seriously, the experimental designs of Marty's that I've seen are awesome looking, I don't even care how they sound.
  13. Probably should post some pictures if you can. Guidelines here:
  14. glebert

    Violin ID please

    But the pegbox and pegs seem to slant the other direction. It almost looks like the whole thing curls a bit around the treble side.