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About Kallie

  • Birthday 08/06/1993

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  1. Still open. Haven't done anything to the varnish yet, just fixed the edging/cleaned and reglued the cracks. Luckily this one has real purfling. I'll see what it looks like when repaired and decide from there about the varnish.
  2. Thank you for the advice. This is pure speculation, but personally I think it's the other way around. I tested removing some varnish on a small part of the scroll and sides (which matches the back), to see if there might be some varnish underneath that could be exposed. Sadly, nothing, only sanding marks. Not even scraper marks either, clear rough sandpaper marks.. The top doesn't show prominent sanding marks as seen on the scroll and ribs. Due to this I'd think the top might contain most/if any of the original varnish. And that the sides, scroll and back has been over and/or re-varnished.
  3. It will remain my instrument unless I get it in such good condition that I'd be proud to sell it. There are quite a lot of sandpaper marks, easier to see in person than on the pictures, not to mention the uneven application of varnish which I wouldn't expect on an un-revarnished instrument of similar age and period.
  4. I also have an "Artist" one. The best violin I've ever owned/played on.
  5. Hi Everyone, Back in 2015 I bought a cello for dirt cheap. I posted on the forum to find out where it might have been made. It was suggested that it was made late 19th Century in Schönbach. I repaired the major issues and it has made a great cello. Great sound, and delightful to play. Recently I decided to restore it even further (edge repairs, cleaning and re-gluing some old cracks etc). Now the main question. It seems the cello has been re-varnished at some point in its history. And very crudely so. I've gotten quite a lot of experience lately in varnishing as well. To the point where I'm confident I can do a good job and considering re-doing the varnish on the cello (since it seems to already have been done anyway). The question is, since it has already been re-varnished (losing much of its original value), would properly re-varnishing it again affect its value in a negative way? I would like to try and expose any original varnish that might have been left after the over-varnishing, but it does seem like it was sanded down to the bare wood and then a new varnish applied over that. I'm attaching some pics I took back in 2015 before any repairs have been done. Thanks!
  6. Hey everyone, I need to make a violin recording for a promotional video. Something light classical, that is public domain (so no royalties or licensing are required). Any suggestions for similar pieces like the following? 1. On Wings of Song - Mendelssohn 2. Winter (Largo) Vivaldi 3. Le Cygne (The Swan) Saint-Saens 4. Meditation (Bach-Gonoud) It doesn't need to be anything virtuosic, the purpose of the recording will just for background music for the video. Thanks in advance!
  7. My fingernails are always as short as they can possibly be without bleeding So definitely not that. Thanks for all the explanations and suggestions though. Don Noon's explanation on the mechanical side sums it up well.
  8. Fair enough. Although interestingly, now that you mention it being the most used, I've had the same problem on my viola, again on the A String even though the A string on a viola receives less use than D or G would.
  9. Hi, I'm wondering if there is any specific reason why the A-String always seems to be the first string that wears out. I always have the problem that it unravels on the 3rd finger in 1st position (The note D). Ive had this problem with literally all the strings I've used. Evah Pirazzi Gold, Evah Pirazzi, Thomastik Dominant, Warchal, etc. The ones which have lasted the longest was the Warchal Brilliant, and the Evah Pirazzi Gold. The one which lasted the shortest, was the Dominant. All the other strings (G, D and E) are fine even after the same amount of use, as I always replace the whole set rather than individual strings. The case I use doesn't require a strap to keep the violin secure. So it can be ruled out that the strap (which fastens around the same place) is what's damaging the string. Also it's worth noting that I'm not the only person with this problem. Most if not all of the violinists I've spoken to about this issue also have the same problem specifically on the A String. Obviously I don't expect strings to last forever, but it is certainly curious as to why the A string usually causes problems first, while the other strings are perfectly fine still. (Photo below is of my current set, the Evah Pirazzi Gold strings). Looking forward to hearing some responses. Thanks.
  10. The market value on these "cheap factory" instruments depends on where you live and how easily the instruments are obtainable. I generally sell these for about 300$, which includes Dominant strings or similar (already about 80$), a new bridge, re-fitted pegs, a new tailpiece and new soundpost.
  11. Some of the pictures won't upload. Keep getting "-200" error.
  12. No signs of a rebuilt neck heel. Only 2 small wedges on both sides.
  13. Hi, Would I be correct in saying this violin was made in Mittenwald, probably around late 1800s? No signs of a scroll graft. No label. Thanks in advance.
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