Irishfiddler

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  1. No its not just a simple touch up because the varnish is built up in some areas and almost warn off in others. It seems like the varnish has been applied in a way that it is much heavier than it should be, almost like some one painted fence emulsion on it. Thats why I decided to remove it because it just looks nasty. My question was would it be possible to create the type of colour that was originally on the violin? The varnish is defiantly not spirit because it took a lot of work to remove it than just applying turpentine and letting it desolve. Then some one asked
  2. Maybe another thread for this would be better? Because none of this helps at all with varnish types?
  3. Shilling? http://www.ebay.co.uk/gds/Terminology-No-1-Shilling-Sniping-Proxy-Bidding-/10000000000703163/g.html
  4. I talked to a luthier and he said that the varnish has probably been lade on in the opposite way so was causing the cracking. He didn't really say if it was worth anything and suggested putting it on ebay instead of trying to match the varnish. It seems in good condition so I'm going to try set it up when some parts come ,
  5. Probably copying this Emile Blondelet add http://www.bonhams.com/auctions/16874/lot/32/ for £2 000. The neck looks too clean to have been used and its a bit over labeled to be real imo but could be wrong .
  6. Without trolling and flaming, I think I'll get it checked out by a Luthier next week and see what he thinks about it. If its worth a lot I might try get it re varnished by a luthier, if not so much just put a light coat on the back and set it up to see what it sounds like.
  7. So I'm guessing if its Simon Kriner, then some one could buy it off me for £400? Any one interested before I re varnish it? Or are Krinners worth less then Kriners?
  8. I think the photos might make it look a lot nicer than it actually does, it looks like some one used it to clean their carpet tbo. Bits of hair stuck in the varnish, newspaper and other unknown dirt. The varnish seems to be all congealed around the sides and totally warn off in other areas, not letting in much view of the natural wood below. The soundpost has a lot of holes in it like some one tried 100 times to try to fit it without any luck. Plus the violin its self cost hardly anything. I don't think its a Kriner because it came in a cloth and card box which doesn't look that old or
  9. Yep, one i got in a cheap case I bought was Skylark and looks very similar to this one, just some of the fittings have been replaced and it came in an old box. Maybe the box is what was early 20th century and worth £80-120? http://www.mulberrybankauctions.com/lot-detail.aspx?ID=19888&imagePre=30082013&lotNumber=312&auctionId=2211&itemsPerPage=50&red=true&pageNo=300
  10. Even after fashioning a bridge it sounded horrible, I took the bridge off because I don't want to waste a nice bridge on a crummy violin. I don't think any Czech company would make a violin of this low quality in all honesty. Of course the auction over priced the violin and sold it as a Scottish violin, and estimate of £80-120 for this when I have seen a Boosy and Hawk viola of higher quality in a local auction for only £40-80 estimate doesn't make much sense to me. Its also evident there was another label below the current one which was taken off before the sale.
  11. I'm not sure if that is possible, there is a lot of hair in the varnish too, but how would it be possible to use the old finish?
  12. Hi, I've decided to upload afew photos: You can see the neck has been varnished ><, and pegs and finger board painted over in black.
  13. Hi, I just acquired a nice violin which I'd like to work on revarnishing. Gallery here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/antiqueviolins_uk/sets/72157635944116984/ It looks like the varnish has been burned and is quite cracked and melted in parts. I've removed some of the varnish on the back and the wood doesn't seem to have any damage to it. I'm wondering if anyone knows what kind of varnish was on the original from these photos? It looks quit red and is black in some areas where it has been heavily damaged. I'd like to try and create an old feel to the violin close to the feel o
  14. I think the problem I have is that the violin was sold as Scottish not unknown violin which would make more sense. It seems to me like the auctioneers knew that the violin was cheaply made but wanted to push a sale, to £80-£120 pounds. I saw a German violin which was in nice condition and playable estimated for the same price, so if the valuers thought this was the same quality as an old German violin then I am not sure they know anything about violins. Some things that first alerted me were: The bridge in the original photo was missing and only a broken bridge was left in the box, ther
  15. I was browsing a site called the-saleroom.com in the hopes of finding a nice instrument listed in a live auctions. I searched for a Scottish violin hoping to find a few armature made or cheap antique Scottish violins. I found one at an auction in Glasgow which seemed like just what I wanted: 'SCOTTISH VIOLIN early 20th century' was the description so I waited for the auction and made a bid. The violin went for much less than I thought so was happy with my purchase but a little suspicious. The violin on the picture looked in good condition with yellowish varnish, a light wooden tail piece