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  1. I disagree. I know collectors who have lots of instruments and sell the odd one. Such people will not sell a Degani for €2000 but potentially cheaper than elsewhere. There are many reasons to sell. One is because someone passed away, another simply to get cash. Just do it like mushroom collection, only buy what I know :). We also don't know what these cellos were supposed to cost. There is nothing wrong to buy a well-built unknown maker's instrument for €1500. These instruments look decent on a first glance. If one doesn't take them as collectibles but rather as consumables at a low cost
  2. I agree, there is no risk for the player of a dichromate treated instrument. A maker who uses this should however know how to use this safely. CMR substances should not be used by non-experts, and this will include most violin makers.
  3. All 3 scrolls look the same from the front. A Degani scroll looks distinctly different, the peg box edges would be more rounded. Also Degani used a different looking varnish. All three look like newly made instruments. You may not be aware that a genuine Degani cello would at least be worth €30000, Tarisio sold one for almost €100000 in 2019.
  4. Dichromate is toxic and carcinogenic and should not be used without proper safety equipment. I would say it is save once it is on the wood, as it is mainly known to cause lung and nasal cancers. But damage to the skin is also a potential risk.
  5. Thanks, I did, no response yet.
  6. The Primrose and Josefowitz violas (some think his son made the later ones) seem to be among the most copied Andrea Guarneri violas. The outer shape and size of those two is almost identical suggesting that they were made on the same mold. I wonder whether anyone has more detailed measurements, arching and thickness patterns?
  7. If you want the most reputable maker history you need to learn Italian. French or German come second, maybe German even third, at least in the value of instruments. Although some of my favorite makers were from Germany, like Winterling and Gärtner (Joseph Joachim had one of his).
  8. If I were in that business I would only copy Italian violins, Bisiach, Fagnola and the likes. Mch better profit.
  9. I said 'why would one fake a Roth' which i worth little, rather than a Fagnola which is high in value despte having a rather unfashionable spirit varnish and often not a great sound.
  10. I agree that the price is too high, especially for this one. Nevertheless, I have seen Fagnolas described as genuine that were crap.
  11. This is ugly, whether intentional or not.
  12. uguntde


    I compared uvb and uvc for tanning. Uvc is way superior and faster but be careful with your eyes, it is dangerous, not only for the eyes, also for the skin. It will cause skin shaver on longer exposure. In a light box it can be handled safely though.
  13. I haven’t seen a single viola that was great on the 7th position on the c-String. Playing up the keyboard is reserved to violins and cellos.