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    Cello ID

    I agree
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    Cello ID

    I think it is an honest mistale, just in case someone googles the dealer. They are not dishonest. I agree that Bubenreuth is more likely than Chinese. The difference is mainly in the finish as a modern Bubenreuth kit may also be imported from China in the white.
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    Cello ID

    The dealer thinks it is an English instrument, it is being sold on comission. A friend who has it on approval showed this to me and asked for some advice. It is well-built and sounds good, but the price is too high. It seems that in the violin trade almost anything goes these days.
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    Cello ID

    It is just that price of an equivalent of $9000 is almost fraud fir this. At least in my opinion.
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    Klotz violin or viola

    Last edition is more than ten years old. I read somewhere that Koestler, Guillaume, Grünke and I think Eckstein are working on a new version.
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    Gabriel David Buchstetter

    I agree that the attribution to Buchstetter is not convincing, at least not compared to all the other Buchstetter violins. One would need more examples of that early Buchstetter model. The label also was not Buchstetter. How Schröder got the idea of Buchstetter I do not know. What speaks against an early Buchstetter is that it is very refined work. Rainer Leonhardt described the inside as typical for Klotz school: "Ja es handelt sich um eine sehr frühe Buchstetter. Die Klotz Form deutet auch auf Innenform hin habe aber keine Bilder von innen, der Gegenschwung ist auch bei dieser Geige vorhanden." One of these instruments that will probably never be identified with any degree of certainty.
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    Gabriel David Buchstetter

    It made it around the world with this attribution and is now on sale as Buchstetter in Japan: When I communicated with Rainer Leonhardt he took the view that it is a very early Buchstetter, and I assume that this was Schröder's opinion, too. I would certainly take their view seriously.
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    Gabriel David Buchstetter

    I have a copy of the Certificate with picture of the instrument but not sure I can post this here as it was not on Leonhardt's web page. The reason I didn't buy it was simply that I was also not convinced.
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    Gabriel David Buchstetter

    Leonhardt in Mittenwald had a violin described as Buchstetter for sale 2-3 years ago which I played and considered to buy for a while. It was on their web page for a long time despite a relatively low asking price. It had a beautiful and powerful tone and I often regret not having bought this instrument. I kept pictures from their web page which I attach below. Regarding authenticity it had a Schröder certificate, and a wrong label (Florinus Guidantus). I believed Schröder's certificate, but the other pictures of Buchstetter violins that I have never show a plain back.
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    Paul Kessler, Markneukirchen

    For $270 you can't do much wrong if it sounds OK. The priceis just do low. Just don't expect too muchin authenticity.
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    Thoughts on Unlabeled Violin

    Who said it was 6,5k? I agree this is too much for an instrument from nowhere.
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    Thoughts on Unlabeled Violin

    First, I like it, it looks really nice, I like the edgework, the way the purfling is done. Most super-wide-grained violins I have seen had a very soft sound. I think this violin is brand new, made by a maker who copied something very specific. The pegs fit exactly, there are no 'real' marks or scratches. It may have a neck graft, hard to see, but I know makers who would do this on a new instrument. Can I ask where you picked it up? They may have an idea where it is from.
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    Turner violin Mittenwald imported

    ... and there is lots of it in England (I live in a house surrounded by huge hollies and thought about using some of the wood). Unfortunately there is not much money in pegs.
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    Turner violin Mittenwald imported

    These type of pegs I see on a lot of old English violins. Sometimes have have mother of pearl inlays. I don't know what kind of wood they are made from.
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    Violin ID: John Young or not?

    If you want to email pictures Best wishes Ulrich
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    Violin ID: John Young or not?

    This weekend I saw an interesting violin and wonder whether you think it is genuine. It is stamped 'Young Aberdeen', and could very well be from this maker. It has a very low neck angle which probably needs to be changed but is otherwise in good condition and has a nice tone. Auction values don't seem to be very high, but there are not many examples. Has anyone seen his work before?
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    Red Pigments

    I would like to know what Gand Bernarde used, and what Fagnola used, I like these extreme red colours.
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    Any theories on what caused this damage?

    I have a nice violin where I guess it was a music stand ...
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    Atypical construction violin

    I think they were called Weidler violins. Later Arthur Bay made such instruments in his workshop near Konstanz.
  20. I personally think that dealers need to be spot on with instrument selection, sound and authenticity, get certificates, put instruments right, do repairs and adjustments to achieve sizeable markups. Auction houses now often give an authenticiy guarantee but I doubt that it will be easy to question their assessment. You need a higher authority to question them, and these are often already somehow affiliated with them. There is a risk when you buy at an auction because there are many good copies around, especially for instruments in a middle price range (10-100k).
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    Old violin stamped NS inner

    I dont see how it can be new. The bushing of the pegs is not particualrly nice. The pegs have not been fitted well, the A peg stands out further on both sides, whereas the D peg is essentially too short. Someone did this cheaply. It seems t be half edged in places (fine line on the right side) - who would do this for a copy? You can see that it has been opened, varnish of glue residues. Also, it does not make sense to copy without attributing the copy at least loosely to a know maker. The NM could also just be the initials of a relatively unknow, probably German, maker.
  22. Since nobody explicitly anwered the question above, the rule of thumb for the markup in this price range is about a factor of two to three. For expensive instruments the factor can be lower, the amount will of course be higher. The dealer may have to get the instrument checked, repaired, certified, may sit on it for some time, needs to pay staff and rents, and has to pay taxes in the end. A markup factor of more than 3 as for your Samuel & Charles cello seems a lot, if there were no repairs involved. If you sell it at auction later you will not get the same amount back. There are more and more players, even students, trying to buy at auctions, but this is of course a very different buying experience. You have to decide quickly and on site, you need to decide whether you believe the authenticity assessment by the auction house, whereas a dealer will let you take the instrument home to try it. Even with the guarantees given by auction houses now, one needs to be careful. There are many instruments that are copies. And the buyer will have to proof that an instrument was not genuine to be able to return it (if the auction house guarantees authenticity). There is a price for everything.
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    Violin i/d - French

    A nice French violin.
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    Was ist das? (German cello)

    If this was a violin I would say a few hundred euros. But then you find those instruments for a lot more: ... which I would never pay for this. If it is in good shape and makes a good sound, a German cello of this time, I would say should sell for EUR 2000-3000. But then you will find shops that would charge more (>$5000): Auction prices are about half of the prices charged by dealers. As with all sales, the item is worth as much as a nuyer is willing to pay for it, and you need to find the buyer.
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    Cleaning rosin & gunk for violins with acetone

    I am a chemist, I know how to handle acetone. And the text above means more or less it is not very toxic. After all your body produces acetone. This is what causes the bad breath when you go on a keto-diet.