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  1. It's quite nice indeed. I have recently acquired a nice 1/2 too. What is important it sounds v. nice. Will serve to my daughter I think. According to OP's violin I would agree with prof. Saunders. State of preservation makes me think it was hardly used and stored in a better grade case in which violin was not damaged by bow itself next to fingerboard what often happens in cases of that period.
  2. Hi Rachel! It is really impossible to judge a sound characteristic straight from photos or just from one setup detail. Although what I would suppose is: strings are begging for being replaced with new ones, bridge is very close to the soundpost (I imagine it will not be after the repair). Bass bar - according to attached photo - seems to be rather lower one. Overall it is quite nice example of Maggini copy amongst the vast of 'poor quality' ones and to me it clearly deserves to gain some TLC. I must add that I have a really nice executed 'Landolfi' copy with even higher arched plates, armed with soft Dominants it sounds faaar from being harsh or shrill. I'd give it a try. Regards JM
  3. I used to think that labels are all that matter.
  4. Thanks for the info. I can see some of the last year unsold lots evergreens there (beyond new ones).
  5. Uh oh luckily some British wine has plenty of depth indeed.
  6. I completely agree with that. After that, if it's still hard to get sound out of it I'd check if post isn't too loose (or too tight).
  7. Change your strings - that's for sure. What was mentioned above the case can also be bow pressure, attack. I would check also the projection, maybe the 'original' bridge is too low. Soundpost perfect fit should be secured. According to strings maybe worth trying is to temporarily put a heavier gauge E string i.e. Westminster E, next to a better grade than Amazon's other ones. Last but not least - maybe your violin needs also some time to get use to sing again. Regards J
  8. Rather poor quality MKN trade instrument, from fake Italian 'grade' in poor condition. Fake ribs flames, fake neck graft, fake pre-bushing, and I bet fake corner blocks inside. Fluting goes to circa 6 o'clock on head. I would not take it for free.
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    Hi there! Happy for you and congratulations! Have you got any particular violin or year of Guarneri on your mind? I remember Roger Hargrave once mentioned that if one wants to start making del Gesu model he'd advise to use 1734 violon du diable one as a first choice. Although I do not have drawings of that one I do have some photos and data. Pm me if you want. Regards
  10. I believe he was involved in many more things than that. Quite interesting person.
  11. Agreed, but... I would humbly point that it isn't my topic, neither my photos. I just wanted to thank prof. Saunders for his generosity
  12. You did a good job with that. Thanks a lot. I owe you a beer!
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    Collin-Mezin

    Also, if you don't mind me asking - any feedback on CM violin of yours after a year of playing, please :-)
  14. Yes, I agree, maybe I just took it too seriously. I just wanted to point that not every single instrument with visible "imperfections" is bad and such things can be found among top makers.
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