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  1. Thank you all for your response and sharing your knowledge! Back to the instrument--the price is quite a bit below the auction prices for the purported maker, but substantially more than a regular trade instrument. The same seller has another instrument, priced similarly, from another well-known French maker, which makes me wonder if this is kind of his thing: https://t2-auctions.com/auctions/lot/?csid=2198568960&cpid=3429826560&filter_key=a455a59e11acfbe87c1fe41a6b4cee8f&sCategory_ID=36 https://t2-auctions.com/auctions/lot/?csid=2198568960&cpid=3429826560&filter_key=a455a59e11acfbe87c1fe41a6b4cee8f&sCategory_ID=36
  2. Thank you so much for the feedback! Unfortunately I didn't take a picture of the back. Here is the front. Here are images I found of a violin by the purported maker. and the side: and here again is my amateur photo of the violin of interest, same angle: Martin, I will PM you the name of the maker. Didn't mean to be mysterious but I imagine once I post it on the forum it can be easily traced back to the shop this is being consigned and I don't want them to be shed in negative light associated with the "amateur setup"...
  3. Hello there, I am thinking about buying this violin. It carries the label of a reputable late 19th century french maker, but a knowledge violin friend thought it to be a bit younger. What do you think? Any opinion much appreciated, thanks!
  4. Hi there! I am a newbie here, and have been lurking here for a few weeks and have enjoyed reading the posts from the well-informed members. I am trying out an instrument and thought I will exercise due diligence and seek as much advice as possible. I am particularly interested in how members here think of the following aspects of the pictured instrument: 1) quality/school of the the workmanship 2) age 3) do the pegs seem original? I wonder whether it is a bad (late additional) setup or simply pegs poking protruding on the other end because of wear and tear of the peg holes? Any advice much appreciated, thanks!
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