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  1. I wouldn't spray anything on it. Just leave as is. Or, if you really have to, do some French polishing (shellac) over it to seal. You get all you need in a hardware store.
  2. umm... different... instrument
  3. I had a similar case. Found it quite convenient to soak out the bass bar and use it again. Takes one or two days of keeping the paper towel moist.
  4. You can use your cast but should “correct” it by scraping or sanding the crack areas level. if you go to a repair of this degree you might also make mention of the step: clean the cracks. That’ll deserve some effort.
  5. You might consider to soak out the bass bar and use it again.
  6. See above. A Markneukirchen trade violin possibly from the 1920s. Looks like it may have a bass bar crack which could be cost-prohibitive to fix properly. The bow looks very interesting (from a distance) - and could be worth quite a bit of money.
  7. Guido

    ID. German violin

    I have tried few things with gut strings, Toro, Aquila, and ordered from stringking… now I'm back on Chorda mostly (shame on me). However, the standard Chordas are intended to be tuned at 440Hz. If you tune to a lower 'baroque' pitch, you'll want to try the heavy gauge Chordas. Also, I found the effect of different rosins to be greater than the effect of different stings (or brands). You may find this interesting:
  8. I generally like Warchal strings but for viola have only tried the Karneols so far (on a 16" viola). I was reluctant with my small viola as the Warchal strings seem to come in what I would call 'long' and 'extra long', at least according to the sting length recommendation on their package! The shorter ones still seem to be geared towards a standard 16" viola.
  9. I'm also trying to find the right strings for a small viola. Would you mind sharing, as an example, what is on the Vuillaume, or which strings might be a good staring point for a small viola in your experience?
  10. As for the outside mold rib joints: A. If they are pinched, can they be distinguished from a BOB construction? B. If they are mitred with the joint line in the c-bout, can they be distinguished from inside mold construction?
  11. It's been measured as part of ct scans. I've seen the Del Gesu Kreisler in a report stated as 1.875 Mass.
  12. Does the violin look like built by an amateur?
  13. From my limited experience the student instruments seem to cater well for the common beginners' desire for a darker/ warmer sound, which is said to not work very well once some projection is needed on a stage. But alas, there are many factors in the equation.
  14. I've been pricing them about the same as a comparable full size and was wondering if I should take even a tad more for the better ones as they tend to sell quickly. Lot's of students, not so many quality instruments available.
  15. I'd say you are right. Undistinguished Dutzendarbeit ca 100 yrs old, Vogtland. As for the stamp, makers from this area often branded their instruments with the three letters of their full name, often with some ornamental stamps around or in between; but usually this was inside the instrument and usually on much older instruments. Your stamp may have been applied to give an individual maker impression to a factory violin, not sure.