Wood Butcher

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  1. 194 sounds a good measure. I don't think it can be said that all GDG's have 191/192 stop, and I suppose it depends which violin Lupot actually had his hands on to say whether he did the same or not.
  2. It looks to be a very cheap Bohemian trade fiddle with a beech neck, and fingerboard which is not ebony. These fingerboards were made of spruce usually, and then veneered with maple or pear stained or painted black. This was done to keep the costs down. What you think is a piece added, is actually the joint where the top veneer is starting to peel away from the substrate.
  3. What did your luthier think it was? To me, it looks like something from either Markneukirchen, or Schonbach.
  4. Are you sure the top is actually one piece? Would be a rather large tree. Often on spruce, the joint can be very hard to see, and sometimes the tops are not book matched, which may give the impression of one piece. Integral bass bars were used in many places, your cello may be either German or Bohemian, but without seeing photos, no one can say for sure.
  5. Yes, looks German, and would agree that the condition is so poor it is not worth spending much/any money on.
  6. Clear photos of the whole instrument will be needed, no one can tell anything about something they can't see. Rue wrote a guide for taking photos which you might find helpful : https://maestronet.com/forum/index.php?/topic/333119-how-to-photograph-an-instrument-for-identifcation-purposes/ Did you buy it as a cello made by Blanchard, or a cello from the Blanchard workshop (not made by Blanchard himself), or supplied by Blanchard (bought in from another workshop, and labelled)? There will be a big difference. You can also look yourself for pictures at good auction sites, such as Tarisio, and see if there is any resemblance to the photos there.
  7. Probably not, but you could contact them. I’m sure they would be happy to measure it for you.
  8. Wood Butcher

    Cello ID

    Fair enough, I just assumed that people who deal in instruments for a living might have a clearer opinion than European, which currently has around 50 countries. For what it’s worth, I think the maple is very handsome, and the varnish shows it off well. The condition seems very good, and I can’t help but think it might be rather newer than 1936. I agree that a bargain can be had from a playing point of view, if one isn’t bothered about chasing names.
  9. Wood Butcher

    Cello ID

    Must be tough to run a business selling instruments, when they don’t know what they are selling
  10. Wood Butcher

    Cello ID

    The person who could tell you most about the cello is the person who you bought it from.
  11. Yes, it is beech, this would be very unusual for English work. Linings were often omitted on cheaper work, you can see the back ones through the sound-hole, but you can’t see the upper ones, so they left these out. I think the new pictures will be of interest to our German members.