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  1. Is it just me, or does the antiquing on this violin feel "off"? Is it original or rather part of some later modifications (almost as if we could see the individual layers of varnish being removed one by one)? bromptons.co/auction/2nd-12th-september-2022/lots/69-a-french-violin-attributed-to-charles-gaillard-paris-1857.html
  2. Would anyone have more information on the violin that I posted at the beginning of this thread? I appreciate you mentioning if was from Markneukirchen, but how old is it approximately? More like 1880s, or 1920s? Thanks!
  3. Hi everyone, Just got this violin properly set up and it sounds great! Not exactly sure who made it though - surely German work from the late 19th or early 20th century, but would love to know the maker/workshop and decade! I see a few similarities with the work of the Karl Hermann workshop and Andreas Morelli brand, but curious to know what you think. Looking forward to your thoughts. Thanks!
  4. Hi everyone, A violin I own has a 5 cm crack on the top plate starting at the saddle, but not on the joint. The wood seems to have dried out and left a small gap in the crack. Would repairing this crack require the top to be removed? Does additional wood need to be added, or rather filler? I'm going to bring it to a shop soon but would like to know if I'm going to get slapped with a massive bill if I decide to go forward and have it repaired. The violin would be worth about 15k when/if repaired properly. Thanks for your input!
  5. Similar violin here: https://www.ebay.com/itm/293873452697?hash=item446c390699:g:T60AAOSwRaFcb0TL The varnish is nice(r) on this one
  6. If you are looking to search Maestronet from Google, I think this is what you are looking for: site:maestronet.com type here
  7. Hi everyone, I am currently working on my first violin repair and just finished cleaning a pretty filthy violin! I bought it thinking it could help me learn a few repair techniques. Cleaning it has revealed many spots that require some varnish touch-ups (once I repair the sides). I was wondering what pre-made varnishes you would recommend, or some varnish touch-up kits. Could different shades of "Joha oil varnish" do the job? I've read on many threads that spirit varnish is usually more preferred for touch-ups though. Also, I don't really need huge quantities of varnish. (https://www.internationalviolin.com/Shop/varnish-supplies/oil-varnish-extracts) Thanks in advance for your advice!
  8. https://www.ebay.com/itm/9-Piece-Beautiful-Violin-Collection-With-Bows-In-Custom-Collectors-Case/114507191828?hash=item1aa9291614%3Ag%3Av8oAAOSwrEJfqC1B&LH_ItemCondition=3000|10|2500 Very cool, but also a strange concept... Curious of your thoughts
  9. Thanks everyone! Really appreciate this
  10. Hi everyone, Does anyone know what programs and setup Amati uses for the 3D rotation of the instruments (or what can be used to get a similar result)? It seems that this tool is very useful now given less people are able to try and inspect the instruments in person because of the pandemic. Thanks!
  11. Here is a more detailed picture of the possible notch:
  12. Thanks for all the information everyone. Here is a picture of the front
  13. It seems to be a small impact dent that happens to be well placed.
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