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  1. The linings across the blocks (and of an unusual wood at that) might indicate that it was regraduated and reworked by some well-intentioned person at some point. That could have involved smoothing out rough work or tool marks on both the back and ribs, and adding new linings (and possibly corner blocks) in the process. The strings look odd and very thin... do you think they are another misplaced attempt at a home remedy?
  2. Could you rough out the inside angles of the scroll piece with a table saw, dado-style -- cutting down to the back of the pegbox, but not past it? Then the neck could be cut to the same angle ... would require a lot of careful set-up, and a decent amount of finishing work, but could get you in the ballpark.
  3. In my experience that sequential inflation doesn't happen much. There's a consistent gap between what somebody can buy an instrument for at retail, and what they can make from selling an instrument on consignment or at auction. That reflects the obvious work that goes into sorting through auctions and the wholesale world, and repairing/in order to present an inventory to the average consumer. If someone is fortunate to have a salable, in-demand instrument, and connections to buyers, they may be able to approach a typical dealer price, but usually the uncertainty of buying from an unknown citizen off of Craigslist or whatever will depress the price a bit.
  4. Tough to tell a lot from those photos, but the corners look very poorly done, consistent with a homemade instrument with a purchased neck/scroll. Doesn't look like anything worth pursuing.
  5. Also.... what's going on with the fingerboard? Did somebody just slap a wider board on top of the old neck, throw in an extra peg, and call it a 5-string?
  6. "OLE BULL" under the Paganini stamp? Both were pretty common I believe. Maybe the wholesaler could get a slightly higher price for the Paganini- stamped instruments and was having a rough week?
  7. My first thought is "Good Lord, what happened?"
  8. Chinese handwriting, looks generally consistent with the wood and work. I'm not one to attempt a translation though.
  9. Probably not. The rate at which any damage occurs will be slow relative to a timeframe of a few days or couple weeks to get it looked at.
  10. The f-hole issue you reference is an indication of a poor soundpost fit or a too-tall post. Suggest taking it to a shop for a holistic setup review if you can.
  11. +1... Although I strongly feel for some viewpoints here and strongly disagree with others, I don't really think this it the place or context to get into it.
  12. It's a stretch to label as derogatory the comments of the few folks who are really knowledgeable of the construction methods being discussed. Looking back at this thread, I think there are a few key takeaways we can seize on - 1) A significant disconnect exists between the understanding of specific craftsmanship methods in a given tradition, and current buyers' understanding of market value (as indicated by the prevalence of the phrase "lined and blocked," which should be banished from our vocabulary); 2) A further disconnect exists regarding the relative values of different craftsmanship traditions (as illustrated by comments earlier which cling to the idea that an integral bass bar is inferior); 3) At some point, both of the previous ideas (but especially #2) may owe their origin to immediately observable properties of older, well-esteemed violins, and the idea that trade violins in the late 19th C were being compared to storied objects from the 18th and earlier 19th C from more "illustrious" origins. All of this comes down to the basic fact that perceptions of value often diverge from actual market value, and both can easily diverge from the quality of sound/tone/etc., which few resalers will bank on.
  13. I don't want to touch the minimum value question, but "fully lined/fully blocked" is a bizarre phrase that, as far as I can tell, came into use via eBay 10-15 years ago. I think it was borrowed from haberdashery. Corner blocks have no direct relevance to value on violins at a basic level - there could be nice instruments that were built with no need for corner blocks that far exceed the value of cheap ones built with corner blocks in a different construction approach. Corner construction is relevant for identification, of course. At a higher level, this stuff becomes more relevant, but at the basic level of workable trade instruments, it's not.
  14. Apologies if this is a let down, butI'd refer to this for some background: The violin looks like a nice instrument but it's not going to draw attention in an auction. I would suggest taking it to a local violin shop for consignment. These are also very popular among fiddle players, and Elderly Instruments in Lansing might be a good consignment location as a result.