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  1. Hi, in my opinion, I see mostly German, but the scroll profile looks French, except for the darkened pegbox. If I hade to give a definite answer, I would claim German. What sort of damage/or repairs am I seeing in the mismatched varnish? Or is that fire damage?
  2. A nicer Saxon trade fiddle, IMO. I had a similar years ago... nice varnish, couldn’t get the desired sound out of it, though.
  3. A grand, no problem. $5,600 like the sellers last fake, a problem. There is a back story with the name France69. This was the user’s name prior to his/her current one. Funny how everything looks exactly the same as the last cello, it’s just “knocked around” a bit more, to credit Martin for his words on a previous post.
  4. May vengeance strike with furious anger. https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.com%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F283795768126
  5. The good ol’ Gagli-anus. I learned that trick back in my college days. Man and woman alike, there is no resisting the good ol’ Gali-anus.
  6. DON’T DO IT! https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.com%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F283782169430
  7. Obligatos are dark and bold, Kaplans are stark and brilliant, in my opinion. Wittner tailpiece wouldn’t be my choice because they have fine tuners and belong to the dark side (cellos). This is my opinion, like it or not.
  8. Appears to be a lower grade cottage industry instrument with a surprising string combination: Kaplan E string with Obligatos. A Wittner tailpiece would not be my choice either. I have never seen a Barbe in person, but I do not think there is any resemblance. Maybe if I squint at the scroll profile I can see a French chin. The fluted ffs confuse me.
  9. Not fair, I’m the one and only “Village Idiot.”
  10. Hah! I was thinking the same exact thing. Kind of old to be virgin, if you ask me
  11. Hah! It’s also a mystery how the unopened soda can didn’t explode from impact! I think the seller did the 10 foot drop test on the violin and soda can, which at least means it is durable. “Drop test” approved!
  12. Says you... I’ve been losing sleep over this violin! It would be so cool if a tiny man lived in there, and occasionally opened up the SP hatch to take a peek to the outside world.
  13. I’m here! One thing about Village Idiots, in case you’re wondering, is that we are always around. Lurking in the shadows, like ninjas. I’d like to upgrade my title to Village Ninja, please.
  14. This whole thread is hilarious! Just what I needed today! Many thanks!!
  15. ClefLover

    Back Cleats

    Did AS not put his own center cleats in?
  16. ClefLover

    Back Cleats

    Any updates to this discussion in the last few years? It ‘seams’ that it is only for reassurance and habit, but was it more common on beginner violins to see no cleats, or does it really matter?
  17. I know the secret!! And I will reveal to all!!! Mwahahahah!
  18. I don’t have much experience with factory violins and cellos, but you can’t expect much of an asking price with factory instruments, right? I wouldn’t imagine a factory violin going for more than $500 with most much cheaper. But cellos might be different
  19. Everyday is auction day at EBay! Weeeeeeeeee!
  20. ClefLover

    Violin ID

    ‘Twas twelve till two, just the time he tends to turn in for the night. One etude before bed as always. On this noted night, Tartini it was. Etude ‘twas not...trills rather. Trembling trills shrieking in the twilight! Devilish tones tore at his tired and tried bones till he tumbled... his violin bloodied, given a hue the amber-brown has yet to have know. A violent red, yet certain violet in the night. Did he love his dear violin, his Tartini at twilight? ‘Twas only at death he lay so nearly. —“Nearly loved to death”
  21. Just taking a look around in the button hole
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