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  1. That's a solid piece of history, thanks a lot! Can i find this kind of info in books? Any references?
  2. Yeah i'm sure i will be working on this instrument, if not to sell it later but to improve my skills. Besides, i'm a hobbist, no time or price pressure here, i will slowly work on it for several months until i consider it good enough for playing again. I don't think i overpaid for the instrument (and a really nice bow) so i'm already happy about it xD Also, i never said it was made in Turin, i explicitly said "shipped from Turin"
  3. That is a really bad touch up, and it seems last layer was done recently, although the patch wood by now has almost blended with the original which means the crack has been there for a while... At the end i still satisfied with what i got, although it will be a lot of work to get it to a nice good looking state. Im thinking about reworking the post crack and remove the red shellac that was applied above the original oil varnish, but it will be a challenge
  4. The top is actually in a really good condition, the bassbar crack is pretty stable and can be easily hidden. And that doesnt really look like a post crack, its very superficial and it comes from that bump under the tailpiece, on the inside there is no sign of post crack.
  5. Venice was a long shot but Turin as i heard shared some similarities with French makers but im not familiar with them. Besides the instrument physically coming from there, all the accessories are clearly french...
  6. Makes sense, my guess of Turin was for 2 reasons, one is that the previous owner family lived there, and second that to my not so trained eye it shares many similarities with the Giovanni Celoniato 1726 made in Turin. About the back crack, besides the value kill, if its seamlessly repaired, it shouldnt affect the sound that much right?
  7. What do you see in this one that qualify it as a Saxon box™? I can't see any of the characteristics of the other Saxons i've seen, and the high arch reminds of Stainer copies but everything else is different...
  8. Yes, but it smelt bad and i threw away... The shipping label says Turin tho, perhaps i can use that to wrap something.
  9. Hello! Hope you guys have som fun by looking at old instruments that are not saxon dutzends I just received this violin, shipped from Torino, Italy. I'm planning to fix it up and add to my tiny collection, but would be nice to know more about it before i start doing anything. It seems to be french or italian, probably 19th century? Came with a really old piece of rosin, stamped G. Ghys, made in france around 1908 (http://iremus.huma-num.fr/marques-instruments-musique/547) which hints that this instrument has been around at least since then... The arch is high and some deep wide channels that remind me of some Turin, Venice or french makers, no labels and no other writings inside besides some pencil markings for positioning the bassbar and the rib outline. Curiously, theres a soundpost crack on the back which has been repaired long time ago, the crack looks pretty bad but in reality it is very shallow and it doesn't go trough the plate. Really appreciate any kind of info that you guys can add or that can help to identifying the origins of this guy. Thanks in advance!
  10. Found a small pic of the back from the 1679 Strad poster.. I'll try to redraw the archings from there...
  11. We need to come up with a tool to measure karmic value... Probably the goat hanger can be used for that purpose
  12. I know it's a long shot but... Does anybody have (and is willing to share) a Klotz violin pattern (top/back/scroll/arching)? I've managed to get something out of photos but it's hard to tell how accurate since i don't have access to those instruments.. Anything?
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