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  1. I appreciate all the good information and discussion it gives me some options to consider.
  2. I appreciate your comments. I might attempt the cleaning and retouching but I think I will give this some more thought before I try that.
  3. David, I definitely don't have any of those skills you mentioned. Lol. I have turned dowels out of maple for peg hole bushing so the grain matches the peg box better than traditional bushings but the dowels for the scroll of repair would obviously be much smaller. I appreciate the input from those who have responded. So the consensus is leave alone which means one less job I need to do. Thanks
  4. Just wanted to improve the looks. I have some skill in repairing and retouching but I don't think I could make it totally disappear. I guess one thing I was thinking about is selling it in the future as I'm getting to the age where I think about doing something with the violins and violas I have so my family won't have to deal with them .
  5. So if those of you who have shops and sell instruments and had one like this you would leave it alone. My guess is you wouldn't deal with a violin with this issue or would you?
  6. I have made dowels that small before on a mini lathe I have. I have a good selection of maple so I think it would be less noticeable is I drilled shallow 3mm diameter holes and used dowels but not sure if it would be worth the trouble.
  7. What is the best way to restore this scroll to a more cosmetically attractive state. It is structurally ok. It has wooden dowels inserted in the areas where I assume where damaged by the use of old metal tuners. The retouch is poor. I was thinking of drilling out the existing dowels and replacing with maple dowels which match the grain of the scroll and then retouching. Anyone have any experience with this. The violin is a Markneukirchen violin labeled Hermann Geipel. It appears to be well made with attractive wood and varnish. I have included pictures of the scroll and the back to show the quality of the instrument. Appreciate your opinions.
  8. Robb

    Cello ID

    So I can assume that we can agree its clearly amateur work with rough workmanship. I do think that rough workmanship can have its own appeal depending on a person's taste. It's like the whole area of antique American items called "primitive" or "naive" which some people enjoy collecting. If I ever get it repaired and set up it will be interesting to see how it plays and sounds. Thanks for your replies.
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    Cello ID

    I have had this cello for several years and am not sure whether it is an amateur American work or something else. It is unlabeled. I believe this is built on back construction based on the way the ribs come together. The workmanship is somewhat rough as seen in the photos. It does have corner blocks that are roughly carved and linings which butt against them. The scroll is not a traditional scroll and is not carved to the end. The purfling appears hand made and roughly inlayed. The dimensions are somewhat between a 7/8 and full size cello. LOB 747mm Lower Bout 428mm Upper Bout 325mm Middle bout 225mm top edge to bridge is 395mm. The back is Bird's eye maple. It needs work on the neck where it was broken and previously repaired and the sides of the scroll are damaged from previous use of metal tuners. It doesn't appear to have any cracks anywhere repaired or otherwise. I would appreciate suggestions as to the origin of the cello and repair ideas. My current thinking is to graft the scroll to a new neck and patch the sides of the scroll where they were damaged.
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    So this is yet another imported violin which might have been varnished by Hendershot and then he labeled it as by him. Thanks for all the replies.
  11. Robb


    Jacob, I looked again at the corner blocks and I think the linings are inserted into the corner blocks.
  12. Robb


    Yes that's the one I was referring to. The maple looks to be American and the workmanship has significant differences to me.
  13. Robb


    LOB is 357 mm. Here is a picture of the lower rib with 2 pieces of purfling inserted.
  14. This violin is labeled JC Hendershot Cleveland OH. 1887. Wenburg has limited information about him. I found another violin on line that was suppose to be by him which looks very different than this one. It also reported he owned a music store but also made violins.The interior work is clean with linings butted against the corner blocks. Scroll is fluted all the way. Corners don't to my eye show any indication of built on back construction. Has long corners with very clean sharp work and nice purfling work with the miters well short of the end of the corners. So is this another reworked import or is it different enough to be made by an individual maker.
  15. I had thought about doing that. I just finished bushing another violin because the holes were so large. I probably will change out the pegs but thought I might play it as is til I do change them out.
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