Nathan Gonzales

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  1. 8 hours ago, zhiyi_zhang617 said:

    The bow appears to be silver mounted, and presumably pernambuco. Thus, it does have value, and can be a good player if adequately repaired and restored. However, to repair a broken head is costly, e.g., usually north of $300 for a spline repair.

    How much do you think it would be worth when fixed? 


  2. 2 hours ago, Wood Butcher said:

    The violin looks to be something basic from Schonbach. I can't think it's any older than 1890 at best. With the cracks and all that worm, the condition is poor.

    It may be possible to repair that bow, but a broken head devalues them significantly. From a financial viewpoint, it may not be worth doing.

     

    Oh ok thanks,  yeah we've been told that the violin isn't worth fixing, we were just wondering what country it came from and how old it was and thought we could just get a sound post, nut and strings and just use it as it is.

    It was lent to someone in around the 1950s or 1960s and came back in this condition with bora in it.

    The case was got later.


  3. Hi

    I have my grandfathers violin here which his grandfather bought secondhand around 1890.

    Does anyone know the aprox age or country?

    It has painted purfling and no corner blocks.

    The sound post and nut are missing, I think the nut was ivory.

    Thanks

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  4. I only paid $150 NZD for it and it will probably cost that much or more to repair it, we took another cello in to get the backboard re glued an it cost just over $100 and with the other things that need doing to my one it might cost quite a bit more.

    I will get the necessary things fixed (since I cant afford a new cello) but I don't want to spend more than what its worth. 


  5. 9 hours ago, Rue said:

    What is that scratched on the bottom?  Wankowhat Intermediate I?

    And in the first picture, in the background, is that a ball about to go in the hoop? :lol:

    It says Waikowhai Intermediate it's a school in South Auckland, New Zealand.

    Its Māori, wai means water and Kowhai is a kind of tree.

    Dont know what the extra I is for...

    And yes the ball is about to go into the hoop :-D


  6. Hi

    I have this cello I bought in 2013 for $150NZD.

    I think the strings are a bit too high, 8mm on the A string and 10mm on the C string, and I was thinking of getting the bridge made a bit lower, also because the bridge doesn't seem to fit the cello properly. but then I noticed the back is starting to come off and will need fixing.

    Does anyone know what kind of cello it is and if it would worth fixing? I know it's a cheap one, the fingerboard isn't ebony but the purfling is real.

    Thanks!

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  7. Ive just uploaded a few more photos because I just saw the How to photograph an instrument for identifcation purposes post that I didn't see before.

    I've also taken a couple of photos of the bow since people were wondering about it.

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  8. 7 hours ago, PhilipKT said:

    I’m surprised no one has asked about the bow. It’s probably nothing special, but even a “nothing special” bow from that era can be entirely rewarding today.

    It didn't have a bow so one was just taken from another violin.  Its made in Japan. 


  9. 58 minutes ago, Violadamore said:

    IMHO, a modern, stylistically homogenized, student violin.  Could be from any of "the usual suspects".  Matching that scroll carving with a model from some old wholesaler's catalog is probably your best bet.  Good luck.  :)

    At that price, it's a bargain, whatever it is.  How does it sound?

    Thanks all for the information :-)

    It sounds fine to me but I have only played two full size violins but it does need new strings since two of the stings haven't been changed since 2013 and the other two much longer, and they are not sounding as good.

    Two other people have just told me its probably Markneukirchen and one said its from the early 1900s.

    What are the usual suspects and where could I find any old wholesaler's catalogs? Sorry I dont know much about violin makers.


  10. Hi,
    I have a full size violin that was bought from Belmont Music Centre in 2013 for $20NZD and I was wondering if anyone knows anything about it, like age or country or anything.
    It has a pattern carved in the scroll, and has an ebony fingerboard.
    It has no label inside.
    The case is made in W-Germany so I'm guessing it would be 1950s-1980s (assuming the case was the original for the violin), the music centre we bought it from got it second hand in the early 1990s.
    Thanks!

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