Strad O Various Jr.

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  1. One man's 7 o'clock is another's all the way!
  2. Nice violin but probably Saxon with fake label, wait for Jacob Saunders opinion, Albani labels are dime a dozen.
  3. Is this from the same collector as the fake Italians you posted, his credibility is zilch
  4. The wood can be much more brittle on older violins, especially if they are on the thin side. I don't foresee you acquiring the skills to work on this violin in the next decade, best to pass it on to an expert, its a piece of history, it deserves to be preserved in its best condition.
  5. While I might hope to buy a violin like this with a grafted scroll in this condition for $500, I would be willing to pay twice that for one of this quality with original unaltered neck, suitable to be set up as a transition "baroque" instrument
  6. No, you're not being reasonable, you are not qualified to be working on this delicate of a violin with its value. 200+ year old violins tend to be much harder to work on than 100 yr old production violins, you could easily destroy the top just trying to take the top off. There is no way that you would not devalue the violin by working on it if this involves taking the top off, leave it to a professional, I would offer you $1000 for it, that's about its value in its present condition. You should be able to sell it for $1000
  7. I wouldn't believe someone that told me they payed $50,000 for it. Do they have the receipt?
  8. the labels on all of them look potentially fishy, if you're not buying from a reputable violin shop they're likely fakes, you will need much better pictures if you expect our experts to comment.
  9. If the cracks are glued and not coming apart, get it set up and stringed up, it should sound decent for a student violin, the Lion's head and the inlay do not detract from the value but they don't add much to it either, they are just embellishments of the Markneukirchen/Schoenbach cottage industry where this presumably was made, believe it or not the inlay etc is more often seen on the cheaper violins, not the high end stuff. If the bass bar crack is apart, the repair costs quite likely would exceed the value of the restored instrument.
  10. Most of the problems with this violin are purely cosmetic, I wouldn't even be surprised if all the cracks are solidly glued, making cracks disappear is purely a way to charge more for a fiddle, well glued visible cracks are no more likely to fail than well glued invisible ones, this violin is in pristine condition in the case that it has no soundpost cracks and only 2 or 3 visible ones, you can pay a luthier $3000++ to make the cracks disappear and touch up the varnish, but be forewarned this "restoration" almost always ends with a generous coat of French Polish to ruin whatever natural patina
  11. You seem obliviously ignorant to the reality of the baroque violin market, all your comments refer to the value of a grafted scroll modern set up version of this violin, unaltered original neck violins are much rarer and more in demand.
  12. Yes by all means trust the restoration to an expert, and I would recommend keeping it in baroque transitional condition with special fingerboard and bridge, etc, gut strings. It has considerably more value as a baroque than converted to modern with a new neck scroll graft, original condition instruments this old are uncommon to say the least.
  13. Sad news indeed, a real early music pioneer!
  14. Even a bad Strad is still better than 99.9+% of the violins out there, just to put it in context.
  15. While a modern set up cello in such condition might hardly be considered worth repairing, a baroque instrument with original neck is quite rare and makes the restoration more likely to be worth the trouble.
  16. It should be pointed out that these are not Stars of David with interlocking triangles, but generic stars that have nothing to do with Judaism and everything to do with Bohemian cottage industry cheap production violins predating the holocaust by at least 40 years.
  17. Believe it or not, I had a FRAMUS post war double bass with a solid flame maple one piece back, found it hard to believe myself
  18. Actually it was me that spotted the through neck back on Wednesday, Bruce just asked if it had one.
  19. Yes, the internal pictures show a through neck, without separate top block
  20. If anything is revarnished it might be just the top, the tops varnish is different from the back and sides.
  21. Its a one piece neck top block, Built on Back violin with scroll carving that looks like it may have been extended later, Presumably Saxon first half of 19th century? See what Jacob or Blank Face has to say.
  22. it doesn't look revarnished to me, leave well enough alone
  23. there is, and a South American lacewood, confusing isn't it https://www.wood-database.com/lacewood/