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  1. Old thread but... in case others come across.. In my minimal experience, I have seen varnish completely alter the tone of an instrument, and would encourage you to research the topic and definitely avoid shellac. I stripped an old violin where the varnish had bubbled and gummed, and was just applied horribly in the first place. Having played it before stripping, part way through, and then as I was completing (I left some minimal edging traces because of personal aesthetic preferences - I wanted a "steampunk" violin). Initially, I intended to strip it clean and revarnish, but after playi
  2. Is the opinion, their instruments are worth their price, and what is the retention of that value?
  3. The shop has indicated they have a meter. Tell me, how are you determining the frog to be broken? I asked about the fracture that appears and the response is it isn't a crack. Are you seeing another concern? I can replace the frog if needed.. as far as the stick itself? Ugh.. so frustrated. My gut is to pass, but it has all the specs I'm after (weight, balance point, age, etc...) and I am tiring of looking. I don't want to spend more than a few hundred for what I'm after at this point. I have too many little humans running around to invest more. I'm play modern, mostly fiddle and celtic
  4. Thanks everyone for the replies. She is learning to play, and hopes to have it for her use as such. I can rehair the bow ($8 + 10 minutes), and have already discussed a new tailpiece and strings for her (so, maybe $60-$70 at her stage of development), shaping the bridge (5 minutes), and general wipe down. It's resonance is deep and sustained, even with the old strings and hodgepodge tuners. I hate the chinrest, but she has a cheap violin that has a rest she actually likes and can swap, or none at all (my preference). She's got a decent cf bow that brightens the present strings
  5. The OP is a she, and honestly, I guess if anything, reading these comments has done something wonderful for me: I again remember why I do what I do with music and students. I have a saw that begs to be given breath for its voice. A saw that was hanging on the wall in a shop that belonged to my 96 year old neighbor no less. It's rusty, the teeth are not going to cut a piece of bread, and it's handle is no longer solid enough to hold outstretched. Doesn't matter. She had memories attached to it, deeply important memories. She said her husband used it all the time, built their house with it, b
  6. Update: I pulled out the hide glue and repaired accordingly. I have my cello back. It is sound, consistent, and except for what my thumb sometimes is aware of when playing a bit higher in register, it is as it was. It's even more valuable to me now, as not only have I learned a ton about cello construction, but it has another story in its grains. ...On a mission to give people the chance to find their music within, whether or not they have thousands of dollars to spend. It's a good cello. It's easy to use when teaching, and I don't have to freak out when kids are around. It's been wi
  7. A friend has brought this to me asking for input. They found it in her grandmother's attic while going through the estate these last few months. It sounds lovely, even with the old strings and rattley tailpiece. The pegs manage well, and I see no damage to it anywhere. The right f hole raises slightly and I wonder if it isn't a poorly placed soundpost, or just characteristic. Anyway, if anyone would like to comment. My friend would like to keep the violin as she's just beginning to learn to play, but family wants to make money off it. Bow too. I can't tell what the bow is.. it's octag
  8. Ok, so while I realize these aren't exactly classified as "professional" bows, here's my reason for wanting it: its specs. It's the length, weight, balance point, wood, and age that I'm after, just not sure it's really worth what the ebay listing is asking for it. It's in excellent shape, is haired (new) and seems to be sound (according to seller who is sharing its luchhi velocity, so I suspect they might know something about bows at least (assuming the stated condition is as it really is). The seller is also offering return options if I don't like it. Here's my thought... it's pro
  9. I prefer lighter weight bows for violin and cello, however, heavier for viola.
  10. Hum.... I think I'd like to know whether the opinion is if it would hold if I repair it. (See images; I removed the neck, it's a clean break.) - Brad, given the clarity of the break, do you still think I will need hardware, or can I glue it successfully. I have (and know how to use) hide glue, will make clamps if need be, etc... It's worth it to me to fix, for my reasons. The general opinion may be it's not a great instrument, but it's resonance is deep and it is consistent. It wasn't $40k. But frankly, even if I'd spent $40 on it 20+ years ago, or 2 hours ago, if I had enjoyed it
  11. It's older than 1998. Scherl & Roth, Germany. Two piece back, not a student cello. It was a few thousand $. I use it for teaching. Any hope? The entire neck has come unglued from the block (still lodged but loose), and the button is cracking. I don't live anywhere near a luthier (3-4 hours at best, if they're still in business). I have repaired violins. Not this bad. Cosmetic repair isn't a high priority at this moment, but structural is (because I still want it to play). It has a fair amount of my history within its grains. Yes, it fell. And yes, I'd left the endpin
  12. Greetings everyone. Not certain this is the best forum, but thinking perhaps it's a start. I have purchased two older, turn of the century violins, one is a factory build, the other seems to be a handmade project by someone learning their craft. I've reglued seams, set sound posts, reattached the cord/wrap for the tailpiece, and carved out the tailpiece such that it will receive modern ball end strings, but otherwise have tried to not alter either instrument. Each came with some setup, some gut strings, some wound, some steel. Bridges on the handmade one were unset (this one had two in the cas