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  1. I'm currently trying an old (probably) German viola without label from a private seller - I don't have much experience with old instruments but took it to a local luthier and was informed that it has bad worm damage and has had numerous repairs including grafting wood etc... is it still worth considering in this state or is it greatly devalued as a result / likely to need significant future repairs / in danger of deteriorating further if I continue to play it as is?
  2. Hi there I have an old-looking violin, purchased in the 80’s. At the time it was attributed to Andrea Castagneri. Would you agree with this? It doesn’t have a label and doesn’t look like your typical Castagneri violin, but has some similarities, I agree. It was recently valued for insurance purposes by Bromptons at £13,000. Thanks for your input in advance!
  3. Hello, I just aquired this violin in a very bad shape. The good new is that it has no worm and nothing is missing. I think it is Italian, late 17th or early 18th, but not sure. The peg box is very unusual, very Gragnani like, but it might not be original. There is an old, probably fake Sanctus Serafin label. Would someone be able to help me a little bit in my search ? A proper restoration will be quite expensive and I need to know if it is worth the expense. In advance, thank you !
  4. Dear violin friends, A few weeks ago, I posted a thread about an unknown violin bought at Amatis, with peculiar f holes. With not much success, I must admit... Next step was to go to the luthier, in order to get the thing fixed. So I went to Roland Terrier, at Mirecourt. I was pleased to see he took much interest in the violin, wich he identified as a XIIIth century instrument, most probably french. Roland said he would check his extensive photographic database in order to see if identification could be pushed further. Two open cracks had at least to be repaired, plus the usual fittings after a careful internal check. Some time later, I mailed to inquire about the violin. Roland had removed the top plate and was happy to indicate he had identified the maker, in an absolute manner. This happens rarely in such cases, but a detail he had observed but on this specific (scarce) maker had given him the answer. Here I join Rolands pic, with his kind permission.... The way the linings are (deeply!!) mortised into the corner block is indeed surprising, and typical for Claude Aubert, a french luthier who lived in the East of France, at Troyes. Once this had been cleared, the shield-formed wood replacement at the upper back plate, made sense. Aubert is known for branding his instruments between the interrupted purflings, on the back He is of course not the only one to do so (see a very old thread on the pegbox ). A previous repair had tried to erase the marks of a "less valued" maker.... I encourage you, if not already done, to visit Rolands impressive site about the Mirecourt school of violin making (and much more...) https://www.luthiers-mirecourt.com/galerie_instruments.htm The Aubert cello shows, in my eyes, some more similarities to this nice little violin. I am deeply indebted to Roland for sharing his knowledge with me, and allow me to publish this... Hope you had interest in reading that too.
  5. I have a violin that looks to be 18th century Italian or German, with pre-Guarneri or "Cremona" arching, perfectly matched top and back, not as high as the really high Baroque arching. The ground for an oil varnish is a slightly golden amber. The neck has space for the nut that includes a slot in the neck, thus requiring a mitred nut design. The violin has a lot of bad repairs on the inside, but the outside is has had very little done. Could this nut design be original and if so, does it indicate any country, school, or maker?
  6. I’m looking for the current value of a violin made by Friedrich Wilhelm Meisel in 1782 in I believe Quittenbach, Saxony. I am aware of the violin maker’s reputation (not exactly one of the greatest) but perhaps this antique violin from the 18th Century may have some value to a collector. The violin has been in my family for around 80 years. I am considering selling it as I'm a musician but not a violinist. Any information would be very helpful. Thank you in advance for your opinion.
  7. http://www.ebay.de/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=p4712.m570.l1313.TR0.TRC0.H0.Xgeige+grancino.TRS0&_nkw=geige+grancino&_sacat=0 hello guys. what is it? is it really an italian violin?
  8. I thought the f holes on this instrument were short, stubby and rough compared to some of the ones we've been looking at. I don't mind the way they look...but it's like comparing a bulldog to a greyhound. I find both breeds appealing, but vastly different. http://www.ebay.ca/itm/FANTASTIC-OLD-ANTIQUE-18TH-CENTURY-VIOLIN-MADE-CIRCA-1760-A-BEAUTY-/251910061351?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3aa7027d27 The ad describes them as: Secondly...is an unknown instrument (with a weak sound from the description) worth $12000 + USD?
  9. I would be interested in your opinions about the shape of 18th century instruments nowadays: How are the statistics to find an instrument without bass bar crack, soundpost crack and worm damage What I see at auctions and dealers is that the percentage of an 18th century instrument with one of the above mentioned is very high. What is your opinion regarding this topic?
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