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  1. I was looking on eBay for a cheap 1/16th 1/10th violin for my 4 year old granddaughter. I added one to my "watch list" and then noticed this. Although described as being in "good condition" the f-hole is mouse chewed. It is being sold (supposedly) by the children's charity Barnardo's. Am I right in believing mice do this in order to nest inside violins? If so, maybe they are marketing the violin as a hole. Ahem! Sorry - Freudian slip typo. I meant a "good condition" for a mouse? They do say the violin shows "signs of use" - so that hypothesis is not disconfirmed i
  2. Today, I bought a 3/4 size Bienfait violin on eBay for under £30. I feel sure it is a late 19th century early 20th century Saxony violin from what I have read online. They typically sold for 1 guinea and were beginner "trade" instruments. And yet I have found a couple of dealers advertising them as possibly French. I put the details of my online research about these violins on my recently created rescue violins blog site here. Any advice on the veracity - or not as the case may be - French angle would be very much appreciated.
  3. Found this random violin. Was wondering if anyone could tell me anything about it? Greatly appreciated! Thanks!
  4. Hi guys, What do you think of this violin? Any value? Where and when is this from? What type? And what do you think about this floral design? Thanks, Rachel
  5. This seller seems to be a source of suspicion in several posts... how does this listing look?
  6. Hi, Please I would like to have information regarding this violin. Was it french? german? how about its quality? I liked the red back Thank you
  7. Hi everyone, I saw this cello on ebay, which has a label saying Mateo Bruni 1949, but it doesn't look right to me... (apart from the bridge that is placed the wrong way arou
  8. I recently came across this violin on ebay. Although it does seem to have some issues it appears to be well made. My amateur guess is that its a mid 18th century Mittenwald violin, however, I would like to have your opinions on what you think this violin may be and possibly, who made it One unique feature I noticed on this violin is that the scroll eye seems to be filed down at an inward angle.
  9. My eyes say French, but may just as well be a Schonbach. Any other opinions?
  10. Has anyone tried these finger planes from ebay? they look pretty nice to my untrained eye at least. I see that this seller has a normal type and a "high quality" version.
  11. I have a violin made by WC Ehrmann in Albany New york in 1908 which I planning to sell to move onto a better one. I bought it a decade ago for 8000 dollars. How much should I sell it for or expect to earn? Ebay is a site I may use.
  12. No longer relevant. This thread keeps getting mentioned out of context in other threads. Out of respect, I was going to take it down, but MN must not allow deleting old threads that one starts. So I am going to delete my comments. Thanks, everyone for your help and insight!
  14. Hello everyone! I am a new member to this website, but I have often lurked around the forums without having signed up. I decided to sign up after digging through over 50 pages of this forum and through various topics/google searches/etc. Let me explain my situation: Many of you tell enthusiasts to avoid eBay altogether. I usually agree with this sentiment, but I've found a violin I need some help on. The seller is rather suspect, and has been mentioned many times over regarding misrepresentation of their instruments, shady practices, etc. I did research on said seller and found quite a f
  15. Dear fellow forum readers, Those who heard of the maker Joseph Hamberger, could you let you know your thought about this violin which is sold already but in any case looks interesting. To my (relatively) untrained eyes it is an original piece, I like the varnish on the front. I am not 100% convinced if a label from the first half of the 1800s would look like this, but maybe you have some view on that, too.
  16. This example from Antoniazzi's experimental phase where he was using marker pens for purfling.
  17. "If the instrument doesn't make a decent price I will hang it on the wall in my studio with a 12 inch nail right through the middle."
  18. "....Inside this Violin is the original paper label which reads, “Joseph Guarnerius fects, Cremone anno 1739.” On the right hand side of this label is a Cross over the letters IHS. I found that this Violin is authentic because of the Cross and HIS on the right hand side of the label. Copies of these violins do not have this marking. I guarantee, 100%, plus shipping, that this is an authentic 1739 Guarnerius Violin. "
  19. Hello all, I'm curious about your opinions about buying items direct from China. Is eBay a good place to buy from China? Is the process simple/any import or custom fees(USA)? Is it reliable if the seller has many good reviews? And is it even a good idea? I'm curious because im thinking about purchasing an unfinished Chinese violin off ebay. Thanks!
  20. I'm not sure what to think about it...and the seller is from Spain! Copies of old labels for the decoration of music shops
  21. Any idea as to origin of this one? How much would the value be affected were one to carve a new top plate? (Since the original is missing) Thank you.
  22. I think this person got extremely lucky at an Estate Sale
  23. Hi there, I recently borrowed a friend's viola, which she isnt using anymore. It is a non-expensive Palitino viola, 15.5inches. Unfortunately, to me it sounds incredibly nasal, and overall not what Im looking for. I want to buy my own viola, but unfortunately, unlike violins, there arent that many Antique violas on Ebay for affordable prices, like I got my beloved German cottage-industry violin. Does anyone perhaps have experience with new violas, from Ebay, like the following ones?
  24. I am not an eBayer (hate on-line shopping, like to see stuff before I purchase it, hate S&H fees and unexpected Customs fees, *blahblahblah*)...but there are a few items I'm currently purchasing through "Buy Now" on eBay to (stuff I can't find easily or locally) I'll see if I find it a useful venue. So, in other words, I'm new at this. While I'm making these purchases - and to scratch a long-standing itch, I have been trying to buy an instrument from China. So it can't be too expensive. Hence I'm trying the auction route. I can't for the life of me win a bid. I've been
  25. Hi, Ive been looking at this violin. Can someone perhaps give any info on origin, etc? Im getting the idea it could be revarnished? The varnish seems to have alot of wear, but no scratches. Which leads me to think it was either touched up, or the varnish was redone and antiqued. Under the chinrest (where it should be), the wear and lack of varnish seems too neat/perfect. (I could be totally wrong here, though) Thank You.