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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 ...as a whole...in "good condition" for a mouse? They do say the violin shows "signs of use" - so that hypothesis is not disconfirmed if they are marketing it at mice rather than humans. I archived the eBay link https://archive.is/EKERF#
  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? https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.com%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F163642185951
  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, http://www.ebay.com/itm/Violoncello-4-4-Cello-Mateo-Bruni-1949-u-V/192287360142?_trkparms=aid%3D111001%26algo%3DREC.SEED%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20160908105057%26meid%3Da98b1ce51e004842bb8c398545161c3b%26pid%3D100675%26rk%3D2%26rkt%3D15%26sd%3D222615375260&_trksid=p2481888.c100675.m4236&_trkparms=pageci%3Ab624b01c-88e7-11e7-8f53-74dbd18052d1%7Cparentrq%3A1508ab1a15e0abda4bd10caefffc759d%7Ciid%3A1 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 around ) It looks too new to be from 1949, and also the fingerboard looks as though it's just come out of the workshop. Would this be an example of a new Chinese instrument, with a fake label of a not too well-known Italian luthier, to make it not too obvious that it is something else, or could this be genuine? Joris
  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. http://www.ebay.com/itm/152649649255?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649
  9. My eyes say French, but may just as well be a Schonbach. Any other opinions? http://www.ebay.com/itm/An-Old-Vintage-Violin-/332334008559?hash=item4d60a688ef:g:CPwAAOSwz3lZeLUg
  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!
  13. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Beautiful-Violin-Roger-Graham-Hargrave-Meyenburg-1998-/191976186733?hash=item2cb2ac236d:g:EtQAAOSwCGVX4ajn
  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 few interesting things. (Not sure if I'm allowed to say the seller by name, but here are some links, some of which are previous discussions on these forums): http://www.fiddlehangout.com/archive/26769 http://www.violinist.com/blog/BlueRidge/201111/12887/ http://www.maestronet.com/forum/index.php?/topic/329003-took-the-plunge-first-ebay-violin-toughts/page-1 http://www.maestronet.com/forum/index.php?/topic/329805-oops-i-did-it-again-another-ebay-violin-18-another-bass-bar-crack/page-10 The instrument in question, that I find very beautiful and interesting, is here: http://www.ebay.com/itm/311700530758?_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT I have a few reasons for finding this German copy so lovely. I have always wanted a uniquely carved scroll. I first saw a lion head scroll when I was young and in a local community orchestra (and was so much of a go-getter that I would constantly bug my stand partner about borrowing her instrument should she ever wish to sell. She doesn't even play anymore since her arthritis and vision have become too poor.) I've liked them ever since. Anything unique about an instrument is fascinating to me, so I'm not particularly huge on mass-produced, modern instruments. I figured, after doing some research (and with my limited knowledge), that this particular violin was a German factory-made violin, which could potentially decrease the value significantly. I know that many Chinese makers now mass produce instruments of the Baroque style. I've seen some awesome/funky instruments with scalloped (pie crust?) edges, semi-rounded c bouts, or entirely corner-less (aka the guitar style?) I particularly admire the rounded violins and have found a few in the past few weeks of looking around: http://www.dzviolin.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=119&products_id=1157 http://pickerssupply.com/new-and-used/cornerless-44-violin-used-bow-and-case http://www.instrumentspast.co.uk/instruments/CV/C196V.html If you're not all turned off my my verbose first post, hopefully you can guide me on a few things. I wouldn't be using this violin for any symphonic performances. I would get this instrument for (most likely) use with a Fishman pickup, since I currently don't have an electroacoustic violin for gigs where my Zeta Jazz Fusion's look doesn't really match the vibe of the performance. I've thought about investing in an electroacoustic or fully electric (with an acoustic feel) instrument that looks a bit more natural, like one of these: http://www.electricviolinshop.com/wes-lambe.html (though I don't like the fact that the back exposes all of the electronics) http://www.electricviolinshop.com/acoustic-electric/zeta-acoustic-pro-4.html (since I already have a sponsorship with Zeta, but was looking to branch out in terms of tone) Note: I am an electric violinist and perform many genres of music, so I'm not just limited to classical or chamber performances. I know this eBay dealer is a little sketch, and that it's very difficult to know the playability of an instrument without having tried it first. The seller DOES have some good pictures of the violin, and also has included a youtube link to samples of the violin being played (albeit out of tune, and with steel strings that sound horrible. I do like the tone somewhat, though I can tell the strings are smashing a lot of the natural resonance of the fiddle. Once again, I am NOT looking for an orchestral instrument. I'm mainly looking for a cool, unique, older instrument with this particular body type and an interesting scroll.) I've contacted the seller on eBay and received a somewhat vague, unhelpful answer regarding my questions regarding the violin's age, authenticity, appraisal, etc., as well as international shipping and return policy questions. ALL OF THAT BEING SAID. I know this particular instrument is NOT worth the pretty penny that the seller is charging, but what are the general thoughts you might have regarding this instrument? What would be a reasonable price for me to offer? I really love the unique look of it, and it would be a backup for gigs where I need an acoustic-looking but electric-sounding violin. I am not concerned with the value as much as what I would potentially be spending. I love older instruments, especially rare or unique ones. This would potentially be a "knocker" violin I could use for outdoor gigs as well (since I also play a lot of beach weddings and events where I don't feel comfortable bringing my orchestra-ready violin.) I also don't mind that it's not the highest quality, but want to make sure that I'm not going to be getting ripped off with a less-than-tasteful, factory-made instrument (especially if it's not actually from the 30s-40s like the ad purports.) Any thoughts or even links to similar instruments would be wonderful. Thank you for reading this post!
  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. http://www.ebay.de/itm/Original-Geige-Anno-1836-/121974396712?hash=item1c663d9728%3Ag%3ARvsAAOSwKfVXEJ4t&nma=true&si=ytZfTI0nOMFZV9aUlNRc00j8Am0%253D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2557 For a price in the low 300 EURs, it was a steal. Or? Best, tarvisio
  16. http://www.ebay.ca/itm/Old-master-Italian-violin-labeled-and-stamped-Antoniazzi-Romeo-1901-Look-/321975347402?hash=item4af739e8ca:g:9OkAAOSwX~dWlrOL This example from Antoniazzi's experimental phase where he was using marker pens for purfling.
  17. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Violin-think-german-dated-1914-on-back-of-instument-/301591771904?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4638453b00 "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. http://www.ebay.com/itm/RARE-18thC-1739-Antique-Italian-Guaneri-44-Violin-Joseph-Guarnerius-NR-/141356739222 "....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. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Beautifully-flamed-4-4-Violin-1part-back-violon-needs-repair-NOT-COMPLETE-/131220763630?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item1e8d5df3ee 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. http://www.ebay.com/itm/ESTATE-FIND-Vintage-German-Violin-Ernst-Heinrich-Roth-1927-/380927524665?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item58b10cbf39 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? http://www.ebay.com/itm/2014-year-New-16-5-inches-viola-Ornati-style-No-4201-with-best-handcraft-viola-/321401043197?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4ad4feb8fd http://www.ebay.com/itm/16-5-420mm-Mellow-Tone-Orchestra-Top-Favourite-VIOLA-plus-a-PERNAMBUCO-BOW-/181321497103?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2a379a7a0f http://www.ebay.com/itm/Best-quality-16-5-viola-nice-flamed-maple-wood-back-sides-spruce-top-/360923362760?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item5408b575c8 http://www.ebay.com/itm/Attractive-sound-viola-16-bird-eye-wood-BD-156-/231203986830?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item35d4d4dd8e These are all pretty looking Chinese violas, which seems to already (some of them), be strung up with good strings aswell. If I buy one of these, and it sounds dreadful, I could always try regraduating the top plate, change the bass bar, or if the varnish is ultra-thick I could revarnish it myself, or whatever might be suggested. My other option is to buy a white viola on Ebay, and go from there. Since this is for myself, time and effort is no concerning matter, so I wouldnt mind having to work on it myself, and since the viola wouldnt have any antique value, I see no reason for using a better varnish (if needed, and if it comes to that). What do you think? Any suggestions? I would really like a smaller Viola, but I doubt I'll find a cheaper one that sounds great which is 15.5 inch, so I guess 16-16.5 inch is a safer bet.
  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)...so 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 doing this for 2 weeks now and have bid on over 7 instruments from different sellers. I get beat out at the very last nanosecond every single time. Are these auctions rigged? Or does someone actually sit - on every auction - with their finger hovering over the bid button...and they all have faster internet than I do?
  25. Hi, Ive been looking at this violin. Can someone perhaps give any info on origin, etc? http://www.ebay.com/itm/Riccardo-Antoniazzi-Milano-1897-Old-Italian-Labeled-Violin-Full-Size-/261405059445?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3cdcf4a975 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.
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