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  1. I have been hesitant to post about my latest purchase because I'm still recovering from the pain, disappointment, and embarrassment that resulted from my original Plunge thread. But to heck with it, after corresponding with a few legendary MN members, I've decided to declare Open Season on my latest eBay conquest. I again purchased this instrument with my little girl in mind, now she's almost 17 months. I've been wanting to get her a nice little violin that she can play around with. She does enjoy plucking and bowing and throwing the The Heidegger, which is adorable, but I thought she deserved something smaller. So for Xmas, as promised, my sister got her a 1/64 through eBay that I picked out (not the subject of this thread). The $40 Mendini 1/64 arrived and my little girl was thrilled to open it on Xmas day. It's very cute, especially for photos, and the bow is much better for her than the full sized bow, but the 1/64 only works properly on the E string, the others degrading more and more till you get to the unusable G string. The bridge slips out of place and falls down with minimal pressure in any direction. Overall it's complete junk besides looking nice and cute. The pegs are impossible to tune and always slip. So I've been on the lookout for a vintage fractional for her. I like the vintage instruments and the more I looked the less I found in 1/8 or below sizes for older instruments. Tarisio had 2 1/8 violins in their last Speculative & Restorable auction which were cute but in need of much repair. they both sold for between $200-$350 if I remember right. Then much to my excitement I saw a listing for a 1/8 violin that appeared to be pre-war, adorable and in decent shape (I'm sure Lusitano and others might not agree though) (looking forward to such comments actually). Even better was the buy-it-now price of $35 which I made an offer on and purchased for $27 plus shipping. It's set to arrive at my apartment on Monday and I am very excited for its arrival. Needless to say, I've got some questions and comments about the violin and other fractionals that I'll list below. I very much look forward to your comments/judgments/opinions/lambastings, etc. 1. What is this violin? (Where, when, who, rarity, condition, etc.) 2. What needs to be done to it to being it into functioning condition for my 17-month-old to be able to bow and pluck without issue? 3. Is the neck graft fake? 4. What can you tell me about the construction techniques etc. Is it hand made or a "factory fiddle" or both?! 5. I am considering purchasing a nice set of fittings for this 1/8 (pegs, tail piece, nut, chin rest) - what's the best and least expensive place to buy a quality set for this 1/8? 6. Did I get a "good deal"? 7. What do you like/dislike about the little violin? 8. Any general advice/comments that might not be covered by the above questions? 9. What are the most valuable and highly sought after fractionals under 1/2 (1/4, 1/8, 1/16)? 10. Are there any famous or well respected examples of Master fractionals in the 1/4 or below size? 11. What is the general price range for top quality fractionals under 1/2? 12. What can you tell me about pre-war fractionals? 13. What are some of the earliest examples of fractional violins, particularly those under 1/2 size? 14. Would it be "wrong" to allow my little one to bang this around like she occasionally does with the The Heidegger? Cheers and thanks for reading my thread. Link to eBay purchase: http://www.ebay.com/itm/390739140456 Photos from the auction attached (more pics in the auction link) Cheers & thanks in advance for reading over my thread and for your participation, which has been very helpful and entertaining in the past.
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