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Hello to everyone! Left to be sold: • Herdim string lifter, violin/viola; ($10.00); • Bending Iron, made by Morassi famous family in Italy ($250.00), works with Europeen 220; [revised $160.00] • Herdim violin/viola clamp set, 32 clamps, ($400.00), if someone is interested I will include here the Herdim String lifter and the 16'' Bend-A-Light Pro; [revised $240.00] Anyone interested to buy the 3 items up here, I will let it all go for $300.00 (it includes the clamps, the Herdim string lifter and the Herdim clam set), this is an economy of $110.00). Note: I already sold many items that I sent from Canada to the United States. I am using Canada Express Post, with a tracking code number, the delivery is done generally within 3 to 4 days, there is an insurance taken with it that covers the cost at new. The cost of the shipping is about $50.00 Can., this cost is added to whatever you buy. I process the transaction for anything sold here with Paypal. Regards, Pierre BellefeuilleGatineau (12 km near downtown Ottawa) I use now my free time to do professional photography on the side: http://www.bellefeuille-photo.ca
Hello again, I had posted previously about a violin I was given by my mother-in-law and ended up appraising at Shar. To make a long story short, she found 2 more violins of her great-grandfather's after sorting through her mother's house which was sold. One does not appear to be in any condition that could be played without a lot of work (body is separating all over the place, neck is not attached, no soundpost, bridge, pegs, weird carvings in back), which I did not take. The other one looks in better condition than the first I was given. Here is a photo of the violin #3 which looks in very bad condition - aside from seams coming apart all over and unattached neck, the back looks like it has cracked in two and someone has carved a design into the wood quite roughly. There are no labels I could see inside. We did not take this one home with us when we visited this weekend. Violin #2 looks in much better shape. Including photos below (14 total in count). http://s1272.photobucket.com/user/rinamypics/slideshow/Violins%20no%202%20and%203 I'm bringing it to Shar Music when they are open (not open till Tuesday, and I'll have to call since it's Christmas week to make sure they are) but thought I'd ask you lovely experts and enthusiasts on your thoughts re: identification. I've included photos of the repair label (in 1974 by the same person who did repair on violin #1) and the "maker label" (looks like Strad copy, no mention of country of origin). Thanks for your input, I'm surprised that my mother-in-law's great-grandfather had so many violins but I suppose that wasn't unusual. (He immigrated from Ireland to Canada during the Potato Famine). Best Regards, Rina
Hello, I recently inherited an old violin from my mother-in-law, who said this violin has been sitting in their attic since her great-grandfather passed (he was the fiddler in the family). The GGF lived in Ontario but had immigrated there from Ireland. I have no idea (nor does she) if he brought the violin over with him, or purchased it in Canada when he arrived. Here are photos of the violin (I tried to be thorough and follow the photo recommendations). I have read that labels do not matter since a lot of copies are made. This violin has the word "Ole Bull" stamped on the back of the violin (base of the neck) and also has a sticker viewable from one of the f-holes that says "OleBull" as well, just for reference (showed in photos in the link below.) In terms of obvious damage/condition, I have been unable to tune the violin (gently a note at a time and switching strings) because the pegs do not hold even when pushed in after a certain tension is achieved, and the bridge popped off at the same point. The sound post became dislodged so I stopped trying to tune it (can hear it rattle loosely inside). The bottom of the violin has a wide area of separation between the back and side (photo included). I'm not knowledgeable about violins (I only took a few lessons) since I am primarily a pianist, though I also play guitar casually (compared to my piano performance classes at univ anyway). Do those of you in the know think this might be worth repairing? My mother-in-law wished it to go to someone who was interested in music with the possibility of playing it, but it's not of huge sentimental value --- she is not musically inclined nor is anyone else in her family, which is why it came to me. I would only wish to repair it if it was a good value for the cost (a decent violin), but if the money would be better off going to a new beginner violin purchase then I would probably just clean this up for a unplayable display piece for her, if she was interested. http://s1272.photobucket.com/user/rinamypics/slideshow/Violin Edit: I forgot to mention, there is a second sticker in the violin that says it was repaired in 1974 by someone in Ontario, fwiw. My mother-in-law thinks her father had the violin repaired and then put it back in the attic since none of his children were interested in playing. Thank you for your time and input, Rina