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Good morning gentlemen (and ladies). Its being a lot of time without posting. A nice cello came to me last weekend to have a new sound post set. What caught my attention was the fluting of the f-holes, which also extends around the eyes. Never seen this on a cello. Any idea if this is particular to any school, or maybe it is only the maker's oddity? The cello has a fantastic voice: full, rounded, loud, resonant and very beautiful.
I found this violin in a used book store. It had a nice case and good looking wood for only $60. There's no label but one might have been removed. I assume it's Chinese... The f holes caught my attention because the fluting is a little exaggerated and the edges of the lower eyes are raised a bit relative to the surrounding area. Is this just a maker's quirk or is there a precedent in any school of violin making? I have no illusions about the violin's age or value but wondered where the inspiration for that feature originated. HH