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Hi everyone! Ordering my storage room I found this violin purchased cheap about 10-12 years ago. As you can see its state is shaby, a pity. There are many cracks (restored and not) and seems re-varnished for decoration...Probably the scroll and neck is from another instrument, I don't know. Most probably a restoration don't worth. However I think in the past was a good violin due its manufacture (the back seems particularly handsome). Would be great know your opinion about its age and origin. A french or german Strad copy from mid to late XIX century perhaps? Thanks a lot in advance!
Hi all, I am currently looking to purchase a new cello. I'd like to gather some opinions on the instrument (can someone let me know how to upload photos?) and its authenticity. I am a player myself and know relatively little about makers and origins. It has rather large F-holes and a beautiful one-piece back (maple). The label reads: "Joannes Valletianus fecit Matrito anno 1799". Has anyone heard of this maker or seen and of his work? The varnish is mainly orange with hints of deeper red. The varnish on back is slightly harder and shinier. The back length is 752 mm. It has a fantastic sound (very rich and deep bass. Recently performed it alongside a G.B. Gabrielli instrument - the sound qualities were similar). I will post photos as soon as I understand how. Thanks a lot!