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I seem to be the only person posting on this board these days but what the hell, here’s my latest question, involving a 1938 Jusek Master Art Viola: It is being offered by the T2 auction. I was quite surprised to see that the expected selling price is only $400 or so, until I noticed that the top has a horrible floor to ceiling bass bar crack. Here’s my question. Those instruments are solidly made and frequently sound quite good. would it be worthwhile to buy that viola with the intent of having a new top made for it? The crack renders the top all but useless, and because it’s just a Czech factory Viola, albeit a very nice one, replacement of the top should result in better sound. In addition to carving a good top, the varnish would have to be carefully matched as well, but it shouldn’t be that difficult to match a typical factory varnish from that era, right? Or would it be better to just repair the crack as well as possible? I’m not the least bit interested in the instrument I’m not going to bid on it I’m just asking.
I've had my father's Juzek 1938 Master Art violin (Strad model, No 364, Prague) for around 30 years, and now would like to sell it. I would appreciate any guidance and opinion regarding where and how to realize the best value for it. I've considered auctions, but wonder which one ... for example in Europe, US (east or west), exclusive instrument auction, general antique auction, etc ? Then there are numerous violin shops (higher commissions?) ... and again, what area might be best for a fine Juzek ? I am located in SE Michigan. I'm not an expert, but I feel this is one of the most beautiful violins I have seen; it is in excellent condition (no issues), has a neck graft, but the diamond tailpiece was "misplaced" by a repair shop years ago. The sound is robust and bright. Some pics are attached. A big thank you for your thoughts !