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  1. Hi everybody I've been playing around with luthiery for a couple of years. Nothing big, just restored a couple of violins, rehaired some bows, done some setups and is just about to be done with my very first instrument built from scratch. It's just an electric guitar, but it's a nice one and it's a start. Now here's the thing: I'm a cellist. I can play a lot of strings, but I want to have an instrument that I've worked on that I can play a little more seriously than violins and guitars, partly so I can see if the things I do actually feels right if you're a more experienced player. I found an old cello on ebay that, sadly, has been sanded down. Even though it's a shame, it's a great opportunity for me to sget into working on cellos, have an instrument to play that I've been working on and also carry out a dream I've had about getting a stained black cello, not just black paint or lacquer. All of that I can finally do without ruining a valuable instrument. I don't expect much from it tonally, (it doesn't seem to me like it's overly well built) but of course I can hope. That was a lot of background... My actual question is: Would it be possible to convert a normal cello into a five string one (I'm thinking low F rather than high E)? I realize it's a big and risky procedure, but I wanted to ask some more experienced builders what it would take. The idea came to me a couple of hours ago, so I haven't thought it all through yet, but here are my thoughts so far: 1 - Will the neck be able to take the pressure? 2 - Will I be able to make the fingerboard wide enough by just "fanning" it out a little from the neck rather than getting it square? 3 - I expect the tone of the cello to be changed, but would it necessarily be to the worse? I'm thinking that the bass bar is positioned for a four string bridge and would sound worse with a wider bridge? Now this is just pure guesswork, I haven't looked much into the construction's affect on tone even though I find it really interesting. 4 - If I plug the pegholes and drill new ones, would the pegbox then be strong enough to support an extra string? 5 - I'm used to four string cellos of course. I expect there to be a very different arch on the strings and a smaller spacing. How should I make that arch for best playability and does anybody know how big of a difference the spacing makes? I hope somebody has the patience and experience to help me out here. Please tell me if I've forgotten something. Have a great day :-) Tobias
  2. Tostra

    Clean crack to reglue?

    Hi people :-) I'm repairing a fairly old violin that I found in a local antique store. It's not very special, but it seems well built and I expect it to have a nice tone. Besides, I'm still learning. I've repaired a couple of violins before, but I don't want to work on anything too good yet. The top had two cracks. I glued the first one and it went quite well. The other one, however was more difficult. The wood had moved over time, so the crack was wide open and required quite bit of clamping to stay together in the right position. I set it to cure overnight, but one of the clamps must have gotten loose, because the crack is now open in the middle and perfectly closed in the sides. My question is: how do I remove the now hard hide glue in the crack that's preventing it from closing rather than holding it together? Will it be sufficient to heat up the area with a heat gun and reclamp it? would that daamage the wwood or the finish? I've tried scraping carefully with a knife, but it's not very effective, and I can't reach the "corners" where the crack goes from open to closed. I was also considering a damp brush, but I don't know if softening/removing the glue would take so much water I'd ruin the wood... Is there any good way to do this? And yes, I will be more careful next time with my clamping :-/
  3. Marcos Capilla

    Violín ID, help please

    Hello, I' have this violin and need some opinions about age and origin, no label inside but there have a hand write ink iscription " Ripr. nel 1938 ...... La Porta" I'd be grateful some opinions!!!
  4. Just bought this violin from a family that kept it form many decades. There's no label and I'd love to know if anybody could help me find out if it's a workshop or authors violin. Thanks!
  5. Good day or night To me it looks beautiful. What is it?
  6. Leoband81

    Old violin ID.

    Hi, everybody. I'd love to hear your opinion about this violin. It has a wonderful tone and power but I have no clue where it's probably from. I know it's neck has been changed, and has a "Conservatory Violin" but all the rest seems not related to it. What brings my attention is that the F holes seems a bit far away from each other Thanks, guys!
  7. Bought this violin from ebay for £400, it is a "Josef Kloz in Mittenwald 1760" - antique 4/4 violin, i am only a beginner, and this will be my first violin. (if i refurbish it) The wood is still in very nice antique condition with some light scores to the surface, some little chips also to the edges as you would expect with a used antique item. Also looks like there has possibly been a few little pieces of wood to the rim edges that may have been replaced or repaired, although I cannot confirm this, perhaps that is just the way it was made? Violin will need restrung and possibly may benefit from a clean and polish. is it worth it ? how much would it cost me extra? Thank you in advance!
  8. Stephen  Fine

    Old Cello ID (and advice)

    I submit to you, my sister's cello. It has a couple open sound post cracks and at many places, the edges are flush with the ribs. I don't exactly know what will happen when the top comes off, but the thing obviously needs some work. It's a small cello, 7/8 size or a lady's full size. It has been hypothesized that it's English. My sister says someone once told her it looked like William Baker. In any case, it was purchased for not too much money. I suspect that a full restoration might cost more than the initial cost of the instrument. If you guys look at it and tell me it's a hunk of junk, I won't worry too much about who I recommend my sister sends it too. It'll probably be fine, and she just wants it to stop buzzing so she can play it again. If you guys look at it and say it's really cool and actually possibly a 17th or 18th century instrument, I'll make sure that it's someone capable of beautiful work. She loves the instrument, and others have complimented its sound. It's probably worth sending the instrument to someone really good regardless... Anyway, take a look, if you please:
  9. No longer relevant. This thread keeps getting mentioned out of context in other threads. Out of respect, I was going to take it down, but MN must not allow deleting old threads that one starts. So I am going to delete my comments. Thanks, everyone for your help and insight!
  10. Kirk Hunter

    Your Opinions On This One?

    I don't know much about his violin except that it looks as if it had a catastrophic accident (like someone sitting on it, or similar). The neck does not appear to be original to the body, but is apparently quite old as well. The repairs are extensive, and were all done at the same time, so someone must have cared enough to undergo all of that. I've already had one opinion from a good local luther, and was told it "leans" toward Italian with respect to the wood, age, purling. I'm just curious if any of you can determine anything about it from the photos, like the country of origin, age, school, etc. Or....what it's NOT. (FYI, if you can't read the brand on the bridge, it says "Bein & Fushi Chicago".)
  11. James M. Jones

    fiddle ID ....

    Just curious on the origins of this ...fixer upper ....
  12. gaspar

    Help about my old violin

    Hello to everybody I have an old violin and i would like to have some opinions about the maker. For the moment i want to have an insurance but i don't know the value of the violin because it has no label inside. I have already contacted with some violinmakers and i have send some photos of my instrument and i am a little confused. One of them told me that it's Michelangelo Bergonzi, the second one told Giuseppe Dal Aglio and the third one Andrea Castagneri. Could somebody help me find out?
  13. Niam

    Violin opinions?

    Hello, im completely new to this site, and I dont know if im doing this right. Anyways.. Let me introduce myself, i'm Niam, a violin dealer in UK and I have acquired a lovely looking violin. I would like to hear your opinions about anything about the violin (value? origin, age, etc). I'd love to hear different insights. The violin is in perfect condition and has fluted f-holes, a nice blonde varnish and well done purfling. Im hoping the pictures will upload and that i did it right O.o Thanks!
  14. kevin Prestwich

    Very old violin tonewood set

    No longer available
  15. Olivia_Pfund

    Need Help

    Looking for some help here. I'm working with a used cello. It is a Lewis & Sons Ton Klar "The Klengl" model number 1920. The person I purchased it from states that is was made sometime in the 1960's; however, I have my doubts. I've scoured the internet looking for any more information on this brand, it's history, this cello, anything and have come up dry. Any thoughts?
  16. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Beautifully-flamed-4-4-Violin-1part-back-violon-needs-repair-NOT-COMPLETE-/131220763630?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item1e8d5df3ee Any idea as to origin of this one? How much would the value be affected were one to carve a new top plate? (Since the original is missing) Thank you.
  17. Vethen

    Old violin hates Dominants..

    I have an old violin (about 100 years old) that I had restored at my local shop recently. When in the shop I had them put on a set of Dominants (seeing how they are basically a standard to start with.) but the G was very thin and the instrument overall too bright. So I swapped a set of plain gut strings onto the violin and it was much happier (gamut tricolor.) Now that my guts are wearing, I'm looking into what to put on next, but feel very lost. The violin is smaller than most moderns, very light and narrow. I assume low tension, dark strings are needed, which brands of synthetics would you recommend? Thank you!
  18. Vethen

    Antique Violin.

    This is currently my only old violin, claiming to be a Vuillaume copy, but I'm not sold that it goes further than the stamp/fake label. The instrument was recently set up and repaired to be in playing condition after being out of order for a very long time (came to me with open seams and the tailpiece glued to the top!) After being on the forums for a small amount of time (very small compared to the lifespan of a violin) I can guess the most likely answer to where the violin was made, but thought I'd ask anyway, just got my picture posting privilege so might as well use it while the instrument was at my local luthier, the original fittings (ebony) were removed and you can see that the violin has pins holding the neck and tail blocks in place (wooden pins, not nails.) I tried to picture the areas I noticed people normally ask for, if I missed something in my inexpert photoshoot, feel free to ask for it, but I doubt it'll be necessary. Thanks for looking! Also, my apologies that the photos are upside down, guess I'm not 100% proficient with an Ipad.
  19. Any idea what this once was? http://www.ebay.com/itm/FINE-OLD-ANTIQUE-18TH-CENTURY-VIOLIN-MADE-CA-1760-GRAFTED-NECK-FOR-RESTORATION-/251526072013
  20. Kallie

    What violin is this?

    I was browsing eBay when this violin caught my eye. Any idea what this violin is? (Besides a violin) http://www.ebay.com/itm/Fine-Old-Vintage-Antique-Violin-Sanctus-Seraphin-1727-Grafted-One-piece-Back-/331123498308?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4d187f9d44
  21. Caerphilly_fiddle

    Interesting old violin - wondering who made it

    Hi all, I am new here. A friend has asked to get an old violin into playing condition, it looks interesting and isn't like the normal sort of German of French ones one sees. It has the scrap of a label I cant make out, but has 1742 on it. The text I can see looks printed. Its has been re-necked and had extensive repairs as it looks like it has been smashed at some time. It has no inlaid purfling but I think it has been inked. the scroll is elongated and rather crude with a wide pegbox. I took some photos but cannot see how to attach them. I clicked on image and lost all I had written! I am hoping to find out who made it. Nick
  22. Kallie

    Violin ID

    Hi there, Can someone perhaps offer their opinions on this violin? It came with a beautiful leather case which I will post pictures of tomorrow. In the case was a paper which shows a diagram of the interior of the violin. This paper was written and drawn by the last person who repaired it. On this paper, it says Violin made October 26, 1823. It also says Repaired July 23 1839. It also says "Taken to pieces by Wheatley", and with a signature, and dated Nov 29 1834. This is all written inside the violin aswell apparently. The diagram shows where it is written on the interior. About the violin: Lovely 1 piece maple back Grafted scroll (You can zoom in on the pictures to see the graft line. Nail in the button, and below the button (where the neck block is) Ebony fingerboard Inlaid Purfling Varnish worn/gone where your palm would be when playing up in high positions On the inside are a few cleats running along cracks, aswell as a soundpost patch. Any idea where this was made, if the date is legit, and what its value would be once repaired? Also can a specific model be identified on which it has been made? It has no label unfortunately, but as I mentioned above it says Violin made October 26 1823 on the inside. Here are some pictures. Feel free to request more (a specific angle) I also apologize for the blurryness on some photos, I took these pictures in a hurry. Thank You.
  23. Any information about violin and maker would be big help for me, becouse I couldn't found anything on internet. I have this violin and i'm interested in what would her sound be. But i can't decide is it worth spend money on repair. Any gues where i could repaire this violin? Could anybody tell me what model is this violin, also I'm not shure about nack? Is it original? Text on label: tar jozsef hegedu keszito keszthel http://www.flickr.com/photos/cepulic/10508835156/in/photostream/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/cepulic/10508831065/in/photostream/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/cepulic/10508865564/in/photostream/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/cepulic/10508828375/in/photostream/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/cepulic/10508825485/in/photostream/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/cepulic/10508857934/in/photostream/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/cepulic/10509034993/in/photostream/
  24. Kallie

    Imperial Violin

    Hi there. Ive been trying to find out a bit more about the Imperial line of violins. From what I could find, there are 2 different lines of these. One being German, and one being Japanese. Imperial violins have the flat shield-shaped piece of wood on the back of the scroll, with the words Imperial Violin written on. My question is, how do you tell the 2 types apart? How do I know if it is German, or Japanese. Ive seen a few pictures online, found about 3-4 Imperial Violins on Ebay in about 2 years, but I cannot seem to find anything consistant to it. A friend of mine has a Imperial violin, and what a lovely violin that is!!! It's sound is completely different from any other trade violin that Ive played on. Very loud (not in a bad way), warm, open with that "Old" wood sound to it, and it is extremely responsive. You hardly even have to touch the strings for it to make a lovely sound. Unfortunately I only have one crappy picture of it (Which I will post below), but I can describe it a bit more. 1. the violin has been revarnished (Terrible, I know, If only I knew what it looked like before it had been done!) 2. the purfling is VERY close to the edges. Much closer than usual. 3. the neck is much thinner, and the violin seems to be smaller aswell. Not 7/8 small, but a smaller 4/4 scale violin. 4. the label says Antonius Stradiuarius etc etc (The usual), and then underneath Made in Germany. This is what Im wondering about. Non of the other 4 imperial violins I saw online had the name of the place where it was made written on the label. 5. The violin has, on the back of the scroll, that shield piece, with a star-like logo, and written on Imperial Violin. 6. It is a lovely flamed one-piece back. 7. On the scroll it doesnt say the model it is based on, like some others Ive seen. Now what I meant earlier about not finding consistant things to these violins, is that some of the imperial violins Ive seen says on the back of the scroll what model it is. For instance: Imperal Violin Amati. or Imperial Violin Stradivarius. Only in this one case (My friend's violin), does it have the star on the scroll. Ive seen one other violin on Ebay that had the Star/sun shape on the button of the violin, and read about someone who says they also have that on their Imperial violin. One of the pictures Ive attached below says Lowendall Imperial violin. From what I read, they were made at his shop or sold by him or something. Again, inconsistant to other pictures ive found, since only this one says Lowendall Imperial Violin. Does someone perhaps have anymore info on these Imperial Violins? I read a few years back they usually either sound great, or terrible. No middle ground. Also about the purfling being so close to the edges that it seems to almost "jump" off. This is an ebay auction that ended today for a imperial violin. I wanted to buy it, but the seller didnt respond to my shipping cost question.. http://www.ebay.com/itm/IMPERIAL-ANTIQUE-VINTAGE-VIOLIN-23-5-STRING-MUSICAL-INSTRUMENT-/321162156569?ViewItem=&ssPageName=ADME%3AX%3AAAQ%3AUS%3A1123&item=321162156569&nma=true&si=yU3KHiltiFvT3XOMmkiACl67zvQ%253D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2557 (on the 5th picture, look at the button to see the sun-shaped carving) Below I will attach some pictures I found online, aswell as the one my friend plays. Again, sorry I dont have a better picture. The first one is the one that my friend plays. Only the first picture. Notice the purfling. Thank You for reading.
  25. Kallie

    Question: Violin Value

    Hi, Someone I know bought this violin last year, and I was wondering if anyone could shed some light on where it was made, a rough estimate on it's value, any information you might know. The label says Nicclaus Amatus Fecit in Cremona 16. The 2nd "C" in the name Nicclaus is most likely an "O", but the label ink is hard to read on some spots. Im uploading a few photos of the violin. As I said, any information would be helpful. Thank You.