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Jeny Mahon

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So, just out of sheer curiosity... if I had taken this to my Luthier, do you suppose he would have used it as a bludgeon and beat me over the head with it? It seems like it would take a LOT of time to restore it. Then again, these can sell for a tidy sum too. http://cgi.ebay.ca/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewIt...me=STRK:MEDW:IT

I went in at $700, and as you see I was outbid by $25! Damn!

But for future reference I just thought I'd ask if something like this is worth it. It looks pretty bad to me, (particularly the horrific job of taking the top off) but I'm not a Luthier!

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Neither wound I. However, either it was sold very quickly or it was checked out very frequently for approval. I have not seen it again.

It was amazing that in the hands of a skill luthier a few pieces of wood craps could become such a marvelous sounding violin. I don't think it was good originally . I believe only after all the publicity of early years of Roths then the luhtier did not want to disappoint the public. I love to hear any of your thought.

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(continue) I forgot to say that the Roth I said was light weight, very densed grain of top , seemed hard, and

solid (I lightly knockd at all places of the violins)and it had a lot of repairs but sound good and focused. Silver-bell sound (I compared it with my new violin ). I don't understnad it. Just amazing. What more I can say.

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Ignoring the final price paid, for now, if you have the knowledge and tools and time to pretty much rebuild a fiddle from scratch, yourself, and do an expert job of it, then it would be worth bidding on such an instrument. And you would want to stop bidding when your expert knowledge told you the price had gone to high. If you don't have that expert knowledge, tools and time, you'd be paying someone else thousands to do the repairs, after you've paid thousands for the purchase. The results then may or may not be worth the thousands you paid for purchase and repair.

If instruments in this kind of condition are of interest to you, become a violin maker and a very good repairer to pursue that interest.

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