jimbo Posted June 13, 2005 Report Share Posted June 13, 2005 I have a neighbor who has an old violin and I am about 95% sure I am going to buy it from him.I don't know who made it but it has a "Antonio Stradivari sticker in it and a date of 17 something on it and Cremonea . I don't hold any allusions of anything other than a good quality reproduction but it came from Europe nearly a hundred years ago and an old German couple gave it to a family they met in California for their children.Etc,etc. The children weren't musical. The violin appears well made,and in good condition for the most part except that the back has come loose . I planned on fixing that but there is a peice of the edge of the back plate that has been purposely removed apparently to facilitate installation of the chin rest.The section removed would be from the purfling to the outer edge and the width of the lower part of the chinrest. I was planning to pretty much leave the surface condition as I received it but that missing peice of wood bothers me.Should I patch it to original contours or leave it/ The surface is intact and in passible condition but there is no shine to it and there appears to be grey/black dust across the whole waist section which I assume might be rosin residue.The workmanship is fine and I hesitate to do too much but it seems too nice to waste by not doing any repairs. It comes with a small arched wooden case and two bows,neither of which are haired . What would you recommend if I laid it on your workbench? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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