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It almost looks like a copper violin! But I like the color. True the way the top and back have been shaped looks surprising, as if the wood fibers were going in different directions. The purfling is surprising too. But not being a violin maker or a specialist I don't know if this is something usual for some violin makers.

Near the saddle it looks like the two parts of the top were glued at an "angle" since the middle line is on the right of the saddle. Is it a large repair patch?

Also the lining of the wood seem pretty wide and I was in the impression that the narrower the fibers were the better.

Is it a worm hole near the C rib in the back?

At least the shape of this violin is clearly different from the usual Stradivarius or Guarnerius copies! Especially the corners are very short. The F holes are very round and the volutes of the scroll very flat.

But I would like indeed to play a little bit myself with it to hear better than through internet.

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Well, the back sure doesn't look like maple. Top and bottom appear to be the same wood, and apparently shaped, not carved.

If you have to ask if it's a gamble, it probably is.

I think these plates are carved, and I agree that the top and back appear to be of the same material. It sounds pretty even. Interesting to hear a violin with a spruce or fir back, or whatever material it may be. It's not maple.

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This Violin is not Italian, although the maker could have been of Italian decent.

It was made in Uruguay. The city of Paysandú is one of the largest in Uruguay and this type of violin with very crude rudimentary workmanship is typical of South and Central America's rural artisans. There are guys that can make a violin like this in about 30 minutes with box cutters. Absolutely amazing to see. The wood is certainly something indigenous to So. Am., but who knows what.

I would say it is worth what someone whats to pay for it.

Additionally, I would say its authentic. The common spelling of the city name is no longer separated. This would indicate that its fairly old.

Also October is written in Spanish, not Italian.

m.

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http://cgi.ebay.com/RARE-19th-CENTURY-ITAL...=item4a9c3ef170

the seller changes the a/c name

his positive feedback is 790

Is the positive feedback number reliable?

I doubt !

i am bit puzzled by wood used for the top and bottom in this violin

any comment for these wood?

is it a gamble to buy violin from ebay?

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This is your money. You can do whatever you want.

Do you like this "Italian violin"?

If you know it is a good buy then why you asked.

I would rather buy a violin which looks more conventional, like German copy than an odd model. In case, I have to sell it later I

will have no trouble to convince the new buyer.

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eboy is our good friend John Gammuto. Do a search from last year on this site and also violinist.com for some very entertaining reading.....in fact it is a saga better than any episode of Entourage or whatever.....you could not make stuff like this up.

Saw one of his violins in person. It was shoddy workmanship, including such things as tearout in the cutting of the f holes. The owner took said violin to a dealer who attributed it to china. I would say that the entire listing is pure creative writing. Tom

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If you haven't noticed, all you have to do is call the violin "Italian" on ebay, and it brings 10 times what it's actually worth. These "Italian" labels are generally fotocopies, or scanned, and placed inside. I bought a violin on ebay with an Italian label of a early 1900's maker that looks very good (the label), could possibly be an original, very good antiqued look to it. The only problem was, the violin was a made about a hundred years before the maker was born. I saw that before I placed my bid. The violin turned out to be exactly what I thought it was, an early 1800's violin with a baroque neck (not visible in the pictures) from Klingentahl or Schoenbach, no corner blocks, some repaired and not cracks. I really like the looks of it, and the price was reasonable for what it is. This one must not have fooled anyone, because my bid was pretty low. It will make a nice baroque restoration, with the low projection and shorter neck.

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I've met several guys over the years who loved oddball amateurish violins made by poorer people, and certainly not because they think they have fine concert instruments. Some old examples from the New England area or Appalachians are coveted. I have no idea what this thing is, but it wouldnt shock me if the buyer knew exactly what he was doing and is tickled to death with his purchase. On the other hand it could be completely fake auction, 1200 does seem high to me, but you never know what people value.

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eboy is our good friend John Gammuto. Do a search from last year on this site and also violinist.com for some very entertaining reading.....in fact it is a saga better than any episode of Entourage or whatever.....you could not make stuff like this up.

Saw one of his violins in person. It was shoddy workmanship, including such things as tearout in the cutting of the f holes. The owner took said violin to a dealer who attributed it to china. I would say that the entire listing is pure creative writing. Tom

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Tom, "eboy" lives (and works) in the Philadelphia area. His first name is Andrew but is not associated with any violin maker, or shop...just helping some friends dispose of a massive estate.

John Gammuto lives (and works) near Philadelphia. > http://jgammuto.com/

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