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Alessandro Gagliano on Ebay


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£3096

If the sound is exceptional and the stop lengths are OK (both of which I doubt) then it's a fair retail price ...

But it's much more likely to have been sold to someone who thinks it's Italian - let's hope they get it checked out before the return period expires! Looks like the previous buyer got it checked out before paying for it .....

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Quick question about this violin - what are the small ebony "dots" one on either side of the peg box?

Not seen them before.

It is not unusual for south german violins to habe a (normaly) ivory, or ebony dowel through the pegbox, between the A and D pegs, for the A string to rest on, which stops the A string fowling on the E peg, driving you mad when you are trying to tune it, particularly with blank gut strings.

PS. As often as not, removed by some busy-body violin improver, leaving two spots, one either side.

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It is not unusual for south german violins to habe a (normaly) ivory, or ebony dowel through the pegbox, between the A and D pegs, for the A string to rest on, which stops the A string fowling on the E peg, driving you mad when you are trying to tune it, particularly with blank gut strings.

PS. As often as not, removed by some busy-body violin improver, leaving two spots, one either side.

Thank you for replying. It is interesting that this technique is pretty localised when it sounds quite helpful especially with gut strings.

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I've come across it in older Scottish and English violins too ...

Sometimes it's used as a quick fix when the pegholes have been inaccurately re-bushed, also as a way of avoiding bushings if the pegs have become very thick, particularly the E peg.

On viola da gambas or hardanger violins with more than 4 pegs it's used as a way of allowing the sympathetic strings to clear the principal strings - it can be either a horizontal pin as Jacob describes or a second nut placed in the pegbox

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