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I'm looking at an old pawnshop violin labelled "H. Clotelle" that is in terrible condition. From my limited understanding, it is likely French and from the first quarter of the 19th Century. Is it safe to assume that it is most likely a factory fiddle not worth spending money on repair (it needs a bridge and tailpiece, and the belly and back surfaces are seriously marred, pegs might well need attention), or am I wrong about violins so labelled? It is cheap, cheap, cheap, but I've no way of knowing what it sounds like until some basic work is done. Does the label "H. Clotelle"  tell me all I need to know to run quickly in the opposite direction? I'm not looking for concert-hall quality, but I don't want a VSO either.  Thanks for any advice.

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