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I know very little about arching, but looking at this violin (eBay offering) is the arching so high as to distort the violin?  It looks to me almost like it has folds in it!

 

Why go to this extreme (if this is extreme)?

http://www.ebay.ca/itm/Fine-antique-Professional-Level-high-Arched-4-4-Ready-to-Play-/321651733742?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4ae3eff4ee

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This is a Schoenbach violin circa 1920 which has nothing to do with Klotz but has somehow become associated with the Klotz family.

The wacky arching apparently has some historical precedent - I thought it was re-introduced to show off the capabilities of the Thau milling machine, but that's just speculation.

The professional opinions that the seller has obtained are risible.

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I know very little about arching, but looking at this violin (eBay offering) is the arching so high as to distort the violin?  It looks to me almost like it has folds in it!

 

Why go to this extreme (if this is extreme)?

http://www.ebay.ca/itm/Fine-antique-Professional-Level-high-Arched-4-4-Ready-to-Play-/321651733742?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4ae3eff4ee

Its being used as a snow shovel?

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I've seen a middle of the nineteenth century cello with an arching like that. The lutier who was selling it talked about a misinterpreted Klotz arching, coming from Mittenwald, that apparently was quite common at the time.

 

The problem with instruments with such an arching is that fitting a sound post can be easy, because the plates are relatively flat where the post stands, but adjusting tension by minute east and west movement is nearly impossible for exactly the same reason.

 

The cello had a nice sound, resonant, but didn't project very well.

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I wouldn't say that the arch is "too high", but i would say that the route that they took from the top to the bottom was inelegant!

 

I have a few of these fiddles, all labeled Klotz in some form or another. They sound terrible, fiddle players like them, and I have been tempted to turn them into clocks.

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