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I would be interested in your opinions about the shape of 18th century instruments nowadays:

How are the statistics to find an instrument without bass bar crack, soundpost crack and worm damage

What I see at auctions and dealers is that the percentage of an 18th century instrument with one of the above mentioned is very high.

What is your opinion regarding this topic?

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Violins or cellos ...? :lol:

 

Violins - worm damage is common, not always present. Depends on the geographical origins a bit.

Post cracks in the table are almost always present if invisible from outside - bassbar cracks less common though still common, but not really a concern if the violin has been re-barred since. And often impossible to spot without UV, and even then .....

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Another stat to ponder is the state of the varnish. I think most old instruments have the original ground. But the amount of varnish loss, touch-ups, and overcoats is more than we care to admit sometimes.

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