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I have the opportunity to purchase an LA Ragot violin for $4000. I'm interested in knowing about the maker, and the winnerships branded inside the violin (photos below). Where do those credential come from and how do they affect the credibility of the luthier/violin?

Here is the seller's description:

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Fine typical violin by Lucien Andre RAGOT, Ceret de Pyrenee´s 1953 in absolutely MINT CONDITION! incl. the maker´s certificate of authenticity; bridge still from maker, model after Guarneri del Gesu; inside several brands stating the winnership of sound contest in The Hague 1949 and numeration of violin: No. 201


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From J.Dilworth report:



RAGOT, Lucien André (I) Born 1906 Wassy, Worked Céret, Pyrénées-Orientales France. Pupil of L. Mougenot, Jacquet, Gand, and R. Jacquemin. Established independently in Céret, Pyrénées-Orientales. Awarded first prize as best craftsman in France 1930, silver medal at Brussels 1931, and diploma at The Hague 1949. Cremonese models, generally preferring Guarneri. Transparent red and red-brown varnish. Lutherie d’Art / Lucien, André Ragot / Père & Fils / Céret. P.O. 1948


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More photos here: https://imgur.com/a/VNImu

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IMHO, about as much as the medals and honors listed on a bottle of Scotch or on a cigar box.  Trade-show marketing hype.  Much classier than a MENC sticker, though. :)

If this violin is authentic, the maker won some awards from time to time, not with the violin offered, however.

https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Fine-violin-by-Lucien-Andre-RAGOT-Ceret-Pyrenee-s-1953-with-certificate-/162702239154?

 

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56 minutes ago, vathek said:

Hmmm, did you look at his other items for sale (violins). I'm a bit suspicious.

Suspicious?  No, I've just considered you mildly peculiar, much like the rest of us..........OH!  You meant the seller.  I suspect you'd do better saving your money for good, solidly identifiable, "usual rubbish".  :ph34r::lol:

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3 hours ago, Violadamore said:

IMHO, about as much as the medals and honors listed on a bottle of Scotch or on a cigar box.  Trade-show marketing hype.  Much classier than a MENC sticker, though. :)

If this violin is authentic, the maker won some awards from time to time, not with the violin offered, however.

 

And won them within a very small competitive venue.

Hey, how much significance should one place on a  fiddle which won the top tone award at the local chili cookoff, or the county fair demolition derby?

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I have a customer with a Ragot Cello, which I would characterise as a diligently made new(ish) instrument, nothing to write home about, but quite good. It also has a RAGOT stamp on the bottom rib above the spike. It is quite thinly graduated. It doesn’t have any Hague exibition or similar stamps though.

 

Boasting all medals & awards, all the way down to the Allensteig Agracultual Show etc. was rife in the late 19th. C./early 20th C. The Vienna World Exibition is quite a frequent one, even Gmünder in Amrica boasts of that. The Technische Museum in Vienna has a vast Collection of steam engines from that exibition, and there is a sign on the wall, that says that they awarded 20,000 medals, so I expect you could have got one for farting.

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@Violadamore I haven't pushed through with the purchase yet, still waiting for more validation but from what I've been seeing it looks like that will never happen. haha

@vathek yes I did see his other items, what makes you feel suspicious aside from those @Dr. Ludwig has mentioned? 

@jacobsaunders As a rough way of comparison, would you value the cello at 4k USD? 

I don't see violins as investment vehicles, but having an instrument with hi/story would be nice. I currently own a Czech violin that I got for around 1000 USD 5 years ago. It holds up but I think I'm reaching its limit. Unfortunately I'm in a country where violin shops are non-existent. Only place I can get one is through the net or when I travel.

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54 minutes ago, carl stross said:

True. But what about the topest makers ? Stardivarius, Guarnerius, Myself, Uncle Ducke etc ? ( Sospiri ?? ). List is endless.

You can enter an instrument you have made in a VSA Competition if you wish.

Dead makers, like Stradivari and Guarneri will need to submit their instruments to the "Fritz" trials, since the VSA does not currently have a category for that. ;)

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12 minutes ago, David Burgess said:

You can enter an instrument you have made in a VSA Competition if you wish.

Dead makers, like Stradivari and Guarneri will need to submit their instruments to the "Fritz" trials, since the VSA does not currently have a category for that. ;)

Must I make it now ? Myself ??? Can't I just sandpaper and paint a factory one ? That used to be good enough for some other competition... A European one. ;)

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Hi,

This is my first post, although I've been following this forum for quite some time.

A short introduction of myself, I'm 42yrs, I'm a violin player, and a enthusiast in tone relation to mechanical properties of a violin and bow. I here to learn about the violin world and share my experience.

I purchased a L.A. Ragot branded violin a few months ago. The dealer told he got it from a house contents auction in Paris.

I took it to a luthier to set it up and the luthier told it was German due to its dark red varnish. He is a French luthier and he said he never heard of Lucien André Ragot.

Did this luthier really existed or is this some kind of pseudonim? Does it make any sense?

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Regards,

Filipe

 

 

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