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A second piece from this garage sale type deal, a pretty handsome little instrument whose label is long gone (pictured is the glue stripe, in case that gives any clues). Has seen better days, a crack in the peg box (bass side) seems to be glued and pinned, and seems stable although not the most professional repair. Just wondering probable country of origin, general design characteristics, probable arbitrary name of long dead luthier on label, age, etc. Just a basic attic ID, if you will. Anything pointing towards set up advice if at all possible (likely darker or brighter tonally, yadda ya) would be great. Many thanks!

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I can’t comment,  Except to say that I probably would’ve bought it myself. I know nothing, but it looks interesting to me. The peg box Needs a cheek graft which is troublesome, but I didn’t see anything else. Does it have a bow?

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Corners and scroll look like early 20th-c. Vogtland "Dutzenarbeit" to me, applying the teaching of our guru, Jacob Saunders.  What is often called "the usual," made by teams of folks working incredibly fast in a cottage industry setting.  If the pegbox is stable, set it up!  Sometimes these sound great, sometimes not.

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6 hours ago, palousian said:

Corners and scroll look like early 20th-c. Vogtland "Dutzenarbeit" to me, applying the teaching of our guru, Jacob Saunders.  What is often called "the usual," made by teams of folks working incredibly fast in a cottage industry setting.  If the pegbox is stable, set it up!  Sometimes these sound great, sometimes not.

Agree although best to glue the pegbox crack and put in a spiral bushing first to at least give it a fighting chance.

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Just gave it a preliminary set up, did the nut bridge and tuners, just a once over. The fingerboard is wild, it’s a darker wood surrounding an eye-shaped stick of lighter wood running the length of the neck. The darker wood runs the length of the tongue, but its weird. Almost like a truss rod of wood. Two piece fingerboard? Anyone?

no telling what she’ll sound like til she settles in but I do detect some underlying sweetness.

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