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Josep J. Ruiz

Old violin ID

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Hi everyone!

Ordering my storage room I found this violin purchased cheap about 10-12 years ago. As you can see its state is shaby, a pity. There are many cracks (restored and not) and seems re-varnished for decoration...Probably the scroll and neck is from another instrument, I don't know. Most probably a restoration don't worth. 

However I think in the past was a good violin due its manufacture (the back seems particularly handsome). Would be great know your opinion about its age and origin. A french or german Strad copy from mid to late XIX century perhaps?

Thanks a lot in advance!

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It would seem to either be the work of an autodidact, or a „Dutzendarbeit“ that someone has rendered unidentifiable by scraping/sanding all the varnish off, as well as any sharp edges. I would put it back in the store room

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Thanks for all your answers!

4 hours ago, jacobsaunders said:

It would seem to either be the work of an autodidact, or a „Dutzendarbeit“ that someone has rendered unidentifiable by scraping/sanding all the varnish off, as well as any sharp edges. I would put it back in the store room

 

Yes, seems someone non-expert totally ruined the violin....a pity. I paid about 40 euros for it thinking about a possible restoration but when I had in my hands I saw unfortunately its state is the worst (honestly I trusted to much the poor photos of the Ebay seller...). 

However as I said I think time ago the violin was decent and has an accurate restoration in the inner back. Because this reason and after a decade ignoring the instrument I want to know about its origin and age if is possible to determine. 

1 hour ago, glebert said:

Think it will improve in another 10-12 years, or is "store room" the new dustbin? ;)

I don't know yet which is the best way for this unlucky violin but I suspect this are not like the wine, which improves with age :P 

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