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Interesting viola on ebay

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Was just browsing on ebay and came across this interesting and somewhat strange German guitar shaped viola:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/OLD-RARE-GERMAN-VIOLA-Ch-KROGH-1929-VIDEO-BRATSCHE-VIOLIN-301/323814443303?hash=item4b64d84927:g:GXIAAOxy69JS~lnF

 I wonder if anyone else noticed this.  Not a recommendation to buy (a violin by this person sold at auction for $354 in 2000), but those f-holes are rather unique and purfled around the edges, also the initials of the maker purfled  in the back under the button.

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I would say Saxon/Schonbach. They sometimes produced whimsical and/or pseudo-historical models. This seller seems to specialize in such things and also has a lot of the "Gusetto" fiddles. They can be cool but usually can be had at much lower prices.

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The Tarisio examples are 19th century instruments from the Chanot tradition and of a much better workmanship, so in no way comparable to that odd Ebay artefact.

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9 hours ago, Blank face said:

The Tarisio examples are 19th century instruments from the Chanot tradition and of a much better workmanship, so in no way comparable to that odd Ebay artefact.

I vaguely remember reading about them in Edward Heron-Allen (or somewhere), the concept seems sensible., at least the Chanot model.  I wonder if anyone has played one here and if they sound exactly like a traditional viola model.  Seems like a good idea for violas . . .

 

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21 hours ago, Larry Furse said:

It caught my eye because there are two similar instruments at the T2 auction, one a viola and one a violin,

https://t2-auctions.com/auctions/lot/?csid=2199076864&cpid=3508256768&filter_key=

https://t2-auctions.com/auctions/lot/?csid=2199076864&cpid=3508191232&filter_key=

and they are getting quite a few bids.

Unfortunately the viola has a post crack, which I suspect will be an interesting repair for someone

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On 6/12/2019 at 8:49 PM, deans said:

I would say Saxon/Schonbach. They sometimes produced whimsical and/or pseudo-historical models. This seller seems to specialize in such things and also has a lot of the "Gusetto" fiddles. They can be cool but usually can be had at much lower prices.

You are right, I took a look at  this person's other items and there is quite a selection there.  

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51 minutes ago, Televet said:

Unfortunately the viola has a post crack, which I suspect will be an interesting repair for someone

You have good eyes.  I still couldn't see it in the full sized picture.  Of course I'm not looking to buy.  

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18 hours ago, Larry Furse said:

 

I vaguely remember reading about them in Edward Heron-Allen (or somewhere), the concept seems sensible., at least the Chanot model.  I wonder if anyone has played one here and if they sound exactly like a traditional viola model.  Seems like a good idea for violas . . .

 

We discussed this models at several occasions, for example here https://maestronet.com/forum/index.php?/topic/339335-a-200-year-old-cornerless-cello-signed-by-chanot/&tab=comments#comment-782195

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