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Mid 19th Century Italian Cello?

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Another smaller auction house selling what's advertised as mid-19th century Italian cello. They said there are no cracks on the sound post, top, or back, but the neck was broken and the cracks below the block were repaired. Also mentioned the oil based varnish congealed and stuck the case and that's why the back is in the condition it is. Any thoughts?

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14 minutes ago, jacobsaunders said:

Why is every Bohemian box "Italian" over there?


Because the truth hurts?

That bridge looks like it has several layers of old fag packet shoved under the feet :rolleyes:  I guess it was from another instrument, but someone though the bridge stamp would impress the clueless.

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1 hour ago, Dave Slight said:


Because the truth hurts?

That bridge looks like it has several layers of old fag packet shoved under the feet :rolleyes:  I guess it was from another instrument, but someone though the bridge stamp would impress the clueless.

Woah... I've never seen anything like that done for the bridge. Nuts! :wacko: Lol...

So, this cello is being auction at Fountaine's Auction House and well obviously instruments is not their specialty. :lol: 

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 My wife has reminded me that it is a bad idea to buy an instrument with the intent to “fix it up,” because the cost of fixing it up is unknown. long ago I bought a simple little Strad copy Violin that appeared to be in perfect condition. It didn’t have any cracks, but it needed a new fingerboard in addition to the complete set up so instead of costing $100 it cost me about $350 and it’s only worth about $800. Unless it sounds splendid(and maybe even then) Unless it’s for your own use, I recommend that you pass. lots of cellos in the world.

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9 hours ago, PhilipKT said:

 My wife has reminded me that it is a bad idea to buy an instrument with the intent to “fix it up,” because the cost of fixing it up is unknown. long ago I bought a simple little Strad copy Violin that appeared to be in perfect condition. It didn’t have any cracks, but it needed a new fingerboard in addition to the complete set up so instead of costing $100 it cost me about $350 and it’s only worth about $800. Unless it sounds splendid(and maybe even then) Unless it’s for your own use, I recommend that you pass. lots of cellos in the world.

I would certainly not know anybody who would do a new fingerboard and complete set-up for $250!

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45 minutes ago, Guido said:

I would certainly not know anybody who would do a new fingerboard and complete set-up for $250!

Well, fingerboard, bridge, soundpost, vision strings, a glued seam or two was $259.00. If that’s a good deal than yay. I’d actually expect a well-fitted good quality fingerboard To cost about that much all by itself, but that’s the price he charged me

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