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I think ClefLover is correct. It could be Mirecourt, but there are too many newly-constructed with those type of corners to directly associate it with a particular region (Romania, China). The rib corners do not have a bevel I might expect to see either. The pinched ends are a bit of a confusing matter for me when it comes to French celli. Sometimes I think there should be the flattened ends on a particular instrument, and I am later corrected. The low bridge setting seen with the wear might suggest that the intended string length was too short, something I do not think this proposed maker would miss. On top of this, I believe it has an apocryphal label and signature is sloppy. I would be curious to see if any one thinks this could be a Mirecourt cello, not by this maker, but I do not think it is.

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8 hours ago, Michael H said:

 I would be curious to see if any one thinks this could be a Mirecourt cello, not by this maker, but I do not think it is.

Absolutely not - and the signature is laughable.

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If its not Mirecourt what is it ?

Romanian or Chinese ?

If it is new and antiqued it would have fooled me that it has some age to it.

And how does this seller get so many satisfied customers ?

He \ she has a 100% satisfaction as both a buyer and seller on ebay.

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16 minutes ago, Delabo said:

If its not Mirecourt what is it ?

Romanian or Chinese ?

If it is new and antiqued it would have fooled me that it has some age to it.

And how does this seller get so many satisfied customers ?

He \ she has a 100% satisfaction as both a buyer and seller on ebay.

He has about 6 accounts, probably leaves feedback for himself :lol:

 Some buyers are far enough away from any expertise that they take things on trust - for instance it would have fooled you. Others leave positive feedback when they have returned the instrument and got their money back.

To me this looks like a Reghin cello that's been knocking around for a while and then been distressed and had a bit of soot rubbed into it. It has absolutely no Mirecourt features.

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Could be fake accounts, but I think it is being underestimated what lengths some Ebay experts are willing to go.

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