Cello sound post patch rates

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5 hours ago, David Burgess said:

Many years ago, "me boss" purchased a Strad for under 100K. It turned out to be a nightmare of highly-worn parts, patches, and replacement parts. My boss was warned by Francais, who said, "this is not a Stradivari, only a shadow of a Stradivari". But he purchased it anyway, and then I was left holding the bag.


56 minutes ago, Jeffrey Holmes said:

...of wood chips!  :)

It was before my time in the shop, but I did see the fiddle after restoration at a (big) dealer's shop in Chicago.

How does it sound?  Still good enough for a pro to play?  :huh:

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15 hours ago, Michael Darnton said:

Would this have been an extra narrow long Strad? Narrow enough that the pins were gone?

With respect, I'd rather not specify, since I have more than once used this fiddle as an example of "over-the-top" restorations, which are not all that uncommon.

If the current owner is happy with that fiddle, and other current owners are happy with Stads with though-patches and many replacement parts, God bless 'em.


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