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Any info on an Italian maker called Mario Salustri ?

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Why are you searching for a cheap Italian fiddle? That's a recipe for disaster.

The violin you linked to is very crude. If it was made by someone who happened to be Italian, one can only hope his furniture was slightly more successful.

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5 hours ago, martin swan said:

Why are you searching for a cheap Italian fiddle? That's a recipe for disaster.

The violin you linked to is very crude. If it was made by someone who happened to be Italian, one can only hope his furniture was slightly more successful.

Some museum with a posh violin collection should buy it, and put it on display, so visitors can "freshen their palates" in between appreciating the Italian masterpieces.  :)

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That screenshot bio looks like utter nonsense, brewed up in bad English.

If someone really was a furniture maker for 35 years, this violin displays none of the quality one would expect. If they did make it, I can only assume that it was as a retirement hobby at a great age, in the final years of their life.

The materials, workmanship & varnish are not what would be used by someone experienced with violins. Clearly it's amateur work.

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I think these were all in Amati ...

It seems clear that the body of the OP violin was not made by the same person as the bodies of the violin at Amati, though the scrolls look similar. So if Salustri was a maker of some sort, he appears to have been someone of limited competence who bought in boxes.

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From the odd description on the link the Op shared it seems this person was just experimenting with things to change how things sound. Just seems like one person's personal violin experiments. 

 

 

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Born in 1932 and died in 2013.

His name appears in      Liutai in Italia Dall'Ottocento ai giorni nostri   - Gualtiero Nicolini   if anyone has that. (Confirmed from a google books page search)

Also apparently was friends with Frances Bissolotti.

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They look quite obviously like low grade Chinese violins that he orders and finishes, quite poorly, in the white. It's about as Italian as a Juzek is Prague :lol:

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They looks nothing like Chinese violins nor they are bought and only finished boxes. If they were, they would look better. I have 6 of them as Shelbow pointed out, and they (and all others from this thread) were obviously made by same person who wasn't properly trained as luthier.

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15 minutes ago, mendicus said:

They looks nothing like Chinese violins nor they are bought and only finished boxes. If they were, they would look better. I have 6 of them as Shelbow pointed out, and they (and all others from this thread) were obviously made by same person who wasn't properly trained as luthier.

Have you gotten to play any of yours yet?

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On 5/19/2020 at 4:24 PM, Violadamore said:

EDIT--  (2258Z) Now that the dust has settled over at eBay, here's the Amati info on the OP violin, https://app.amati.com/en/auction/1059-amati-specialist-october/137-a-violin-by-mario-salustri-albano-late-20th-century  :)

"When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro."  --HST

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Well there you go people, go buy yourself a cheap Italian violin from Mendicus. The middle one of the bottom row looks fairly decent to me.

Also check out the nice Baroque Violins he has for sale.

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19 minutes ago, JRyn said:

Just because a violin is broke doesn't mean that it's baroque. :blink:

The broken ones are my favorite :-)

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7 hours ago, Violadamore said:

Have you gotten to play any of yours yet?

I haven't set up them yet since I don't have time for more interesting thing to do, so I only tried one with bad bridge and very bad old steel strings.

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