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Does “antic” have a meaning I am unaware?


Michael H
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It’s a SIR German cello, I caught it looking around, now can’t find the link (though I suppose this thread may have to be in the auction forum). Handwritten on the manufacturer’s label is handwritten “antic **.” As far as I know, SIR celli has four grades, so maybe the two stars represent level two? Though I would typically see a Roman numeral, and have never seen “antic” written. 

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IMHO, @Michael H, based on other German manufacturers' practices, "antic" probably refers to the type of varnish used.  While looking at the offering (yes, sugar, of course I found it :lol:) , I noted that the varnish has a "ripple" effect like on old woodwork, so that makes sense.  Since the cello is "local pickup only", go look at it, and get the pawn shop to let you play it.  Good luck!  :)

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13 hours ago, Violadamore said:

IMHO, @Michael H, based on other German manufacturers' practices, "antic" probably refers to the type of varnish used.  While looking at the offering (yes, sugar, of course I found it :lol:) , I noted that the varnish has a "ripple" effect like on old woodwork, so that makes sense.  Since the cello is "local pickup only", go look at it, and get the pawn shop to let you play it.  Good luck!  :)

Great, thanks! I’ve had a handful over the last decade and they’ve always been solid workshop celli. 

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