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Hi there, recently bought this cello and looking for more info about origin and date. The luthier that I bought it from believed it to be Mirecourt, roughly 1880, but I am not sure, may be German. Varnish is a bit more dark red than these photos show. Strad label and 1897 repair marking. 

Thanks for your insights.

 

 

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Welcome to MN!

A typical Markneukirchen/Schönbach cello.  Label is typical pre-1891 (later would have "Germany" or "Made in Germany"), unusually distinguished (if that is the word) by having a notional making date 2 years after Strad had died.  :lol:

I already know from your Facebook post that it has a "Very powerful sound".  :)

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On 7/31/2020 at 4:27 AM, Violadamore said:

Welcome to MN!

A typical Markneukirchen/Schönbach cello.  Label is typical pre-1891 (later would have "Germany" or "Made in Germany"), unusually distinguished (if that is the word) by having a notional making date 2 years after Strad had died.  :lol:

I already know from your Facebook post that it has a "Very powerful sound".  :)

Thank you, @Violadamore!  Was hoping for French, the luthier I bought it from believed it to be so but I knew to come here to get the real low-down :).  I have not come across a German instrument from that time with such red varnish! Any idea of the value? I would imagine they are somewhat more desirable than the post-1900 Markies(?), and this one has been regrad. Very resonant.

Yes I noticed something was wrong with the label when I tried to research what instrument Stradivari built in 1739.. :wacko::lol:

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3 hours ago, jacobsaunders said:

Next to nothing, due to past damage and bodged repair work

Yikes. Thanks for the insight, Jacob. While I have your attention, what are your thoughts on this cello?  Labeled Laberte, but I am so weary of Chinese copies. Sorry the pictures are not much to go off. Does it look right from what you can see?

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