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15 minutes ago, Strad O Various Jr. said:

It seems more than a few people have the mistaken idea that Markneukirchen and Klingenthal are in South Germany, when they're actually in East Germany, albeit the Southern part of East Germany. Is that right, Jacob?

Klingenthal is a town in Saxon (East Germany before the “re-unification”), on the border to Böhmen (today Czech republic), and not “South German”

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I did see there is an article online regarding a possible John Antes cello, but it is an American article and it is blocked in the UK because of GDPR.

I used a VPN on my phone to pretend I was in Canada and had a sneak peak.

https://www.mcall.com/news/local/bethlehem/mc-nws-moravian-john-antes-cello-20180203-story.html

There is a video in the article which shows the cello a bit, but it is not great.

 

 

 

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On 3/31/2021 at 5:12 PM, PhilipKT said:

It is firewood, regardless of the origin.

Im surprised Jacob hasn’t guided you towards his dustbin.

Don't understand why you think this is firewood. It looks to me like a well designed and well made instrument in rather original condition that needs repairs. Maybe it's in a less appreciated tradition.

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10 hours ago, Mark Caudle said:

Don't understand why you think this is firewood. It looks to me like a well designed and well made instrument in rather original condition that needs repairs. Maybe it's in a less appreciated tradition.

This is in terrible condition and needs a lot of restoration work. At the end of the restoration, it may sound good, but I don’t think it will recover the money you spend on it. And remember, you don’t buy an instrument based on how it sounds, But on provenance and condition.

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6 hours ago, Mark Caudle said:

I have no interest whatsoever in the value of instruments but only if I like them and see and hear qualities that I enjoy in them. I like this one and if it was mine would happily put in the time to repair it. 

 

Fair enough. That is an entirely valid approach, I wish I had the skill to repair them myself.

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12 minutes ago, Schwartzinc said:

Strad O Various Jr and what are your thoughts with this specific cello? worth the effort in your mind? or NOT?

The answer to this sort of question is always “it depends”. If one were to charge a musician “billable hours”, the repair would be more expensive than the realistic retail price of the cello. If one should be a violin maker who enjoys such projects, and who gets it for next to nothing, one could restore it to be a quite nice instrument. Selling it would then be another long term project.

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