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Martin Kas
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Reiter in Mittenwald was a “Verleger” and supplied Mittenwald violins by people other than himself in a wide variety of price ranges. You can also read about him as he was visited by an American, Joseph Wechs1179047503_ReiterMittenwld.jpg.db7c087a8b81ec215f929c5afdf50866.jpgberg, here https://maestronet.com/forum/index.php?/topic/341608-1940s-roth-violin-history-and-grade/&do=findComment&comment=827958

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48 minutes ago, Martin Kas said:
for sale in this condition for 3000E?

How much can something cost” is a question that one can only answer with “it depends”. If I were to buy it as it is, in order to transform it to a retail saleable condition, I would have to clean it, retouch the scratches, make a bridge and post, fit new pegs, and a new set of strings, tailpiece, chin rest, check if it needs glueing anywhere, or have any cracks etc. Also it would typically have a stained pear-wood fingerboard, glued on so that the neck stop is a couple of mm short for modern norms, ergo it would be best to make a new ebony fingerboard. Then I would have to find a customer who were willing to buy it, which can also be a lot of work. Having done all of that work, I might hope to market it at around €2,000 incl. VAT. All that considered, my upper limit for buying it in the current rundown condition would be a maximum of about €300

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51 minutes ago, jacobsaunders said:

How much can something cost” is a question that one can only answer with “it depends”. If I were to buy it as it is, in order to transform it to a retail saleable condition, I would have to clean it, retouch the scratches, make a bridge and post, fit new pegs, and a new set of strings, tailpiece, chin rest, check if it needs glueing anywhere, or have any cracks etc. Also it would typically have a stained pear-wood fingerboard, glued on so that the neck stop is a couple of mm short for modern norms, ergo it would be best to make a new ebony fingerboard. Then I would have to find a customer who were willing to buy it, which can also be a lot of work. Having done all of that work, I might hope to market it at around €2,000 incl. VAT. All that considered, my upper limit for buying it in the current rundown condition would be a maximum of about €300

Can't agree more with this. One could add often a neck reset is needed, not to mention overworking old (failed) repairs so that it's more often necessary to open a 100 years old violin than not.

The price for "retail" is IMO, in the most venues, actually significantly more than 1,5 K Dollar (what would be a bit more than 1 K Euro, definitely too low), while I would definitely like the idea to get 12 K, but guess that's an illusion. The good thing is that we have some online pricing to compare, and can tell our customers "It's much cheaper than there".^_^

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