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I have an Albert Krell viola. I have been playing it for a while tuned (and strung, I suspect) as a violin, but I want to get a violin, so I have to sell this. What is the best way to sell something like this? Is eBay OK? Are there better auction venues for violins? Any ideas what it might be worth?
Some details on this viola from the label:
1860 <indistinguishable> 97
The finish shows a lot of wear and there is a hairline crack, barely visible under the chin rest.
I had hoped to send this to Tarisio for auction and they had accepted it based on images I had sent them. But I also sent images to Ifshin Violins here in Northern California and they told me that the crack I saw in the instrument was a sound post crack and they could not accept it for consignment.
I relayed this information to Tarisio and they came to the same conclusion. This is odd because I did tell them there was a crack on the top. I had no idea what a sound post crack was.
You can see the crack on the right hand side of the tail piece if you look closely at the second to the last image, 000_0194-2.jpg
So, it's off to eBay to a buyer who can do something with it, sound post crack and all. Hopefully, what I get will be enough to get me into a decent violin. We will see.
Now I have news that this is not a sound post crack at all. It is a saddle crack, extending from the ebony piece of wood that serves to protect the body from the cord securing the tail piece to the peg at the end of the body.
And here are some sample saddle cracks taken from the internet:
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