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Albert Krell viola
Albert Krell viola
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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:

ALBERT KRELL
Maker
CINCINNATI, OHIO
1860 <indistinguishable> 97

The finish shows a lot of wear and there is a hairline crack, barely visible under the chin rest.

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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.

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February 26, 2014 - 9:35 pm
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Sound-post cracks are pretty serious because no matter how good you are at fixing them (which usually requires removing the top and even using tabs) they can come back. There is a lot of pressure at the point of contact for the sound-post.

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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.

Here is another image that shows it better.Saddle-Crack-My-Krell.jpgImage EnlargerSaddle-Crack-My-Krell-2.jpgImage Enlarger

 

And here are some sample saddle cracks taken from the internet:

 

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This viola is no longer for sale.

I had scavenged this viola and somebody saw it posted here and claimed that it was their viola.

Apparently, my local police were notified and they secured my name and address from the forum administrator of this forum.  They came by and picked it up.

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