I've seen many descriptions of old violins with special attention to whether or not there are any cracks on the top or bottom of the instrument. In particular, cracks in line with the soundpost. Cracks descending from an f-hole. Cracks over the bass-bar. Cracks as differentiated from a separated seam (for example the seam on two adjoining pieces of a two-piece back).
Which ones are detrimental to value of instrument. Do they always result in deterioration of tone?
I have a violin bearing the label "Ansaldo Poggi" and it seems like a nice-sounding instrument to me. It has a poorly-repaired crack on the top, which may account for the bargin price. I'd love to compare it with a certified (uncracked) Poggi some day.
Thanks for any information on violin cracks.
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