I own an antique violin, as some of you might have read in other threads. It has passed from fathers to sons in my family since mid 1800's. I am not a pro but a simple amateur so I have not payed too much attention to the instrument until I have started (again) with my adult lessons at the time my 3 years old doughter is starting with her first suzuki lessons. I have taken the violin to a local luthier to have new pegs fitted. Once examined the violin he has confirmed it is and old italian one, probably late 1600's/early 1700's, and that the label is most likely to be original. If that is true (he is now examining the violin more deeply) I am lucky to own a Giovani Battista Rogeri.
As the luthier has said. the violin is in fair shape, has a 5 cm crack repair in the top, and the varnish has some later light retouches and polish. The neck of course is not original as has been modernized, but the head has been kept. Once listened he said the violin has and excellent sound but quite low ("bella voz pero poco pulmon" - beautiful voice, but little lung). What he has told me then is what I would like to ask here.
He says that the neck angle is very low, he measured 17mm from the end of the fingerboard and says it should be 21mm (if I remember exactly), and that is the main reason for the low volume. Also he says the the sound post is not in the best place and that needs a new bridge.
He says once the violin repaired (new neck angle, new soundpost and new bridge) it's volume should increase a lot, and the value of the instrument would probably increase. He is charging me 1.200 USD for the job.
Here in Spain we don't have a tradition in violin making, we have the best guitar makers in the world, but no violin makers at the same level, althogh this guy is a graduated from the Antonio Stradivari School in Cremona.
What I am trying to ask is that if what he is saying could be true, or if there is a chance he is trying to charge 1.200 for something won't be noticeable.
Sorry for the long post, and sorry for my english, I wish have made myself understood.
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