Opinions on this Brescian Viola off of Ebay!

Edited: June 19, 2019, 3:06 PM · Hello! I am currently searching for a viola that has a deep mellow tone and also a rather unique appearance. This Brescian model viola that I found on Ebay seems to fit my standards, however I am aware of how perilous shopping online for an instrument is. I want your opinions on this sound sample that I requested from the seller. The seller is also a beginner, so take into consideration that this viola unfortunately isn’t being played at it’s full potential :/. Please give me feedback on what you can make out from it! Thank you :)! Here’s the link: https://youtu.be/qDsAkZT3Yf0

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June 19, 2019, 3:16 PM · Whats the price?? seems OK, if its priced reasonably.
June 19, 2019, 3:33 PM · It doesn't show much haha
Edited: June 19, 2019, 3:52 PM · It is quite simple:
Ask yourself how much money could you afford to loose at the nearest casino.
Alternatively, how much could you donate to your charity of choice.
.....
Then, do not spend a penny more on this viola.
June 19, 2019, 4:14 PM · Doesn't look horrible, from what I can see of it.
Edited: June 19, 2019, 4:17 PM · I would not buy a string instrument from E-bay or Craig-list, or even an on-line auction. You need to take it home for a week and play it.
I also have never seen anything decent at a pawn shop or antique store.
You should be an expert dealer that can afford to gamble before going that route.
June 19, 2019, 9:02 PM · Dunno about the viola but when the seller fakes bad playing...
June 20, 2019, 2:42 AM · Most likely the photo of the viola is distorted, it looks so narrow. Same goes for the sound example.
If you want to save money eventually, just go to a good violin shop and try out a number of violas, rather than buy instruments you have never touched or played before buying.
June 20, 2019, 7:59 AM · I mean, from that sample, it sounds horrible, but the guy apparently can't play... It looks okay to me. Maybe ask if he can have someone who can actually play the instrument give it a shot, lol! Tone-wise, despite the player, I think it's fine.

Both instruments I've gotten from eBay have been good, and I wasn't able to hear them before buying. However, I think I was just lucky... The viola is really resonant and a bit bright with the dominant strings my luthier stuck on when he restored it, but it's more mellow with the Karneols I've got on it now. The violin I've got sounds decent from preliminary tests, but is currently getting work done so I can't tell for sure the actual tone.

Try to talk him down on the price! Or at least ship it for free. I talked my viola's seller down $200 plus free shipping! ;)

June 20, 2019, 8:28 AM · You say you want a viola with a "deep mellow tone". This isn't it.
June 20, 2019, 5:56 PM · The viola appears to be a roughly 100 yr old trade viola, quite possibly not Markneukirchen/Schoenbach. If the price is somewhat below $1000 it would probably be reasonable.
June 22, 2019, 11:11 AM · So, did you end up buying it??? We need updates! :D
Edited: June 22, 2019, 8:17 PM · I currently have a brescian style viola and love it. However, I would caution against buying off the internet based on a recording. Although my viola has a wonderful deep dark sound, I think many had passed on it because of its wider upper and lower bouts which can make it difficult to navigate in both lower and higher positions.

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