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VN73: Violin
Maker: George Wulme-Hudson
Date: circa. 1925
Origin: London, England
Length of Back: 355mm, 14"
String Length: 326mm
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VC75: Cello
Maker: Georges Mougenot
Date: late 19th century
Origin: Brussels
Length of Back: 757mm
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VNB74: Violin Bow
Maker: Albert Fischer
Origin: Germany
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VA70: Viola
Maker: Michael Scoggins
Date: 1988
Origin: Salt Lake City Utah
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how to photograph your instrument or bow

Simply stated, the greater the detail that is represented in the photography of your instrument or bow, the easier it will be for potential buyers to assess it. If possible, we suggest having your instrument professionally photographed. We can offer this service locally for a small fee. Whether you hire a professional or you choose to photograph the instrument yourself, please provide these basic requirements:

cello, violin or viola

Photograph the entire instrument front (pic 1), instrument back (pic 1a), the scroll front (pic 1b), the scroll back (pic 1c), and the scroll side (pic 1d).  Please provide multiple photos of each so we may chose which best represents your instrument.

How to Photography your Cello, Violin or Viola


Photograph the frog front (pic 2), the frog side (pic 2a), the tip side (pic 2b) and the tip fittings (pic 2c). Please provide multiple photos of each so we may chose which best represents your bow. If it is visible, make sure to include the maker's mark or signature in the photograph

How to Photograph your Bow

tips for best "do-it-yourself" photo results

Your instrument will look best when photographed against a white background, such as a bedsheet or white seamless paper, and when using a digital SLR camera. We suggest attaching your camera to a tripod and to program the “automatic” camera setting with the flash turned off.

Place a “construction type” work lamp at a 45 degree angle in front of the instrument, several feet away. Hang a small white sheet or white vellum material 24 inches in front of the work lamp to defuse the light. For best results aim another work lamp at the only white background. With both of the work lamps powered on, the camera will adjust and compensate for the work lights when you push the shutter button. See diagram below:

How to Set-Up to Photograph your String Instrument or Bow

image size requirements

Save your images as large as possible in a JPEG format.

  • Ideal size is 24” wide at 300 DPI RGB JPEG.
  • A minimum size of 14” wide at 72 DPI RGB JPEG is required. Please do not “size-up” from a smaller size, as that will not be suitable.


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