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    Upper Nut hangs over pegbox

    Actually, I think I misunderstood the problem. I was thinking that the nut extended back, over the open space of the pegbox. But with your comment, Jackson, and looking again at the photos, I now see that the complaint is that the nut is too wide -- wider than the fingerboard. My questions about the string angle over the nut are not relevant here. Richard
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    Upper Nut hangs over pegbox

    Should there be any concerns about this nut overlap other than just not looking very tidy? In particular, could there be any consequences for sound due to the strings (especially G and E) crossing the nut at a sharper angle, or maybe due the strings being dampened by a thicker nut? Richard
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    Strad Identification

    At your leisure, Glenn, could you elaborate a bit more on the double case 3D14? Eg, where you found it? nationality? provenance? It' a beauty! Richard
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    Stradivarius violin
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    Just for the record, that eagle/flag "painting" is actually just a decal.
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    What is this?

    Nope, no tapered hole in the thick end, Conner. As for adding dimensions, Edi, can do, I'll get back to this this evening. I had been thinking the top was a little rough, reflecting a cutoff from a longer piece. But it does look more as if it had been tapped repeatedly with a small hammer. Thanks to all for helping to solve my little mystery. Richard
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    What is this?

    Might it be a combination of burring tool and end pin? I forgot to note that the sharp end is metal and would be excellent for reaming a hole. And looking at it on top end, I could easily believe it was originally a longer piece of ebony such as I've seen on old cello endpins. It arrived in an eBay purchase of miscellaneous violin and cello parts, being sold by a family member who had no clue what this piece is. Richard
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    What is this?

    Looks like a plumb line, except that it's made of ebony. About 4 inches long. It came with a box of miscellaneous violin and cello parts. Does anyone have an idea what it could be ??? Richard
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    French Cornerblockology

    So, these Mirecourt corner blocks are extended towards the center bout, not away from the center as in the Mittenwald approach, right? That's a very helpful clue to look for, Jacob. Am I correct in seeing in your example that, at the corners, the upper and lower bout ribs overlap the center bout ribs, too? And would that be a feature that also can be generalized to this Mirecourt approach? That's a great job piecing the top back together. I'm sure it will look perfect when you're done! Richard
  10. "Just about every time I see a photo of an American violin maker, they always seem to be wearing a checked shirt." You mean like this?
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    Hill Star

    Very nice shot, Glenn. A beautiful photo for your next book jacket? Richard
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    Case ID - as the case may be

    "......early machine made screws lead me to a date in the English Regency period 1810 - 1840." Not really a case question, Glenn, but what do you find distinctive about the screws? Have you pulled anything similar out of other datable cases? Richard
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    A well cured Saxon Hamm? Maybe so!

    FWIW, I had a nice Saxon violin years ago that Bill Monical had identified as "Hamm family." That's as close as he could get. It was labeled as a Jais. Very nice playing and nice looking instrument. As I recall, it had BOB construction, the integral neck had been replaced with a mortised neck block, and the head may have been a replacement. (I wasn't sufficiently knowledgeable back then to look for the presence or shape of corner blocks). Similar to the subject violin? Richard
  14. I don't know if this will help, but.... the shop catalogs compiled in Vol. 2 of Ehrhardt's Identification and Price Guide lists a couple violins by Carl Sandner in 1965, along with a picture of Carl and the violin labels. The catalog attributes the violins to "Mittenwald / Karwendel Mountains," but notes that he comes from Schonbach and is related to that line of makers. This Carl is probably the same guy listed in Jalovec as a 20th century maker named Karl Sandner. Good luck!
  15. By coincidence I was admiring some photos of a G. Fiorini violin this afternoon that seemed to have this feature on the bass side of the top (photo edited by me just to show the upper bout). I had thought it was an indication of a really good wood choice. I had always thought that the presence of distinct "bear claws" said something of the density of the wood. So that thinking is all wrong, right?