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  1. Violin ID Assistance Please

    Thank you, Jacob! I apologize for the poor photos. Any suggestion of when the body of the violin might have been made?
  2. Violin ID Assistance Please

    Felefar.....Thanks for your response! I felt that might be what lay underneath the repair.
  3. Violin ID Assistance Please

    James....I do not have the expertise that so many on MN have. But, things I notice are: (1) the full arching both top/table & back, & the scoop at the edges, (2) the corners viewed from straight on at the C-bouts & (3) some elements of the interior work cause me to think that despite an obvious Saxon pegbox/scroll this isn't the typical violin that I've had coming into my shop over 30+ years. The interior work shows many different hands.....original linings possibly willow, but some replacement lining in some bouts of mahogany....upper corner blocks of fine grained spruce but lower corner blocks of coarse pine????....just doesn't feel like the typical "Markneukirchen/Schonbach" that typically shows up here. Age???? Late 18th century/early 19th????? Just hoping for some insight.
  4. Violin ID Assistance Please

    Thanks! Sure wish the later repairs hadn't obscured the inscription and the brand.
  5. Violin ID Assistance Please

    Rathcliffiddles, The scroll threw me as well. I wondered if it might be a "a replacement neck/scroll" from Markneukirchen, put in place in a repair.
  6. Violin ID Assistance Please

    Jeff, If you touch the link, then touch "unkown violin a" below the blue "folder" it should open for you,
  7. Violin ID Assistance Please

    I currently have a violin in the shop requiring some repairs and I am puzzled about it's origins. It's LOB is 360 mm, has high arching top and back, and multiple repairs to the top with a Brand stamp (partially obscured), and an inscription (also partially obscured.) The upper corner blocks are fine grained spruce but the lower are coarse grained -- pine???? Any thoughts and observations would be greatly appreciated regarding date, place of origin, suggestions about the brand stamp or inscription, etc. I am attaching a link to some photos. https://www.dropbox.com/sh/lbpg4tdksq1j9vc/AADkeX0YYtMKoyp0oFOU0oJta?dl=0
  8. I am in Jefferson City, mo which is 2 1/2 hours away in Central Mo. I do a good deal of work for people in your area. I would be glad to take care of your bow need. PM me if you still have the need. Jerry
  9. Small Viola by J. Gottlob Heberlein 1843

    To each of you who have responded -- a heartfelt "THANK YOU!" Your input is so very helpful in "training" me to "look" and observe. The top is back in place. I do have a challenge that perhaps someone can help me with -- Obviously at some point the viola sat in a case with red fabric lining because there are 3 areas where the ivory is stained red. Is there a way to remove the stain without damaging the ivory?
  10. Small Viola by J. Gottlob Heberlein 1843

    Deans...that's pretty amazing! Makes me wonder if J. Gottlob Heberlein might have had some training under Ficker??? To me, the interior work on this viola seems so precise -- knife/gouge cuts....also, the integrated bass bar is so masterfully executed working across grain to create an angle for the bass bar. Jerry
  11. Small Viola by J. Gottlob Heberlein 1843

    Good to hear about the sound quality. I look forward to cleaning it up, setting it up and discovering the sound! I am hopeful! Jerry
  12. I would like to hear your comments/thoughts regarding a 15 inch viola bearing the inscription identifying it as the work of J. Gottlob Heberlein. I will provide a link to a DropBox file with 18 photos. The edges are inlaid with ivory. The interior work is pristene and crisp. https://www.dropbox.com/sc/5wufdj9i0xmhdhu/e2fVIWfF3s#lh:15-2014-02-21%2020.42.34.jpg Not being a tech savy individual, I hope this works. Looking forward to seeing your responses. Jerry
  13. Is it really a Vuillaume "self-rehairing" bow?

    I could do larger photos....but it is usually not appreciated on MN. What is post IS in color. The stick is almost black in color. I will see if I can get a better photo on the stamp. It is very faded at the end of the stamp. But says "VUILLAUME A PARIS."
  14. A customer brought this bow in asking me to restore it. What do you think? Is it real? Jerry
  15. violin bow ID??

    Josh, thanks for your suggestions. It's a nicely balance bow....was in the case of a violin I purchased recently.