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  1. FiddleDoug


    " My budget is decent, say 3k * violin alone, (1k for case and bow also )to get started, I know I can spend alot less but if I can buy one instrument to grow with thats more ideal then upgrading. " I'd say spend $1500 on a violin, case, and bow. Spend the rest on lessons!!
  2. Working in a quite warm area, or warming the parts a little with a lamp, will also extend your working time.
  3. Why? When you make a violin, you carve it out first with gouges, and then finish it with finger planes, and measurements. The last two steps are the graduation part, and that's exactly what you do on these old roughly gouged tops. "it tends to ruin the instrument" You can't "ruin" an old "cottage industry" violin, with a 6mm thick top, by graduating it to more reasonable thicknesses!
  4. You don't know what graduating a top means? It's seriously frowned on for decent violins, but a lot of these violins are so poorly finished on the inside (deep gouge marks, and thicknesses varying all over the place) that graduating these no name cheap instruments is more like finishing the work that the original "cottage" makers didn't do.
  5. Moderately common on these old Mkn violins, usually the "Conservatory" model, that were "dressed up" for the catalog trade. Check pg 685.
  6. I'd love to see the reference on that! Can you please kindly provide it for us? It could be enlightening.
  7. Personally, I don't know anyone who plays with their thumb in that position. playing position&tbm=isch&tbs=rimg%3ACVJ6xzg5yWdpImCyI3aLtmOfEXbKVuuGUgFbHrKfGesiJN5dNqy8xlU1ZO4Cr9_17pPJEsMJFe709RAhuHyoYDgRCF3r4NEOv2-SAP7Y6V1R3g2RpwauDMQtNOYWgU14aCy9YYw07TPMqAfYqEgmyI3aLtmOfEREGVAXPZX5NrSoSCXbKVuuGUgFbEWsPYQKstOPQKhIJHrKfGesiJN4R4rsC_10CL_1rsqEgldNqy8xlU1ZBHD5uP8ng3HZSoSCe4Cr9_17pPJEEf0Mp55iCQXsKhIJsMJFe709RAgR5MjXB9-nBLwqEgluHyoYDgRCFxEE7LSYf4bm8yoSCXr4NEOv2-SAER4ugQFqr9S9KhIJP7Y6V1R3g2QR674K5O0v-yYqEglpwauDMQtNOREVEdGSSRqhxCoSCYWgU14aCy9YEYWBpNSXxaEZKhIJYw07TPMqAfYRo_17r91T1ov5hBOy0mH-G5vM&hl=en-US&ved=0CAIQrnZqFwoTCLDct-WlxegCFQAAAAAdAAAAABAN&biw=1334&bih=622
  8. You could always use a torch. That will take the paint right off!
  9. "Doug, trust me that’s antiquing" "It actually looks like damage rather than antiquing," Which is it?
  10. Real Stainer violins were very high arched. I think that everything else that you listed were just things to dress up things for the "Sears and Roebuck Catalog" market.
  11. A lot of the things that you listed are only incidental (not consistent!), and don't really provide identification. A while back Jacob Saunders posted a quite good checklist of real identification features. I can't seem to locate the link right now. Perhaps someone else has the link handy and can put it up here.
  12. I seriously doubt that that damage is from a deliberate attempt to "antique" the instrument. Looks more like damage from a case. Perhaps a bow holder. As far as fixing it goes- A VERY skilled restorer could do it. I'm not that skilled, and would take a hard pass.
  13. Based on what I hear from teachers, about their student not practicing, I'd say that 90% of the violins haven't been touched since school let out.. Seriously, they are saying about 4-5 days on wood. I'd guess that if you just wipe things down, a few days before you are planning on working on them, with a cleaning wipe (non-alcohol), and let them sit in a sheltered, but sunny area for a couple of days, it should be fine.
  14. It looks like a nice old fiddle, BUT, it's not a HOPF, and it really needs to go to a good luthier to get some things taken care of. You should certainly try calling the local violin store, to see if you could drop it off for the luthier to take a look at. He/she could then call you, and let you know what needs to be done, and give you an estimate. New strings for sure. It needs a real nut to replace the poorly fitted, improvised nut that's on there now. The bridge looks pretty wonky! No telling what the condition of the soundpost and pegs are, and if there are structural or measurement (like angles) issues.
  15. Put down vinyl flooring. Waterproof and easy to clean. I have it in my chicken coop.