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  1. and it looks like it has a replaced front..
  2. That assumes that the channel is perfectly in the middle..
  3. I am not disagreeing with you, Martin
  4. I have never seen a Saxon trying to pretend it's something remotely from the Degani shop which, to me, this is what this violin is obviously trying to be. Craftsmanship is poor compared to what I know about this workshop, although I have seen some by Giulio which are not always as clean as others. Is there also a semi circular hole in the neck nut and under the fingerboard? The strip down the centre joint would be one thing somebody would do when faking a Degani, although looking at the terrible back joint, its purpose here seems to have been somewhat lost. The shape of the tall back button, and heavy fluting on ff's , purfling too doesn't look far off, etc... But edgework and corner-work is camparatively poor. I would say that Degani are actually some of the easiest fiddles to fake, as they have so many individual quirks. This one looks like it has some age to it, so I would not dismiss it outright. I would show it to an expert in person to rule out this possibility.
  5. Much of it looks more inspired by Degani to me, apart from the scroll. Is there a strip down the centre joint of the back on the inside? and what shape is the lower end of the fingerboard? Just curious
  6. On balance, one of the rare violins we see here which may well turn out to be mid-18th century Italian. Worth investigating further in my opinion.
  7. I am wondering whether the front is adapted from a different fiddle? There seems to be an awful lot of new edging and the thing is half-edged, which is of course not evidence of an adapted front, but also see asymmetry on C bouts (on the front), which maybe you shouldn't get from something made on an outside mould. Or maybe it's to do with the poor work of re-edging. I have seen others with similar excessively recessed rib mitres for the size of the corner. I can't imagine a front corner/purfling mitre would survive long in these unsupportable situation. I still think the scroll looks Mittenwald, despite the fluting which may not reach quite the end as it should.
  8. The scroll looks like Mittenwald mid-19th century, and I suspect doesn't belong to the rest. Body interesting, but the fake marks on the C bout ribs are really not good, and I the soundholes don't quite work for me.
  9. Andreas Trees at higher altitude have much more reliable response, but some trees growing lower down, relate well to those from the same area at higher altitude. Dating ring-series of less than 50 rings is in my opinion extremely risky. I don't do i, and only occasionally on ring counts of around 60 when results are overwhelming. The higher the number of rings, the more information is available and also further analytical processes become available.
  10. Agree, it looks like pressed Mirecourt fiddle early-ish 20th century
  11. Ratcliffiddles

    Bow ID

    Unless Jacob sneaked into my workshop last night without me noticing, it's a different bow... but yes, exactly the same engraving, and there are plenty others!
  12. Ratcliffiddles

    Bow ID

    I have seen this engraving on several bows, likely Markneukirchen 1920s or later. In fact I have one with the very same engraving, but mine has the button the right way round
  13. Agree with Jacob, Mitenwald violin, but from the mid-to-late 19th century
  14. Bill, You would have to supply me with 2 such trees, and I would be able to tell you. Relative altitude of both trees would play a big part in the level of relationship. The more elevated and commensurate the tree-growth, the higher the relationship is likely to be, and the lesser the influence of factors other than temperature would come into force. If your trees are at low altitude or plain, most immediate environmental, climatic and pedological factors are likely to influence tree growth and I suspect the ring-to-ring width variations would have little in common in those 2 trees. I think it would be very difficult to date the wood of such trees against reliable regional references, which tend to be sampled at higher altitude, where the signal is much more uniform and dependable.