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  1. I am wondering whether the head has been hacked and re-shaped during that wonderful head repair. Seems to have lost all Hill features in the process
  2. Doesn't look French nor Italian to me, more like something from Markneukirchen.
  3. With that style of corners and rib mitres, it looks ordinary Bohemian to me second half 19th century
  4. The one-piece back violin he plays on the op's picture is the "President" Stradivari, and it is not painted flames.. Also it is likely to be from c.1725 ( it can't be 1721..)
  5. I agree, scroll looks older, possibly Mittenwald, or English, violin looks fairly run of the mill Schoenbach/Markneukirchen 1880s
  6. I can't quite stretch to a fake of a copy of a fraud, but I suppose it would be best described as a copy of a fraudulent fake, or maybe a copy of a genuine front to replace a fraudulent fake. I am talking about a "mostly" genuine Stradivari with, until recently, a (fraudulent) table by the Voller brothers. This table has now been replaced by a new, more "convincing" one. Since as everybody involved knows about it, it is no longer fraudulent. If and when this information is lost in the future however, it may become so... Also it reminds me of the Guadagnini replica by Roger Hargreave
  7. I do actually have some same-tree-matches at opposite end of Italy, so far not with Strads, but Del Gesu, Sanctus Serafin, Nicola Gagliano, Tecchler and e few others, therefore very probably same tonewood dealer
  8. Sorry Bill, I was deviating and talking about the Lady Blunt as an reply to Ernee. As far as "refuse" when Stradivari's shop was "shut", unlikely story in my opinion. Why would he discard a billet, or a matched pair of wedges, when in the 1720s, there are a number of tops made with mismatched halves (different trees). I have just tested one from 1729 with this plate arrangement. This suggests, (amongst other facts), that billets/logs were unavailable, at least for a period, and Stradivari resorted to use whatever he could get hold of. If there was a match pair leftover from the late 1
  9. There are currently 11 Strads from the 1719/1722 period whose bellies are made from the same tree as the Lady Blunt, and also a c.1719 PG.Rogeri and a 1724 Guarneri del Gesù. Of course, all made by Vuillaume
  10. I think you lot may be right, the corner blocks extending high up into the C bouts is more like French work, and yes, probably a bit older than I originally thought
  11. Actually, I thought it was Mittenwald, I can't really see what's happening with C linings and blocks but for the rest, stylistically doesn't look French to me. It's also got that original saddle, that you won't see in French of the period, but will in Mittenwald.