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  1. Looks like probably Mittenwald, although the button looks a little funky.
  2. Unless you want Italian there are still plenty out there. Maybe the price of a car, but not a house. I'm always on the lookout too.
  3. Now I'm confused. You said you want an instrument between 355-6, no problem with that, some people are very particular about size. But you knew this maker produced larger instruments? Why did you bother?
  4. I'm thinking older than that, late 18th, early 19th.
  5. Most dealers gladly give you the measurements, even if its out of norm. Get as much info as you can when purchasing a violin.
  6. You don't see too many violins from the Tielke era or there about for sale. Tarisio lists one Tielke sold at auction in 1989 for almost 60K. Never even seen a Goldt, Tarisio lists a viola sold in 1995 for almost 50K. I can see if a collector thought that it was from that time and place, and wanted one, they would have to live with a back crack, and pay up.
  7. Little chance you'll find a sleeper on Tarisio. It still could be a great playing instrument, if made by someone in his shop
  8. The couple Winterlings I've seen were really good players, underrated maybe.
  9. Skinner still seems to be operating in brick and mortar mode, I think shipping is still through a third party as well. Maybe they'll try to compete harder in the online market. Used to go to the viewings, sometimes they were same time as Tarisio, those were the days.
  10. From what I can see it looks like a high quality Markneukirchen/Schonbach violin from late 19th early 20th century. No reason to doubt the stamp. I'll bet it has a scroll graft that was probably original to the instrument, maybe even the bushings. About the same quality as the early Juzek MAs although some style differences.
  11. I would go back and look at the fit. Working violins need to be more robust than this or players would go nuts. For most violinists, that first frost of the year when the heat kicks in will usually result in a peg popping loose, but that's about it. If it happened happened every time the instrument saw a 10-20 temp change, or a short term humidity change, it would be impossible to work with the things or take them anywhere.
  12. I'm also thinking it has to do with humidity and not temp.
  13. I've seen one way back at his shop 25+ YA, wouldn't be able to ID one though. I believe someone has taken over his shop and would probably be the best person to help. I believe he may also have sold "shop" instruments which probably would have been German. What does the label read? Pics?
  14. I use them on instruments that have a bit shorter string length to increase tension. Mostly I have the opposite problem, violas with string lengths above 38 cm that need lighter strings.