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  1. OK, I went back to see the seller's completed listings, and found the violin had been sold once before.
  2. On a side note, there's always this one...
  3. It looks like the back center seam was open, and glued back together, which would explain the cleats. I've also seen squarish blocks in German work...?
  4. You could post a picture of the top strait on, and the scroll from the side and front, which would be very helpful. I second Brad's observations.
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    Roth & Lederer

    I'll have to dig out my early catalog page, but it included N. Amati, Stradivari, Stainer, C. Bergonzi, Guarneri del Gesu, and several others. I don't remember there being any models of the makers in Brescia, though I could be mistaken.
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    Roth & Lederer

    From what I've seen, the concept from the beginning was to produce a lot of violins of good quality, which required a lot of qualified help. I've seen early R&L catalog pages with prices and numerous models to choose from. Ernst Heinrich had in all probability little to do with actual production, and most likely supervised and oversaw his workforce, along with design and marketing, much as he did later under the E. H. Roth name or brand. The quality of R&L violins improved over time, spurred by early successes and the learning curve, I can assume. It seems he wasn't a person who would settle for 2nd best. There is some misinformation out there concerning R&L There were no R&L violins made before 1902, for example. I've handled several R&L violins over the years, and the workmanship is very good for production type instruments. On a few occasions I've corresponded with Wilhelm Roth, and he's always been forthcoming and helpful with my questions. The firm has kept good records of all production from the beginning. Those who say otherwise haven't bothered to go to the source for their information.
  7. This type of wood is called curly maple. The ripples are also called flame, and is a characteristic of the wood. The grain actually grows curly. Though a generalization, the amount of figure or flame in the wood determines quality. That being said, there are beautifully flamed violins that are total crap, and plain maple violins that are worth several hundred thousand dollars. The original carved backs, ribs, and neck/scroll are a flat surface and not rippled. The ripple or wave of the surface happens as the wood ages.
  8. You could try clamping the button in a vise that has rubber jaws or padding, with the screw sticking out the top. Just don't put too much pressure on the button, just enough to hold it in while removing the screw. Use a pair of dikes, wire cutter, or similar, to grip the screw very close to the button and pry upward, using the top of the vise jaws as a fulcrum. The screws are usually sharpened on 4 sides to a point and pressed into a pre drilled hole in the button. It should come out fairly easily.
  9. ...bump up... I started this thread 2 months ago, but lost the link. Does anyone recognize the brand?
  10. Thank you Martin. That clarifies my consternation.
  11. I had my eyes on this one, didn't think it was a Collin Mezin, but apparently a lot of people did. It does look nice, but not that nice. Also on ebay is this one In my eyes there is no comparison what-so-ever, even so I can't say if it's a real C. Mezin or not. If you are too lazy to do some research, without even leaving the site, you deserve what you get. I guess this is another inexplicable, as the "Italian Label" violins that ebay is flooded with.
  12. It's made for the Rudolf Wurlitzer Co., probably German, and doesn't look like garbage to me. It's definitely not a high quality soloist violin, but for the majority of amateur players decent. The signature may be from the person who made it, or from someone who repaired it. Definitely not totaled or trash.
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  14. Musical Instruments & Gear > String > Orchestral > Violins> Pinatas
  15. E. H. Roth started doing their saddles like this at some point, but I don't know if they still do.
  16. The violin was made in the Schoenbach or Voigtland area of Germany in the late 1800's. If the violin was a gift to you, it might be worth repairing. It's probably worth very little in it's present condition, and unless you can find a repair person that charges very little and is also very good, probably not worth the cost of repairs. The best way for you to go is find a repair person in your area for an estimate. It is not possible to see all the problems or lack there of by seeing pictures. It may have been made closer to 1850 after a closer look.
  17. To me the violin looks like a good Heberlein. In regards to Herwig, I would be more inclined to believe the Musik Museum Markneukirchen than Corillon, a dealer of violins. Heberlein was a family business that included a few generations, and was dissolved around 1967.
  18. The brand inside is from the Heinrich Theodor Heberlein Jr. shop in Markneukirchen. I know nothing about Wilhelm Herwig.
  19. This has been on ebay for a long time, perhaps years, and if my memory is correct, the price has not changed in that time, or maybe it was listed at 30,000 in the beginning. It may be considered an artwork, but for that amount of money, you can buy a seriously fine violin.
  20. A natural flame on a book matched back would alternate either side of the center seam between dark and light. I suppose one could slip the halves up/down when gluing it together so the darker flame lines up at the center seam, but who does that? Now that I've seen the inside pictures, it was a normal back.
  21. Here's an example of what looks like painted on curl to me.
  22. The pins are generally spruce, and are real pins hammered into the end block. They're blackened at the surface or simply colored with the varnish. You can separate the top around the pin and pry the top up leaving the pin standing, or just cut through the pin when separating the top from the ribs. Either way works fine. There is in all likelihood a corresponding pin in the top block, which can give you a tough time when removing the top. From the question you are asking, I assume you've never removed a top from a violin. There are some threads on that process here in the pegbox. You should do some research before starting the job. It's very easy to do other collateral damage.
  23. I'm sure others have been asked some real off-the-wall questions in the process of selling violins. Please feel free to add yours. This one has been haunting me for years. If you put a new soundpost in the violin, why aren't the edges of the f-holes all chewed up?
  24. That's pretty hard to do when you are looking at a picture on the internet. I didn't think it was worth the mention, being so obvious.
  25. No, you can see the flame through the f-hole. Also I've never seen painted flame look this good.