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  1. If you look in old (19th. C) Markneukirchen musical instrument catalogues, you will find they all supplied bows with adjusters (German Beinchen) like that. In 2015 there was a fascinating exhibition of old wholesaler catalogues in the museum in Markneukirchen. The catalogue of that exhibition is available here Search results : der Holfter GmbH im Online-Buchshop
  2. Is the slightly stripey looking left to right varnish on the back/belly original, or some mishap? Also is that a crack down from the treble f-hole, or just a slightly strange wood? I don’t think it would be helpful to comment on what it might be worth here
  3. One would have to ask Roger, to what extent he is certain about what he wrote 20 years ago. The second thing to contemplate, is that Roger’s excellent articles have massive Italian blinkers on. He has no idea (or interest) in what they might have used in the Salzkammergut, South Bohemia, Silesia, Sweden or wherever else. The consequence of this, is that from an identification point of view, one can know that a “Testore” with painted faux purfling isn’t one, but NOT the reverse, ie. that one with scratched on purfling must be a “Testore”.
  4. If you ask me a third time, I will just ignore you
  5. If you ask me, there isn't an "Italian" or a "German" or a "Swedish" etc. method
  6. You are quite right, there are (simplified) two basic sorts of faux purfling, painted or scratched. If you are offered a “Testore” with painted purfling, you know it isn’t one, ‘cos they should be scratched. From there on, it gets more complicated. Early Salzkammergut ones for instance were scratched, later ones painted etc,
  7. The Viennese maker Ambrosius Joseph Bogner passed away on the 5th of June, 1813 Bogner, Ambrosius (musiklexikon.ac.at) of “Lungeneiterung” (presumably Tuberculosis), so that he will hardly have made your violin in 1824. Bogner’s instruments are extremely rare, although the Kunsthistorishe Museum in Vienna have a guitar. Considerably more common than his instruments, are Vogtländish/Böhmische cottage industry instruments from the later part of the 19th C with apocryphal “Bogner” labels, which one may be fairly sure that you have
  8. Here is one from the Kunsthistorishe Museum of Vienna, that Zach himself presented to Kaiser Franz Joseph. Seems Herr Kuchar was taking the piss
  9. Herr Kuchar in Hollenburg, a wine grower, has one just like that. He claims that it is Kaiser Franz-Joseph, although I don’t know how he came to that conclusion
  10. Dear Jeffrey, I found the Withers patent sound post that I fished out of that Banks cello. I hope you like it, after all, I’ve spent 3 years looking for it
  11. Columbus didn’t discover America, he got lost on his way to India
  12. Go to you're store room and fetch a new lump of wood