Martin McClean

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  1. I used to write a few bits and pieces inside the top. I always finished by saying, "work carefully, I'm standing behind you".
  2. I don't see it to be honest. The varnish on yours looks different in terms of colour, texture and wear. The fs are radically different and there's not much similarity in terms of edgework or corners.
  3. I see some similarities in the scroll, though yours seems to have been subjected to some enthusiastic planing? However the varnish, fs and corners look to be from a completely different hand and school.
  4. The photo is a little deceptive here, there is virtually no varnish left- if anything the wood appears burnished.
  5. Good morning blank face. You have me opening my workshop on a Sunday morning- I suspect you're right about the label, and I apologise for my response. The label has been there since at least the 1970s, a little research reveals it to bear a resemblance one in the jalovec book- also dated 1803!
  6. It's a sad day when a mint condition (almost) perfect example of a historically significant violin doesn't raise an eyebrow. You can forget about seeing my Amati.
  7. Does this help? (Apologies for the photography)
  8. Thanks Martin. The scroll is definitely original to the instrument, that's not to say they weren't made in separate shops. The varnish is more chestnut /golden brown and not particularly chippy. My photography leaves a lot to be desired! I agree re the button and purfling. The interior is neat and tidy with carefully orientated grain in the block wood etc.
  9. Thanks gents. I thought it was distinctive and good enough to belong to a definite school or shop.
  10. Not the squared off corners though?
  12. Ebony! By jove- I think he's got it
  14. I know a true scientist who could explain the science without diminishing the miracle. I'm just humbled and impressed.
  15. I would like to agree with you, but the marketplace isn't a meritocracy. If it was it would look very different. Unfortunately many customers are looking for what they perceive to be a name, a nationality or an investment. There's certainly a degree of quality involved but often it's secondary. The customer defines the marketplace more than the luthier, retailer or huckster, but the customer doesn't always differentiate to the degree we would like or think reasonable. Pity.