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  1. Well since the dark brown inside of the pegbox is my work to hide the bushings that particular clue won't help you. The original was the same dark brown varnish as the body, it is brown in person not black as in the photo. the original varnish would be a good clue - or what was left of it - brown color, chippy spirit varnish with faux shading for age over the yellow base color - seems pretty typical German trade. I was trying to talk myself into maybe French but that is a none starter for me. The scroll does look like something other, the more straight on view seemed out of focus so will
  2. Here are some other views in the for what it is worth category the only really major repair was to bush the very worn peg holes and fit new/old/recycled pegs, it does not seem to have true corner blocks, i suspect the fake wood pieces but did not get a chance to open the body, I would have liked to put a new fingerboard on but this one still shaped up "ok" Reese
  3. Hi It is still here so I will take and post some detail shots but there isn't much to see I think. the inlay is mostly wood veneers and either ivory or bone material for the figures plus some sort of thick color material. The dog's body was missing but I had a piece of elk antler that matched well, Fortunately the loose sections and cracks responded well to a wash of thin spirit varnish that sealed and stuck everything back in place. The most damaged areas were in the background trees and other areas plus some detail areas. These areas seemed to be a thick paste of some sort and getting
  4. Hello everyone and best holiday wishes to all I would welcome input on the origin and age of this violin I just completed for a family. It is destined to be a Christmas gift for a grandchild who already plays the violin. i am sure all have similar tales of a violin coming into the shop in sad condition but the family has a great deal of sentimental value in it and wants it fixed. This one seems to have been carried with the grandfather from Europe when he immigrated to the US. The family wanted it put back in proper condition to have the daughter play it at family events, etc. Took some
  5. nice silver mounted violin bow in for rehair but the stamp (under the frog) both in front and behind the mortice has me curious. Any one have any ideas of information? Reese
  6. i am imagining what the inside looks like, perhaps a new term is in order for the drips that must be hanging from the belly. Stalag-tightbonds Reese
  7. The family indicated that the violin was brought over from the old country - Yugoslavia, the bow could indeed have come from that catalog, I will ask for specifics if they come back which is probable, all i know from now is when I pointed out the Canada stamp the mother said "that makes sense we from Alberta originally". these types of situations do happen often as we all know and having the family violin back together is often more important than the cost, just that this one had so many unique features i just had to share the story. If it comes back I will post photos, especially of the
  8. I think we have all had the visits - someone with their grandfather's old violin comes in to see if it is worth fixing. is it really a Strad? etc etc. It is all ways a challenge to be kind, informative and polite and give them information they not always want to hear. Yesterday I had such a visit but it turned out interesting for a change and not because the violin was any good - it was the bottom of the barrel box with strings. The family history behind it was kind of fun. The story begins with the young grandfather breaking the treble side lower bout off of the table, the mother
  9. but the chinrest clamp is clearly marked "made in germany", just like all those french violins with the bridge stamp to prove it. Reese
  10. i never expect the pegs to come out of the shaver totally fit, from the point you have them I would use a fine file to remove the high areas (shinny spots) and use about 150/180 grit sand paper wrapped around the shaft to complete the smoothing, check fit, repeat until both surfaces make complete contact and have the same level of contact ie: one side not tighter or looser than the other. after a few hundred it is easy to feel the fit as well as judge the retaliative shininess of the contact surfaces, then put a thin layer of peg dope to smooth the fit. Reese
  11. It would seem a simple question of paying back the settlement the insurance company originally made - at that point they paid that money the viola is theirs - of course there is the question of 30 years value change in the viola which I guess was the real sticking point. Reese
  12. as to the existing paperwork, never heard of the first and would not accept a certification from the second but i would expect it only an insurance purpose document anyway. I include myself in saying there is no one here in Cleveland that could issue an authentication that would be generally accepted on face value, I would refer such a task to Jeffery without hesitation (and have done so often). I see many spurious "certificates" that knowing the knowledge level of the issuer makes my head hurt. Clint Eastwood's line from the movies : "a man's got to know his limitations" I l
  13. I think they were more of a retail shop while here in Cleveland, I see many bridges marked Otto Luderer and have seen instruments labeled as him as the maker He was their main lutherer but I have not seen any marker as made by the Schmidts themselves while in Cleveland. many of their imports but none labeled from the Schmidt Brothers shop. Reese
  14. look at the end cap on the tube, it should come off, then place the ring onto the plug end and reattach the tube I am thinking this from memory but that should work. Reese
  15. Seems there was this gent who had car trouble and took it to his local mechanic. The car was making an ugly sound but the mechanic wasn't fazed, he opened the hood and listened closely, took out his hammer and gave a part of the engine a tap. The sound went away and as he closed the hood said to the owner "That will be two Hundred bucks." The owner exclaimed loudly "Two hundred! For just a tap with a Hammer! I could have done that!!!! The mechanic replied "The two hundred isn't for the tap of the hammer - Its knowing where to tap that's so expensive." Reese
  16. I like GoJo handcleaner from the auto parts store, work great, cleans up easily and at $2.90 a tub pretty cheap too. Don't have to worry about mixing anything just a dab on a paper towel. On stubborn areas apply a layer and go get a cup of coffee while it soaks. Reese
  17. not totally surprised no - just wish they get their own soap box this one is being used already. note on the dog - she destroyed my wife's hearing aid this morning so not in the best of moods right now. Reese
  18. Hey guys the title is meant as an attention getter not a position statement, you are taking this far to seriously. just keep the weights in a separate room! Murphy's Law - anything that can go wrong will go wrong at the worst possible moment and cause the most amount of damage - like leaving an excited Lab puppy in a room with a crystal flower vase on the coffee table. reese
  19. We actually discussed that and wondered if the arch in the top of the case might have saved the violin - if i get the case from the insurance company maybe i will try dropping a weight on the top and see what happens as another posted noted we have Murphy's Law in play on this one Reese
  20. I have often looked at the high quality 5 ply birch plywood at the lumber yard with that purpose in mind - switch it to a flat back with some cross braces and presto and new bass back. Reese
  21. the bow escaped`with just the end plug popping out - needed a rehair anyway. as I understand it - was an individual, ie. for one arm, curl set so maybe 50lbs but I don't know for sure - it hit the case in just the right point to drive the soundpost through the table, the bridge survived nicely. Reese
  22. David, I will push to get the parts from the Insurance company, The student is actually a freshman at Oberlin and the family lives close by. I think they would enjoy the idea of the Oberlin workshop restoring it - cost is just out of economic justification. The back story is that they found this out at Oberlin fairly cheap and had me redo set up and old repairs, it got him all the way through high school and into Oberlin, really was a very nice American violin - maker's name is Wyman Moore, Boston scroll and neck plus rib structure are fine. the soundpost area scares me the most, I
  23. Well every so often bad news comes in the door. seems a young man that has been a client since elementary school was returning to his college after break and decided to take a set of dumbbells back to the dorm. I the process of packing they rolled of the bed on to the violin case sitting on the floor. The case containing the violin was sitting on its lid so the flat bottom was exposed. Even though it was a good quality BAM case the weights smashed the case and of course the violin inside. It is in the hand of the insurance company at present but I suspect an economic write off. Pho
  24. Hi Ben, thought some before and after photos might be nice - I seem to have had a rash of cello bridges this week, Cleveland's weather goes from one extreme to the other in days, lots of changes in soundpost and string height issues. Reese raw blank finished bridge and also this one from my collection - seems to match the photo of a Forester in "the shapes of Baroque" book
  25. Hi Ben, thought some before and after photos might be nice - I seem to have had a rash of cello bridges this week, Cleveland's weather goes from one extreme to the other in days, lots of changes in soundpost and string height issues. Reese raw blank finished bridge and also this one from my collection - seems to match the photo of a Forester in "the shapes of Baroque" book