David Holbrook

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  1. David Holbrook

    Something to keep MN'ers busy for a few days

    nice looking fiddle. Also I looked through the auction and was delighted to see the Hauser guitar outselling most Italian violins.
  2. David Holbrook

    A look inside an unusual American antique violin

    Interesting work. Thanks for posting the pictures. Somewhere I have a Boston violin with a three piece laminated neck with the dark center strip, I'll try to find a picture, they could have worked together at some point.
  3. David Holbrook

    violin provenance identification

    I would guess French Caussin school, late 19th century. There have been threads here on Maestronet if you search. I am just guessing based on the pictures shown, I'm sure someone truly knowledgable will clarify things. I am just responding to overall shape, f holes, Varnish color and antique-ing, corner blocks and edge overhangs, cleats on back center joint which I think lean towards French. Better picture could make things easier. also length of back could help, I think French fiddles tend to be a bit long?
  4. David Holbrook

    Violin ID? 18th Century?

    I'll stay tuned on this one. I would ask mmmm if there is any chance the ribs are let into a groove in the back plate. This would make it French for sure,I think.
  5. David Holbrook

    Paul Knorr or similar?

    Does not look like Knorr or Markneukirchen area fiddle. The corner overhangs point to inside form and in does not strike me as a Mittenwald instrument. Its confusing to me but I'm sure someone will recognize it right off. antiquing reminds me a little of Juzek labeled violins, but they shouldn't have corner overhangs like that. I would be shocked if it were French. Where was it purchased? Any chance it could be American, Boston school.?
  6. David Holbrook

    Bow ID?

    Just for discussion purposes, I do see a pin in the adjuster ,I think, in photo 2. I dont think screws are unheard of on french underslides. If it is chinese I'm impressed by the taper and quality of the shell in the pearl slide.
  7. David Holbrook

    Thoughts on Unlabeled Violin

    Oh. Brobst shop would attribute it if it were possible. You should visit it and play it if you can get there. I like wide grain spruce also. good luck. Let us know if you see it or buy it.
  8. David Holbrook

    Thoughts on Unlabeled Violin

    I thought it could be something like a Paul Knorr at first but that wide grain spruce would be unusual most everybody. the scroll seems particularly nice to me. The shading/antiquing still looks 20's or 30's German. If they send you more pictures it would be interesting to see them.
  9. David Holbrook

    interesting violin

    I love the picture of the Amati scroll by the way. Hard to find such candid photography.
  10. David Holbrook

    interesting violin

    interesting violin. I looks like a del gesu model made in Paris around 1825. I would think Vuillaume had a hand in it but it would have been well labeled and numbered? please let us know if you find any information.
  11. David Holbrook

    I took a photograph of a scroll - Life Changing

    i'll bite. my immediate thought was Amati but I'll go with Andrea Guarneri as a guess. thanks for the pictures.
  12. David Holbrook

    "Stepped" Saddle ?

    I would suggest posting some pictures if you can. I for one am having some trouble visualizing the saddle, but would love to see pictures of the instrument. no such thing as dumb questions. Right? I think Saturday night is a slow time here on MN so dont get discouraged, post some pictures and you'll get lots of response.
  13. David Holbrook

    Violin I/d

    I can see the Saxon qualities but my first guess would have been Caussin school. the overhangs at the corners and edgework looks distinct and the scooped corner blocks sound kind of French? note, I have had a saxon violin before that I thought might be Caussin related but it had rib corners extending out to or past plate corners, and fake or missing corner blocks. the scroll is pretty rough but I like it, the fluting on the f-hole wings looks nice. ??
  14. David Holbrook

    string grooves position at nut

    not that any violin player would actually bend a note
  15. David Holbrook

    string grooves position at nut

    sorry to bring guitars into this but there is and always has been a clear and deliberate rule to leave a little extra space on the treble side. This is because of the curl of the fingers and weight of the hand wanting to favor that direction. It has always made sense to me and makes sense for violin family instruments as well.