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  1. martin swan

    Another violin ID quiz

    Well, I can only excuse myself by saying that I never see this kind of violin. To be honest, it looks very old-fashioned to me, more like mid-20th century.
  2. martin swan

    Another violin ID quiz

    I know ... but if it's post 1930 or so it all falls apart anyway. I can't remember what it was but I know I have sold a late-ish Mirecourt violin which looked just like this. Which is not to say it wasn't bought in ...
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    Another violin ID quiz

    I will make a fool of myself and say ... something like a later Apparut or even later Dieudonné
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    Did I buy a(nother) Markie?

    If it's a half size Mittenwald these are worth quite a bit, even with a little bit of missing edge and a tiny crack. If your standards are high, why are you buying at auction? Why not go to a reputable dealer where you can look at things first?
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    Dating a "Sebastien Kloz An 1700"

    1. Not hard if it's yours - very hard if you take it to a professional! it will involve much sucking of teeth and scratching of the head in the vicinity of a calculator 2. not necessarily, depends how far the crack travels up the bar ... in this case I think we might bleach the crack and squeeze in some runny glue and rely on the bassbar to hold the repair (if the bassbar is actually on top of the crack) 3. all of it with the right approach - with Mirecourt violins of this era they often have a very tough varnish and you can maybe use a solvent 4. the back gives a clue as to the original finish - very minor shading - the entire table and scroll is covered in black gunk which will come off
  6. martin swan

    Violin bow HAYNES

    The angle of the chamfers is typical of MK bows. The classic French approach is to set the chamfers at 45 degrees (ish) to the back of the head - these are much closer to the plane of the back of the head.
  7. martin swan

    Violin bow HAYNES

    Haynes were general string dealers - this looks more German to me at first glance.
  8. martin swan

    Dating a "Sebastien Kloz An 1700"

    I don't think you're seeing through the gunk ... A good mid-19th century Mirecourt violin might sell for quite a bit, and it doesn't need much more than glueing back together. Surely Woodman is planning to do the work ...?
  9. martin swan

    Dating a "Sebastien Kloz An 1700"

    It will look a lot better when all the black gunk is removed ...
  10. martin swan

    Dating a "Sebastien Kloz An 1700"

    I would have thought Mirecourt circa 1850-70 ...
  11. martin swan

    contemporary Italian violin

    have you ever looked at the purfling on a Cappa?
  12. martin swan

    contemporary Italian violin

    Not sure why ...
  13. martin swan

    Ignore function

    not you ...!
  14. martin swan

    contemporary Italian violin

    For me this kind of irregularity would point very firmly away from China. It looks more like an accomplished hobby maker - why not an Italian? There's nothing special about Italian violins - some good, some bad.
  15. martin swan

    Does anyone NOT build Strad? And if not, why?

    I''m sure she has refused several. Hilary Hahn is unique - I seem to remember reading that she just didn't want the stress. Nor did she want to be distracted by learning to play a new instrument when she was perfectly happy with the one she has. And any great player would "get along fine without one".