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  1. A teacher friend of mine has an older German shop violin which sounded just plain dull when I heard it first. She had a set Visions on. Then, on a recommendation of a local luthier, she had a harp tailpiece installed and put on a fresh set of Peter Infelds. That fiddle came alive, bright with plenty projection (due to Infelds), and tons and tons of rich overtones especially on G and D (harp tailpiece?).
  2. Thank you for the informative confirmation. I recently held a couple of late 1920s Roth XR violins and I must say that their appearance was that of much heavier "antiquing" than mine which is light to moderate which I frankly prefer. I'm wondering about such significant shift in just a year or two in terms of visual appearance/finishing for these violins ... unless my fiddle was part of a commission that specifed "light antique" finishing. Any thoughts on this?
  3. There's no serial #. Wilhelm Roth confirmed it's a 1925 XI-R/72. I don't have any reason to doubt the attribution :-). I'm trying to discern how made for Europe XIR grade compares to the US grades. P.S. This violin has very strong bright sound, loads of projection. I am planning to fit it with a harp style tailpiece and put "warmer" strings like Warchal Amber set.
  4. OK, so for the sake of trying to get somewhere in this discussion I'll share the photos I just made. Also, Mr. Wilhelm Roth let me know that from the archives, it is a Roth and it's a XI-R/72. However, talking to local experts, the label font/appearance + lack of serial number on the stamp + comparison to local XR available violins, the local experts said that this violin was made for the European market, not US. And supposedly, there was a different gradation system/scale for Europe than US market. US market scale was IR for the lowest grade and XIR (aka special commisions) for the top grade. So, can anyone share the info on the European gradation?
  5. I even asked Wilhelm Roth. Haven't gotten it so far.
  6. I admire your unbridled optimism!
  7. Excellent discussion. I just wish that experts here would shed some light on my original question. :-)
  8. Thank you for your replies. To confirm, I am looking for info on gradations of Roth violins made for European market in 1920s. Best, Gary aka "yaumnik"
  9. Hi all, Asking violinmakers and players alike... Anyone using a harp style tailpiece on their violin(s)? What's your general impression vs standard shape in terms of sound projection and tembre? And which strings are being used?
  10. Hi all, My first post in a while. :-) I recently learned that E.H. Roth I had a different gradation for European market than the North American market. For North America, one can easily find this information from a Wiki article on E.H. Roth: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ernst_Heinrich_Roth#Gradations. From this article, it's known that Roth had 11 grades of various models (mostly Strad and del Gesu) from (Roman numerals) I-R to XI-R. I am calling out on MN experts to help me with the European gradations which I heard were up to 15 different grades if not more. Can anyone help/share this info and also how to correlate North American grades to European ones? Thank you in advance!
  11. THANK YOU! Alex is very appreciative of everyone's help.
  12. https://www.gofundme.com/f/fundraising-for-ukrainian-violin-maker I encourage everyone to help this nice person and a good violin maker. I owned and played Alex's instruments in the past. He as well as his entire country need help and deserves a better faith.
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  16. How about someone organize some help for Alex? He's lost literally everything and could use some financial help to pay for food and lodging. I already sent him quite a bit of $$$ to cover his expenses for a few days, but he could use a lot more. I am a bit surprised by the silence of the Maestronet citizens. :-(
  17. All, spread the word through your network to help this good man and a talented violinmaker from Ukraine! https://www.thestrad.com/news/my-home-and-my-violin-shop-are-completely-destroyed-a-call-for-help-from-a-mariupol-luthier/14710.article I know Alex Smykovskyi and played his instruments in the past. He is a good man that deserves a better faith.
  18. All, spread the word through your network to help this good man and a talented violinmaker from Ukraine! https://www.thestrad.com/news/my-home-and-my-violin-shop-are-completely-destroyed-a-call-for-help-from-a-mariupol-luthier/14710.article I know Alex Smykovskyi and played his instruments in the past. He is a good man that deserves a better faith.
  19. All, spread the word through your network to help this good man and a talented violinmaker from Ukraine! https://www.thestrad.com/news/my-home-and-my-violin-shop-are-completely-destroyed-a-call-for-help-from-a-mariupol-luthier/14710.article I know Alex Smykovskyi and played his instruments in the past. He is a good man that deserves a better faith.
  20. All, spread the word through your network to help this good man and a talented violinmaker from Ukraine! https://www.thestrad.com/news/my-home-and-my-violin-shop-are-completely-destroyed-a-call-for-help-from-a-mariupol-luthier/14710.article I know Alex Smykovskyi and played his instruments in the past. He is a good man that deserves a better faith.
  21. Hi Philip, Thank you for your suggestion. I totally agree. As I mentioned earlier, I placed a call to Paul Childs and got his answering service which took my phone # and told me that he will call me back within a business day. Well... I'm patiently waiting for the call back. Salchow shop moved to W 57th st, so his shop is no longer in the same building as Tarisio on W 54th. It is unknown at this point whether Paul Childs has seen this stick at Tarisio. I'm hopeful he will call me back and will be willing to inspect the bow stick. I am prepared to drive 3 hours up to Montrose, NY if Paul Childs says it's warranted. I fully intend to have it restored into a playable shape, because it does feel like it is a good bow. P.S. Saw your additional comments - thank you for the frog replica maker names!!!
  22. I got that one on Salchow, thank you. Anyone else comes to mind? I like having Plan B most of the times.
  23. Thank you for the feedback! Would you care to drop some bowmaker names who could make a replica frog? Perhaps someone around Philly or New York area? Thank you in advance!
  24. Thank you, Martin. I saw that "mark" under the head. To my untrained and w/o tools of the trade, it doesn't seem to me like a crack, but I'll wait until I get the stick into expert hands again. Mortise erosion ... yeah, fitting a frog will be loads of fun for the restorer ... Assuming that sooner or later I get to know the real maker of the bow... And assuming that I may not be able to obtain a "loose" frog of the same maker, can you or folks on the forum recommend a good frog maker who can make a faithful copy? A while back someone mentioned a couple, but my memory is failing me. I think one frog maker was named Gunther ...?
  25. Martin, Thank you for a quick comment! As this stick was originally attributed to Poirson and he first apprenticed with Maire, are you thinking this could be a Maire? What other serious issues are you referring to other than possibly extended nose? P.S. I did place a call to Paul Childs and got his answering service. Waiting for Mr. Childs call back.
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