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Ron1

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  1. There seems to be two separate questions/topics going on here- one regarding the varnish, and another regarding whether or not Holmdale was even the maker. A couple posts, including mine, suggested he may not have been the maker, unless someone could point to other instruments he had made. Then Michael posted the above, and no one has even mentioned this apparent "other" violin with his actual label. Can we see more of this instrument for comparison? Does it have similarities to the OP's violin? I think this could go a long way toward answering whether or not Holmdale was the maker.
  2. A quick search doesn't bring up anything else re violins in conjunction with Thurston Holmdale or Torsten Holmdahl. He is always listed as an "artist" or "scenic artist", never as a "violin maker". Unless others have knowledge of other instruments by him, I would be very skeptical that he was the maker of this violin. In 1918 he was still signing documents, etc. using the original spelling of his name (Torsten Holmdahl), and it seems that if he was the maker he would have used that spelling rather than the "Americanized" version. I also noted his documented handwriting and written numbers at the time were very neatly executed, as might be expected of an artist, and in contrast to the rather crudely made inscription inside the violin, although it is certainly possible someone else added the inscription later. At any rate, someone with the ability to produce an instrument like this, would surely have made others.
  3. I visited the Wons atelier on several occasions back, I believe, in the sixties. It was located, as previously pointed out, in a second floor space on State Street in Madison, WI. This space later became the 'upstairs' of the "Upstairs-Downstairs cafe".
  4. No, I worked with a very capable digital sculptor in Bucharest, Romania. Super easy to work with, very reasonable pricing, and she's fluent in english. She worked from photos I sent her of my violin.
  5. the file size is 165 MB
  6. My avatar includes about half of a violin, and was done in 3D. I'm not sure if it will load/view here, but if so I can upload the file, which can be turned & viewed from all sides.
  7. Ron1

    Mike Molnar

    I'll miss Mike too. I spoke with him once regarding his astronomical/astrological work and findings regarding the star of Bethlehem, etc. Some members who may not be aware of this side of Mike's life would find it quite interesting. R.I.P. Mike.
  8. And, of course, the "grafted scroll" is faked with scratched-on lines.
  9. Ron1

    " Grancino"

    Maybe my imagination, but I believe I see seven-piece purfling on the top.
  10. I would guess some original carved circular "button" applied decorations have be removed. Differences in the finish are evident within and without the circles.
  11. My guess is that the scribed line inside the purfling is simply decorative and was original, having been scribed using the purfling channel as a guide before the purfling strips were added.
  12. I seems that the dark center wood of the purfling may be made up of two pieces. If so, would that aid in determining the origin of the instrument? Or is that method too common/widespread?
  13. If memory serves, I seem to recall that Peter Christian Paulsen, Danish maker who immigrated to Chicago about 1882, was contracted to make violins for the Mills Novelty Company for use in their Violano mechanical playing machines.
  14. Knute Reindahl (1857-1936) Maker in Chicago, Ill & Madison, WI
  15. Ron1

    NOT a violin ID!

    Rue, they're both two-toned. I bet they came from the same place? Looks like someone stripped the tops, but didn't want to deal with doing the intricate bases. Sorry, can't help with the id.
  16. Violadamlore- This is a very difficult to understand explanation of what/where the "delta" is; I doubt that it resolved Derek Law's question. Can you give it another "go"?
  17. Gofriller, I think you've been disappeared!
  18. My admittedly untrained eye tells me someone put a horrendous replacement neck/head on an otherwise decent box, and finished the whole with a terrible black "antiqueing" treatment.
  19. Seems strange that a real Carlo Bergonzi instrument would have ever gotten to the condition shown in the photos.
  20. Yes, I have quite a bit of info on him. What is your interest in him?
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