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  1. hendrik

    Violin ID

    Was wondering about that "lip" on the scroll too. Looks like it has a rim with heavily scooped out turns. Can't remember seeing this on Gligas but I didn't pay as much attention when I saw those many years ago. BTW I'm no expert so am talking out of turn.
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    New find

    19th century Markneukirchen/Schonbach ( also called "Saxon") violin. I think probably after 1850. Often oversized. Some sound quite nice. Some don't.
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    Ornati copy by Mario Gadda?

    Mario Gadda era un mascalzone!
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    Old Violin and Vuillaume Bow

    Cheap MkS fiddle that has its ff holes messed with. Neck and pegbox look warped. Is there a piece of string around the soundpost? Looks like it hasn't been played much. Bow even cheaper and completely beyond repairing. Commercial value is close to 0 if the neck is indeed warped. My 2 cents.
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    Stefano Scarampella Fake quality

    ....." Is tree DNA unique enough to be useful?" No, never that I can see, for many reasons: - you would probably need whole genome sequencing done on a fair number of spruce trees, before you could focus on smaller areas in the genome that may indicate variations between INDIVIDUAL trees within one species. You have to find the significance of those changes. It will take a lot of time and effort just to catalogue all that. I think it would be a hopeless nightmare to try. - the problem of assigning dates would be another issue; one would need references from dendrochronology and other sources to add those to the data base. - cost at this time would be prohibitive; the cost to first read the whole human genome was staggering. It keeps coming down but at this point still is in the 8000 or so dollar ball park if I remember correctly. But only because all the groundwork has been done. To start with a different species would be even more prohibitive. -
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    Looking for info on Czech Maker

    Sorry to be a party pooper but your violin does not resemble the beautiful violin Martin shows. To me your violin is a 20st century MarkNeukirchen violin and not the highest quality looking at the wood, the lack of fluting of the F holes, workmanship including the decorations and general "gestalt". Which doesn't mean it couldn't sound wonderful. Strange that the front has single purfling and the back has triple. By the looks of it a double purfling and decorations were added later. But maybe I need new glasses.....
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    loss of value in bow after spline

    There is an old thread on soundpost area reinforcement https://maestronet.com/forum/index.php?/topic/320308-thickness-on-top-around-soundpost-aera/
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    loss of value in bow after spline

    I believe Sam Zyg is one who has put a soundpost patch in (? some of) his new violins. Don't think they are hardwood.
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    Stradivarius violin

    Tried to look that up; I can be a bit slow sometimes.
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    Stradivarius violin

    Agree not a Strad.
  11. hendrik

    How Do the Best Violins Compare?

    As a teenager back home I wondered why it was nearly impossible to locate the sound of the large green grasshoppers chirping while it was much easier to locate some of the warblers with similarly high pitched chirping. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_Q02ThdrBk There may yet be other factors besides just high frequency that make it more or less difficult to locate.
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    Run over violins - whos fault?

    Nice dually truck VdA. Around here we use them for hauling water, oil equipment and other heavy stuff. Actually those are usually bigger or not crew cab. Are you hauling big loads of gators?
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    Run over violins - whos fault?

    Once I was given a MKN fiddle that had been decent until improved upon with regraduation. The owner had paid a bit of money for the procedure and couldn't stand the sight of it any more; it had completely lost all sound and pretty well had the acoustics of a cigar box. I was going to use it as a wall decoration but couldn't stand it either and gave it away. I would have gladly run it over and burn the remains. Catharsis.
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    Run over violins - whos fault?

    Kim sent me a bow in a square wooden box. I have put the pvc tube inside a square cardboard box as you do.
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    Run over violins - whos fault?

    Regarding bows getting run over: Kim Tipper in Victoria BC advises not to mail bows in a round pvc tube. They tend to roll out of the back of a van and get run over by forklifts etc. He once had one delivered in a splintered tube with tire marks on it. Know a shop that sends expensive bows in steel tubes having had similar experiences.