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  1. In the 80s I met an elderly colleague who sounded British --- I thought. Last name was Hassett. What do I know. Foolishly I asked what part of England he was from. That did not go over very well. Mind you he was an active IRA supporter. Things have changed though.
  2. You're a sh.... disturber are you..
  3. Markneukirchen later 19th century imho
  4. Sweet and mellow? Maybe. Could be loud and a bit unwieldy. Will be interesting to hear when finished.
  5. Are the ribs let into a groove in the back? The one picture seems to suggest that. ( not the Juzek but the original OP's violin)
  6. Quite a non-starter. Who is going to make your new top? And what quality wood? At the end of the day even if well done the violin would be worth considerably less than the original instrument.
  7. Is it possible to turn clamped rib ends into what we see here, by fitting a corner block, using a dremmel and what not , and revarnish the area? I'm not saying this happened here but I wonder if that is possible.
  8. Mendicus, could you show us some UV pictures? The tiger stripes on the one side of the scroll but not the other side are a bit odd.
  9. And here a puzzle: second one should not be too hard to guess as far as region: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Violin-scrolls.jpg
  10. Looks like a nice scroll to me, with some character. Different from Mkn or Mittenwald. But what do I know. Here some history, ( hope I didn't break any copyright laws) not chronologic : Guarneris, love those funkier ones: View large image Andrea Amati Stainer, love that scooped out first turn The Betts Stradivari AHHope opA2/2
  11. Not sure you can tell from the angle of the pictures. Might be ok?
  12. Bass side soundhole has been butchered a bit as well.
  13. "And yes, Cerruti label (1817)." Interesting. If they can't spell Ceruti it's probably Chinese. Seen some very interesting spelling mistakes on Chinese wannabe products. Other than that it does look nice indeed.
  14. Agree, if you meant German to be: trade violin from Mkn/Sch. Not Mittenwald imho. I think could be as late as early 20th century. The usual pictures would help, particularly head on on corners and bottom rib, but varnish, delta on scroll, shape of scroll, outline of the violin all fit Mkn. So do the droopy corners. I'm not sure if Mittenwald can have that kind of purfling? But I'm not an expert by any stretch of the imagination.
  15. It is remarkable that the sound holes are cut really very well and professionally - as they often are on those fiddles. Besides the usual boxes it also ticks off droopy corners and crappy chinrest. If you could show the original case that would seal the provenance.
  16. Even if the neck and button were not original : imho the body, edging etc does not look like JTL either. If you maybe meant the corners have been squared off more than most Mkn and it doesn't have rolled edges: that doesn't get one very far in figuring out origin.
  17. Yes pictures aren't great. Scroll doesn't look French to me.
  18. What model viola and what is the LOB if I may ask? Beautiful sound.
  19. hendrik

    New Hill violins

    Congratulations on a terrific purchase. Are you still in Toronto? I would love to drop by next year , end of April. Will pm you if that is ok.
  20. Agree with Jerry, Mkn /Sch second half of 19th century. But I' m not an expert.
  21. Resolution of your pictures doesn't show enough detail to tell if the ribs were clamped at the corners or not, but it gives the impression they are. To me some features of the violin do not look French, and it may have been built on back despite the linings and blocks. The scroll does not look like a Nicolas Vuillaume I have seen. Good pictures of the corners might help. How far does the fluting of the scroll go into the throat. Disclamer: I am no expert at all.
  22. hendrik

    New Hill violins

    I fully agree, I just forgot their names - the Tres Amigos - and couldn't find them quickly on the net.