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  1. GlennYorkPA

    Interesting old violin

    Most people feel comfortable writing off everything a 19thC German so you and Peter R have thrown a spanner in the works by introducing some facts. LOL. It looks to be a lovely old fiddle with a very distinctive scroll which should help with ID. However, the volute is clearly pinned onto the peg box with two pins from the back. Has any comment ever been made about whether the scroll is original or not? Seems to be a key element for identification purposes. Glenn
  2. GlennYorkPA

    Interesting old violin

    Peter, I can't comment on the violin in question but I'm intrigued by your implication that Contreras acquired his wood in Italy? Is that right? Glenn
  3. GlennYorkPA

    Ever see an X-ray of a case by Stradivari?

    Hi Dimitri, Thanks for the explanation which makes complete sense. So the basic idea of creating a closed box then cutting it open round the equator, is the same as today. Impressively long nails, by the way. Glenn
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    Ever see an X-ray of a case by Stradivari?

    Thanks for undertaking this interesting analysis, Dimitri. Could you explain the construction method a little more. I'm not understanding it and there isn't enough resolution in the published X Ray to see clearly the wood direction. Logically, one would expect a single plank to be use for the face and another for back of the case. Are you seeing evidence of multiple pieces glued together with the grain crossing the case from side to side? Thanks Glenn
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    Strad Identification

    Thanks Dimitri, Here is a copy of the template in the Museo del Violino collection fitting precisely into a case we believe to be by the master. The curious projection from one of the C bout areas on the template which had baffled previous researchers is seen to define the space fo the pegs of a second violin. Glenn
  6. GlennYorkPA

    Strad Identification

    Good observation. The tradition at W.E. Hill & Sons was that apprentices started out in the case making shop. If they showed promise, they graduated to bow making. Glenn
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    Strad Identification

    I'm not sure if he ever changed his mind - he had no financial incentive to do so. Speaking for myself, I enjoy history and cultural artifacts for their innate qualities and not because they represent an investment. Glenn
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    Strad Identification

    It would make sense for the luthier to make his own cases but if that was ever true, the tradition has died out. There were certainly workshops specializing in case making for all types of musical instruments and other purposes, but little is known about them. The fact that there are leather working tools and templates for hinges and locks in the Stradivari collection leads us to believe that at least the Strad workshop had the ability to design and make its own cases in house. Glenn
  9. GlennYorkPA

    Strad Identification

    Richard, You have a good eye! This case can be considered a jewel of the baroque.If you want to see it you must travel to Taiwan as it's in the Chimei collection. Here are my notes about it. A nice detail is that the the bows are contained in small compartments closed by flaps to the top and bottom of the inside lid. The crest on the lock plate is surmounted by the coronet of Casale Monferrato close to Torino and Milano. The crest needs more study but the case is certainly of Cremonese or Milanese origin. Spaces for violini piccolo (341mm). Unique bow holders. (See Landolfi for comp silver piping). Glenn
  10. GlennYorkPA

    Strad Identification

    Hello, No need to apologise for questions. Whether obvious or not (and yours are not) I'm happy to answer them. I debated whether to include 1H12 in the registry at all because the design doesn't fit well with other baroque cases. But a similar concept can be seen in 2S3 which is unquestionably 'old'. The latter isn't a violin case - probably made for a gamba or some such- and might be German which could account for the unusual design similar to 1H12. 2S3 bears a double headed eagle insignia (German? Russian?) 2S4 isn't from a violin case either. It's the lock if a 17thC lute case in the National Museum of Music, Vermillion. I included it to show detail of a lock commonly used on violin cases of the period. If I can find more pics or details, I'll post them. Glenn
  11. GlennYorkPA

    Strad Identification

    Thanks Rue. Glad you enjoyed it. Glenn
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    Strad Identification

    Hi Luis, It was less than 10 years ago that an internationally respected violin expert shouted at me in New York and told me emphatically that Stradivari did not make violin cases. I like to think we have won that battle and there is growing evidence and acceptance that he most certainly did make cases. Clearly there had to be some form of cottage industry producing cases for the illustrious clients of the Cremonese luthiers. They were hardly going to ship expensive instruments in a tea chest. You don't have to study cases for long to discover that the cases were fitted for specific instruments so it makes sense that the same workshop would make violins and cases. Unfortunately, the cases that been under appreciated and not stood the test of time. So in all the years I have been chasing cases, this video shows all the cases from the baroque era that I have unearthed. I hasten to add that I don't own all them. Many are in museums or other private collections. My hope is that others will come to light once interest in them is focussed. It is still possible to find collectible violin cases such as those from the Hill workshop but even the source for those seems to be drying up. Five years ago, I could encounter maybe 5/6 a year, now I am lucky to find even one. Oh well, I'm glad you appreciated the video and thanks for recommending 'The Strad Legacy' - I still haven't read it. :-( Glenn
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    The Strad

    Incredible. The distributor told me it hasn't gone to press yet. What a mess. Glenn
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    The Strad

    So, have you received March and April in digital version? Glenn