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  1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ANufwUPFm8
  2. For that sort of money, go find one in a reputable shop.
  3. Blankie, my exact quote is "if you are looking for one to play [emphasis added], you couldn't do much better". The OP has inherited the violin, likes the sound, and the violin has an undisputed (if tradey) French provenance. If one is looking for a student violin, what they already have is much better than a lot of what's being offered in the current market. In the context of some of the "Little Violin Shop of Horrors" stories (or the continual parade of dodgy Roths and Juzeks) that we have seen here lately, the OP is truly blessed indeed. I suppose that if I said, "one could do much worse", you might have liked that better, but IMHO, there is nothing wrong with what they already have. As far as what @Brad Dorseysaid about price, there are very many retail offerings online which prove him correct. The current antique/vintage violin market is grossly inflated over what it was a few years ago.
  4. I'm another multi-disciplinary buyer/dealer who has skimmed my finds and sold the bycatch. What I've kept (overwhelmingly tools), which isn't any kind of representative collection, just the best things for particular uses, I employ in my crafts, studies, and hobbies. The four violins in my stable, two antique and two modern, have all been seen here in the past.
  5. Yup, and yup. Welcome to Maestronet! Thanks for the excellent photos. This one is open-and-shut, for the best of reasons, for a change. Congrats on your nice violin, if you are looking for one to play, you couldn't do much better.
  6. Your thanking Brad for pointing out what was already obvious to some of us from a cursory look at the photos, gives me pause. For one thing, please note that my comment to Andreas, above, was purely humorous, being a pun on the names of some Alpine passes. IMHO, your violin has nothing to do with either Italian violin makers, or with the 1700's. It is a deceptively-labeled, early 1900's mass-produced "trade" violin, probably (as @martin swan, one of the serious experts here, has noted) made in a factory in Mirecourt, France. It plainly shows a "soundpost" crack (a very serious, usually expensive to repair, form of damage) passing through the treble bridge foot area of the violin's top, which will considerably lower the amount that it might be worth, if repaired and sold at retail. If in mint condition and ready to play, one of these might be worth a few thousand dollars at most, far less than an 18th. Century Italian violin of whatever provenance. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news. Welcome to Maestronet!
  7. His brothers Brenner and Simplon are much better known, as is his sister Maddalena. Why mention the obvious. I like the ones with Nixon on them the best. The later Bill Clinton examples are much lower quality.
  8. And I just thought you did it so you could take your tinfoil hat off in the workshop. Like some others here, I'd expect that what storage and equipment you've stuffed the workshop with would obscure reflectance from the walls considerably.
  9. Rather than ask a bunch of questions about the acoustic admittance/impedance vs. frequency, or the physical parameters of the RZN bridge, do you have comparison spectra of known-good wooden bridges, and your product, on particular individual violins (with accompanying recordings, if possible), that we could examine and evaluate? That would be an efficient way for many of us here to get some idea of how the unit performs in practice. MN members are used to interpreting and discussing violin sound spectra.
  10. Carronades and swivels. Oh wait, you meant.......... On a violin bow, for a combination of durability and tasteful appearance, I prefer silver wire wrap over a black goatskin full extension thumbpad, with silver fittings on a blind ebony frog, and an abalone bottom slide.
  11. We have some threads on these someplace or other. They are Markies, and were late 1800's-early 1900's mail-order catalog items. Check old Sears, and such. I believe that the use of decals on trade fiddles was peculiar to the US market.
  12. Assuming that you have it, and that you can string it up, how does it sound?
  13. It's not your, or anyone else's technique. Direct link insertion seems to have been disabled. Why, @ghunt?
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