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    Choosing a Guitar 101

    Yeah, probably not the forum, but what the heck. Your first step, really, is to find examples of the kind of guitar playing you want to do and get a guitar like the people who play that style play. I have never heard of a "crossover" guitar, and I know something about guitars, but someone will sell you anything and call it whatever. Narrow neck, nylon-strung...sounds like a pre-1930s "parlor guitar" or its modern descendants. For rhythm playing ("strum a few chords... or - if I ever got good enough - accompany easy fiddle tunes"), that's probably a steel-string guitar and if a classical guitar struck you as being too big (usually the necks are big, but the bodies are fairly small on them), then you will want a small-bodied guitar. Perhaps a modern "parlor style" guitar braced for light-gauge steel strings will do what you want. It would sound good being a continuo instrument for Pachelbel too, actually.
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    Curved bow

    Joe Venuti did it first...
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    Horse-head scrolls

    Well, it's certainly debatable. But the Mongolians were legendary for their horsemanship and archery skills, and the morin-khuur bow makes use of horse parts; if I recall correctly, the story of the creation of the morin-khuur involves a great horse whose bones, hide, and tale are used to make the first one. Bowed lutes start turning up all over Eurasia after the Mongol invasions (13th century CE). So, it's a reasonable thing to conclude. In any case it predates the cello by several centuries.
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    Horse-head scrolls

    That's a morin-khuur. It would technically be more accurate to call a cello a "European morin-khuur" than to call the far-older-design (indeed, likely the ultimate ancestor) morin-khuur a "Mongolian cello." These are very fine examples, it seems.
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    Pick ups

    Interesting that you didn't mention your source's favorite violin pickup-- "The Band." I had been disappointed with all the options, especially the idea of leaving something stuck to my violin, when I only do a few gigs where I need one. Then I was doing a show and the opening act had a fiddler who used the Band on her fiddle. It sounded great--a nice fat natural sound--so I bought one. Highly recommended, especially if you are like me and only need a pickup for a couple of gigs here and there.
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    Very strange pattern violin with Head scroll

    So did Johnny Cunningham and Brendan Mulvihill, as I recall.
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    Exercises to learn to use the weight of the bow arm

    Bill, your analogy is flawed. Andreas is not saying that he would master the violin in this time, just learn some skills with a bow so that he could draw the sound he'd like to hear from his instruments. But to follow your question, I'd say that they might learn how to use some tools, and what it feels like to cut the wood, and they could get a sense of how a violin is put together. They might learn how to put an edge on a blade, which is a pretty useful skill. They might learn how to set a post and cut a bridge. Which is to say, exactly what Andreas seeks to get out of working on bowing. It is a completely attainable pursuit. Good luck, I say.
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    Oasis TM - Mandolin case humidifier

    Being the god of hygrometers, humidifiers, and all esoteric knowledge of luthiery, is the Oasis worthy, in your opinion? In actual use, I must say that the effect seems to me to be mainly ritual, but once when a couple of luthiers were here on recording business, they berated me for not using case humidification and insisted that I purchase the Oasis ("Oases"?). And I did.
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    Oasis TM - Mandolin case humidifier

    Oasis makes a case humidifier that is intended for violins--it's a little larger than the mandolin version. There was no way that I would ever put a damp sponge in my violin, but this is a great way to do the job. I have them for my guitars as well. Highly recommended (be sure to use distilled H2O). ...and when you fill it, be sure to knock the little crystals down to the bottom of the thing before you add water. Sometimes they take some convincing.
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    Cause of E String Trouble?

    The Warchal "Amber E" is great, and also the Kaplan Solutions non-whistling e does the job. It would be worth it to try one of these, IMO, because then you'd get a clear sense if it's the violin/e string groove, etc. I play a lot of fiddle music, and that means open strings, and I cannot abide a whistle. I am currently using a Kaplan e, and it sounds great on my violin. So did the Warchal. While it is possible that your technique causes the whistle... I doubt it...
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    Tarisio November 2018 New York

    In one sense, it's neither. It seems that the most important factors in the value of a violin are who made it when and where, and then condition plays a role. But if the violin sounds great, it is more likely to sell. So, it would depend on what sort of buyer you have in mind. A player obviously wants something that sounds and plays great--otherwise, what's the point? I would think a secondary concern for some musician/buyers would be whether the instrument is something that would show them off the right way--if they have to have an "Old Italian" to seem legit or something. A collector or investor will be focused on who, when, where and condition. In particular, from your posts, it seems that you have moved through several different agendas in seeking a violin.
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    It would have been ideal if you had read this thread at the top of this forum-- It explains the sorts of photos necessary to identify a violin. It's possible that someone will recognize features of your violin, or they may not--you do show some intriguing stamps--but you seem too focused on the label. Labels are the last thing to look at, to be honest, and these look bogus to me. Read the thread above and provide better photos, if you don't get a better response. I'm not an expert, or I would give my opinion.
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    Help Identify a Vintage/Antique 1/2 Size Violin

    That appears to be a full size violin to me (what is the body length? Somewhere around 355mm?--that would be full-sized), but...that aside... Looking at the corners and the scroll, I'd say that this is what is generally called "the usual" around here. Which means that it was made in the Vogtland region of what is now W. Czech Republic/SE Germany, c. 1900. I am not an expert, but while we await their input, that's my guess...
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    "Dutch Violin"

    Who are you callin' a lyre?
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    Preparing for Winter

    Vivaldi was a priest... sigh...