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  1. Wow, I forgot all about PH!  Excellent beer observations also :)

    AH Ok, it's probably Mittenwald: somehow I missed the little whisper of a notch on the bottom rib earlier!  

    Here's some more photos of other bits discussed in that thread.  

    Thank you! 

    4 hours ago, jacobsaunders said:

    It includes observations about proper beer:D


  2. I will start by saying I only paid $275 mostly because the photos made me think the bow that came with it was silver mounted (it is not) and nicer than it turned out to be.   Although I am happy with the fiddle which looks a lot better in person than in the crappy ebay photos, and I like it,  pegbox repair and all.  The back measures 355.  According to the seller in Algonquin, IL they took it to the "local violin shop" who said it was German, had a sweet sound and was easy to play.  From what I can see through the f holes, there is zero indication it ever had a label.  The varnish is nice,  a gold ground with red on top.  I took the photos out on my deck and the colors were great in that light but my cell phone camera didn't capture it very well.   It looks like it has a 1 piece lower rib.  

    When I bring it to my friend's shop,  my selling point will be that he has to do no work on it, and at least the crack on top isn't a soundpost crack for once :)  I will no doubt end up keeping it for myself, with the short neck and fine tuners it's just what I need.   

    At least I'm getting practice with my fiddle photography?
















  3. I looked at this bow too!  I  am horrible with bow identification so I emailed it to my friend to see what he thought but haven't heard back.  That was on Christmas Eve so I'm guessing he's taking some time off for the holidays.   From the examples I found on Tarisio the stamp on this one looks a bit too heavy and seems to be in the wrong place, but that's from somebody who has zero expertise with bows and doesn't know what to look for in the actual workmanship :)

  4. Yep, this is on their FB page: 


    I gave them my contact info and they said they'd let me know if any of the family wanted it.  

  5. I wanted to share a fiddle that just arrived today!  I got it on Ebay a few days ago, and at the time I didn't know that the Beebe family has an active facebook page and is looking for violins made by Byron Beebe or his son Emmett.  Of course I immediately wrote to them and said they have first dibs on it!  They responded with really good information, as they have all of the original records.  They looked up the inventory number and this is what they found:

    "Evidently it was purchased by someone in Roanoke, VA.  He must have been a dealer because he purchased several violins within a few years.  It certainly appears that #1374 was an imported violin and re-graduated by both Byron and Emmett. The violin was a K410 model which suggests German in origin. In the notes they mention they considered it a good violin, a note they did not make very often."

    Aside from the saddle crack it's in great shape.  It was cool to learn that the original buyer was in Roanoke, because the Ebay seller is located there.  So, it most likely didn't go anywhere until this week!

    Anyway, that's my Small Business Saturday purchase... only 100 years late :lol:











  6. For some reason I thought that "mystertwo" was his new handle, I just remember seeing some listings a year or so ago and thinking that.  At the time I thought the photos and descriptions and some particular phrases he used (i.e."no cracks or repaired cracks") were very similar.  But looking at this listing the photos are not the same.  PH's  were high-res studio-lit photos.

  7. Too many awesome quotes to list :) You guys crack me up!  

    One of the best things I've ever seen (and heard!) was a bluegrass fiddler pick up a Rocca,  give it a once-over, think about it for a few seconds, then unbuckle the left strap of his overalls before sitting down to play it.  If it was this one, he probably wouldn't have bothered.

  8. 41 minutes ago, ClefLover said:

    Hmmm... I don’t see a soundpost crack?  I just said the those same words on a different post.

    You're right, actually I was going to say "or at least the beginnings of one".  It's not all the way to the soundpost yet, but it doesn't look good.  At least, I wouldn't buy a fiddle with that crack on the back.  Also I have no clue what the pink highlighted thing is.. another weird crack?


  9. Even though I know it's probably a bad idea, I still go through Ebay listings pretty regularly.   The particular listing I'm posting is one of three by the same seller.

    The first one is a very American thing by a maker from Walla Walla Washington.   Having grown up in Purdy Washington I know precisely where that is, and I'm frankly stunned anybody was even surviving there in 1900 let alone making fiddles.  We were still on well water and feral banty chickens in the 70's.  

    But I digress.  

    In the first listing, the seller says "I know very little about stringed instruments".  

    The second listing is your standard "Stainer"-stamped factory fiddle that somebody tried their darndest to fix (aww!)   No additional commentary on violin knowledge. 

    The third listing (attached) is where it gets amusing.  The seller has gone from "very little" knowledge to a rather sudden Tyrolean attribution and (the best part) calling out a Caressa & Francais inventory number in the pegbox.   Granted I personally don't know what one of those looks like but the seller seems pretty sure.   They go on to state that they can't identify the maker (wait, now you can identify makers?) but if one could assign a maker then it would most certainly be a screamin' deal!   

    Other noteworthy aspects of the listing are the perfectly good straight-on photos of the top and back, both of which were cut in half so you really can't see the entire outline properly, and the equally obtuse photos of the scroll.  I also enjoy the passing mention of "much restoration"... yeah, um... there's a soundpost crack on the back.  

    It's just kinda funny is all :)


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  10. On 3/19/2019 at 5:32 PM, morgana said:

    sorry not answered until now, luv. If the bow was made by an itinerant European worker in Japan in the early 1900s then if it has no cracks then it is definitely worth getting cambered straightened and a good hairing etc. flog it to the Japanese as they are v interested in collecting their bows and instruments. it will play well, I assure you.

    Good on you rescuing an old, farty cat who is a rat pack tuxedo lad. Nice one. He be cool and shwingin lol!

    Ohh!  that's an idea... I might know somebody who can do that job for me!  

    Beulah a.k.a. B-Dog is such a suave character!  I believe the Rat Pack would refer to him as "koo-koo" ;) 


  11. 10 hours ago, Blank face said:

    Or it's whalebone which can point to the Netherlands 

    OH! This reminds me, I have a fiddle with whalebone purfling!  It's really cool, American, made by N.O. Billings here in the Pacific Northwest.  I think it was made in the 1930s or so but I don't recall exactly.  I bought it off of Craigslist about 10 years ago.and I haven't  really seen it since, it's at my friend's shop.  While trying to research the maker,  I found a very awesome old black and white photo of him on ebay, and the listing mentioned it was a photo of a PNW violin maker!  I recently found that photo while cleaning out a spare room, and finally brought it to my friend's shop on Saturday to go with the fiddle.   

    I'll borrow them both for a bit and get some photos to share in a few weeks... it's a pretty cool package!


  12. Well all of it is 100% better than I could do, whoever made it!  I agree the inside work is nice,  and of course I like it overall or I wouldn't have bought it.  But having never built a violin or learned how,  I'm just going on looks.   I think once it's back together it should sound good, since it was graduated so well.  

    Does the ebony purfling indicate anything about origin?