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  1. Thanks for the info. If you still have one of those catalogues, is there a practical difference between the Emile Dupree and FN Voirin a Paris or other such trade names, or did Metropolitan use these lines interchangeably?
  2. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Very-Fine-Pernambuco-Emile-Dupree-French-violin-bow-stamped-branded-viola-bass-/321048772867?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4abfff8103 I'm kind of curious; does anybody know the story behind all the bows with French names that are firebranded "FRANCE" like the one there? I've seen a bunch with different names which all seem to be more or less the same (winding, frog, button); I also own one labeled "FN VOIRIN A PARIS", which is obviously not a real Voirin bow (still nice to play though). I did locate this explanation for the Emile Dupree: http://www.violinist.com/discussion/response.cfm?ID=17799 Was Metropolitan Music behind all the other identical ones with different name labels, or were some other wholesale suppliers importing the same bows and labeling them differently?
  3. That's actually what I had always suspected, a low end German violin. I'm not disappointed with it since it's served me well and I never payed much for it (and that bow it came with is quite good), but it's nice to know I should be holding out on spending more money until I find something better. Thanks!
  4. So I'm a relative beginner at the violin. I apparently have a Laberte "D. Soriot" labeled violin that I bought secondhand for a low price a while back. I've been playing it for the last year, and the sound is very good for a low end instrument. However, the previous owner(s) treated it like crap, had some older repairs done (notably on the neck/fingerboard), and it needs a bunch of repairs (cracks, raise fingerboard etc.) that will cost around the same price as another low-end violin, and I'm nearing the level where I probably should upgrade. I've been wondering if it would be worth it to have the luthier do the repairs or if I should just wait until I can afford a better instrument. Anyway, to help me decide, I figured I'd try to see if anyone had any guesses as to whether it's an actual D. Soriot, since the only indication is a simple label with a typo and no accent marks: "D. SOIOT luthier ecole francaise" Despite being beaten up, the sound is quite nice and has impressed a few violin players that I've shown it to, and the violin itself came with a "FRANCE" import marked "F.N. VOIRIN A PARIS" bow, which, while obviously not a genuine 19th century Voirin, nevertheless might suggest a certain trend for whoever used to own this violin and paired it with this bow. Anyway, here's some pictures I took. Thanks for any advice:
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