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  1. Agree, and hardly 300 years old. The cello looks older, but as longs as none of the English members might correct me, I would say Bohemian. Regarding repairwork and cleats, there are some threads herein which can be helpful if you try the Google image search like for "Maestronet cleats" (works actually better than the MN search function).
  2. Like it was told before, close ups of the rib joints and a shot from the lower rib endpin region could tell more, also inside the transition of pegbox and volute to see how far the fluting is carved. A photo of the case probably won't add anything of interest.
  3. We don't see these Roth stamped (or branded, what's another word for the same thing) bows over here, probably most of them were made for the export. But from what's visible at the photos, there were two types, one reminding the style of the Hoyer family, the first from the OP, others an obviously Hill influenced model similar to bows made by Adolf Schuster and Paulus. I'm strongly assuming that the bows were supplied to the Roths by these or similar shops.
  4. The outline reminds me of some Hornsteiner family instruments http://www.geigenbaumuseum-mittenwald.de/index.php?id=165&L=628
  5. The close ups indicate that the violin‘s surface was heavily sanded, what might explain that some features are blurred, for example some of the rib joints. But it‘s obvious now, that it is from the Saxon/Bohemian type. It’s also possible that the purfling was replaced or added at some point in the past, maybe it had no purfling at all in the beginning.
  6. Everybody should add it into the autospelling. Or write it 100times till Monday.
  7. That's very probable and the Grünke book does mention it, too. Nonetheless they shouldn't look like a Fret-snare in this case neither.
  8. If these observations were right your violin isn't from the Saxon/Bohemian region anyway, so for what reason do you look up Markneukirchen violns? There were also many obscure makers from the South German/Austrian region, also the varnish at yours seems to be altered, the soundholes possibly, too, therefore the chance to find anything similar is rather small.
  9. IMO the head isn't similar to any head model used by the Pfretzschner shop I'm aware of. Somehow too squarish at the upper head and sort of unbalanced. But to make Phillipp happy we can agree that it's a typical Phretschner (or a Freshner?).
  10. Well observed, the scroll has a certain Mittenwald flavor, too.
  11. No idea what you have in mind, but neither do both violins look very similar to each other, nor this one is an Albani neither. Like it appears in the too small photos it seems to be an early 19th Markneukirchen. As it was noted before, the Albani labels were part of the 19th/early 20th century wholesaler sheets with facsimile labels to put randomly into violins, so it's no wonder that they apear very often in all kind of instruments.
  12. No, it's more that the scroll doesn't look very French. nor varnish and purfling. But it would be necessary to know more about the construction method, f.e. by the rib joints.
  13. The bow is German, unfortunately the photos are still so dark that it's difficult to make out the quality of the wood, and also if there's a possible repair before the head. I'm not second guessing Jacob, but I would like to see better (brighter and more focussed) photos of the sides and rib joints; it's also possible that the violin is a Markneukirchen/Schönbach copy in the French manner. At first glance it doesn't look very French to me neither. Is it a full size at all?
  14. That's a feature of some better French bows.
  15. Berlin today was a bit more than twenty (shiver), but relatively warm compared to the 17 at the North Sea where I spent "summer" holidays. The weekend shall become a bit warmer.
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