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  1. Anybody familiar with Jacobus Schuster, Penzberg?

    Of course there were, but in regards to the German/Bohemian region they were either using prefabricated parts from the trade, working them out and proudly presented them as their own work, or were just pure amateurs, more or less skilled, but always recognizable as such. I gave an example here So it was different than the "good local makers" you have in mind. It was too easy to get a "professional" instrument for little money. In regards to the Jacobus Schuster, you know that I agree with our Jacob S.
  2. what is this?? (viol, I know)

    Peter Harlan 1898-1966 (misspelled in the description) was a kind of Neo romantic and tried to re-establish medieval and renaissance instruments, fiddles or lutes. Most important was the modern recorder flute. BTW he was the brother of the notorious Nazi film director Veit Harlan. The instruments made in his Markneukirchen workshop are usually not very neatly nor historical correct made, it was more that he gave inspirations for research and better copying.
  3. DODD bow

    To clarify it, both drill holes need to be corected, the hole at the end as well as the hole towards the tip at the other side of the mortice.
  4. DODD bow

    One of the first photos shows that the drill hole for the adjuster screw is worn to an oval shape, and now the adjuster isn't paralell with the stick anymore but pointing in a slight angle upwards. Bushing the hole and drilling a new resp. correcting it with a small inserted splint would probably put the frog closer to the stick. IMO the bow is in a very well preserved state for it's age.
  5. I have no source than the label itself, B. d'inv. = Brevete d'invention. It claims that the invention was patented at January 21st 1818. Possibly the cello was patented at a different date than the violin?
  6. A compellingly odd but beautiful violin

    One thing is sure, it's not made of a Markneukirchen white box. I'm wondering that the piece are not falling apart due to shrinkage and tension. Maybe it's very thick and glued with some super glue?
  7. The date refers to invention and patenting it, not to making.
  8. old German violin

    Either from an internal button graft, or the neck was taken from another violin with lower ribs, or was damaged at the root. A baroque heel I would expect to have added wood at the upside, too, where the belly edge was morticed.
  9. Bow with Tortoiseshell frog ID

    You'll find much more often a german adjuster with pin than a french without.
  10. Deformed bow

    Technically a frog fits, if it doesn't move at the stick and the slide isn't pressed apart in a way that it will break the frog or damage the stick. From a more sophisticated view, it should balance the stick and head the right way and fit to the stick without gaps or overstand. To adjust an older frog to an existing stick isn't that difficult, one has to make a fitting metal slide and set it also fitting into the frog with pins or screws. Then you plane the frog to the same width like the stick (only possible if it's not too narrow before). BTW, with bows it's often as with owls being another person's nightingale.
  11. old German violin

    That's the stop length now. It's 7 mm less than what's regarded as "normal" today, but in a proportion to the shorter LOB. Depending of the player's liking the bridge could be put at the nicks or at the usual postion; adding the missing length to the actual 322 mm, you'll get probably the regular neck/body proportion of today. Given that the varnish is altered, at least partially, and the original scroll is missing it can be very difficult or impossible to find out more about the origin than a roughly date (maybe 2nd half of 18th century) and an also roughly region or school, especially by photos only. So I would be glad with a suggestion like the one made by Jacob. If you're not planning to sell it but to use it as a playing instrument from family heritage for your daughter this could be enough. The best is to take it to an experienced restorer to check if all the cracks are closed properly, make necessary repairs and a good set up. The lower rib/end pin region and saddle (probably a one piece lower rib with inserted saddle before) appear IMO like something what should be made better in the first place to get it in right working order.
  12. old German violin

    Reg. varnish:The lower rib view shows inserted pieces, covered with thick red varnish, which is definitely touch up at later inserted parts. Is it the same as at the rest, or of a different colour? Hard to tell from photos.
  13. old German violin

    Thanks, but I had in mind the body stop length without neck - measured from the upper edge of the body. I would expect it to be shorter than the 195 modern standard, but it would be interesting to see how much. I'm still curious to know about the linings, if pine or hardwood, and the shape (high and flat or low and squarish/tapered etc.). But these are often replaced, too. For a Viennese violin, what I know about them, this appears to be unusual small and the ribs very low. But there could be exceptions. IMO it appears to be rather from the "Danubian" school of Austria or Prague than Mittenwald/South Germany. And you don't see any sroll graft? The neck root looks unaltered.
  14. old German violin

    A Stainer label was in the period the same as a Strad label later, so don't take this serious in any way. The LOB is what's usually called rather a 7/8 size. Ho long is the stop length (edge to ff nicks)?
  15. Deformed bow

    It's not 100% clear by the photos, but I would suppose that it's most probably a decent bow from what we call 19th century Knopf school of Markneukirchen; possibly it was silver mounted and the frog and adjuster were saved to use it for another bow; or they were so heavy damaged by a similar wear that they were put into the dust bin, who can tell? An easily reversible method would be to fill the gaps with layers of water solvable wood filler, hide glue some paper on and apply a wire wrapping around it. All other methods would be for specialists. Or even leave it alone, putting a thumb leather on only.