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  1. Sadly this headplate looks like a beginner’s attempt. The protruding tip will most probably break off very soon, the rear side is too short to protect anything and there’s a scratch from wood through the liner implying that it happened during the work. The mortise seems to be too long at the front. These are just a few visible points, there could be more. Such a plate should be replaced usually. Your luthier would need a motivation for improving his efforts and skills.
  2. I don’t find anything disparaging in the first responses (except yours ) so I’m waiting for your definition of harassment.
  3. „Stainer in Absalom Brimborium“ or „Fratelli Fiscer Allaballa“ were also popular.
  4. To be fair it should be noted that fitting a good headplate is usually more expensive than 100 Dollar (at least where I'm living), for good reasons. It's always better not trying to save money at the wrong place.
  5. If they were planning to counterfeit they used labels like"Hoyer in Nürneberg" or "Statuari Cremonalia baviebat" (s.below). The OP gnawed on Thir label looks as if it was added much later, probably through the f hole, adding a mountain of glue residue with dirt collection.
  6. If you establsh a name or whatever doesn't change a iota that the violin is a cheap import from Saxony from the 2nd half of the 19th century with a beech wood scroll.
  7. We see a very common model used by several Markneukirchen makers from the period, for example Schönfelders, Voigts and others. With a bit of fantasy one can find a lot of influences, but factually it's a genuine Vogtland model, not a copy of anything in particular. To give these a name without a reliable signature might be a hard task, because they all were close related, trained and/or employed by each other. Unfortunately Mr O'Various is absolutely right in regard of the sad condition.
  8. Agree. For example the rounded rear of the adjuster button would be a typical feature.
  9. The violin (stripped and revarnished) looks to me like from the mid 19th century at earliest possible date, so the search based on the fancy inscription is pointless anyway.
  10. As I wrote, that's routine, except for those expecting to get something for nothing. Do you think $1000 for a proper violin repair is exeggerated? And top shops would sell such violins for top prices, too.
  11. To have a lucky day once is possible, but a different thing than "often". But this insight comes only with experience.
  12. It would be necessary to see more photos, but from the actual it seems to be a Markneukirchen violin from the early 19th century, which started with a dark varnish. This has soaked into the belly wood and is still visible at the rib curves and pegbox.
  13. Looks to me like half edging. A close up of the side could tell.
  14. That's quite right. "A lot" would mean to me something like this:https://maestronet.com/forum/index.php?/topic/357827-restoration-costs/ To open a 200 years old violin for fixing some old failed repairs,cleaning, neck reset, doing a set up, pegs etc. should be routine.
  15. These were usually made in division of labor by many small shops (therefore called cottage industry).
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