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  1. To tell anything in particular it’s necessary to show more views, according to the pinned photo identification thread. Otherwise it has a certain Markneukirchen smell to me, and I won‘t call it exactly a Guarneri model.
  2. I am not sure that the (repaired and possibly modified) frog and adjuster belong to the stick. There’s a gap between stick and metal slide wide enough to drive a bus through.
  3. Actually exactly 253 km Northeast from Markneukirchen If there was a significant lot of Albert Knorr made violins around, it‘s probable that I’ve seen the one or other during the last 40 years or so.
  4. Though it seems to have existed a real person of this name, it appears nonetheless a sort of importer's trademark used for instruments from a lot of different sources, so I won't worry much if they all are made different. At least on this side of the Atlantic he is rather unknown.
  5. There wasn't only one kind of purfling there, this looks very common for the more clean Markneukirchen work to me.
  6. He might be right, looks like a well made Markneukirchen/Schönbach cottage industry violin roughly 100 years old.
  7. Thanks, that’s great information (asking for a friend ). A bit out of the original topic, but related.
  8. (Ernst Jandl) And it wasn't meant political (or maybe...?)
  9. The Germans used that stuff often, too. I guessed mostly from the 1920/30s, possibly earlier, based on the style of the bows. Some have even the metal frame. The thin and deformed upper piece was from a Mirecourt bow, when I'm recalling it right (and I store these in a metal box, hope it will not explode).
  10. Could you please also show photos of scroll, ribs, the endpin region if they are posted? I can't open the files either.
  11. For left handed that's the soundpost side. It should be noted that a label doesn't make a violin a copy of anything. It's just a fake label.
  12. There are some classes of valuable antique bows which are having almost always replaced frogs due to constructional features, like the self-rehair type of the Vuillaume shop, which can be by Peccatte or other great makers, or early Tourtes etc. which started with an open trench frog, often made of ivory. I'm wondering if they are special rules of valuation applied to these?
  13. Beside that Jalovec is regarded as a very unreliable source, showing lots of misidentified fiddles, and that the photo quality is so poor that it’s impossible to recognize and compare any detail, this viola looks not remotely similar to your violin in my eyes. C bouts, corners, waist, shoulders, geometry and evenness of scroll windings, arching is all very different. Just proving that photo comparison leads often to some sort of wishful thinking. The graft at your violin is real, it started having a through neck as I said before, and like most of this origin till the late 19th century and longer. Many of those were replaced just for the reason that people thought this would be an improvement, if not for one of the issues I listed above.
  14. It’s a nice Markneukirchen/Schönbach made cottage industry violin with a Fahrkarte. Glueing back the neck correctly is definitely not a DIY thing, this would cause more costs than use and could ruin the instrument in the worst case. I would say a restorer should avoid to add any additional varnish or polish as long as there is enough original present.
  15. Depending of your POV. They are also different within themselves, but all could be subsumed under „spurious dealer branding“. The most interesting is surely the Metzler, which has an extended throughneck, maybe the reason why it is dated about 60 years later than I would assume it was made.
  16. The violin you posted is a more or less simple Dutzendarbeit from roughly 2nd half of the 19th century. All the linked instruments seem somehow misrepresented to me too (the Metzler the nicest one, but surely much older than 1910 - a typo?). There isn't something like one particular Hopf, it is a family involved in Vogtlandish making of all kinds of instruments since more than 300 years, so this can't be explained in a few paragraphs. An overview about violin makers you could find in the Zoebisch book:https://www.musikantiquariat-staub.de/shop_detail.php?id=10239&seite=63&order=artikel.pos&kat_su=&id_su=353 and this thread:
  17. The violin would have (nearly unvariably) started with a through neck, which was replaced at some point for several possible reasons - might have sunken down, too short, too long, too thinned out, broken and so on and on. A mid 19th century date of making appears to me the most probable.
  18. That's also a rather typical Saxon/Bohemian from roughly the mid 19th century. Please look again in the blueprint description and you would find more features to work out. A Mittenwald cornerblock would rather look like this:
  19. As long as there is no elongation visible at the neck heel you were right that it isn’t the original neck/scroll, though it would fit stylistically. Hard to tell by the photos due to the blackish color.
  20. Just that, and as long as there is only an imitated Stainer label in it (and there’s absolutely nothing resembling Stainer at this violin BTW) it wasn’t even distributed by the Juzek/MM firm, so this appraisal is purely fantasy, if not to say deliberately misleading.
  21. For the constructional differences between Mittenwald and Markneukirchen you can look here (though it is about later 19th century trade, most of it applies to the earlier, too):
  22. This is definitely not Mittenwald and most probably not Markneukirchen. I would wonder if it might be old English, from Salzkammergut or just „Bohemian“. Why should the scroll not be original? Is it grafted/the heel elongated? Btw was there recently another thread about neck overstand, and this violin would need a higher, so that the finger board won’t touch the belly arching anymore.
  23. One more thanks! Depth of the scroll fluting means here to tell how long the fluting is carved into the pegbox throat. Unfortunate that a big part of the lower rib was replaced, but another significant feature is the notch in the bottom plate below the endpin (not to confuse with the so called Mittenwald notch in the rib). This points once again to a Vogtlandish (Markneukirchen) making, though an unusual nice one. A body length of 362 mm is large, but still within the violin range, not in the of viola.
  24. Hi Peter, good to know! The museums website doesn’t give so many dendro dates, but it seems that especially the 2nd Kloz generation (sons of Mathias) have some very early dates, with a Sebastian dating one half even into the early 1500s for the youngest ring, more than 200 years earlier than the date of making. I found that always very interesting. So I was mostly saying that such an early date not automatically indicates that the date of making is somewhere close to this.
  25. So I won‘t try this at a Strad.
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