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  1. The scary thing is I used to have some vintage violin restoration books and booklets that weren't too far off from my original post. Trolling? I hope not, maybe just a bad attempt at humor?
  2. And what about the ground coat. The soil on the ground here is more of a brown clay, but there are some nice red soils in Utah. Should I use the Utah soils for the ground coat if I a violin to look more like a Stradivarius?
  3. I'm writing an article for a local arts magazine on violin refinishing and I'm having a hard time figuring out what grit sandpaper most refinishers use during the first stage of restoration. It seems like 80 grit would be perfect for getting rid of imperfections but 150 grit would help to better retain the original character of the violin. Any advice? Thanks in advance
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    Violin ID, Mittenwald v. Cremona fun!

    I'm still curious, do Kloz violins usually have f-holes cut perpendicular to the arching or parallel with the ribs? Jeffrey's photo looks like they are perpendicular to the arching.
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    Violin ID, Mittenwald v. Cremona fun!

    A closeup photo of the line/joint below. It is hard to tell but it appears to have some grain lining up perfectly and I don't see any that dead ends. However, there is a build-up of varnish/gunk, so I'll leave it at undecided. I do think the flame angles slightly outward on the top of both sides, so Bruce might be onto something. I can't get a perfect picture but I'll include one more below that is pretty straight on. FYI, the edge of the back has been replaced in the middle below the center of the rib, see the joint in the lower right of the photo.
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    Violin ID, Mittenwald v. Cremona fun!

    That's enough for me, saves me a dendro and gives me a fun violin to hold onto for awhile. My nice case has been empty since I had to sell the 1776 Chappuy when we had our baby last year.
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    Violin ID, Mittenwald v. Cremona fun!

    Thank you Jeffrey and Deans for the photos, do you mind sharing their attribution? Jeffrey, that looks pretty familiar!
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    Violin ID, Mittenwald v. Cremona fun!

    The f-holes on my violin are perpendicular to the arch, e.g. on the treble f-hole both sides slant toward the middle of the back of the violin. Color is pretty hard to tell since there appear to be so many layers. The ground is a yellowish tan. The ribs around the corners are very dark as are the ribs where they meet the top. The lower rib definitely has some red at the bottom as does the side of the peg box. Looking at the back I don't think I would call the remaining varnish on the sides a red, rather just darker. I think there are at least four layers showing on the back - the lower right (bass side) shows the original ground or maybe even bare wood, the middle shows a deep ground layer, moving toward the edge is a little bid of barely reddish / brown, and then dark around the edges. What's original? Not really sure!
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    Violin ID, Mittenwald v. Cremona fun!

    BTW, thank you for the replies. I'm having fun with this one!
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    Violin ID, Mittenwald v. Cremona fun!

    One more pic of the extremely narrow top grain.
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    Violin ID, Mittenwald v. Cremona fun!

    Endpin hole pic and others below. I'm still voting for a one piece rib. Notice the extremely narrow scroll, at the eye width (33mm), the width of the top, and the bottom of the scroll is narrower than the peg box at the nut. Two questions - did Kloz violins have f-holes cut perpendicular to the arching or like Stainer and parallel to the ribs? If anyone has one handy, any center scribe line on the ribs instead of a notch? I don't see any evidence of one, but it's also possible there is a small notch under the many layers of varnish where the rib meets the back.
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    Violin ID, Mittenwald v. Cremona fun!

    It seems like the small details can be found in various regions, so beyond the small details what about overall impression at first glance? I'm not experienced enough to see the outline, etc. (although there are certainly things I know it is not!) and I tend to focus on small features but I'm interested to hear what anyone thinks of the large picture - outline, model, etc.
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    Violin ID, Mittenwald v. Cremona fun!

    It's possible the corner blocks are original. My best guess is that the wider lining is replacement and butts up against the blocks and the skinny linings are original and let in to the corner blocks, at least some of the time. My eyes aren't quite as good as they were a few years ago and I have to hold the violin further away to focus which makes peering into f-holes or a mirror quite a bit harder! If the lower rib is scored in the center and not joined is that indicative of anyone's work? I too am leaning toward Klotz, especially Sebastian (or at least what the big auction houses sell as Sebastian), but I'm hoping to get a good debate going!
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    Violin ID, Mittenwald v. Cremona fun!

    The new photo above - is that joined or just a center scribe line? I don't see the joint in the end pin hole. And I think the grain extends perfectly over the line.