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  1. I've recently upgraded instruments (and acquired a 2nd violin) and bows. As a result, I want to make sure they're insured properly. Do you go through your homeowner's insurance or do you have separate instrument insurance? If you have separate insurance for your instruments, who do you go through? Thanks!
  2. That's rather unfortunate. Regardless of whether it's from the Nurnberger shop or not, it's still an awesome playing bow. Was it common to etch the West Germany, East Germany or just Germany into the bow in that location behind the frog by the shop itself? It could also be that I'm seeing it incorrectly (it is time for another eye exam!)
  3. I recently picked up this Nurnberger Violin bow that plays quite nicely. It's stamped Albert Nurnberger with an engraving beside the frog that I believe reads "W Germany". Given the West Germany stamp, would anyone be able to give an idea of when it was made? No stars next to the name either.
  4. I just purchased a better instrument. And yes, it came with good fittings but that doesn't mean I like them. Some people have preferences as to whether they want rosewood, boxwood, ebony, etc on their violin or even fittings from a specific maker. I really like the quality/look of Bogaro & Clemente fittings and would like to put them on this violin at some point.
  5. I'm not planning on removing the silver as it's still in really good shape. The only issue I have is with the leather which I'll swap out for the same thing. As far as the violin fittings, I have two really good luthiers in my area that I know will fit pegs properly without destroying the pegbox. I'm contemplating swapping the current fittings with a nice set from Bogaro & Clemente!
  6. The winding is fine and I have no need to replace that. The leather on the other hand seems to be wearing out. More specifically, the underside of the leather where your thumb rests seems is driving me crazy. It’s particularly squishy at this spot and flattens completely when bowing.
  7. I recently purchased a Nurnberger Violin Bow - labeled Albert Nurnberger, W Germany. I’m not a huge fan of the bow grip and would like to get it replaced. Considering I’ve never had a bow grip replaced, much less on a decent violin bow, does it matter what I have it replaced with in order to preserve the quality/value of the bow? Would a different bow grip change the sound or feel of the bow itself? Should I use something that would have been traditional to a Nurnberger bow or does it really matter? What is your preference on material for bow grip? Have you found that you prefer certain materials over others? I guess the same question applies to violin fittings in general. Is there any rhyme or reason as to why one would choose certain types of wood for a violin? Overall, I really prefer the look of Rosewood but does it make a difference as to what style wood is chosen, particularly for an older violin?
  8. Thanks for the info! This is one of my two finalist violins at the moment. I’ve already order a set of Evah Golds for whichever violin I end up purchasing!
  9. I'm guessing it's not original setup. Honestly, I'm not a huge fan of the light colored finishings. If I purchase, I may have them redo finishings in rosewood at one point.
  10. Sorry, should have clarified. That confirmation came directly from the Roth firm.
  11. Thanks for the heads up on it. If i do end up purchasing it, I will definitely address those issues with the shop first.
  12. I did get confirmation that it is a Roth VII-R made in 1930 with Ernst Heinrich Roth I as the Luthier of the violin with original varnish.
  13. Many commented on another violin I was looking at, a supposed Paul Mangenot. Seems it was kind of suspicious as to maker/ quality and so I went to another local shop to check out some other instruments. I came across this Roth violin, circa 1930. It has the Ernst Heinrich Roth stamped into the bottom with the Serial Number D478 and it appears the label was removed at one point. Where the label should be, I can see pencil marks that state VII-R. I have little doubt that this is a genuine EH Roth violin and it has a beautiful, crisp, clean sound to it. It’s also a gorgeous looking violin. I would love some opinions on this violin regarding its’ age, ability to hold its’ value over time, quality, etc. I have searched on the forums here and have found several previous threads on EH Roth violins and it seems that this is one of the “rarer” and more desirable because of its’ grading and the year it’s was made (if it’s truly around 1930). I have also sent an email over to the Roth firm to see if I can get a clarification on date.
  14. Thanks! I'm completely unfamiliar with vanishing techniques and methods so wasn't sure if that was normal.
  15. I was looking at a violin I've been contemplating purchasing and having a closer look at the viokin itself, I have a question about the varnish. It looks like this violin has a medium brown varnish on it as well as a darker brown varnish. I'm beginning to wonder if the darker varnish came long afterwards? There are many spots in which it goes over top of the purfling and looks kind of "messy". Is this something that was done by makers on purpose? Or was it more likely that this was someone years after the fact that "re-varnished" it in an attempt to fix or update it? If it was the latter, how hard would it be to remove that top dark brown varnish and restore it to its former beauty?
  16. After all the discussion here, I’m second guessing this violin. It has a beautiful sound but I am concerned about the crack. I already contacted the shop and they said they would absolutely repair it. I had no doubt that they would. I looked at my other local shop today and have found a Roth violin that I’m quite intrigued by. Only bad thing is that since it’s not the shop I purchased my current violin from, I’d lose a bit of money on the trade in. Currently, I have an Elias Guasti bow that plays quite nicely. Upgrading the bow is not out of the question though.
  17. It does have a gorgeous tone to it. While it's slightly nasally sounding on the D & G, it's a sound that changes depending on how it's played. I would definitely play around with strings to help bring out the beautiful, rich tone. The E strings just sings. I've tried several other violins including another French violin labeled Chardon et fils that I love (trialing it as well right now). The Chardon has a beautiful deep tone on the lower registers but lacks that singing quality on the E, it just doesn't ring the way this one does. Yes, this violin definitely has seen some love and use but I think it gives it more charm? In all, something about this one just drew me to it as soon as I played the first note. I'll have to ask about what looks like a potential crack starting by the chin rest for sure though.
  18. There are wooden blocks in the corners. That's about all I can tell. Here's additional pictures.
  19. So you do believe it's a crack rather than just a good size scratch? I was afraid to press down on it any further as I didn't want to cause any additional damage. As far as corner blocks, I have no idea as there's no way I could (or would) take it apart.
  20. Here's some additional pictures. It doesn't have a Crack under the bridge, I believe that was just a shadow. The other location near the chin rest appears to be a scratch. I push down on it just a bit and there's no give to the wood at all.
  21. I’d like to know the reasoning behind this. I’ve gone to him for about 20 years now and have never had issues or had reason not to trust him and his shop. More than anything, I’d like to learn what about this instrument that clues you into it not being valued at this price or by this maker.
  22. I completely forgot to include a picture from that angle. Here it is!!
  23. My Luthier is asking $10,000 for it.
  24. I’m looking at potentially purchasing this violin and wanted to get opinions on whether this looks like an authentic Paul Mangenot violin or not. My knowledge of makers is very slim. However, I’m questioning the varnish on it? It seems that Mangenot tended to go more towards reddish colors (I could be completely wrong). I have no idea about this particular varnish or whether this two toned varnish is original or has changed over time. I’ve tried to do some research but my lack of knowledge on the subject got me nowhere. The very last picture of the label shows what looks like “No 91” written. Is there any sort of record of his instruments to verify this against? Would love some opinions on it though before I finalize a purchase of it later this week!
  25. Sadly, I think you're right. Way too many base value simply off of where it was made rather than the tonal characteristics of it and the actual quality of the make of the violin itself. I'm looking at a couple of violins right now and one of my favorites so far is a violin made by Paul Mangenot, likely early 1900's. One of the people at the shop looked at it and said "oh, it's an old french violin" with the obvious implication that old and french made it not as desirable. I think that's what got me thinking about this concept to begin with!
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