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  1. Hey George, have a look at Andrew Dipper in Minneapolis for baroque bows. I have an anglo concertina built by his brother Colin, who used Andrews rejected snakewood for the trim. He also has imported entry level Baroque bows if you just want to dip your feet in. He makes some gorgeous classical bows also. Amazing craftsmanship runs in that family apparently.
  2. It's pinned and stable, I was using a bright light for the photo and it picks I up worse than it is. That being said, can't be too careful in this dryness we've been having.
  3. And mine is no use in solving that piece of the puzzle, being a one-piece back.
  4. I just measured the LOB again and it is 362mm. There are some traces of old varnish under the fingerboard and around the joint, as well as around the button.
  5. I own a fiddle that to my untrained eye appears to be this instruments twin. It is also labelled as a Lupot, and appears to be the same label. Mine has been refinished at some point, seemingly in the 1970s based on an internal repair label. I've heard various theories about its origin, a few have pegged it as French, others as Markneukirchen. Its a unique instrument with the purfling so close to the edge. I really like its tone, its my main fiddle.
  6. I'm not an expert by any means, but I'm sitting here looking at my French fiddle and I see a lot of similarities.
  7. This is a fascinating discussion. As an Irish fiddler, I sought out an instrument with what I had in mind as a "dark" tone. Having found a fiddle that met exactly what I had in my head, and having owned it now for about 10 years, I've heard a lot of descriptions that are maybe more apt than just "dark". I'd say its more of a woody tone, lacking shrillness or what I'd call a glassy tone that some really nice classical violins tend to have. One person called it "wooly" which I thought was great. Its a combination of warm, woody, dark tone while still having volume, depth and power and crisp arti
  8. Hey, I think I've found the answer to my own question. Looking at the label again, I saw that it may say Branstetter, rather than Bruchstetter. A quick google of the name and Reno and I found this obituary: Sounds like he was an interesting dude. He did nice repair work. PBG
  9. Hey folks I have an interesting old fiddle which I'm told was made in the workshop of Derazey, and is labelled as a Nicolas Lupot. Inside it has a repair label which appears to say G. Buchstetter, Reno NV, 1970. Is anyone aware of a Buchstetter working in Reno around that time? Here are some photos, because everyone loves photos. Its a great sounding fiddle and has been my main instrument for about 10 years, and will be for the foreseeable future.
  10. The maggini model thread is what prompted me to post this. Very interesting, thanks
  11. These photos are quite old, and it has been set up properly for a few years. It is very stable and is my main performing instrument. Sounds great with tziganes especially. I'll take some better photos of the scroll. I'll take so
  12. This seems to be a wealth of information, as my google searches keep bringing me back to this site. I'm curious if anyone can provide some thoughts on my violin. I bought this instrument a few years ago, and have no intention of selling it, I would just like to know more about its possible origins or style. It is labelled inside as a Nicolas Lupot, although it is definitely a copy. It has a lovely tone, darkish but projects very well, and has a nice reedy woodyness to the tone which suits my playing quite well. It has a great low-end and is very responsive, which is part of why I