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  1. Eraldo Cocchioni - Worked in Perugia and Rome. b.1915 - worked till c.1982 - Valued at 175 Pounds in 1969 (you do the math...) Listed in Henley 7.
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    There is an Antonio Pazarini (listed in Henley)- worked c.1720-1740 in Genoa. From the note in my database: Good maker - Worked with Bernardus Calcagni - large Brescian pattern - known only from a 1982 auction sale ($6230). Label Text: Antonius Pazarinius et Calcanius Genaue 17--
  3. I don't find anything for Ford S. Jr. The closest I see is Fred G. Sears, Jr. He worked in Amherst, MA, in the 50's and 60's... Is the name clearly 'Ford' ?
  4. It's been my experience that a 'trade violin' was one made by an unknown maker - for the (violin) trade. They usually ended up either with someone else's label, or were sold by a retailer under a 'trade name'. Some older makers worked both as luthiers under their own label, and they made less quality instruments to be 'sold to the trade'. It was a means of making a living.
  5. I'm pretty sure he would be a composite. One of those rare violins that shows up at auction with great fanfare, but begins to generate questions. It plays great, but the back doesn't match the front.
  6. I don't find any recent auction activity... Wenberg offers this description: "Pettibone; New Castle, PA. Amateur violin maker. Worked there in the early 1900's. Various models. Pre-carved necks. Domestic maple. Handwritten label. Made more than 85 violins."
  7. There were 5 Matthias Neuners. The date on yours would indicate #5...son of #4. Auction prices from $500-$700 Don't sell the farm.
  8. Thanks for bringing this up here. Forum protocol prevents me from advertising here, but I welcome any questions or comments made by others.
  9. Carl Grimm(2) - Maker in Sarr - worked c.1841-1870. Bows stamped GRIMM may have been made by Heinrich Knopf(1) who worked 1860-1875 (good bow maker)
  10. Nothing on bows, but one of his fiddles auctioned for $915 in 1989...
  11. Matt! Thanks for that very good information. I didn't even think to search for a place with that name. I stand corrected.
  12. I find nothing in the literature for a "Pedro Leoni" or a "Pay Sandu" I'd guess this is an amateur maker who, rightfully did not become a professional. ...or it's just a total fake,bearing an Italian sounding name.
  13. I don't think eBay feedback can be 'faked', but I could get 500 positive feedbacks selling cell phone ringtones, then switch to selling violins. The feedback does not reflect category of items sold.
  14. If you could have only violin makers on the menu, what could you serve? Here's a list of food and drink to start your meal: (All are names of documented Violin Makers.) Bacon Beer Bourbon Burger Cacciatori Candi Capellinni Carbonari Ceci Champagne Coffee Collard Crab Curry Fish Fowle Franks Fryer Gelato Ham Hash Herring Knisch Lamb Martini Morel Pasta Pate Parmeggiani (and Romano) Primavera Rye
  15. The more famous Johann Cuypers was born in 1723...therefore HE could not have made a violin in 1721. His father Johannes (Jan de oude) worked c.1707-1720. This of course does not validate your instrument, but only validates that the name and time could be possible. <changed 1823 to 1723. Thanks for the largess Ken, but a hundred years is just a mistake!>
  16. I'm just saying that labels can be a useful part of the identification process. Personally, I think that anyone who says "the label is the last thing I look at", is...fibbing. I also know that nothing will ever replace the experienced luthier's eye and expertise.
  17. ...anybody ever heard of F. Sautner of Vienna?
  18. OK - There's the labels of Antonius Stradivarius, Joseph Guarnerius, Nicolas Amatus, Johann Baptist Schweitzer, Jacob Stainer and a few others that we all know are 99% bogus. But - does this mean that the label has absolutely no meaning? And of course, 80% of the labels with Italian names are suspect as well. But - How about all those thousands of less than stellar makers who, have nevertheless turned out some very nice violins. Without labels in the lesser violins wouldn't we have millions of violins and not a clue who made them? I propose that a label is quite often a very valuable clue. ...especially for those who deal every day in violins that are not worth millions of dollars.... I mean, who's going to fake this: and who would figure out it was his without the label?
  19. I don't about the 'Northern' part, but here's a list of possibles... Kimble Robert D. 1974 1997 USA Decatur, GA DeStephano S. Chris 1978 1998 USA Warwick, NY Cohen Donald M. 1970 2001 USA Alexandria, VA McCook Charles F., Jr. 1981 2001 USA Stone Mountain, GA I McMahon Robert H. 1980 2001 USA Atlanta, GA Frederick David M. 1997 2005 USA Atlanta, GA Devletsah Ziya 2000 2009 USA Marietta, GA Dudley Barry 1990 2009 USA Monroe, GA Huthmaker Roland (Buddy) 1985 2009 USA Atlanta, GA Kim Young M. 1992 2009 USA Atlanta, GA Pullen Mark Evans 1985 2009 USA Atlanta, GA Sachs Ronald 1987 2009 USA Lilburn, GA Both
  20. Merkuns ain't got no class, no mo. I suspect a bad rapper would have done better. Merkuns ain't got no class, no mo.
  21. There's several pages of Schweitzer violins (and cello) photos in Benedek's book on Hungarian makers...
  22. Here's a couple of Schweitzer labels: Previous poster is correct - Genuine Schweitzer's have auctioned for $3400 to $16,000 in the past 10 years. There's SO many fake JBS fiddles out there, that the odds are not in your favor. Could certainly be worth $350 even for a fake. If you get it, and it looks good...take it immediately to a good luthier for a look!
  23. Look carefully for soundpost cracks. Nobody ever fakes those...
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