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  1. French JTL Labels

    Here’s a list from Wikipedia regarding the JTL violin labels. Did JTL pump out 1/4 sized violins with each and every one of these many labels? —————— List of names used in Jérôme Thibouville-Lamy trade instruments.[4] Alfred Acoulon Joseph Aubrey Geronimo Barnabetti Emile Blondelet Brenton Charles Buthod Compagnon Nicolas Duchêne Médio-Fino Louis Fricot Michel Ange Garini Mansuy Salzard Thiéry Le célèbre vosgien
  2. French JTL Labels

    I am adding this content from an unrelated thread to this one because the topic is on point. I am interested in learning about the history of Violins produced bearing an original JTL-produced label. I own a Michael Ange-Garini as well as a Celebre Vosgien 1/8 violin (Mirecourt 1/4). What other labels did JTL produce and which were generally better or worse quality?
  3. French JTL Labels

  4. old violin for ID

    Thank you. Were there specific labels associated with the higher quality JTL violins that apprentices were rumored to graduate to upon completion of a fine MF? I would be interested in a chart of all of he JTL labels and how they changed over time, and also a chart ordering the various JTL labels by quality. If this exists or if someone can write one up quickly it would be most helpful, thanks! Where did you apprentice?
  5. old violin for ID

    Can you predict the quality of the JTL MF based on the label (dates of production range) or do different violins with the exact same MF label differ noticing your in quality?
  6. old violin for ID

    Thanks. Do the mirecourt 1/4 violins produced under the variety of medio fino labels differ in quality? I plan on adding one to my collection when possible.
  7. Show stopper - the brick

    The purflung design at the button reminds me of the Rezvani brothers’ design, just upside down. Are there other examples of non-standard purflung design at the button?
  8. I took a photograph of a scroll - Life Changing

    I would like very much to see multiple high resolution full color images of the instrument you reference. Thank you for stimulating my imagination.
  9. I took a photograph of a scroll - Life Changing

    I am also very intrigued by the concept being discussed. It seems that this viola had a former life as a larger instrument and was cut down at some point to be used as a viola. Cut down in a way to preserve as much of the original craftsmanship details of the maker. Original scroll, original FFs, original corners, original edge work and purfling (reshaped)... Is there any other way to preserve all of this original work, while cutting the instrument down in size, without making the diagonal cuts that we see? Don't most Amati "violas" have unoriginal corners and edgework? Take a good look at those corners in the photo - if what you are suggesting is true, those are genuine Amati-carved corners, undisturbed and unaltered. They are so tasty, I want to just snap them off and eat them like corn nuts.
  10. I took a photograph of a scroll - Life Changing

    Why do you think the instrument was cut down in this fashion as opposed to other methods of cutting down?
  11. I took a photograph of a scroll - Life Changing

    You're welcome! Let's turn this up a notch. Here's a photo of the front. Good color images of this impossibly important instrument are not available online, this is a strait-to-maestronet bassclef exclusive. ...probably the most important object I've ever held in my hands. Or am I exaggerating? What is this instrument?
  12. I took a photograph of a scroll - Life Changing

    The peg tip on the lower string peg of the OP instrument is similar in style to the ones on the violin you posted. Have you seen this style before? Is it indicative of any particular style?
  13. I took a photograph of a scroll - Life Changing

    What are the origins of this "Screwdriver Ageing" antiquing technique?
  14. I took a photograph of a scroll - Life Changing

    Again, pardon me for the focusing issues, this was a very quick and stealthy photo shoot, one that may or may not have been authorized. What is this scroll?