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  1. English violin ID

    Interesting to read that Joseph Hill used this label more often: I also didn't know that Richard Duke and Josph Hill lived next door to each other near High Holborn.
  2. English violin ID

    I presume with the title that the violin shown here is English. I assume it is from the aura of Richard Duke. I am pretty much convinced that it is all from the same hand, although the front and back purfling is not identical. It has a peculiar label which is largely illegible except for the last name (Hieronymus) and the year (there seem to be 4 names). It has had some very well done repairs including a neck graft, strangely with a very low neck angle, and it needs more work. Can anyone make sense out of this instrument? or the label?
  3. English violin ID

    Got the idea, thanks
  4. English violin ID

    What do mitred inside mould rib joints look like?
  5. English violin ID

    Thanks for ths advice. I don't have the violin with me but can look this up next week. I am adding a picture of the corner. What you describe as "built on the back construction with symmetrical corner blocks and rib joints, sometimes the ribs in a groove of the bottom" I have seen with some instruments, especially a Pamphillon owned by a friend. However, my Duke doesn't show this or I don't know how to identify it (how do I see when it is built on the bottom?). Considering that the bottom round holes of the f-holes are quite small it is hard to see the inside, it seemed that the lining is extemely narrow (3mm) and square shaped I added a few more pictures and can take a few more next week. The violin also needs to be opened and I will have more pictures from the inside in a few weeks.
  6. English violin ID

    Why I assume it is English: I am in England and we always go for English first if it could also be German :). But also: The purfling, max 3mm from the edge, very narrow linings. I have a Duke with exactly these features. But I know, Mittenwald is the other option, and a Duke scroll looks different. On the other hand it is also not the typical Kloz scroll (if you look at it from the back it is too broad towards the top, sideways widening continually where almost all Kloz scrolls have a distinct discontinuity).
  7. Violin I/d?

    High The high linings are typical for French Mirecourt violins, and so are the square shaped blocks and wide purfling.
  8. Violin I/d?

    Shape of the top blockis also French.
  9. How Do the Best Violins Compare?

    Do we actually need solo violins? MN tends to indulge in these discussions about the best sound, and the paradigm is that we all want those Strads that the soloists play. But I would not be astonished if many old expensive instruments were not in the hands of soloists, or orchestra musicians, but rather interested amateurs who can afford this kind of luxury. At least here in the UK orchestra players have to refer to relatively inexpensive good sounding instruments as they often can't afford more. Such instruments are in fact available - excellent sound, nice looking, below 10k. Collectors often look for something else. Take for example the Geord and Dieter Walter collection that was sold by Bongartz: among two old Italians there were lots of beautiful German (Winterling and the likes) and French instruments (several Gand/Bernardels). These instruments are in the tenthousands, often cheaper than a new violin from a well marketed modern maker. For ambitious amateuer players a Stradivari sound may appeal or not. There are undoubtedly many other beauties, old Kloz, old English, Parisian 20th century etc - often giving a very different tone. I do actually like the high overtone characteristic of the later Bernardels. One of my personal favourites is a Duke, high arching, dark powerful tone. Whether it carries to the end of a concert hall is completely unimportant for the enjoyment I get from it. All I care for is beauty of workmanship, historical value (authenticity), and sound at the ear or in chamber music playing. I wonder what the experience of dealers is. Are customers really looking for concert hall carrying power? Maybe Martin can comment.
  10. Building UV box

    But much more effective with UVc - but there you have to be careful, as it is eye damaging. Sunlight has of course also a lot of UVc, but there everybody knows that it is eye damaging.
  11. Building UV box

    I also realised: To dry varnish you need UVb. To antique the wood pre-varnishing (get a nice yellow finish) UVc is much more effective. Careful with UVc (shorter wavelength), it is eye damaging.`
  12. Turpentine concecuenses

    The old masters would have been more likely to have used turpentine than petroleum extracts. Turpentine as a destillation product of treat is essentially alpha-pinene together with smaller amounts of other terpenes. Purity depends on how it was distilled. I can of course be purified to a high purity. Its double bond is of course reactive and can polymerise with the fatty acids and the abietic acid in the spirit varnish during the polymerisation process. As it is not a conjugated double bond it will be less reactive than those in the other components of the varnish. But with enough UV light, radicals and linoleic acid it can become part of the hard varnish product.
  13. Question about f hole fluting and eye relief

    It looks to me like an exact copy of the Messiah Stradivari, which may have been stolen and replaced by an inexpensive replica. TIhe same orange varnish and the same f-hole. I wonder whether on should report this to the Ashmolean and Scotland Yard as a matter of urgency.
  14. Options for creating a darker sounding violin

    Does this mean that the thinning out of wood with funghi ( causes lower density with same stiffness and hence a brighter sound?
  15. Options for creating a darker sounding violin

    Could I ask the same favour to get the article?
  16. French violin mislabeled

    To get some craquel they would have used 25-30% shellac. On this fiddle it probably is a mix of craquel and sweat.
  17. French violin mislabeled

    This is a spirit varnish, but not just shellac. They used a mix of tree rosins (gum elemi, gum mastic, hum benzoin, venetian turp, ...) mixed with 20-25% of shellac shellac that gives a nice craquel. Most of the 20th centure French makers used spirit varnishes, and the same for many of the Italians (Oddone, Fagnola). If you really want to know, used some alcohol to test, carefully though. An oil varnish will actually polymerise and turn very hard, spirit varnishes can stay very soft.
  18. French violin mislabeled

    Nice wood, front and back, I personally really like French workmanship, red varnish with a yellow ground. For me this would be an excellent trade instrument if it sounds. Leon Bernardel are usually somewhat more expensive than JTL often for no good reason. A proper Bernardel is of course preferable, and in a different price range, but many don't like the style and sound of those (Gand & Bernardel) instruments either. Colorful spirit varnishes are now not so much in fashion.
  19. Cello ID

    Can you help me to identify what this cello is. Scratched in purfling, blocked and lined. Rather nice scroll, too nice for a cheap German. It might be English. The f-holes and varnish might go with Forster school, certainly not the scroll. Lockey Hill scratched in purfling but is scrolls are quite different.
  20. Cello ID

    Thanks, I think you are really close. The scroll until 9, almost without chamfer, round button, even the f holes are not far away.
  21. Cello ID

    It can't be French. But thanks anyway.
  22. One more violin ID... whew.

    $2200 sounds OK after it had been set up with a new bridge and strings. This is an attractive instrument.
  23. Not quite right

    Even better, a cello like thing.
  24. Cello ID

    I agree
  25. Cello ID

    There is a cello on sale by a Alan Charles (1994), made in England. I can't find any maker with this name and I am increasingly convinced it is Chinese, probably imported in the white, varnished with shellac varnish, somewhere in Europe. The label bright white paper with some logo, Alan Charles written by pencil. What are your thoughts?