J-G

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  1. Beautiful thing! Made for Ysaye around 1920 by Sartory. That's quite late in Y.'s career, so it probably didn't get much use by him. Fascinating to read that it was later owned by the concertmaster of the Sioux City (Iowa) orchestra.
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    Neudorfer bow

    Nice profile of the man and his work (in Italian) with good photos on Paolo's bow blog: http://www.atelierdarcheterie.com/Articoli_old/RudolfNeudorferarchettier.html Your stamp seems to be unknown to Paolo: Gli archi di primo livello sono solitamente timbrati "RUDOLF NEUDORFER", gli altri più semplicemente "R. NEUDORFER".
  3. Is it maybe this one? https://www.violins.ca/fittings/tailpieces/bogaro_clemente_carbon_tuner.html
  4. Interesting question. Albert Augustine began marketing nylon guitar strings in 1948. Complete sets were out by that date, I believe, though we're told the wound bass strings took longer to develop than the plain trebles. Plain synthetic trebles (irrelevant for violin) were apparently in use from about 1944. It seems surprising that synthetic violin strings came along so much later. There must have been a long period of development and experimentation, but it doesn't seem to have left many traces. If Eudoxa was the most widely used string before the synthetics came along, can one guess that Synoxa was the first Pirastro synthetic?
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    Birdseye

    Very nice. But how about this one? Available in my town for $250. Ad warns: "This is NOT a finely made violin." Easier to pull out of the case and show off though.
  6. John, I don't think many of us amateur adult players paying under $2000 for a violin care much about who made it, or expect to resell it at a profit. In that price range all that really matters is sound and set-up. And like Jeff, I'm more drawn to old trade fiddles that are in good playing condition than to the shiny new stuff. There's so many available, and they are often great bargains. (I know though that there is a segment in the market that wants shine.)
  7. Frank Daniels (franksfiddles.com) builds mostly for fiddlers and has used a variety of woods for backs. His site has some nice photos, but not much in the way of theory.
  8. Then there's the many da Salo models, with a half turn less in the scroll. I much prefer it to the Maggini scrolls-- but wonder if it has any more historical validity. With these too you get the double purfling, but standard body size.
  9. I guess that expectation was still there when I was a conservatory student in the 1970's (in France); our class had to spend a part of every session working through a book with a title something like "Speed Solfege in Seven Clefs". Yes, seven.
  10. Martin, it looks to me as though what we're seeing written above and over Mirecourt on the OP's label is Dieudonné's signature, or an attempt at it.
  11. Discussion of a similar one with old catalogue illustrations here:
  12. Another sort of hybrid, demonstrated by the inventor/builder: Nice version of Sorrento starts around 3:35. Then he pulls out the manviola. Probably not for everyone.
  13. Strangely, a fancy conductor's baton (ivory?) engraved with a conductor's name and "Roseburg Orchestra" was advertised on Craig's List here in Vancouver a few years ago. If I remember right it was a gift presented by the orchestra members. The ad is gone now, but it was likely the same maestro (and engraver). Beautiful bow!
  14. Sorry to say Carl's Jackson will have lost much of its market value as a result of its decal having been ruthlessly stripped off the back. It's an essential feature, and probably irreplaceable-- unless Jacob S. has a pile of them in a drawer somewhere.
  15. This oddity just got a little weirder. The owner has relisted the violin (at a lower price) with a few new photos, including this one: Bizarre, no? Edit: In case the photo isn't appearing, here's the link: https://vancouver.craigslist.ca/van/msg/6200029295.html
  16. If you're quoting the label accurately, this information from Wikipedia may be relevant: Modern two-letter abbreviated codes for the states and territories originated in October 1963, with the issuance of Publication 59: Abbreviations for Use with ZIP Code, three months after the Post Office introduced ZIP codes in July 1963.
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    Nicolas violin?

    Good work. Looks like the present name of the town is in fact Bourg-Saint-Andéol, just as written on the label. And it seems this writer simply doesn't use capitals, and so there's no problem with his name being Mercier. I think we're all understanding the first word as "racomodé"? Proper spelling raccommodé, "re-accommodated".
  18. Nice looking modest violin. If you bought it recently, it's you who can tell us its market value.
  19. I thought surely someone here would be familiar with this type of scroll, and also with the strange construction of the violin body itself. Looks like this must be a real rarity. I've located another photo and a brief description in the guide book to the current exposition of the Mirecourt Museum (downloadable). There we find (pp. 48-9) the museum's own l'Idéal. A photo shows the sliding panel on the back of the peghead that gives access to the mechanism within. From the brief biography of the inventor, it looks as though this geared scroll was his only contribution to French lutherie. The museum's violin, like my Craig's List example, has its own label inside: "Ce violon, acquis par le musée en 2015, porte une première étiquette imprimée à l’encre qui indique « Thiery à Paris ». Selon l’avis de deux luthiers experts, il est très vraisemblablement fabriqué à Mirecourt au tout début du XXe siècle chez Thibouville Lamy. L’étiquette est donc mensongère, comme cela arrive parfois...." (Parfois, indeed!) So probably Pechenart took existing violins and simply replaced their scrolls. But then what sort of violin was the one in the OP? Apart from its scroll, the museum's l'Idéal looks to be built like any violin; but this one seems to have the front and back plates sloping to join each other except in the C bout, where there is a real maple rib. The effect reminds me a little of the wide tulipwood body binding we sometimes see on old mandolins. The ad text says nothing about this feature (nor about the tuners), and seems to assume the violin is a genuine Chanot. Has anyone seen this kind of construction before? Was it another innovation that went nowhere? Or maybe a more recent modification?
  20. Any views on Cacique as a bow wood? It's very beautiful (photo from the Grabenstein site). And Stephen Marvin speaks very highly of it. http://www.historicalbows.com/
  21. "Very rare and fascinating scroll." This oddity has turned up for sale in my town (link below). I can't see that the model has been discussed here before. Another one of those evolutionary deadends, perhaps, a great idea that never quite caught on? Or just an extremely ugly contraption? It has a Georges Chanot label dated 1856, plus the L'idéal label shown. The L'idéal label includes the name Paul Pechenart à Braux, and says "adapted in 1902". I'm not sure if we're to think an existing violin got a new scroll plus body modifications, or not. Because it's for sale, I'm putting this in the Auction Scroll. I have no desire to go see it or play it, just a morbid curiosity about such odd design experiments. The idea of geared machine tuners for guitar goes well back into the 19th century; and placing all the tuners on the "player's side" appeared early among certain builders. But one might have hoped for a more elegant solution than this for violin. And what's with those edges and rims? Google shows a US Patent granted in 1902 for the mechanism. But I don't see any other examples of violins like this. Has anyone here seen this model before? Any insights to offer? https://vancouver.craigslist.ca/van/msg/6146818735.html
  22. Thanks for that, FC. So my dealer may have been right: go figure! [edit] Eric: Guitar is long gone and that's the only photo I have. But yes, I wondered about the size of the piece. In any case it's not one of the standard guitar rosewoods, I think.
  23. Found a viol bow with pink ivory frog: http://www.hfgbowmaker.com/cb.htm#lg Looks unlikely my guitar could be the same wood. Does anyone here recognize the guitar back (3 posts up)?
  24. This guitar was identified as pink ivory by the dealer who sold it. I've never seen another like it, so don't that if that is correct.