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  1. What is the max thickness that these two tools can measure? I am thinking at the center of the bass bar + the top plate, the total thickness could be up to 40mm. If these two devices can handle the ~40mm thickness, it's also a good way to assess the location of the bass bar and see if it's properly oriented.
  2. I am glad I saw this post. The violin I am working on has good power and response on A D G strings. The open E string does not ring and feels relatively weak. Howerever, the 'pressed-down' notes on the E string are otherwise OK. I was puizzled for several weeks. I heard that the E string is the easiest to adjust and optimize. I played around with sound post positions and differnt bridges but no dice. Before I read the post, the afterlength on the G had the pitch 'E'. After lengthening the distance between the bridge and tailpiece, the afterlength pitch dropped D, the E string now has the pleasant ringing and nice response to it. Thank you.
  3. Thank you for the info. ~$400 is not cheap and is about another fix upper violin off the internet, But this tool should tell me which ones deserves the open belly surgery
  4. Is there a way to measure the violin Top/bottom plate thickness without taking the violin apart? What tool do I need for such type of measurements? I am particularly interested in the center region of the bottom plate. Thank you.
  5. Hi Jacob, Thank you for the information. Looks like my initial assessment was not too far off, although I hoped the violin was older than just late 19th century Based on your info, I found this article (http://www.allthingsstrings.com/layout/set/print/News/Interviews-Profiles/German-Factory-Fiddles-The-Mystery-of-Origin) to further educate myself.
  6. Hello, Or has anyone seen other violins with intentionally drawn black lines to mimick cracks? One thing that puzzles me is why would anyone spent effots to imitate an unknown/unpolular style? Since I am guessing this violin was made around 1850 - 1870 (please correct me if I am wrong), the style to copy should be the Strad, guarneri or Stainer if the maker was located in the Bohemian region. Thank you.
  7. Here are more images. There are no cracks on the ribs, just black lines drawn mimicking cracks. Thank you. Back of the scroll: Bottom Rib: Lower Right Side Rib: Lower left Side Rib:
  8. Hi, I managed to get the picture of the label, which reads Christian Donat Hopf, 173x. I don't belivei this violin could be that old, But could anyone comment if the violin is a faithful copy or imitation of the original Hopf from the 1700's? The late 19th century Hopf violins look more boxy than this violin. I am curious about the origin of this violin. Thank you and Happy New Year!
  9. Hi, This is the 'old' violin whose odd looking bridge and finer tuner were posted in the following thread http://www.maestronet.com/forum/index.php?/topic/331713-please-help-id-the-bridge-and-the-fine-tuner/#entry656660 I am looking for more info regarding this violin. The scroll was very well grafted. I had to look at it carefully to believe it is an acutal graft, not hand drawn. However, most of the seemmingly cracks on the violin are hand drawn black lines. There is one actual crack on the right top F hole. I am guessing this violin is made around 1850's in the Bohemian region. Hope the experts here could provide more info. It seems to imitate an even earlier style from the 1700's, basing on the fake cracks. Thank you and Happy Holidays. What appear to be cracks are acutally black lines drawn onto the violin
  10. Hi, the post was not intended to be a joke, but the craftsmanship of the bridge might be, to expert luthiers. The bridge is one piece and is still in functional playable condition to the violin, which sounded baroque-ish. With a newly fitted bridge and soundpost, the violin sounds vastly different, but that's beside the point of this post. I will post some pictures of the violin later. I am trying to see if anyone has seen this type of bridge before, and if the bridge can be related to a certain date, region, etc. Thank you.
  11. Hi, First time posting here. The bridge and the fine tuner came with an old violin. Without showing the violin, could someone comment on the style, date, location of the bridge and the fine tuner? The fine tuner hooks onto the E string, the center piece presses down on the string as it turns. Thank you. http://imgur.com/FN7YWZS
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