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  1. Thank you, Jacob; is this also a Thir (or maybe better than a Thir)?
  2. hmm... An alleged fussen instrument, ca 1800, of mine has very similar outline and appearance as the OP, except the warmer syrup varnish. I have never thought it could be possibly associated with Thir (school). I have minimal violin knowledge and have not yet seen a Thir in person. However, in my impression, Thirs tend to be somewhat bold and stout looking, with a relatively broad pattern and rich/warm/dark varnish. Aren't they?
  3. This one does really hurt the reputation of Caussin...
  4. Once again, Vengerov is always Vengerov. Actually, I would also like to hear the opinion on this particular violin he played.
  5. I saw at least two major differences between them, (1) the varnish: OP, especially the ribs, is characteristic hazelish yellow, and (2) the edge work: OP has thick edges and fat and blunt corners.
  6. I may see some signs for a basic Caussin school violin; could possibly be a player, powerful but often bright.
  7. A very basic "Caussin school": painted purflings (both front and back), and I would expect the front scroll fluting just ended right after 6 o'clock. Is this a bought-in German scroll?
  8. Semi interesting. Just wondering the purfling on the front and particularly the back. While would not be viewed clearly, it appears to be scratches (not the real ones), aren't they?
  9. Is there a delta in the bottom back of the scroll and are there upper corner blocks?
  10. Just a little more to add: I would think an old Juzek MA could be the choice of players while an EH Roth would increasingly be the preference of collectors, similar to function vs. value.
  11. The label of Juzek MA did include "in Prague"
  12. All are instruments of quality. The 1st Bohemian is a 1920s Juzek MA, although the vanish was somehow messed up.
  13. This is very informative and good to know. Thank you. However, it may not be applicable to all my fiddles. Among three fiddles I quickly picked up, just the 1st Bohemian has such a step, the other two (the 2nd Bohemian and a French) do not have (see the photos). Possibly just happen to my fiddles. Nonetheless, I will start to pay attention to such a feature which I have never noticed before.
  14. Schuster Co. is a mass-produced German trade fiddle, made around the turn of 1900, which, if in a good condition, appears to have a value of $1.5-3K in a shop.