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  1. Is this a typical through neck? It is interesting seeing the combination of such an unsophisticatedly constructed neck with a deeply cut scroll, almost (but not quite) a Juzek MA one.
  2. Not so sure your sister has ever played this instrument with that set up.
  3. Regardless of the signature, there might be some other telltale signs in the pictures. Do the rib joints at the corners appear to be clamped? Are the corners not as squarish/abrupt as one would expect? Is the purfling somewhat narrower and closer to the edge? and do workshop CMs have cleats on the center joint of the two-piece back as for a "typical" commercial French of that time?
  4. A few questions: (a) Is the very short throat of scroll indicative of any making school? (b) why are the strings strung with such a high clearance above the fingerboard? I understood the gut strings tend to be soft under the fingers, but this bridge is really tall, and (c) was the pegbox blacken? It, in the last picture, appears to be, with the dye being dispersed.
  5. Are there cleats on the central seam inside the violin?
  6. Probably my mistake, I am not sure two pieces were played, though equally delightfully, on the same instrument.
  7. Some additional photos (taken by myself). Hope to hear some comments on the quality of the bow. IMHO, it is delightfully played overall, with the combination of agreeable feel and clean and sweet tone it produces.
  8. Haha, we all knew what referred is the Markies with a fake JB Schweitzer label, although I do wish to have a genuine JB Schweitzer myself.
  9. If serious for a functional, often good-sounding and good-looking player in or slightly above your price range, your just get a JB Schweitzer or one of Caussin school in good playing condition. They are mass-produced German and French, respectively. However, they will not go terribly wrong, especially Schweitzers.
  10. A genuine Joannes Maria Valenzano is truly a work of art to me. http://harrisonfrankfoundation.com/16-valenzano/
  11. I am a noivce. However, to my eyes that have being trained by the experts at MN, this is truly one of very high quanlity modern violins I have ever seen. Thank you, Jacob, for the excellent work and for sharing the photos!
  12. Hope to learn a little more for the quality (e.g., pernambuco or something else) and workmanship. Octagonal stick, silver mounted, weighed at 60 g. Appreciate comments in advance.
  13. https://www.violinstringreview.com/ Passiones are low tension, and great strings, the best of both worlds (synthetic and gut).
  14. The treble side C-bout rib joints appear to be clamped togher with the joint lines in the center. Based on what I learned from MN, could this be indicative for built-on-back for such an instrument?
  15. Just would hope to learn the German ID, without the information for cornerblockology.
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