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  1. I have a similar feel. Besides the corners, the ovally scroll is also quite Germanic, even with the blackened edge.
  2. Is orthodox appearance or construction equal to American? Any possibility of being English, etc.? I am a little curious of the title.
  3. Why not? These are indeed the two main characteristics in appearance I would prefer for an 'old' instrument if anything else being equal.
  4. So have I, although I am just an amateur hobbyist with a very modest collection.
  5. I have a similar hobby, probably a problem to be more precise. Here is the difficult part of it, among my small collection, besides 2 big names, approximately half of them are similar in one way or the other. As a hobbyist, I love them all since they are old, good-looking, and with decent yet individually distinct tonal quality. However, I only have two hands. BTW, the neck of Forster requires a reset (the projection appears to be too low).
  6. Overall, the appearances of both are quite stout, somewhat less dexterous or graceful as EH Roths I have seen, although all of those are factory fiddles.
  7. Somehow, the appearance of both is somewhat atypical for the "standard" EH Roths I have seen in my local violin shop that is considerably well-known.
  8. It does appear to be a German/Czech sort of thing. A couple of Bohemian/Czech instruments I have have such a saddle, including a 1926 Juzek MA as shown.
  9. I am not familiar with Sapp instruments, thus is not qualified to provide any comment. However, we have two Snow JHS, based on the labels, made by William Hu (more likely his skillful apprentices in his workshop) in 2004 and 2013. Both instruments, made from very nice wood and with appealing craftsmanship, were around $5K. The tone characters of them are very different, the 2013 is very warm and full, while the earlier is brilliant and powerful, but still full. Apparently, each violin is different, even of the same grade and from the same workshop. The 2013 Snow is the only one my son, a talented violinist, would choose if plays. Violin tone is subjective and each player may have different preference. Just for your reference, I (or we) have more than these fore-described violins; including the considerably nicer ones, based on provenance, wood and construction, and tonal quality. Moreover, we are not completely novices... Again, the 2013 Snow is the only one he prefers and has been playing since we bought it new.
  10. Not to be disappointed to know it is a Marki, as Roth and Juzek (Master Art) are 100% Marki.
  11. I do agree with Jocob and all the others (especially for clarifying the two-piece top plate). It is, at least most likely, a Marki.
  12. Is that also possible a mass-produced factory French, given the one-piece table plate (and slightly better than the typical scroll and button of the 'usual'), especially if all corners are blocked?
  13. Very interesting indeed. I would wonder whether it has all one-piece construction (back, front, and bottom rib)! Is the saddle missing or there is no saddle to start with?
  14. To provide a rather complete picture for the OP, I added a few more photos, mainly for the scroll. The fluting goes all the way into the bit end of the throat of scroll. I pay a great attention to the scroll and tend to believe the workmanship of scroll usually discloses the quality of a violin as an whole regardless the provenance.
  15. Really good to know; thank you, Martin. Luckily, I have no violin that is 363 or larger, it would be too big for me to handle.