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  1. Anybody familiar with Jacobus Schuster, Penzberg?

    By the way, @jacobsaunders, one reason I posted this is because I had an experience where another MN reader wrote to me to let me know that they had a violin made by the same (obscure) American maker as one I posted. So we were able to compare notes and learn about the maker’s history. Both of our violins were definitely made by the same hand. In the U.S., there were many local makers with work of varying quality, and their violins tended to be traded locally. Unless a maker was associated with a large firm that had a distribution network, American violins made locally generally stayed in the vicinity of the maker. And even for good makers that have been dead for many years, their violins have still tended not to migrate. The locals tended to know who the good makers were, and kept their instruments locally. So I am guessing that the same might be true for violin makers in other countries who made violins as a hobby or for local sales only, and not for dealers. As I said, I am guessing. So maybe “Jacobus Schuster” was a real violin maker in Penzberg. Or maybe not. I think part of the fun of this site is discovering what others have or have found. Even if it does turn out to be “the usual.” And I really appreciate your expertise. But I do want to ask you (and anybody else), was there a similar phenomenon of unknown local makers in small towns in Saxony/Germany that made violins outside of the large violin-making centers of Markneukirchen and Mittenwald, and produced violins for the local markets?
  2. Anybody familiar with Jacobus Schuster, Penzberg?

    Thanks, Jacob. Yes, I would say "the usual" too, but It appears (to me) to be built on an outside form, not BOB. The inside blocks are symmetrical and the linings run uninterrupted in back of the blocks. The rib miters are not centered at the join as I would expect with BOB, but the C-rib starts inside the C-bout as one would expect to see with an outside form. In the attached picture, you can see the end grain of the upper rib and the C-rib begins underneath it. It is hard to capture in a photograph as the miter line is almost invisible. Still, Jacobus Schuster could have been a shopkeeper or a coal miner.
  3. How to Repair Button Separation From Neck?

    Repair is complete. Here are some before and after pictures. It came out quite nicely, and it did not need a new bridge even though the fingerboard projection came up about 1.5mm. I have posted pictures of the full violin in a different thread.
  4. Anybody familiar with Jacobus Schuster, Penzberg?

    Here are some pictures. This violin bears the handwritten label of a “Jacobus Schuster” in Penzberg c. 1910. Penzberg is a small town in Germany, and was a coal mining town. I cannot find any other examples of this maker’s work or other contemporary makers of his in Penzberg. The violin appears to have been built on an outside form. The inside blocks are symmetrical and the linings run across the backs of the blocks. The rib miters are also constant with an outside form. The bottom rib is 2 pieces, and the saddle is set into the top. The scroll looks looks like a Markneukirchen scroll with fluting that goes to about 7:30 and a very tiny delta in the back. There is a brand or a tool mark on the top block. The overall workmanship is clean and neat both inside and out, but nothing that I would consider stylish. The dimensions are as follows: Length of Back: 356mm Upper Bout: 165mm Center Bout: 111mm Lower Bout: 205mm Body stop: 193mm Over stand: 7mm Projection: 19.5mm Bridge Height: 31mm Neck width at nut: 23mm Fingerboard length: 270mm Neck length: 140mm Rib Height: 31mm
  5. "Miles Davis is not Mozart: The brains of jazz and classical pianists work differently even when playing the same piece of music." "A musician's brain is different to that of a non-musician. Making music requires an interplay of abilities which are also reflected in more developed brain structures. Scientists have discovered that these capabilities are embedded in a much more finely tuned way than assumed: The brain activity of jazz pianists differs from those of classical pianists, even when playing the same piece of music."
  6. Fake or real repair?

    I think that something like that would be a fun and challenging jigsaw puzzle!
  7. Does a violin improve with age?

    @Byrdbop Does a violin improve with age? Maybe, but so far it has been impossible to prove that they do, and the laws of thermodynamics are against it. What we do know for sure is that violins fall apart over time. However, promotion of the lore that violins improve with age has been very profitable for dealers of old violins. And I am okay with that.
  8. For your Friday enjoyment: A compellingly odd but beautiful violin, c. 1941 This violin has been on Craigslist for many months with a very slow price drop. The maker, William Pierce, was local to Allentown Pennsylvania, U.S.A., nearby to where it is being sold. Personally, I hate it when violins are called "wall-hangers," but this one really does deserve to be displayed as well as played.
  9. old German violin

    You could also consider selling or trading it to a luthier who wants to restore it.
  10. Deformed bow

    Possibly a fiddler played it a lot with a 3-finger bow hold where the bottom knuckle of the index finger pushes down on the top of the bow.
  11. Why mortise the neck?

    It is 12º F outside my house now. You could freeze some things off in a kilt. No sense to that!
  12. T2 Auction online tomorrow.

    Also noted the "Maggini-model" volute on that fiddle. Perhaps the 5-ply purfling is some kind of minimalist interpretation of double purfling.
  13. Bow with Tortoiseshell frog ID

    They used turtles for frogs. Got it.
  14. T2 Auction online tomorrow.

    It looks right to me.
  15. old German violin

    Welcome to MN, @c.neal, and thanks for sharing the pictures of your violin. Well done! This looks like a nice violin that is worth a thorough examination by a good luthier (not simply the local music store). I would strongly encourage you not to do anything more to it, including cleaning it. Cleaning can have unintended consequences on the varnish and cracks, and should be done by an experienced professional. It is wonderful that you daughter is interested in playing the violin! While you do not mention her age or size, I want to caution you that this violin is probably not a violin for a younger child or a beginner. Finally, a straight-on picture of the bottom rib (endpin and saddle area) would be useful.