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  1. Hey, thanks for dropping in! I have a few questions:

    20 hours ago, TK1 said:

    In 2015 I contacted Phillip Injeian who had recently discovered the Totenburg Strad.  Originally, he had professionally tried to dismiss me, as he was flooded with inquiries about potential finds.  However, since then he has studied the fiddle and consequently signed off on its authenticity.

    "Authenticity" as what? Did he write a certificate?

    20 hours ago, TK1 said:

    Dendrochronologist Mauro Bernabei has agreed with Ratcliff.  Bernabei did send a report that showed the two halves of the top are bookend matched as typical of that era.

    "Agreed with Ratcliff" about what? What were the date results of the dendrochronology analyses?

    20 hours ago, TK1 said:

    Peter Biddulph examined the fiddle and had some quite interesting comments and insightful information.

    What @jacobsaunders asked.

    20 hours ago, TK1 said:

    There is much more data and information in our possession. 

    I am sure that there is. Care to share it? What you have shared so far raises more questions than it answers.

  2. 10 minutes ago, Blank face said:

    So there’s absolutely no contradiction between Roths using an outside mould and divided lower ribs.

    Thanks for the clarification.

    Do you think Roths were made using an outside mold? Heberleins? Fickers?

    It would still surprise me if they used outside molds, but I suppose that is because of my own set of assumptions.

  3. 16 hours ago, David Stiles said:

    On the other hand, I can confirm though that the corners all overhang the ribs at least 1 where they are not worn.  More like 2-2.5mm on the first violin.  Is this consistent with BOB construction?

    Yes, the rib joins were often filed back. In the second violin, it appears from the pictures that the rib joins extended to the corners, but were filed back which squared them off. 


  4. 6 hours ago, Strad O Various Jr. said:

    Well this violin has the liners not only set into the corner blocks from BOTH sides, but also set into the top and bottom blocks, and the liners go in square full width, not to a point like Mittenwald liners, also the c bout ribs are feathered into the lower ribs, so that the lower rib makes the termination, not joined in the middle like one would expect for an external mold, so its more than likely this was built on an internal mold.

    Can you post pictures?

    6 hours ago, jacobsaunders said:

    If you ask Mr Roth, the next time you speak to him, I expect he would confirm to you that they use the outside mould

    That would be quite surprising.

  5. 59 minutes ago, David Stiles said:

    Just wondering what features to look for that makes both violins appear to be Markneukirchen 

    For one thing, the rib corners are pinched and extend into the corners indicating that it was "built on the back" construction from Markneukirchen.

  6. 4 hours ago, wooden said:

    I know it is a naive question but could it be original?

    Do you mean original to the violin when it was made or was it added later?

    It would be easier to tell if the picture showed more of the area around the label. There are some hints that there is a footprint from an earlier larger label. And as @jacobsaunders says, beware of darkened labels.


  7. “The fifth maker whose instruments can be found all over America is the Jackson-Guldan Company. The Jackson-Guldan factory made what I believe are the only violins ever to have been made completely by machinery. They made thousand and thousands of them, proving to me at least that violins should be made by hand.”

    David Bromberg, from a lecture on American Violin Makers in 2007.

  8. 6 hours ago, Shelbow said:

    Yes definitely seen some water damage at the lower bout / block.

    Actually, "ridden hard and put away wet" is an American colloquialism meaning that something was used hard and not taken care of.

    It originates from riding a horse hard causing it to sweat, and then stabling it without drying, brushing and grooming it properly; hence the horse was "ridden hard and put away wet," which is not healthy for the horse.

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