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  1. The United States is becoming covered in wildfire smoke from coast-to-coast causing sunsets that almost look like they are from another planet.
  2. Those are just lines drawn on the picture to illustrate the concept.
  3. I think that the old wooden "coffin" cases caused much of the actual wear that we see on old violins. They weren't well padded nor did they hold violins very snuggly. So the violins rattled and scrapped around inside of them. Plus, I assume that the wooden cases were made from cheap wood and were a source of wood worms that simply moved from the case to the violin.
  4. @martin swan mentioned once that curved ends of pegboxes were found in violins that were not routed. But even besides the rounded pegbox, I also find it very curious that the pegbox isn't blackened. Here is a close-up of the pegbox under the volute. Perhaps a more experienced eye than mine can distinguish if it was made with hand tools or a router. In cleaning it, I noticed an area of bubbling varnish, which seems to be a somewhat not-uncommon defect of red Mittenwald varnishes pre-WWI.
  5. This is actually a good example. Just look at the first and third pictures to see the dents made by hitting and poking the back with a flat head screwdriver. Spending the afternoon here using the search function would likely answer your other questions.
  6. She is a fine violin maker, too!
  7. I was about to go to an MAA meeting, so I am glad it is back.
  8. Thanks for your interest in this. I can see what you're saying about the picture; it does look like separation, but what I think it is is a thin dark shadow where the hole in the block is slightly larger than the lining going in to the block. It does look like it is a shadow separating the block from the end of the lining, though. Still, it is hard to see. This is why I find it so dang hard to tell if the linings are inserted, so Blank face has given some good clues to look for. The other characteristic that moved me to the Mittenwald assignment is the purfling is very close to edge, and varnish seems much more to be Mittenwald red, instead of Mirecourt red. I cleaned it and set it up today. It is a fun violin to play!
  9. Thanks - helpful to know. Despite some of the unexpected differences from Mittenwald violins (to me), is this a typical Mittenwald Verleger violin? Great story, Jacob - thank you!
  10. Any ideas in what time period this violin was made?
  11. Link? I don't recall it, and I do enjoy your stories! Might be, but I think the ROI in time and money would be negative.
  12. If I took the belly off, it would not be pretty. And, fortunately, there are no cracks or other reasons to pay to have it done.
  13. I mean it was originally made in Chinese workshop. These violins are not expensive. Who knows how it has since been modified?
  14. Here is a picture of the lower bass corner block. It does appear to me that the corner block is longer in the outer rib. I am absolutely terrible at ascertaining if linings are inserted into blocks or not, so thanks for this hint. It is very helpful going forward. This is one of those mix-signal violins, but now, "on balance," I think you and Blank face are right. Still, there are some things that seem very un-Mittenwald about it. Post WWII construction, perhaps?
  15. With those ropey edges, it looks more modern Chinese to me.
  16. No, this is straight-up counterfeiting with intent to deceive.
  17. Thanks for your comments. I just went back to look at the rib joins more closely. The rib joins are all mitered with the C-rib starting inside, so not a BoB violin.
  18. Here are some pictures of the interior:
  19. I thought that this violin was French, but now I am not sure mostly because there are no cleats on the back seam. No label. LOB: 360mm. Rib joins are mitered, not pinched. Pegbox is not blackened, and back end is carved in a semi-circle. Scroll fluting goes to end of throat. Long beestings that point into the c-bout. No pins in back or top, and no locator nicks in ribs or back plate. Button is neat and round with nicks on sides. Not a pressed-plate (waffle) violin. Thoughts?
  20. Plus they tune their fiddles before they play them and wipe the rosin off of them when they're done.
  21. When a rectangular section of the back under the button is cut out and replaced with new wood during a button replacement, it has become to be referred to as a "brick." In this case, the "brick" is not rectangular; it is rounded and not as obvious as most "bricks" are.
  22. If people bring every suspicious violin they find in internet auctions to Maestronet, then there will be no room to discuss anything else. I'd suggest that you subscribe to The Cozio Archive and learn to compare violins you find in auctions with authentic examples. Also the Bromptons database can have helpful pictures. Usually fakes will make themselves obvious quickly. If you ever do find something authentic and nice and you bring it here, the chances are good that somebody is going to outbid you for it.
  23. Well, a picture that doesn't cut-off the bottom of the label, for starters. If you can't get the entire label in one picture, then take multiple pictures.
  24. Not quite. What he said was, " I’m not convinced of the label. Especially the last two handwritten numbers of the year look very modern." I'd suggest you post some better pictures of the label.
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