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  1. Well, thank you gentlemen, that is quite illuminating. It sounds nice and I like it - which, for the princely sum of £45, cannot be a bad thing. Is that about what it is worth do you think? Or could I double up on my investment?
  2. Thanks for your insight. There was me thinking as it was bought by my friends mother in Berlin in 1929 and has 'Made in Berlin' written inside it, it was, odds on, made in Berlin. I never thought it was worth a huge amount, although interesting to note there appears to be an an identical one for sale here for at least $2500 US. http://www.allthingsstringscommunity.com/profile/DavidBrewerFineViolinsLLC It does seem curious that somebody who apparently cannot make violins himself and has infact never made a violin, the implication being he apparently knows very little about making violins, suddenly thought, 'I know, I am going to set up a factory to start making and exporting violins' at some point in the middle of the 19th century. It seems even stranger to me that, having set this factory up, he then started importing violins from another factory in Schonbach in order to brand them, internally, with his own labels so that he could then claim they were made in his own Berlin factory and sell them on. Curiouser and curiouser.
  3. From another forum...however I was really looking for a bit of specific information on the 'Special Copy of Antonius Stradivarius' instrument if possible? The information below is not about my violin specifically. ...Louis Lowendall and his father Ludwig. Ludwig was a draper and amateur violin maker and Louis was firstly a player (a good violinist and 'cellist) who trained as a violin maker under Bausch and as a bow maker under Knopf. In 1855 Louis set up in business in Berlin and in 1866 father and son opened a workshop in Berlin called 'Star Works' in the same city, employing many fine craftsmen making nicer quality trade violins. Later, they expanded to open a workshop in Dresden, and in 1867 set up in business in the USA. Louis Lowendall (or Lowenthal, or Lowendahl) was a maker... in fact, he made his first violin, if you can call it that, at age 7. It was nothing more than pieces of wood glued together with cotton thread for strings, but it showed his father that he was so determined to learn to play that he bought him a proper violin to learn on. He became quite an accomplished violinist but an even better 'cellist. However, he was more renowned as a dealer in, and collector of instruments of the violin family. He recognised that most of the German trade fiddles of the time were generally a heap of rubbish, and not fit to be called 'player' instruments, and so tried to redress the balance a little by setting up a factory workshop employing skilled craftsmen to turn out decent instruments of far better playing quality than the average German trade fiddle. On the whole, he succeeded. However, output from his four-storey Berlin factory workshop was varied... good violins originating from this source are worth having. Lowendall violins are on the 'loud' side, and sometimes quite harsh. Harsher ones command less of a price than the better ones, for obvious reasons. Whether the pencil signature is that of Lowendall is doubtful... like those employed by The Beatles to sign their publicity photos, someone will have signed it per pro Lowendall. Certainly, by 1894 the factory workshop in Berlin was well established, and Lowendall would not have been making at that time, so I should discount the signature if I were you. The instruments from this factory workshop bear various inscriptions and logos, both on the main body and on the "hen's tail" behind the peg box. What the word is that ends in 'ed' I cannot conject. He made a friend of the great Norwegian virtuoso, Ole Bull, who lent him his grand concert violin so that Lowendall could copy it. These are normally branded 'Ole Bull'.
  4. Apparently the label is in the Jalovec books, but that is where the thread ends... http://www.maestronet.com/forum/index.php?/topic/323363-berlin-violin-with-l-logo/
  5. I know a little about Lowendall and that he also travelled and spent 6 years in the US before returning to Berlin. It was in the US he changed his name to Lowendall from Lowendahl. I have read what I can find on the internet about Lowendall and his workshop violins, which were of a higher standard than comparable workshop/ factory violins at the time. The Lowendall 'brand' made a lot of different violins of varying standards. I am just curious about this particular model tbh and wondered if anyone knew anything specific about it
  6. Took a while to get approval from the mods...bumping it back up....
  7. Looks pretty identical to the bow I got with my Lowendall today which is also quite heavy, so it could be an old German bow. If it's silver tipped, nickel inset, mother of pearl, stiff, thickish, heavy and looks like that one, then it seems pretty likely to me. Factory job back then most likely, but possibly a good bow now, I would not know about that side of things. I quite like mine so far, although I would never have gone for a heavy bow normally. I may well be completely wrong btw, just a thought.
  8. Hello all, I purchased a Lowendall violin today from a lady whose mother bought it in Berlin in 1929. Came in an old wood case (her mother has this made for the violin) and with an old, presumably original, bow which has mother of pearl insert and is silver tipped, quite thick and stiff to my eyes. Is it worth getting it rehaired as hair is mostly gone now? Violin has a label inside saying 'Made in Berlin. Special Copy of Antonius Stradivarius' along with the wreath with L inside to the right. I have attached links to some pics. Any information regarding what it may be worth or how many were made etc... would be much appreciated. I bought it for myself, as I have not played for years and wish to start playing again. I am curious though. Had it restrung today and it sounds really good to me (which is all that matters really - I did not pay much for it). Thanks in advance for any replies!