Pylorius

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  1. violin ID Help

  2. violin ID Help

    I thought it could be a beat to crap student rental, with the number stamped on the button. I was hoping for a Mittenwald violin, having never tried one yet, but I have to admit that part of my reason for buying it was to get the 50's Lifton case that matches my guitar case, also, I am in a sad state for bows currently & for the price of the entire set-up I could only get something locally that was more horrible than either of these bows could possibly be, I need to play till the snow breaks or I will go stir crazy! I think you are right on about post war, if the case is original( prewar Lifton cases have an oval latch centered on the handle, post war goes to a square latch mounted to the left of the handle as this one has)
  3. violin ID Help

    What do you mean by "later". I am not sure what "half mounted " means in terms of bows...
  4. violin ID Help

    Goodwill sells many of their instruments online, Goodwill is a secondhand shop, or thrift shopperhaps one of the original thrifts!
  5. violin ID Help

    Yes , I only have these photos from the seller, but was hoping for some insight in the meantime till I receive the violin...
  6. violin ID Help

    I picked up this violin at a thrift shop, I only have these photos so far, any ideas as to origin or age? The bows look french to me, the purfling is very close to a rolled looking edge...any help would be appreciated..
  7. What style of purfling?

    I am curious to know what style of purfling this is, so close to a very rolled edge, hard to see... is this indicative of a style or region of violin making? I have acquired this violin, but am unfamiliar with this type of extremely rolled edge, the purfling almost seems to have been set in at an angle.
  8. What Kind of Back Wood?

    Anyone experienced in Sapele knows that it is indistinguishable from Mahogany, especially when wavy and flamed, exept for the cedar-like aroma of the Sapele, so it could be Mahogany with a Cedar top, or Sapele which is a furniture wood that has been used for quite some time and would have been readily available, which fits the theory of using stuff on hand mentioned previously...
  9. What Kind of Back Wood?

    I haven't seen any cedar topped violins, but I would guess Red Spruce of the variety used for older Martin guitars, it has a familiar look to me...
  10. What Kind of Back Wood?

    Something else that I noticed about this violin is that despite being 77 years old, it retains a subtle and pleasant cedar-like scent, which makes me suspect that the top is made of some kind of cedar instead of spruce.
  11. What Kind of Back Wood?

    Something else that I noticed about this violin is that despite being 77 years old, it retains a subtle and pleasant cedar-like scent, which makes me suspect that the top is made of some kind of cedar instead of spruce.
  12. What Kind of Back Wood?

    I have seen countless old Gibson guitars with this similar variety of Honduran Mahogany, with the wavy pores in the grain...
  13. Spruce with bear claw a feature?

    In the world of guitars, bearclaw is thought to provide a lateral stiffness, which can add to the response of the instrument in a good way, if taken into account of the overall construction. Also used to gauge grain runout, which in turn can aid wood selection...since these are utilitarian considerations, I would think it could also apply to violin construction.
  14. French or Fake French?

    I am not doing anything fancy with tuners, I am simply tuning my A to 432hz, and tune the rest of the strings by ear. I focus on what sounds correct in relationship to other instruments, as well as my own, which may , or may not be perfectly in tune if measured at a given point. This can be due to variations i from the bowing, but also vibrato, in fact slight variations in pitch are necessary for a "musical" performance, just as a piano is tuned.If I do the same with a 440hz reference it does not sound in tune to my ear, so your "margin of error" is simply "error" to my ear...
  15. French or Fake French?

    I am by no means suggesting it is a comprehensive comparison( I at least only compared it to the other large bodied examples), but I don't have access to French violins for comparison, & have too choose something...so tweaked or not, if my violin sounds like what is being presented as a top notch soloistic late 19th c. French instrument, and I know mine hasn't been tweaked, well that's still a pretty big compliment to the tone and response of the violin,...And yes it is kind of that clarinet sound that isn't the warmest really, but the response is really there, and it has warmed up quite a bit with gut strings... I do appreciate your response and input.