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  1. MikeV

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    Could this be French? Eye is rather small.
  2. Has anyone seen this Franca stamp vs. France stamp before?
  3. Yes, but I don't know if this is spelled correctly. In most cases I've seen labels used, hadn't seen it stamped right on the maker's label.
  4. Anyone ever see this on a violin label?
  5. Thanks for the responses, they have all been interesting. Is there a recognized "standard" setup for bridges? I'm ask since many of the violins I've seen have bridges with different appearances. From symmetrical, to low, to sloping. How can I tell if the bridge is technically "correctly" setup? I had some concern with string height and potential damage to fingers. I get varying answers on the subject.
  6. My son visited with his Uncle this summer and he mentioned violin bridges are cut differently based on whether you fiddle (Irish Music) or play classical music. Where the fiddlers prefer a step angle to the E string. Any validity to this? Do players or style of music end up preferring a particular bridge shape?
  7. I happen to have another violin where the bridge is rather high. Depending on the verdict on the low bridge, I was planning on having the same luthier cut a new bridge for this violin. That said, I felt his bridges might be cut too high and wanted to know how I could tell if this is the case or not. My son was complaining some about finger pain and I want to make sure it's not due to the instrument. Mike
  8. On the subject of string height. Are there defined standards for proper string height at the nut/end of the fingerboard? Was curious since I've seen bridges cut differently as well as varying string heights. Some bridges are essentially symmetrical while others have a gradual rise from E to G. One article I read mentioned that if the strings are too high it can lead to repetitive stress and nerve damage to the fingers. Regards, Mike
  9. Looks like I'll need to take it to the luthier.
  10. This would make sense as the bridge is cut rather low, as you say, nut may also be an issue.
  11. Yeah, it doesn't make sense, I'll look for the peg slip.
  12. Not sure how to describe this, the e string is tuned in open position, sounds fine, but when played in other positions, it's not in tune. Violin has a new fresh set of strings and tailpiece. Any ideas what would cause such as issue? Could it just be poorly installed strings? I noticed the winding isn't perfect. Regards, Mike
  13. Wanted to know if anyone has background on the history of the Ivan Dunov line of Eastman strings violins. Looks like there has been a number of changes over the years. Looks like production moved from Bulgaria to Romania around 2003? There have been changes in the naming and numbering. For example, the VL401 used to be labeled as Superior and has now been labeled as standard vs. the 402 Superior. I've also seen a difference in appearance depending on year. Varnish colors. Any insight regarding changes in quality would be appreciated. Regards, Mike
  14. Don't know as I don't have the violin in hand.
  15. Unfortunately, I don't have the fiddle in hand. Just saw the picture and was curious since I hadn't seen a violin have this particular appearance. I've seen something similar where grain runs perpendicular to the tiger, but not the circular growth pattern rings. James response helped clarify why the difference exist.