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  1. Thank you for the details, looks like it's not a trivial repair. The estimate is much appreciated.
  2. Pretty nice condition otherwise. It's a midgrade instrument with nice wood. Unknown maker.
  3. Would this crack require top removal? Ball park cost?
  4. MikeV

    ID a revarnish?

    How can you tell it's stripped and revarnished?
  5. I'm asking because I've been on the lookout for one and like to be educated on the subject. Most of the better Roth violins I've seen have better wood, tiger stripes, but I've also seen some early copies that weren't as nice to look at. Wasn't sure how much weight I should put on the violin appearance.
  6. I know Roth had made many violins up to this time, but wasn't sure if the early 20's was a demarcation between the period he was more involved in making violins himself vs. becoming more of a violin factory use of workshop. AFAIK the grading system was introduced somewhere around 1924. Was this just a better way for him to differentiate his base level vs. high level product? Or was it a move to mass production and a wider product set?
  7. MikeV

    ID a revarnish?

    Yes they do. How much does this clear coat affect the instrument? Is removal practical?
  8. MikeV

    ID a revarnish?

    Was wondering what thing to look for. I was looking at the violin above and didn't look like an obvious revarnish, but was told it was suspected to have been revarnished. In the particular case of this violin, I think a coat may have been added, but not sure.
  9. Are violin revarnish obvious? Does crazing hit at a revarnish?
  10. Could this be French? Eye is rather small.
  11. Has anyone seen this Franca stamp vs. France stamp before?
  12. 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.
  13. Anyone ever see this on a violin label?
  14. 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.
  15. 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?
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. Looks like I'll need to take it to the luthier.
  19. This would make sense as the bridge is cut rather low, as you say, nut may also be an issue.
  20. Yeah, it doesn't make sense, I'll look for the peg slip.
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. Don't know as I don't have the violin in hand.
  24. 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.
  25. Sorry if I was unclear, but I did mean the difference between the visible wood grain vs. the "tiger" grain. The button replacement happened to be another interesting item, but not the original focus of my question.
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