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    Violin ,no label

    Does the violin look like built by an amateur?
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    What is so great about the "Scott Cao Sound"?

    From my limited experience the student instruments seem to cater well for the common beginners' desire for a darker/ warmer sound, which is said to not work very well once some projection is needed on a stage. But alas, there are many factors in the equation.
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    Pricing fractional instrument

    I've been pricing them about the same as a comparable full size and was wondering if I should take even a tad more for the better ones as they tend to sell quickly. Lot's of students, not so many quality instruments available.
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    Violin ID help please.

    I'd say you are right. Undistinguished Dutzendarbeit ca 100 yrs old, Vogtland. As for the stamp, makers from this area often branded their instruments with the three letters of their full name, often with some ornamental stamps around or in between; but usually this was inside the instrument and usually on much older instruments. Your stamp may have been applied to give an individual maker impression to a factory violin, not sure.
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    Italian Maker -1736 violin

    Sounds like a flaw in logic. If you already know that it was made in Italy in 1736, then surely you would be able to point to a handful of accepted reference examples that your statements are based on; and hence you would also know the region and have a good idea about the maker.
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    Quittenbachtal in winter: workplace of the Hopf family.

    I have seen, now on two occasions, a stamp of individual characters, reading "DAVId HOPF". Maybe a middle period, when they had lost only one capital D.
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    Refinishing Violin w/ Darker Varnish

    If you plan to touch the varnish you might as well bin it as is. I like it btw.
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    Has anyone ever sorted out all the Lemarquis stuff between the man himself, the two or three Claudots and (of lesser relevance) the subsequent trade exploits? Would love to see some reference examples in particular for Jean Baptiste Lemarquis.
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    Tips for getting started on my own

    Tools: Don't waste time, money and enthusiasm on cheap tools. It ain't gonna work. Instead think long and hard about every single tool purchase but don't buy anything that you don't need. Ideally, you buy tools as you go and as you require them for the next step. Takes a bit longer for #1 this way but ensures you only buy the tools you need. Sharpening is vital (as above). That's not something to worry about later. Research this well. I ended up biting the bullet and buying a small Tormek eventually. Should have done it earlier. Help/ Advise: If you get started and seek to consult a local luthier with a specific question about your next step, wood in hand, you may find a more welcoming reception.
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    Violin ID

    I've seen quite a few violins from this ebay seller (incl. under different ebay names). I find them stunning on first sight and really well antiqued. They also all have some dust applied under the bridge and tailpiece to put the dot on the i.
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    baroque rosin

    Got some more experience on the subject now and some of it was mentioned throughout posts above. 1. Thicker gut stings want stickier rosin, thinner strings want less grip or they squeak. The e-string on my 'baroque' violin was very much on the thin side, partially explaining why I could only make it work with a non-sticky rosin. People used to larger instruments naturally work with thicker strings and will want a sticky rosin. 2. The real driver is tension. The heavier gauge strings just have more tension at a given pitch. My thin e-string works much better at a higher pitch (tuned to 440) when it has more tension. Pirastro actually designed the medium gauge Chorda to be tuned to 440 and recommends heavy gauge for a lower pitch
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    Height of Corner Blocks

    I also taper from the upper corner blocks to the top. I had a hard think about this once and concluded that tapering the back would make more sense from a static perspective. However, it loos like the Cremonese way is to taper the top only. I ended up tapering both top and back but with only a small taper (about 0.5 mm) to the back.
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    Help With Violin Identification Please

    In Germany they'd call it English. In England they'd call it German. Which is code for 'dunno'. So maybe it's French. Would the English idea be worth exploring?
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    I would certainly not try to repair this one and would minimize any time/ effort. Judging by the scroll it is a cheap instrument for starters and if the body has issues I'd consider it firewood. If the body is good, I would transplant a complete neck with head from an organ donor, rather than carving or grafting anything.