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  1. Yes, sorry if I sounded a bit harsh. $400 for a functional outfit like this is a good price if you like the sound of the violin.
  2. Guido

    ID violin

    There is also this rather narrow Mariani fiddle in the tarisio archive, not sure how far you got on hat idea?
  3. A low grade late 19th century Hopf model violin from Saxony which has retained the original through-neck, worth a few hundred dollars. GA Pfretzschner was also one of the wholesalers who had a HOPF stamp and applied it to some cheap student fiddles. Bow and violin could have had a life together If it was her 'baby' she probably even paid someone to ruin the varnish (and hence violin). Sigh.
  4. Not that it would make any difference... Anyone know “the name”? C.A.G. above the emblem on the left. Carl August Götz, Guitar maker, maybe?
  5. Guido

    Dating Ideas?

    I think you paid too much. But if you think it's pretty, there you go.
  6. It does not matter if it is an authentic document. What matters is who wrote it. For instance, if someone was to fake a violin and sell it as something more valuable, they may also write their own certificate to help sell the forgery. Your only hope is to post good pictures of the violin itself and have the experts here give an opinion on what the violin may be or not be.
  7. I'm guessing that over 95% of labels in violins have nothing to do with who made the violin or when or where it was made. What makes you think your violin could be made by Stainer?
  8. Guido

    ID violin

    I'd be fairly sure it was originally wider and reduced in the middle. The centre joint is also quite rough (unlikely original). How wide is the filled neck-mortice cut-out, i.e. is it narrower than what one would expect?
  9. Looks like the whole button area is messed up a couple of times over, including a ‚brick‘
  10. There are rare violins which have a viola-type sound. I have one which turns heads wherever it plays. I also have a 15" viola which produces the goods (and I have the pleasure of being able to compare with a couple of good 16" violas). If you enjoy the hunt, go looking for that special violin or a small viola that works for you. Not impossible. Set-up (in particular sound post) can have a big impact with some instruments (usually the better ones), but surprisingly little effect with other instruments (usually the not-so-good ones). String choice, I think, is a little over-rated for most instruments. Again, a fine instrument will show a stronger reaction and make you hear what the marketing brochure for the string says. The average student instrument may just about sound the same no matter what stings are on. Also, it is difficult to actually compare strings. In most cases you compare an old (worn-out) string coming off the instrument with a fresh string going on. Then, most strings will need a couple of days before they sound their best. Over that period you will have adapted to the new string and 'forgotten' the old one. I have seen musicians going though hundreds of dollars of strings and searching and testing for a year or two, when a little nudge to the soundpost was all they needed to be happy. Your order of proceedings is 1. Instrument; 2. Set-up; 3. Stings. If you must start at the wrong end, don't just sink lots of money into strings. Find a friend or two and swap strings for a few days just for fun. That'll be entertaining for all involved. As for actual stings and for what you seem to be after I'd second the Obligatos as mentioned before.
  11. Both the saddle (originally let into the rib) and the notch on the back plate are typical of older Voigtland work. Though-necks are notorious for being all over the place in terms of measurements/specs and have often been replaced. The graft looks real to me and in fact was the indication for me that the neck was replaced - there is actually no picture showing this.
  12. Guido

    Willow linings?

    It can be relevant for identification. It’s often an interesting instrument.
  13. I fully agree, but the Schoenbach boxes are just as different from Vienna as they are from Prague. Maybe call them Austrian every now and then to mix it up with Bohemian from time to time. That is, if you don't want to call them what they are.
  14. Without prior removal of fittings.