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  1. I'm not seeing it as French either, though the date of around 1890s is perhaps right, if not even a little later.
  2. The back length, taken out of context, I don't feel is a huge help. It will also be useful to know the width of the bouts, the vibrating string length and rib depths.
  3. The Cozio database is not an accurate inventory of all the violins by those makers. Many which have not been sold at auction recently, or don't have publicly available records, for example, don't feature in it at all.
  4. So given this, what is your answer to the problems of certification?
  5. I understand now. I am not sure how to phrase it, without it sounding bad, but the scroll you have shown, which you wish to replicate, does not look nice or quality to me. I would find something else to replicate. Regarding the working, I think you already approach it in the right way. You could try a more scooping cut, rather than dead straight.
  6. It looks nice, but a little more crude than some of the Rogeri ones. I do not know what it is, but it is possible there were other lesser known Brescia makers, whose work was later “upgraded”. The Brescia makers were no doubt influential, so it could even be an early copy of sorts.
  7. No other writers of certificates are infallible either. People might do the best they can, but I’m sure mistakes are made. Its entirely possible in the future that many Tarisio, Beare or Biddulph certificates could be called into question, and so the cycle may go on. Regarding the Maggini against the Landolphi, what was wrong with one, doesn’t necessarily mean it’s true for the other, unless you have more information on this particular violin, which we can’t access.
  8. I thought it was about the fluting. You may be right, I’m confused now.
  9. Use a more curved gouge. Cut deeper.
  10. Wood Butcher

    Violin ID

    Despite the tiny out of focus pictures, it looks to be a Schonbach/ Markneukirchen violin, from the expected period.
  11. Not sure why that has any bearing at all on the Landolphi. Regarding the Maggini, B&F weren't the only people who believed these to be genuine.
  12. Since someone would need to build an identical instrument, from exactly identical wood which was air dried, there is no way to answer your question. I’d imagine that most wood is artificially dried to an extent, in order to prevent staining and mould. I’d just use the wood, and not worry.
  13. Hopefully the shop will be truthful, and explain it clearly. "Handmade workshop instruments for students", could come from any workshop in the world.
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