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  1. I assumed the doctor had put some sort of protective mesh over the end of the rhinoscope before putting the delicate medical instrument into a dirty violin and we are seeing ithe image through that.
  2. Interesting find. Assuming it is a genuine signature I wonder if Honore signed it after finishing a repair on the violin while working for Vuillaume ?
  3. Just "two words" ? I thought you said that you inked over all of it ? So you only touched up two words.Which ones ? Sorry to cause offence, and if you say you inked over the label, I believe you. The trouble is, as I see it, that if the label was real, and you have inked over it all, then there is no way any longer to tell if it is real or a facsimile. Mr Saunders left his untouched for that very reason. Did you take photos of the label before you inked it over ?
  4. Mr Saunders has not said that it is correct. To do that he would have to see it in person. The label appears to be the same, but Blankface has gone on record to say it is a facsimile. I am not an expert, and so I defer to Blankface who is one.
  5. Yes, I agree, it can be hard to tell sometimes. I am unable to see the actual rib joins, too much varnish. So I guess we are then left with are they square and upright enough to be outside mold. ? Probably not. Inside mold can look a little more loose,less rigid, but these may be less thick in the centre, which is unlikely to happen with inside mold - or it could just be the light making it look that way ? Maybe very well executed BOB that is made to look like inside mold as opposed to quickly put together mass produced BOB might be the answer ?
  6. Are you sure ? It looks like inner or outer Mold to me after zooming right in.
  7. It looks like a new violin to me, and the label looks very unconvincing. Nice fiddle though.
  8. I am glad you cleared that up, as I was naive enough to zoom right into that label to see how it had been inked over. I seriously thought that this guy must be a genius to make such a good job of it. It also makes me feel a bit more at ease about a very similar label that I looked at in a violin at a local auction house a couple of months ago. That one purported to be 18th century French, and was advertised as such. But on close examination the violin had all the hall marks of the "usual", but the label was like this one in blue hand written ink and was extremely convincing.
  9. I see that Blankface has suggested that it could be "slab cut" maple, which could explain the beautiful figure that looks ,like walnut.
  10. I am no wood expert, and certainly not when it comes to maple, but your maple back bears a strong resemblance to walnut. Have look at this cropped photo of your violin....................
  11. Is the stunning back real walnut or painted on to look like it ?
  12. So are we looking at a Schonbach violin that was purchased in the white ? And the edge was later modified with a router and the edge scoop deepened, and then the violin was varnished ? It looks a nice violin until we see the delta on the back of the scroll and the split bottom rib which let it down.
  13. Delabo

    Violin Id

    Is this not a very shallow trench that you see on some built around blocks violins ? I seem to remember seeing something like this very shallow trench before somewhere. Or is it just the light ?
  14. Delabo

    Violin Id

    What other method is there to try and identify the origin of a violin ? With the top appraisers like Charles Beare, are they not going through a vast mental list of features ? And by that I mean construction method - arching - varnish - idiosyncrasies - the certain little things like purfling corners - wood types - LOB etc - etc - etc ? Lets be fair. Your ex boss hid all the stuff he did,. jandepora is putting it out there for the whole world to see. He consults experts, including the ones on this forum and has dendros done. Totally transparent. I hope he eventually does turn up something good, he deserves it for all the hard work he puts in.
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