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  1. Is the scroll somehow warped? The photo of the back of the violin makes the scroll look odd.
  2. I think my primary concern would be how well it plays. I could care less if it were by Albert Nurnberger or his distant cousin, Wally, as long as it did the job well.
  3. That's the thing. There is a T stamped in the wood, but what is the "C" supposed to link to? My mediocre photography skills might make it look like an extra number, but up close and in person, "38" is all there is. Thanks for your input.
  4. Thanks. You would think there would be a reference somewhere to explain all this. For what it's worth, here's a slightly better picture of the "T 38."
  5. I made a mistake, it's not a "U" behind the eyelet but a "C." Anyone know what the "c" signifies.
  6. I have a gold mounted Hill bow that I'm curious about. In the wood is stamped "T 38." In front of the eyelet is stamped "T" while behind it is stamped "U." The "T" I understand identifies the frog as going with that particular bow. What does the "C" do? Also, what does the "38" signify? The number of the bow? The year? Finally, there appears to be a small "4" stamped on the head plate. Does that signify it was made by Leslie Bailey?
  7. He includes a link to youtube of a recital that shows him playing it. Wouldn't be too bright to do that with a stolen instrument, would it? He also listed it on "reverb": https://reverb.com/item/10807624-viola-luis-claudio-manfio-2013-orange
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    A copy of "Violinist" magazine from 1920 -- google "ferrule paganini partello tourte" to see it -- discusses the dispersion of the Partello collection and mentions: "One was Paganini's bow -- a Tourte -- and it is slightly worn near the frog, apparently from friction of the thumb or finger while using the stick. It has a large "T" engraved on the ferrule -- probably the only Tourte bow marked by the maker." Figure that in 1920, Hugette Clark was about 14 years old, so it's not a stretch to imagine daddy stepping in and buying her the "best" bow currently available. How much would Paganini's bow -- the ONLY Tourte bow marked by the maker -- be worth?