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  1. Byrdbop

    So what has happened here?

    It's possible that an overtight chinrest has crushed the edge to the extent that a section has to be replaced but this damage is only on one side.
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    Violin finds / treasure hunting

    Left £29.99. Right £28. Both quite sufficient in quality for my novice needs.
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    Info request on cheap but decent find

    Thanks. I was assuming German but for its petite scroll.
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    Info request on cheap but decent find

    Thanks. Took a day but worth it.
  5. I recently bought the pictured violin from a local flea market for the princely sum of £28. It was covered in a dark brown varnish daubing in an attempt to effect age I imagine. I cleaned this off and happy to find a pleasantly golden red finish underneath. I particularly like the precise purfling and rather delicate scroll - naive? I am yes. It is crack free with no issues. I was supplied by Boosey & Hawkes 295 Regent Street London and is 'Foreign'. So 1930 ish? Any ideas re the country of origin or perhaps even maker/factory? It has sweet tone and very easy to play - action is currently quite low and would benefit from a better bridge than the one I fitted. Grain on the neck was burnt on with a hot implement of some kind - I've fine sanded most of this off as the neck felt rather rough/slow. I am aware that this is not a valuable violin but has a certain charm.
  6. After a second Tonica E broke in as many days I cut down a cheap acoustic string and hey presto a tougher, easier to tune and better sounding replacement is found. For the fifth of the price too. Ever get the feeling you're being cheated?
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    Stradivari's secret was a concept?

    Hugh Reginald Hawel's, 'Old Violins and Violin Lore' refers to a 'favourite plank' that was kept for his best orders. This plank can be traced by a stain that runs through the grain and this crops up again and again in his best fiddles. He goes on to claim that this plank was known to his pupils who continued to use it after his death. Hawels fails to name the instruments made from this superior plank. Has this claim ever been verified?
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    Stradivari's secret was a concept?

    Perhaps he just knew how to construct a fine instrument with the best quality materials available. Natural materials too so hardly alchemy other than naturally occurring.
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    Slice/cut from violins query

    As in picture and in the case of mine the edge looks has been relatively freshly sanded. This would be an attempt to clean up the chipped away area I imagine.
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    Slice/cut from violins query

    I have a violin that has the outer edge of lower and upper bout cut out. I assumed this was an act of vandalism perpetrated by a previous owner. I've now seen a number of violins for sale on Ebay with this same cut - see an example below. It brings to mind deletion/returns cut to record sleeves. Anyone have a clue if this was some form of practice of dealers, perhaps to show that a violin was inferior or perhaps unplayable? It seems only UK Ebay sellers have violins with this. I bought my offending violin in a field in Sussex.
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    Help identify this fine tuner

    There's a UK dealer selling these on Ebay at the moment. £19 I think.
  12. As a beginner on the violin I'm puzzled as to what can be achieved on an expensive violin (5k +) as opposed to a well set up affordable (500+) violin made from the same woods? Is it more to do simply with the quality of tone or is it actually possible to achieve technique or sounds on better quality instruments that are beyond the reach of cheaper violins? The dizzying heights of price in relation to violins puzzles me greatly in relation to say guitars. I can buy a very fine acoustic guitar for 1k and it would be suitable for professional performances and recordings. A professional violin for the same price is it seems an impossibility.
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    Czech violin.

    Well I will pass. I actually live in Brighton but this is advertised close to my parents in the Midlands. I will check local auctions for a better deal.