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  1. Hi all, I purchased this “silver mounted” “German or French” bow on eBay recently. It was said to be a used bow that had been refurbished. Arrived a couple days ago and the fittings are nickel. The lapping is silver plated copper. And frankly, it looks like a new Chinese bow to me. I’m no expert though so I’d love to get some of your feedback before I go through the hassle of pursuing a return. Thanks in advance! 









  2. 1 hour ago, PhilipKT said:

    You should post a general question about bows, I’m no expert.

    but what I constantly tell people is that pernambuco is an endangered species, and older bows, even factory bows, frequently had good wood because so much was available, and master makers could be as picky as they chose.

    look for older factory names and you can find some quite nice bows for a good value.

    I have a very nice silver Ernst Kreusler bow, a nice factory German bow made-I think- 80+ years ago. It cost about $300 at auction, and would retail for maybe twice that. Great bow for the money.

    the experts here can recommend many such names, and you can get a nice bow without blowing the bankroll.

    Wonderful! That sounds like a fun project next after I get the violin up and running. :) 

  3. On 12/24/2018 at 5:52 PM, PhilipKT said:

    PS what kind of bow do you have?

    if you’re in Chicago there’s lots of violin shops that offer quality advice.

    stay warm!

    Thanks for the good advice! I’ve got cheap carbon fiber now off of amazon that I’ve been using. If you’ve got any recommendations on a good student now, please let me know :) I don’t believe the violin in question has a bow with it but I won’t know for sure til it arrives, hopefully next week! 

  4. 10 hours ago, The Violin Beautiful said:

    It would depend on the price. If you could get it at a low enough price it might be worthwhile.  I like the challenge of a good restoration project but the shop probably wouldn’t be willing to invest. It would be a tough sell. 

    I may be mistaken, but it doesn’t appear to me to have its original varnish. If that’s the case, all these issues together would make me want to avoid it.

    PhillipKT, there are actually grafted cheeks on both sides. I payed $750 for it, which I’ll feel satisfied with if the button repair is stable. I’m not so keen on the idea of sinking a thousand more into it right of the bat, but I may suck it up and do eventually if needed. I should add, I’m not not a collector, but a violin student that started at age 29 and still has miles to go before I can justify having nice things! My grandfather used a mittenwald violin for most of his career so I’ve got a bit of a soft spot(more of a serious emotional weakness) for them. This one was supposedly owned by a violinist who lived in Chicago at the same time as my grandfather, so I like to think they could have played together at some point. Definitely a stretch, but I’m sappy like that. ;) 

    The Violin Beautiful, thank you for all of your valuable commentary. I’m glad to know the potential pitfalls of this particular violin a bit in advance! It will certainly soften the blow a bit should the repairs end up costing more then the instrument when I take it to the luthier ;) 

  5. 2 hours ago, The Violin Beautiful said:

    I’d be more concerned about the broken button. 

    Admittedly, I had not noticed that in the pictures...any idea what such a repair might run? Hopefully it’s worth the cost and hassle! 

  6. 2 hours ago, PhilipKT said:

     What kind a violin is it? Can you share the top and sides? Usually, if a violin does have worm damage it will have it in many different places. The mark that you shared looks either like a sap line, where the sap made the wood darker, or a pocket of some kind that was exposed when the violin was being carved, and was filled in with wood because the plate was too good to discard.

    The seller listed it as a Markneukirchen violin although I’m fairly certain it’s from Mittenwald. I’ll add some pictures for you to check out. I didn’t see anywhere else that looked suspicious, but I’m pretty green. 






  7. 15 hours ago, martin swan said:

    The body, sadly revarnished, could be Low Countries. The long corners and Amatise f-holes would point me in that direction.

    But the inner work is kind of sexy ... 

    Do a dendro 

    Thank you for your insight! Low Countries do seem a very good fit for the body. Any suggestions on where to get dendrochronology done? 

  8. 13 hours ago, ClefLover said:

    I am finding the scroll quite attractive, thourough fluting, no delta, a different German breed (not Marknuekirchen)...

    Thanks for your input!

  9. 3 hours ago, Ratcliffiddles said:

    I am wondering if the neck is from another violin? (a Japanese one).

    That’s an interesting thought! What about the neck looks Japanese if you don’t mind? I’m trying to learn whatever I can along the way!  

  10. 3 hours ago, jacobsaunders said:

    no, the new Pictures look less like Markneukirchen!

    Thanks for looking! Any idea where it may have come from if not Markneukirchen? Or the construction method? Between the corner blocks, and two piece bottom rib, I’m thoroughly stumped! 



  11. On 4/29/2018 at 6:48 PM, jacobsaunders said:

    I think you may presume that it comes from somewhere near Markneukirchen, and that someone has re-varnished it

    I hope you don’t mind me sharing a few more pictures now that I have the violin in hand. I was surprised to see it has four corner blocks, and that the fluting is carved into the throat of the scroll. I took a peek at the bass bar with a mirror and it looks to be glued to the underside of the table rather than carved from it. I added some better pictures of the rib joints as well. Could it still be from Markneukirchen? I’m very new to violins so my apologies if this is redundant at all. Thank you. 





  12. 42 minutes ago, jacobsaunders said:

    I think you may presume that it comes from somewhere near Markneukirchen, and that someone has re-varnished it

    Thank you for taking the time to respond, that’s very helpful!

  13. Hi all, I’m new to violin and was hoping to get some idea of the age and/or origin of this instrument. The seller said it’s “probably French” and has been revarnished. Beyond that the only info I have is the body size, 350mm. I really appreciate any insight you can provide! Thanks :)