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  1. Funny thing about the Wikipedia page is that it says: "Nevertheless, some instruments, though of lesser quality, continued to be produced after 1933 and throughout the war years, in difficult circumstances and without the collaboration of Roth's son Albert, who was drafted into the army from the very beginning of the war. During these trying years, Ernst Heinrich Roth was left to continue the business alone except for the help of a couple of elderly colleagues." The Roth website says he worked with apprentices during the war. I guess it doesn't really matter. 1940s instruments "do come up". If they are real or not is the question, and if they are real what is the quality?
  2. I have seen the page on their website, I have read over their history. I am not interested in information on my violin and I am not interested in paying for information on my violin. What I am interested in history of the company and what they say went on during World War II. What I did was email them about information about their history, not about a violin.
  3. Why is that? I don't know much when it comes down to what was really going on.
  4. I came across a couple dealing with eBay auctions and instruments. I will do some extra looking. Thanks!
  5. Thanks! now I have more videos to watch....
  6. David: Does this mean that you have your mould and linings all glued up and ready to go, then you make the "back side" of all the blocks flat? Then reduce the rest of the blocks as needed? OR do you really mean only the top block, leaving all the other blocks the same height?
  7. Interesting. I received a reply back from the Roths. They said they couldn't help me if I didn't have an authentic Roth. I am unsure if they just didn't understand that I was curious about some of their history or not. Do they usually require you to have one of their violins for them to talk to you?
  8. I noticed the 1744 as well. Thought it was odd.
  9. Duane88, could you elaborate on the differences between the varnish?
  10. That is interesting. Thanks for the info. I did notice that the 1943 violin from the ebay posting did have a label of what I am guessing is a firm who imported the violin that is based in New York. I believe my violin has the same label. I just realized that my posts have to be approved by a moderator so I apologize for the miss match in timing.
  11. Cool. Looks similar to the one that I own. But mine is in a lot better condition.
  12. Hey Jacob, I have looked into the Roth website and seen their depiction of history. It is interesting. Duane88: I did just email the Roth firm and asked about the history questions. What you say about the instruments that you have seen is interesting. That is the kind of info I am really after. What is the differences between the varnish? I inherited a Roth violin from my grandmother, she was German. From what I can tell it is a 1714 Strad. copy with the right label and brand on the inside made in 1943. I haven't set any info to the Roth's to confirm anything. I did take it to two luthiers and they gave me a value of $5k. If it is real or not I don't know however, I do like it, so I guess that is all that really matters right now. It is currently getting a new bridge and setup at the luthier, so I can't take pictures. But what I did find interesting is after looking around reading about the 1920s and 30s vs the post war Roths, no one really talks about 1940s Roth instruments or I can't find reference to them.
  13. I have been lurking around and looking at the threads that involve Roth violins recently. The history is interesting to me. The “earlier” 1920s and 1930s instruments seem to be viewed as “good instruments”, for a production instrument, and better than post WWII instruments. When looking into threads and the discussions of instrument quality there is a lot of “info” between the 1920-1930s and then post war 1950s going on up. I haven’t seen anything about 1940s instruments. This is probably due to the war going at that time . I am really curious if anyone has seen many or any 1940s Roth (early 1940s) violins and how the craftsmanship compares to pre and post war instruments? From my understanding E. H. Roth II was in the war, left the shop and returned afterwords. While he was gone E. H. Roth I stayed and ran the shop with older craftsmen. With the war going on, production and distribution of instruments was probably impacted. Did that lead to reduced quality for the time period E. H. Roth II was in the war, early 1940s? Or did they still produce “good quality” instruments because of the older experienced craftsmen? Do you think E. H. Roth I built instruments during that time right before his death? Thanks for any input and discussion.