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  1. I had thought about doing that. I just finished bushing another violin because the holes were so large. I probably will change out the pegs but thought I might play it as is til I do change them out.
  2. You are right. I should probably have said mechanical pegs. I did take one apart to see if I could replace the screw and found it was a screw head on a hollow threaded shaft all in one piece.
  3. It has Roth Caspari pegs which are geared pegs. They seem to work fine. I just set it up and they move smoothly and hold fine. The only thing I don't like is that the screw heads are somewhat damaged but still work. If anyone has any old pegs with good screw heads I would be willing to buy them.
  4. You were both close in you opinions because this maker was born in Frankfurt Germany and studied under Oswald Schaller who was from Markneukirchen. Gustav Fassauer Ferron established a shop in Chicago and eventually in California. Another "American" maker who learned making in Germany.
  5. I would appreciate opinions on the origin and quality of this violin. It is labelled and I think the label is correct. I would like your comments first and I will then give the information on the label. Thanks
  6. I have an older version of this shaver I bought years ago. I just recently purchased a new blade for it. Is the blade adjusted at an angle or is it parallel to the opening. I haven't looked at it for years so I'm not sure how to adjust it.
  7. From what I read on the web site master bows are marked * Lothar Seifert * and workshop bows W Seifert. I don't see any marked * L Seifert* .
  8. Thanks to both Brad and Jacob you have given me great information. I now have a much clearer plan on what needs to be done. Now the hard part- doing it. Thanks again.
  9. I think the repair will now involve taking the button off if I can get it apart successfully regluing and reinforcing with a patch(looks like it was broken off and poorly reattached). I was thinking if I can't get the button apart to re glue I could remove material from the current button as is and make it flat(it is glued with an angle back toward the top) and put a facial piece of matching wood on the outside and blend this in to the purfling region and also reinforce the back. I would then use an ebony crown to conceal the repairs. Ideas are welcome, thanks.
  10. Block removed neck out with no issues. I plan to drill the dowel out of the neck and remove the screw then repair with a plug matching the grain. Now that the inside of the button is exposed it looks like it would need reinforcement . What do you think about this? The dark section looks like it broke through to the purfling.
  11. I measured the pegbox and width at the nut again just to make sure using calipers and the nut width is 24mm and the widest part of the pegbox is 26mm. Must be my camera angle which makes the pegbox look larger.
  12. Thanks for the information. I'm not supper concerned about the price especially if the instrument sounds good. I plan to play it awhile anyway. Maybe if I keep it another 10 years it will be worth at least a little more than I paid for it . I have several instruments by decent older American makers and enjoy having them and feel they are very good value especially when you can get them at bargain prices(less than auction sales.) I think they are more interesting than better quality Chinese violins( I have a few of these as well). I see a number of dealers listing American made violins by less known makers and asking as much $5-6000.00 or more in some cases so I guess they think they are worth something. But as you stated some things are hard to sell.
  13. Here are some pictures after I took the top off.
  14. I'm sure you are right about that. I know there has been some discussion about how cracks can impact value so I was curious about how button repairs and retouching affect value. I would assume a well done graft would not impact the value. I know repairs can affect how easy or difficult it is to sell especially if noticeable or poorly done. I plan to keep and play this instrument if it sounds good to me. However I'm not getting any younger and some day I'm sure it will be sold.
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