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  1. Another odd feature is the post patch in the back. The patch wood looks very similar to the back. I can’t tell for certain but I think it was done from the same wood as the back plate. Maybe it was over graduated during making so a patch was added...not sure. The dark line on the back is a scratch. There are no cracks in the back plate. The varnish looks the same when I look at the body. So I agree that the plates belong. the f’s just get me! I can’t find any other instrument with similar ones! Anyone else have instruments with this f cut?
  2. Was there a “small viola” vain of makers out there, or time or place that this size viola were being made?
  3. Gotcha! I wondered what was going on! I guess the question is if it should be refitted to become a viola... new neck etc...
  4. Hmmm... Looks like 195 mm... so the bottom bout has been elongated I would gather then because of the body stop length being correct for a violin. Do Maggini violins get this big? Or what other Brescian makers do you think this violin could be derived from?
  5. Thanks for the reply! Interesting, never thought of Klingenthal. I guess I always associate hopf with it so my mind goes to that model. Is there a klingenthal maker you are thinking of? Also the varnish on the front is thick and oil base I think... I haven’t seen any fine klingenthal violins In person so can’t say if the varnish is simular to this one... did they make big models like this as a general rule? For example, the French did I think...
  6. Hi All! Here is a unique fiddle i personally think. I love the sound and would love opinions on what it is in terms of model and origin. It is the best sounding fiddle i have every played and opinions on why could be interesting... Here is all the relevant information I can think of: back length= 370 mm (huge!) rib hieght= 28 mm stop length= 329 mm upper = 169 mm mid= 111 mm lower= 209 mm white wood (beech of maple etc) purfling with black strips unknown. just can't tell. some dyed black maple replacement i think.. but the origin is unclear to me. possible centering notch (maybe a dent) on back plate below the endpin. full arching until 12mm (ish) channel starts around the parameter on front and back plates but doesn't look to deep of a channeI I don't think... origin scroll?? not sure... What is the back plate wood... beech? can't wait to hear thoughts! Isaac
  7. Here are pictures of two clean corners. Blank face was correct! There are two corner blocks in each corner. Any ideas why? It looks like the second was added later by a repair man we can confidently say. Possibly for more glue surface for the top? The inner blocks I believe are NOT walnut. I can’t tell the wood type precisely from the end grain side but my gut says spruce. Would you all leave or remove the “new” corner blocks? (Possibly installed by engleder in 1842). I add a requested photo of the saddle lower rib area. I think the detail is original. Any ideas why that would have been done? Thank you all, this is so much fun! Isaac
  8. http://www.mimo-international.com/MIMO/search.aspx#/Detail/(query:(Id:'0_OFFSET_0',Index:1,NBResults:1,PageRange:3,SearchQuery:(CloudTerms:!(),ForceSearch:!t,Page:0,PageRange:3,QueryString:'*:* schorn',ResultSize:15,ScenarioCode:DEFAULT,ScenarioDisplayMode:display-mosaic,SearchLabel:'',SearchTerms:schorn,SortField:Author_sort,SortOrder:0,TemplateParams:(Scenario:'',Scope:'',Size:!n,Source:'',Support:'')))) here is a super long link to a schorn at the museum in Florence. The corners long longer to me but....
  9. I have been digging and schorn used walnut I am gathering. Is that right?
  10. Yes the flames are real. Beautiful one piece back!
  11. Thank you for your replies! Fascinating. The walnut purfling in the photo has summer growth white color on the bottom lining, hence the color variation of both bottom pieces. It tricked me at first but they appear to be walnut. The corner blocks are puzzling. Interesting idea about seen if they were added. I’ll clean a corner so we can have a better view of the corner and post a photo. In the mean time here is a full body shot of the inside. It might bring up questions. Also the top appears to be one piece. Do you think a dendro report would bring anything up on an instrument like this? The one piece top seems unique...
  12. Hi all, i am a new member to the maestronet community and am curious what you all think of this fiddle. The linings are walnut I think which is totally a shocker for me. Has anyone seen walnut linings before? Is this particular to a school? The scroll is long and narrow and makes me think a figure head was going on the scroll then the maker changed direction... the linings are let in I think...wax seal is totally to worn to see anything (not that I know what one would do with the information), the back is 352mm, varnish looks original, looks like maple purfling for all three pieces, I am not sure how one can tell when pins are placed, they appear to be ebony though. Any thoughts? I hope this is of interest for you all! If you want more photos let me know.