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  1. Fannin is also a county in Georgia and my dog’s name. The SPCA named all the dogs they got in that day after counties.
  2. Hello, and thank you all for input, especially Philip KT and Blank Face. While it doesn’t change my feelings for the violin, It’s good to know the origins and I will look into the button and possible crack at the bass bout. I don’t know what it is about the tone of this instrument that so draws me but “The violin chooses the violinist!”
  3. Chuckles...FYI, Fannin is a she and I won’t be unhappy with finding out more about the violin. It won’t change my mind about the tone—i’ve bonded with the instrument. However, I am curious about the origin. And thank you for he suggestion about Ronald Sach. Will keep it in mind. *Love all the replies, appreciate all of it. Thank you for your input Philip KT and Blank Face. I love how the bow responds. More importantly, I love the violin. Actually makes sense the violin would be from that region. Regardless of the worth, the violin chooses the violinist.... thanks all...
  4. Chuckles...FYI, Fannin is a she and I won’t be unhappy with finding out more about the violin. It won’t change my mind about the tone—i’ve bonded with the instrument. However, I am curious about the origin. And thank you for he suggestion about Ronald Sach. Will keep it in mind.
  5. *Note, there are two intriguing marks. One on back that I have enclosed, towards bottom, 1/2 circle at base of neck. Almost looks like a stamp or signature. This is the best shot I could get. The other is a dark sideways M in center of back (probably just mark in wood but I thought i’d Tell you about both.)
  6. Hello and thank you so much for responding. The back story is the symphony player from Russia bought an upgrade and sold this violin to a student. The student sold it to me because she doesn’t play anymore. I heard about this violin from a fellow teacher who knows the Russian lady, the student, and has played on the violin. I am in a semi pro symphony, was looking for a more powerful violin for auditions for a pro symphony, and do not have a lot of money. The BAM case did not come with it. The violin was originally $10,000 and I was able to get it for 7 including the bow. The bow is a Hermann Luger bow with a black horn frog. I actually love both. The violin has a broad ringing tone, lots of power and and the bow is great for off the string work. I guess it doesn’t matter who made the violin but I’ve been dying to find out. The local luthier said it was definitely not a Vuillaume but he didn’t know who made it ( he also tried to sell me one of his violins). He also said the bottom (The semi circle at the base of the neck and back had been broken at some point, incorrectly repaired, and would need to be re-done).I can definitely post more photos and so appreciate your feedback. I stumbled on this site trying to research info on Vuillaume violins and joined to post this. Many thanks. *Update—thank you for your responses. “Blank Face”, I don’t consider you to be cantankerous and skeptical at all, just pragmatic. I guess I fell in love with the tone so it doesn’t matter the origin. I did not mean to sound uncaring nor cocky about the sum of money. 7,000 is more than I could afford and will pay on it for a while.I fully expect this violin not to be expensive, nor a great violin (my one nod to trying to be pragmatic). It is however a huge upgrade to what I have played on all my life since I was 13. At age 53, too late in life really, I decided to break away from my gift of teaching young kids and see if there was more in me, like pro symphony playing. A pipe dream, yes, as this violin probably is. However, I will never play on a 50-100,000 dollar violin like my peers and as I said, the powerful tone drew me. The local luthier said 7,000 was a fair price. So, enclosed are the requested pictures. Again, so appreciate everyone’s input.
  7. Hello and thank you so much for responding. The back story is the symphony player from Russia bought an upgrade and sold this violin to a student. The student sold it to me because she doesn’t play anymore. I heard about this violin from a fellow teacher who knows the Russian lady, the student, and has played on the violin. I am in a semi pro symphony, was looking for a more powerful violin for auditions for a pro symphony, and do not have a lot of money. The BAM case did not come with it. The violin was originally $10,000 and I was able to get it for 7 including the bow. The bow is a Hermann Luger bow with a black horn frog. I actually love both. The violin has a broad ringing tone, lots of power and and the bow is great for off the string work. I guess it doesn’t matter who made the violin but I’ve been dying to find out. The local luthier said it was definitely not a Vuillaume but he didn’t know who made it ( he also tried to sell me one of his violins). He also said the bottom (The semi circle at the base of the neck and back had been broken at some point, incorrectly repaired, and would need to be re-done).I can definitely post more photos and so appreciate your feedback. I stumbled on this site trying to research info on Vuillaume violins and joined to post this. Many thanks.
  8. I am a violin teacher and symphony player in Atlanta and recently purchased an inexpensive violin from another symphony player from Russia. She played on this violin for ten years and sold it cheaply because no one seems to know who made the violin. The tag reads Vuillaume and It has a very powerful tone. Any ideas who really made it? Local luthier is stumped. I can supply additional photos. Appreciate any help!