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Jo Stephens

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  1. I would quite like a nice new case from Mr Timms
  2. Does anyone recognise this bow stamp? The middle part is worn and I can’t make it out. I can see WE——HZIG.
  3. Given the choice between crusty antique and shiny new violin, most children go for the shiny new one. If the goal is to encourage your son to play you might do better letting him choose an instrument he likes.
  4. If the intention is to give to a child to learn on, then I would avoid this one.
  5. Buyers remorse is a terrible thing. If you want a modern instrument you might be happier with your choice buying direct from a maker.
  6. Not more than 100 years old, mass produced and probably German, new fittings that don’t fit very well. Value in the low hundreds.
  7. If we are playing spot the difference, the middle one is not like the other two. Of course I know nothing so can’t tell you if that’s good or bad.
  8. As it happens I am working on learning the first of Bibers rosary sonatas - had a quick listen to Lina play her take on it, she’s so fast! I am still plodding through carefully but even when upto speed I might struggle to match this. Some passages seemed a bit different than other versions I have listened to, overall quite lovely.
  9. I like fiddle music but don’t think I play it very well, an aspiring fiddler. I have a book of gypsy fiddle tunes that I have yet to master. Mostly I’m all about baroque music. How do you address historically informed performance for folk music? I imagine this is more difficult than for classical due to the eclectic nature of folkies and their instruments.
  10. https://amati.com/en/maker/lombardi-julius
  11. It’s going to vary depending on frequency of use but age is apparent by discolouration and wear. The string will get darker, metal windings can get flattened/crushed, the silk end will become frayed/ fluffy and eventually the string will break. It usually sounds awful way before this happens and most will change strings when they notice this.
  12. To fix it up and play it, yes you are right Jacob, a luthier would be the cheapest option. But the OP was asking about worth, and this violin is fairly lacking in that regard so would ultimately be worth only the cost of the professional repair.
  13. I second the diy repair option. Not worth spending hundreds but plenty of fun to be had learning to fit pegs and bridges.
  14. I’m not sure. Shelbow is right, it depends. New looking is fine until it’s too orange, Old looking is fine until it’s all broken and wrong. On a new instrument broken wouldn’t be an issue so, on balance, antique finishes are usually good because they aren’t orange.
  15. The difference between auction price then and now is easier to track - you should be able to find some sales history. Fluctuations in retail prices are going to be much more varied and they don’t necessarily correlate because the price you pay in a shop will include extra costs involved in preparing that instrument for sale.
  16. Like a dot-to-dot, carve your own fancy pattern.
  17. A cheap diy rehair bow will always be less satisfactory than a better quality one, regardless of how recently it was rehaired. These kinds of bows are designed for durability in the hands of careless young people. I would go with the more expensive bow option. If frequent replacement of the hair is of importance to you get two so you have a backup.
  18. Initial observations with no other info than these photos - There are two different cases pictured which is a bit odd. The bows are in a sorry state and might be unusable. The top is cracked. Depending on price it may or may not be worth having but I expect you could find better.
  19. Plowright’s dictionary says very little about Mr Sirrell, only that he worked c.1935, probably an amateur and that the work is quite good.
  20. If you are looking for easier choose a different instrument! I had never thought about learning theory as a choice actually, you kind of have to learn at least a bit of theory in order to learn to play a violin or any other instrument. It’s mostly a literacy thing though, you can get by as a musician without really being able to read music but that is actually harder in many ways. Also depends what level of theory you are talking about and what you are trying to achieve. ABRSM grades 6 and up require you to have taken and passed grade 5 theory and back when I was studying Music A-level grade 5 theory was an entry requirement.
  21. I used to own a T19, purchased as a returning adult student. This was an auction win that set me back only slightly more than a good set of strings. I did then spring for new strings so the cost doubled! But still a very good value student instrument and much nicer than Chinese violins I remember from my childhood. It was easy to play, correct string height etc but the sound was not as clear as my better violins, there was some bow hiss under the ear and lacked clarity in higher positions. So a good choice for a beginner but an intermediate player would need something better.
  22. The price places it firmly out of my league. That said, I don’t find that much worm damage very appealing and I have yet to see this seller list anything I might actually want.
  23. The problem with these kinds of instruments is the appearance is not appealing and when manufactured commercially the price is too high to make up for that. Ideal for student use perhaps, but it’s probably cheaper to get one made of wood! And how does one repair that composite box in 20 years time when it’s all beat up?
  24. Silvery silver of the 925 variety. Promise. I am sure. I have taken a couple more pictures outside, the light is better.
  25. I am quite certain that the metal parts are silver, the photo was taken in artificial light so this may affect the colour you see. I’m not sure of the wood though, the colour is right but it’s a bit plain.
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