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  1. Sounds like some consensus is building that it's likely a Markneukirchen or Schoenbach violin. And yes, it's great to have it - and it has quite a nice sound, as well!
  2. Thanks Wood Butcher! I can see the resemblence in pictures I see online of violins from that time and region, aside from the plaque, as you said. I also saw that Markneukirchen violins were among those sold in the Sears Catalog in the early 20th century, so maybe that's how they purchased it!
  3. Thanks Brad for the detailed response! I had a look, and the instrument does not have a spine on the underside of the fingerboard like the instrument you pictured; it's just a plain arch that runs parallel (if that's the right term) to the upper surface of the fingerboard. The plaque on the back of the scroll, though, looks pretty spot-on aside from the stamp.
  4. Hi, Thanks for embedding the images of the violin and yes, there were two bows in the violin case. Below are images of each bow, as well as the tailpiece which the luthier replaced and the tuning pegs which were in the case. bow #1, marked "Chadwick London", unfortunately has a break in the stick: https://imgur.com/a/0AmlZr9 bow #2, marked "G. A. Pfretzschner", we had repaired so we could use it. The violin shop told us the original wrapping which they removed was whalebone: https://imgur.com/a/q3CwxSy tuning pegs and tailpiece: https://imgur.com/a/Rhxr5Ly Thanks! === Re: the Chadwick London bow: the archetiers at the violin shop said that it wouldn't be worth trying to repair this bow because of the break in the stick. Any opinions on that, given the fact they said it was the nicer of the two bows otherwise? Thanks!
  5. Hi, Trying to learn more about my husband's grandmother's violin -- any suggestions would be most welcome, thank you! Most likely she was given the violin as a teenager in the late 1920's and at that time she would have been living in Arizona or California. When it came into our possession, it was in an old wooden violin case. The pegs and tailpiece that are shown in the photo are replacements added by someone who had borrowed the violin a few years ago. photos of the violin That is pretty much all we know about this violin. Thanks again!
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