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    For sure. I have revisited that video made by Ray Chen comparing a strad with a $69 violin so many times, just to admire the fact that how good that $69 violin sounded... in his hands. Although I also have an unspeakable talent that allows me to make a strad sound like a $69 violin.
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    And also what one has to compare it with .
  3. I agree. I started learning the violin on one of these kinds (an Amati-model Markie). Many of them actually sound quite nice, at least good enough for a beginner/intermediate student.
  4. That does make things more interesting. The body for sure looks like a Markie more than anything else to me though. I am wondering if this could be one of those "pretending to be French" violins that the maker happened to make the scrolls without the delta?
  5. Wooo... That is quite messed up. Now I really learned something new! Glad that April Fools' is over. Thanks for sharing Violadamore!
  6. Well I learned something new today. It looks like Riccardo Antoniazzi did not use any molds And apparently he had a workshop in Markneukirchen too. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/265107977101?mkevt=1&mkcid=1&mkrid=710-53481-19255-0&campid=5338722076&toolid=10001
  7. That is certainly interesting. I will give it a try some days!
  8. That is cool. I guess cheap and ease to work are better explanations . I am a big fan or its appearance too, though I imagine quilted and bird eye maple are more visually appealing, I remember reading somewhere that they are quite difficult to work with. London plane sounds like a well-rounded candidate then.
  9. That is interesting. Is there any special tonal quality provided this type of wood? Since many guitars are also built from this... I suppose there should be something sought after by both violin and guitar makers?
  10. I see. No wonder it seems somewhat familiar!
  11. Thanks. I see. I was able to find some nice pictures of the London Plane wood itself. There is no result (image) when searching for "London Plane Violin" though. I guess one of the probabilities being google confused with "Plane" "Violin" "London", and showed me a few pictures of the planing tools
  12. Thanks for the inputs! @mood2000 @fiddlecollector @Shelbow I have just looked at some photos of sycamore violins. Most of them appears to be more "plain" as compared to this one (more "speckled"). I guess this is just a more extreme case. It looks cool anyways. I found an old Pegbox post mentioning this wood, I guess it is more used more commonly than I thought! So this violin is one of the more extreme examples?
  13. I came across this violin when browsing online... It is said to be 20th century English. Nothing particularly interesting, but it seems to be crafted with an unconventional type of wood? I have zoomed in and find the pattern actually made by the material itself. Does not seem to be any kind of painted gimmick. Is this a particular type of wood that anyone is familiar of?
  14. Thanks Martin. I think I got what you mean. Now I can visualize what it was supposed to look like
  15. It is possible, although in my personal experience rodent damages usually happens in a much greater scale and tend to be messier. It almost appears like someone is really bad at the sound post adjustment tool, and therefore scraped pieces of wood off the sides.. Notice how the wears appear almost in segments of straight lines. Just my personal opinion though, I definitely did not see enough violins to assert the truth.