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  1. Thanks Jacob! This is honestly my best guess too. It seems to have a little more character than usual, which definitely threw me off there.
  2. Accidentally discovered this violin on eBay. Looks nice at the first glance but since these are not good photos for id I can't conclude anything else. I am just posting this here for discussion. Really love the "wild" flames on the back though. Again I know these are not good photos but still curious what could this be? The usual?
  3. Stringcheese is right. Although To me that area on the back looks like remnants of a sticky tape or something like that, most likely superficial. Depending on whom you go to and what kind of fittings/service you choose, getting this violin to playable condition may still cost upwards of $400~$800. Old violins like this may have many hidden problems which may show themselves along the way. Definitely take it to a violin shop, and they will tell you what would be the best option. In my opinion, if you are starting from scratch, it is probably the best practice to get a new student violin from a local violin shop. They costs about the same and you won't need to worry about any condition issues.
  4. https://losangeles.craigslist.org/lac/msg/d/woodland-hills-violin-klotz-family-18th/7311844370.html Definitely try it in person at a violin shop to see whether if what the seller claims is true... Craiglist deals could be shady...
  5. IMO it looks like one of those "Klotz school" instruments. These photos look oddly familiar, as I have definitely seen this particular violin somewhere out there, probably on some online trading platforms. I'd say depending on what you are looking for. If you are looking for a quality instrument to play, avoid places such as ebay. If you know what you are doing, then go ahead...
  6. Maybe a month later, titled "Violin ID"
  7. Ha good for you! It must be a nightmare meeting one of those, well, in a violin.
  8. It looks like wasps really love these violin-shaped apartments!
  9. W.C.


    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 .
  11. 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.
  12. 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?
  13. Wooo... That is quite messed up. Now I really learned something new! Glad that April Fools' is over. Thanks for sharing Violadamore!
  14. 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
  15. That is certainly interesting. I will give it a try some days!
  16. 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.
  17. 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?
  18. I see. No wonder it seems somewhat familiar!
  19. 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
  20. 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?
  21. 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?
  22. Thanks Martin. I think I got what you mean. Now I can visualize what it was supposed to look like
  23. 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.
  24. I saw this one too. Personally I like the scroll, but the f holes really threw me off. Especially on the bass side, you can see very crude traces, as if someone was trying to widen the f holes, or they are just weird, crude wear in an unusual spot. I can't comment on the place of origin, to me it is equally possible to be Italian or Bohemian, or quite frankly anywhere else.
  25. Thanks a lot Martin! The thick edgework really explains it. I am surprised how many people outside of our community are falling for these falsely labelled violins every year, as they are way overpriced for what they are. I guess violin is one of those "gray area" items that you can't just report scam and those eBay admin folks could really do a lot for you... Especially with these vague descriptions. Also purely out of curiosity, would you mind explicate "excavated"? does it mean the f holes have been widened? I suppose they did it to hide the true identity of these violins? Thanks again!
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