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  1. Thank you all for your suggestions, I will contact a couple of folks you mentioned.
  2. I am an older adult violinist (assuming the most generous definition of that term) living near Pittsburgh, PA, having moved here from the Washington, DC area a few years ago. I have a couple of violins that I would like to have optimized for tone and playability. They are not valuable or "important" instruments by any means, but they are not low cost beginner fiddles either. One was made by an amateur maker in 2000 (a retired engineer who made somewhere around 100 instruments, mine is number 52). The other has a label stating it was made by an R. K. Van Allen in Paterson, NJ in 1918, thoug
  3. Thanks, Don and HoGo, you basically have answered my question. I had no idea if decent sounding and visually pleasing wood would cost $5 or $5,000 for a professional grade instrument. Sounds like $500 is more in the ballpark, unless someone were to use something outside the usual. Another way to think about it is that 90% or more of the value of the violin is in the expertise and labor of the maker, not in the materials.
  4. Thanks, though that was really not my question! I am not interested in making a violin or buying the wood. I just meant if I was looking to buy a newly made violin for, say $20k by someone who has been selling in that price range consistently (in other words, a fair market price), how much would I expect the wood to have cost? I am assuming whatever level of figuring, seasoning, etc. would be typical for a violin of that quality and what it would have cost.
  5. I am an amateur violinist with an interest in all things violin-related, especially the "nuts and bolts" of the instrument, so to speak. I was curious as to how much of the price of a good instrument consists of the cost of the raw materials, especially the wood used to make the body and neck, not so much the fillings. I have read a number of posts about the cost of newly made violins by professional makers and what price range they may be in depending on a number of factors (which basically boils down to supply and demand, with perhaps some floor based on an hourly labor rate). I was ju
  6. Brad, how hard did you push in the Wittners? I was afraid of pushing too hard and perhaps cracking the pegbox or breaking the peg. Mine have all held thus far, but I was a bit surprised at how easy it was to remove the peg to try to fix the hole. I was expecting to have to use more force and perhaps press it out somehow, but that was not the case.
  7. Yeah, the G peg was the last of the four that I did, and I think I got a bit careless after doing the first three which all fit quite well. Lesson learned!
  8. I recently installed a set of Wittner Finetune geared pegs on a violin of mine, and for the most part everything went well and I am very pleased with their operation. I reamed out each hole to the necessary size (so I thought) and installed each peg without using any glue according to the instructions provided by the manufacturer. However, one of the pegs (the G string, not that it matters I don't think) ended up going to far into its hole - in other words, I reamed it out slightly bigger than I should have. It appears that the peg goes about 3 or 4 mm too far into the hole, meaning the ho
  9. I wonder if the scrolls are color coded for the type of beer? Dark beer on the left (maybe a stout or porter), and light beer on the right, maybe a pilsner.
  10. What would be a safe relative humidity level for storing violins in their cases?
  11. The interesting thing is that the label appears to be professionally printed, and includes the Van Allen family coat of arms and some fancy design elements, with an overall engraved look to it. Kind of hard to see in the photo. I was assuming such an elaborate label would not be from a one-off or amateur builder since one would have to get this professionally printed back in the day - no computer graphics apps or home laser printers back then. It also has the "19" printed with the "18" hand written, but that could just be for effect. The only thing I have consistently heard about violin id
  12. I have not been able to find any reference to this maker on the internet, and thought some of the experts on the board would either have other reference sources available, or by their many years of experience could get a sense of its origin. Any opinions are welcome, and perhaps it will have to remain a mystery. It would be nice if it was made by a particular maker, Mr. Van Allen.
  13. Can anybody help me out? No guesses, wild or otherwise? Mainly I would be interested in opinions on where it was made, and what quality level it might be. Would better pictures help? Thanks!
  14. I am fairly new again to Maestronet, after being away for awhile (oh, 20 years or so). A friend of mine had an old violin that had been in the family which had a top crack, and apparently a local luthier said it was not worth fixing so he gave it to me. I ended up moving to a new city and found a luthier who fixed the fiddle for what I thought was a reasonable price considering the top had to be removed. Anyway, it has a label that says "R. K. Van Allen fecit, Paterson N.J., USA, 1918". The top does not look overly thick and it is pretty light weight compared to my other violin, and it so
  15. To head off further speculation, I will tell you that my name is Carl. Though I sometimes get called other things.