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  1. Bownut

    Not a Cuypers

    I am really grateful to all who have given their time and shared their expertise so liberally! I am learning a thing or two indeed! As a player, I regularly ( if a good bit less regularly at the moment!) see first-rate instruments in the hands of colleagues: for instance, I played a concert in Berlin recently and the back row of second violins ( no such thing as a desk, at the moment and we all swap around, playing first and second violin on alternate tours) was a Ferdinand, a Janarius Gagliano and my Parker, with a Guadagnini with other lovelies in the section, too! But, naturally, my colleagues would not take it too kindly if I prised the tops off their fiddles to get a good look at the inside work! Thus, my knowledge of such matters is, to say the least, limited. I am perfectly satisfied with the judgement, " lowish-grade French", now, knowing what depth of scholarship backs it up. Only a shame that I probably won't be able to justify restoring it to playing condition, given the low probability of it producing a sound likely to please a fuss-pot like myself!
  2. Bownut

    Not a Cuypers

    I am afraid I had misremembered or misread the " cornerblockology" Post of August 17, 2013. I have added a picture of the bass-side block, which is clearly longer toward the middle bouts and does not, I think, have linings let in. To answer your other queries: the fluting of the scroll does not go to the " bitter end"; in fact it gives up the fight pretty early and the lower rib is two-piece. The table is definitely of one piece. I did manage myself to curb the initial over-enthusiasm but could at least the f-holes be described as "somewhat Cuypers-like"? I find the " rather low-grade" a bit harsh as the overall impression is really quite pleasing and I do see quite a few nice fiddles, if not the volume necessary to truly educate one's taste.
  3. Bownut

    Not a Cuypers

    Dear Sirs, I have done my level best to show the violin adequately but I know better pictures simply give more of the Information required to aid identifcation. To see the instrument live is, of course, the only way of satisfying the eyes of a bona fide expert. ( Or, according to some, " clever-clogs": if I need medical treatment, I make sure I get to see the cleverest-clogs I possibly can, who has studied and practised his /her art/science for a considerable period. An interesting violin or bow deserves no less!) Normally, I could wait a month or two until I am professionally in a city with an expert to visit and consult. At the present, this is not going to happen so fast and a trip to a country that could be, or turn into, a "high-risk area" is not feasible. So, dear Maestronetters ( I may be a Maestronutter!) my violin and my question. I thought at first it could be a Cuypers: the F-holes, the one-piece table, the similarity of the wood to some instruments of the family of which I have found pictures. But then the length-of-back, (35,8) the, even-for-Cuypers extremely unfinished scroll and peg-box and, most particularly, the corners started leading my, admittedly amateurish, investigations to a variant conclusion. The instrument, as you can see, is falling apart but all the bits are there except the bite out of the upper treble bout. This enables me to report that the corner blocks conform to the " inner mould" model described by Herr Saunders. My current idea is that the violin could be old French, whence, of course, Cuypers is reputed to have learned his craft. Your thoughts gentlemen, please! My main question: would it be worth restoring, given there are no major and barely any minor cracks to the plates and might it be possible to get a fine sound from it? ( I am a pro player with the great good fortune to own and use a beautiful Daniel Parker.) Thank you in advance for your help, Bownut
  4. Here is a 3/4 size ( stick-length 67,4cm) bow with a little ( or is it a big?) problem. Some ....... ( insert own epithet here) person has secured a nasty wire winding by putting a pin in the stick! The crack is small (1,5cm, 7cm from frog on the underside) and the pin is still in place ( I removed the wire), of which I hope the pictures give some idea. ( my phone camera just isn't up to those jobs) My question is, if the bow is destined for the tomato-patch ( my last lot shrivelled up and died on me!), which I dearly hope not to be the case as the other pictures show a rather interesting head. ( the current frog and button are an insult to the stick!) The stamp " PAJOT" I have not seen before spelled like this! I know it's not one of those, as I am an ardent Pajeot-lover ( sadly not owner). A few years ago I was playing in the orchestra, on a recording with Renaud Capouçon and he let my try his recently acquired Pajeot. ( very similar to Lot 38, Sotheby's Nov.'87, maybe even that one!) OMG!!! To my amateur eyes this looks like something else beginning with "P". ( D or F??). Can/should this be saved? Thanks in advance for your answers!
  5. My thanks to Mr.Swan for his concise and "obvious-now-you-mention-it"-ly accurate answer. I am an avowed "Bownut"! Ever since my teacher (Sidney Griller) showed and allowed me to try his Tourte, which he maintained was "played out", I have been fascinated by fine bows. ( I wonder where it is now!) I think he must have seen the glow in my eyes, as he subsequently organised a good Tubbs for me to use. I can't say I had a clue how to go about using the Tourte way back then but I am getting the feeling I have started to learn now. The point of my discourse is that, despite years of looking at whatever bows come my way, reading books, articles ( The Pegbox is a cornucopia of information and ideas!) and badgering colleagues to examine theirs, I still miss so many tricks when "push-comes-to-shove" on identifying interesting sticks. I suppose I just haven't seen enough, at close quarters, in the company of someone whose knowledge runs deep. Thanks again Mr.Swan and, if I may, would like to post further conundrums from my collection, some of which, I hope, will prove to be more interesting than this, my " Maiden" post. Yours, Bownut
  6. Dear Sirs, I have read that some bows from the C.N.Bazin Workshop bear the stamp " PAJEOT". I had never seen one before; a few "DODD"s, many " TOURTE"s and now, is this one? Opinions? Nickel mounted, 57g, Stick length 72,9cm. Very good condition, I hope my pictures can do some justice to the wood! Thanks, Bownut