Terry Bachman

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  1. TJ, As mentioned before I have a violin that looks like the one you posted above. Mine has the HOPF brand which is not significant to the maker. I had a very reputable appraiser tell me it was built around 1900 by F.A.Glass. The Glass family violin makers goes back in Klingenthal to Johann David Glass 1723-1772, Fredrich August Glass (1) 1774-1833, Fredrich August Glass (2) 1796-1857, Johann August Traugott Glass 1819-1896 and Fredrich August Glass (3) 1866-1906 who as mentioned above ended up in (Altona) Hamburg. There was a long dynasty of the Hopf family that was also from Klingenthal that goes way back. I have to think there was some connection between the two families and the fiddle from TJ and mine were built on the HOPF model. I know this proves nothing on identifying the violin above but I hope it shows validity of the Glass family.
  2. I have one of those "ugly little square boxes". I was told that these were copies of the Hopf model made by Fredrich August Glass. He was born in 1866 in Klingenthal and was the son of Johann August Traugott Glass and grandson to Fredrich August Glass Jr. All of them violin makers from Klingenthal. The younger F.A Glass moved to Hamburg and died there in 1906. His varnish was easily identified with that very dark brown finish. It is only identified with the Hopf stamp on the back and also an inked Hopf stamp inside. The strange thing about mine is that it has full size body with a neck that only measures 121 mm from the body to the nut. Has anyone come across one like this?
  3. I understand there were 1000s of violins cranked out from this region and don't seem to have a very good reputation. Were there any GOOD instruments made by good builders? My grandfather played his violin from the 1910s to the 30s. His main violin is labeled "Copy of Joseph Guarnierius by Rudolf Fischer 1890". I have purchased another violin with the same label and looks like it might be from the same maker. I have read that Rudolf Fischer was a real maker from Schonbach. Anyone know if he was real or a made up factory name?
  4. Ethan, Thanks for the message. I have been looking around all of Europe at different possibilities. The school in Newark is still around $33,000 for the 3 years (about the same as Chicago). The schools in Germany looked good as far as cost but the entrance requirements seem a bit harder that other places.
  5. Thanks for all the information. I have been waiting for a reply and more details from the schools in Cremona. I hope to hear soon. The choice to go there is less about the type or quality of school but the cost. I don't have the money going into retirement to spend $35,000-$80,000 to go to one of the schools in the US. If there is any possibility of getting into a school that is state sponsored or with lower cost would make it more possible. I have also lived for 58 years in southwest Michigan and would like to have an adventure living somewhere else. My end game would be to get a background in building then get into restoration / conservation work. Thanks again and I hope to hear more if anyone can add anything.
  6. It has been a bucket list item for the past 35 years to move to Europe and study there. It will also be a matter of how much the cost is.
  7. I have a couple of questions about the violin making schools in Cremona Italy. What is the approximate tuition cost to attend each year? How hard is it to get accepted? I am planning to retire soon and would like to go to Italy and learn violin making and restoration. Thank you for your help. T