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  1. Hi Bill, That's really interesting. I wonder what other names he used. Would you be able to share any photos of your Sirrell violin? Is there indication of when yours was made? Thanks. Chris (in Canada...a long way from the UK)
  2. Thank you, all! I really appreciate the input and information. The research has been fun, and I am waiting for my local library to bring in a copy of Plowright. I am always amazed at how robust the interlibrary loan network is. The treble f-hole does have some repaired damage, and the back varnish has some ugly areas. The back plate has a wonderful pattern. I'll keep reading and learning. Thanks again. Chris
  3. Below was the excerpt from Strings magazine (1988) with the result from Phillips auction.
  4. Hello from Canada! I had picked up this lovely full sized instrument, locally, about a year ago. A local luthier got it set up for me, and I am really enjoying playing it. It's proportioned well, is fairly light, is quite 'easy' to handle and sounds excellent (to my ear....). From what the seller told me, it found its way to Western Canada at some point in the 1940-50's. I’m not that familiar with the various styles/influences of UK makers, and would be interested in hearing thoughts about this particular instrument. The Interior has a label (and pencil-marking-on-wood just south