Report Seeking more information about this violin in The Pegbox Posted October 24, 2020 · Edited October 24, 2020 by ATStapley Hi again, everyone! Thank you guys so much for your time with this. Duane-- your speaking of Homer mirrors everything I remember hearing about him. He sounded like truly an absolutely incredible man. I was never fortunate enough to meet him, though I was fortunate enough to see (and hear!) some of his other instruments and one of his quartet paintings. One of his violins had an almost haunting quality to the deeper notes--- it was lovely. I wish I would have recorded the conversation I had with the person I purchased this from-- there is so much that I may be misunderstanding or misremembering. However, I am fairly confident on my memory of a few details. One, as Bill stated, I am pretty sure that Homer traded for this instrument during his travels in Europe. It is very possible, however, that he redid the varnishing. I am also sure that the expert I took it to for a paid appraisal said that it was German made, and he either said 1930s or 1940s-- thinking back now, I don't think he considered anything on the outside of the violin at all, so my pictures are probably not helpful. He spent all of the time on identification with a dentist's mirror looking at the construction on the inside. Is there anything specific I would look for to identify the 30s or 40s German made instruments? Also, I figured this was not anything important-- but perhaps it is? The Guadagnini sticker on the inside has a dollop of varnish that fell on it at some point. Is that indicative of a revarnishing or just a mistake made during production? In the picture I uploaded-- it's a bit hard to see-- but you can see the spot of varnish if you peer straight through the f hole, covering a bit of the date.