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  1. Thanks, that's very informative!
  2. What makes it look French? Can you tell the building method from the pics of the ribs?
  3. Vol. 2 is mainly an alphabetic dictionary of makers. Vol. 1 is a book about violin making history and traditions in general, the way I understand it. If I remember correctly, Jacob Saunders posted somewhere that "vol. 1 is the one worth learning German for"
  4. I found two versions of Lütgendorff vol. 2 online. Here are some links for your enjoyment. Original scans, downloadable as PDF: https://archive.org/details/diegeigenundlau00vongoog/mode/2up?view=theater https://archive.org/details/diegeigenundlaut02lt/page/n5/mode/2up?view=theater Text only. Some errors from conversion to text: https://archive.org/stream/diegeigenundlau00vongoog/diegeigenundlau00vongoog_djvu.txt https://archive.org/stream/diegeigenundlaut02lt/diegeigenundlaut02lt_djvu.txt Google translations of the above into English. Some weird translation effects, but mostly useable. It takes some time for the whole translation to load. Looks like it starts from the top and works itself down: https://archive-org.translate.goog/stream/diegeigenundlau00vongoog/diegeigenundlau00vongoog_djvu.txt?_x_tr_sl=de&_x_tr_tl=en&_x_tr_hl=en-US&_x_tr_pto=wapp https://archive-org.translate.goog/stream/diegeigenundlaut02lt/diegeigenundlaut02lt_djvu.txt?_x_tr_sl=de&_x_tr_tl=en&_x_tr_hl=en-US&_x_tr_pto=wapp If anyone knows where I can find a digital copy of vol 1 or 3, I'm all ears!
  5. When you say "they", do you refer to makers of the cottage industry in Saxony?
  6. Not an expert, but those ribs don't look pinched to me. Doesn't that exclude built on back?
  7. Thanks! You're probably right. What is the most important giveaway? Is it the style of writing or the paper or something else?
  8. Absolutely! I will post pictures of the violin later. I just don't have my DSLR right now. I too have a bunch of old violins with silly labels, but this one is different. It looks very old and has a ton of repairs. 1660 could be possible by the look of it.
  9. Hello! Can anybody make sense of anything on this label? A name, a year, a place, anything... Sorry about the picture quality. It was very hard to photograph through the f-hole. Thanks!
  10. @Blank face Thanks for your informative posts. Are you talking about the method that Jacob describes in this thread? Do you see evidence of that construcion method in the photos?
  11. Good points about using them for repairs. Thanks folks
  12. So does anybody know a good source for dead pets and raccoons then?
  13. What should I do with them? Can they be sold? Is it kosher to burn them?
  14. Have you tried running it in compatibility mode and as an administrator? Right click > properties > compatibility. That often fixes weird problems for me in Win10
  15. They look pretty different to me. The scroll on yours is rounder, the chin at the bottom is much less pronounced and the general shape of the pegbox is different. Are you sure about the neck graft being real? Do you see a joint that makes sense inside the pegbox? In general, I think it is a good idea to start by ruling out the basic stuff, like Blank face suggested, instead of trying to connect it to a specific maker. Everybody wants their violin to be something nice, and that will waaay too often lead to confirmation bias. And listen to experts like Jacob and Blank face.
  16. I know very little about bows, and I have always assumed that most of my bows are either cheap or complete junk. Most of them came with cheap violins. Recently, however, I have learned that a bow doesn't necessaily have to be stamped and/or silver mounted to be considered decent or fine. Being a complete novice, I figured I would take pictures of a selection and see what you guys have to say about them. Any obvious keepers or candidates for the bin? Personally, I think the snakewood one, number three from the right, looks pretty good. Let me know if you want closeups of any of them. Thanks!
  17. tetler

    Violin ID #9

    Thanks! Jacob, I too would be very interested in any specific ID points, whether it's about age or area. I have read and reread your posts on "cornerblockology" and Markneukirchen vs. Mittenwald a zillion times, and that information is absolute gold. It doesn't seem to apply to this violin, though. Like Bob, I noted the "Hopf style" body shape, similar to the "ICF" Ficker I posted recently. Is that a clue? What about the (now gone) through neck? Anything else?
  18. tetler

    Violin ID #9

    Thank you, Jacob. That would mean that the "oldest" repair label is fake. I didn't know that was a thing. May I ask how certain you are?
  19. tetler

    Violin ID #9

    Me again. This one has two repair labels; one from 1810 and one from 1902. No maker's label. Neck is grafted, and the scroll is fluted all the way in. The back seam is cleated. Your opinions are much appreciated!
  20. tetler

    Violin ID #8

    Any thoughts about this one? To me, the body looks rather crudely made, but the neck seems pretty nice. It has a real neck graft, peg hole bushings and the scroll fluting goes all the way in (looks like it stops early in the pic, but it doesn't). The back and rims appear to be birch, the blocks and linings are made of some kind of hardwood with huge pores. The varnish has white spots all over. No idea what that might be. I'm guessing it is a "homemade" body with a decent neck stuck to it, and that the whole thing is pretty worthless. Thoughts? It sounds interesting, though. Very dark. Thanks!
  21. tetler

    Violin ID #7

    Okay, I'll stay away from it for now. Out of interest, why is it much harder to work on an older violin? I pick up violins from local markets, second hand stores and such. This is one of those violins. My goal in general is to set them up and sell them. Money isn't the main motivation. I just enjoy the whole thing, but I'd prefer to stay on the plus side of course. I ask for ID because I don't want to risk messing up a fine violin, and because I just like to learn and to know what I have. Also, I don't want to overprice or underprice the instrument when/if I pass it on. The advice is appreciated. I'll keep it and leave it alone for now. And don't worry, I won't ruin it.
  22. tetler

    Violin ID #7

    Hmmm.. Just to let you know where I'm coming from: I have restored/repaired quite a few guitars before and also built a few acoustics from scratch. I have glued and cleated cracks in violins, installed soundposts, done basic setup including fitting pegs and things like that afew times. I feel confident that I can do the same on this one without ruining anything. What I don't want do myself (yet) is finish and retouching work. My original plan was to make it playable myself and sell it through a dealer on commission, as I have done with cheaper violins before. Now that I hear talk of professional restoration costs in the thousands, I'm leaning towards sticking to the original plan. Am I being reasonable here? I don't want to ruin a fine old instrument (and I don't think I ever will), but I respect your opinions, and I will listen to you if you advise against it.
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