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  1. Thanks, @Blank face @palousian and @chiaroscuro_violins. The luthier doing the renovation, which did not include doing anything to the bass bar, was intrigued by the fact that the top of the bar was flat along its entire length. He was also interested in the length of the plateau. Another builder looked at the photos and said he, too, hadn’t seen those aspects before. I was just wondering if anyone on the forum was familiar with this technique or if this particular bar is an anomaly. One characteristic of this violin, when my father was alive and played it, was always its lovely low end resonance and responsive bass notes. So, it seems, the bass bar, unusual or not, is fulfilling its destiny!
  2. Thanks for this insight. The bass bar is actually not part of the current restoration and has been part of the violin since before 1900, for certain, and potentially years earlier than that, based on ownership in that period and what little provenance there is available. It was apparently a replacement for the original bass bar, but the precise timing of that replacement remains a mystery.
  3. One other detail on the violin that may or may not prove helpful is the placement and dimensions of the bass bar. From the restoration luthier’s notes: “Bass bar is 275mm long. Lower end is 43mm from edge. Upper end is 35mm from edge. 5mm wide throughout its length. Highest point is 11mm, which extends for 3cm along the central "plateau". Ends are 3mm high. The wood is of fine, close grained spruce as is the wood in the central band of the top.”
  4. Based on the encouragement of folks on this forum, this violin is now undergoing restoration. Nearly complete, actually. I thought I would share some photos taken while it was open -showing evidence of let-in ribs, block detail and general build, to see if these spark any additional thoughts about age and origin. As ever, thanks for your knowledge.
  5. @Blank face There appears to be some consensus regarding the Mirecourt connection. I sincerely appreciate the time that members have generously given to perusing the (many) photos and the back and forth dialog between you has been interesting, to say the least. Yes, I have made inquiries to an extremely talented and highly regarded luthier in this region and am waiting to make an appointment for him to assess the work - including the items you mentioned.
  6. Indeed, there does. Here is detail on that and a couple of areas where back/rib wear reveal construction. Thoughts? @Blank face
  7. I’m interested to hear whether the internal pics posted on 3/6 address the above. Thanks.
  8. As promised, internal images related to OP. The tour moves from end block to neck block, with stops at corners and top crack repair along the way. Hope these provide some helpful direction on the ID front. @Blank face @GeorgeH
  9. @Blank faceI have an appointment to meet with an acquaintance on Saturday who has one of these cameras and plan to take several photos of the inside work, as you suggest. I will post them this weekend.
  10. Final pics, showing outside detail where top and back joins are revealed.
  11. Here's that area. Closer inspection shows it to be scratches on the back - messy attempt at setting soundpost?
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