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  1. Hi Everybody, I am an amateur violinist who has been playing since high school (over 10 years ago) on a German trade violin purchased for about $8k. Although it is not a valuable instrument, my teacher and I picked it out of many instruments on the market, and I find that it has a powerful tone that exceeds its price. My playing has not yet exceeded the instrument's tonal limits, but a bit as a personal reward for myself and just out of love for music and instruments, I am considering getting a new, better violin. I have set a wide budget at this time, from $20k up to $50k at the absol
  2. Greetings All. Great Site here! Seems as though so many members are.very knowledgeable. Amazing and Creative Folks seem to offer good information. I've come into a very beautiful Violin in original Case. Vuillaume des Petite Champe 46 it says on inside. Any ideas or additional thoughts on value and condition would be greatly appreciated. It comes with original Case an extra String (old original package) and a Drezden string piece (wood) and beautiful A.Breton Bow
  3. I’d appreciate any insight you can lend about this instrument. I’m a lawyer but have a performance degree from Cleveland State and play with the Johnstown Symphony, which is a small orchestra with a $500k budget. I’m sure I’ll continue to play throughout my career, and am now on the board of trustees and players committee. I share that background because it relates to my perspective. My high school teacher (cello professor at Indiana University of Pennsylvania) is selling this instrument for $17,000. I was her last student and we have a “Tuesdays with Morrie” type of mentor relati
  4. Hey all, New to the forum but I have a unique old piece that I wa looking for more info on. It's a small box of rosin with a label on top that has a French sentence followed by the name Vuillaume. I know it's old, but I've only been able to find one image online and was trying to dig up a little more info about its history, collectibility, rarity, value any and all info would be great.. Thanks alot! I will post a picture when I figure out how haha
  5. Hi guys! I'm new to this forum, and was wondering if someone out there might be able to kindly help me shed some light on the age or potential age and value of this violin. I honestly have hardly any reliable information on it, and if it once had a label, it has long since fallen out, and been lost. I've had this violin for over 13 years, and I love it very much. It's extremely lightweight, hugely resonant, with a deep, characterful tone on the lower strings, and wonderful projection and singing highs on the higher strings. Here's what I do know. I bought this from a lady (here in th
  6. Hello! A few years ago I ended up with an antique(?) violin bow that someone threw in with an old violin I had purchased. The violin was a strad copy from Germany made about the time of WWII. The seller claimed to be somewhat of a luthier, but as I have learned more I am not so sure of how good of one, as I found out later that the violin was set up very wrong. Anyway... the bow had old thinning hair, though it still sounded fairly good. I put it away though, because it was in need of repairs. I pulled it out as I am considering learning to rehair a bow and wanted to practice on a junk one. So
  7. I believe this violin was made by Johann Strad circa 1745 from what I can make from the label. However, I have not been able to find anything regarding Johann Strad. It was repaired by Joseph Winner in 1856. I found that Joseph Winner Sr. was a violin maker and also made repairs in Philadelphia, PA during the early to mid 1800's. The violin has a unique dove tail on the back. Any information of the age/maker would be very helpful and greatly appreciated.
  8. Hello Guys! I am new as a poster but not as a reader. This is a great forum btw, love all the discussions going on. I am a violinist and a violin aficionado (not a pro luthier of course). I recently came across this interesting looking violin, and I am having trouble identifying the origin of it. Since almost all the violin shops around are closed, I haven't gotten a chance to get a professional opinion on it. The violin is definitely of a finer quality than those trade violins, and has some good old repairs on them, including a considerable amount of cracks in the front, f hole rep
  9. Hi guys, What do you think of this violin? Any value? Where and when is this from? What type? And what do you think about this floral design? Thanks, Rachel
  10. Better pics this time, I hope! I’m very interested in what it takes to identify violins by pics. I hope I can learn some helpful advice and possibly get some ideas on the origin of my fiddle at the same time. The violin has some warping of the top from the neck pulling through the years. It causes the top to look square when I believe if it were new it would have been rounder next to the neck. Plus it’s made the top puff up around the neck joint. Just saying the disfigured top may be deceiving. An old Lete repair label with the “Repaired by” cut off. No label. Any other photo I need
  11. Hello there! I have a violin, which has a beautiful smooth body with one interesting characteristic. Through the f-hole, I can’t see a label but two balck-white ankers inside. The violin itself looks decent and I assume this is valuable but have no clue as it has nothing to tell about itself but the ankers. Can anyone tell me about this mysterious violin please?
  12. We have the possession of this antique violin, and so far unable to find its history. Can anyone please help us with the brand name, price range, age, or any information regarding this item? We could provide more pictures if needed. Regards Bobby
  13. I recently acquired this lionshead violin I am currently doing research on them and I just get more and more confused. As I stated in the title there is not identification paper inside the body of the fiddle that I can see. It may have moved however I do not have the tools to look inside of it. I want to know if there is any reason why I should not take this fiddle in to get repaired. Or if I should just set it in an auction on eBay for parts.
  14. Hello everyone, This is a photoset of my violin, an antique from 1880s Germany (or possibly the German-speaking part of what is now the Czech Republic). As you can see, it is rather large all around, with beautiful flamed-maple back and ribs and a gorgeous red varnish. It's extremely heavy, and I've gotten so used to it that some of my professional friends' violins feel like toys in my hand. Even my viola is significantly lighter. It's not incredibly obvious from photos, but the scroll leans back quite a bit further than a normal violin. The pegs are custom viola pegs because violin
  15. All, I have an old violin stored in a wooden violin box that seems to be customized for this violin. Attached are the pictures. The violin has no bridge but soundpost is standing. All strings are missing. The tail piece looks old and hand-made by wood and is detached from the endpin. Pegbox has four pegs in there but do not seem to be a matching set. There is no visible marking inside the violin to help determine make/model/origin of the piece. The back of the violin is interesting. It has a drawing of some kind of a pledge in the lower bout. 13-stars on the flag with th
  16. I recently purchased a new violin and there are many things about it that confuse me. One is why the nut was put on so that it hangs over the pegbox. Was this a common practice during a certain time period or was this a sign of poor luthier skills? I have never seen something like this, and would love to be educated on information about if anyone can help.
  17. Hey there! Looking for info on this violin I bought-- seems to have been handled roughly, and I have no idea of the quality, but it sounds excellent and needed saving. Any ideas of maker? Pooossibly a value guess but I know that's a sticky one. Only identifying mark is a label with a Celtic harp with rays around it and some initials with I can't quite make out. Thanks much for your input!
  18. I recently came across this violin on ebay. Although it does seem to have some issues it appears to be well made. My amateur guess is that its a mid 18th century Mittenwald violin, however, I would like to have your opinions on what you think this violin may be and possibly, who made it One unique feature I noticed on this violin is that the scroll eye seems to be filed down at an inward angle. http://www.ebay.com/itm/152649649255?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649
  19. I have a large pile of old wood , antique forms and violin making materials , violin and viola patterns from the estate of a violin maker from Crimea . i have attached photos of the contents of the boxes laid out on my studio floor. I know very little about these objects , except that they are quite old and quite beautiful. Can anyone enlighten me ? thank you .
  20. Bought this violin from ebay for £400, it is a "Josef Kloz in Mittenwald 1760" - antique 4/4 violin, i am only a beginner, and this will be my first violin. (if i refurbish it) The wood is still in very nice antique condition with some light scores to the surface, some little chips also to the edges as you would expect with a used antique item. Also looks like there has possibly been a few little pieces of wood to the rim edges that may have been replaced or repaired, although I cannot confirm this, perhaps that is just the way it was made? Violin will need restrung and possibly m
  21. Hello everyone! I am a new member to this website, but I have often lurked around the forums without having signed up. I decided to sign up after digging through over 50 pages of this forum and through various topics/google searches/etc. Let me explain my situation: Many of you tell enthusiasts to avoid eBay altogether. I usually agree with this sentiment, but I've found a violin I need some help on. The seller is rather suspect, and has been mentioned many times over regarding misrepresentation of their instruments, shady practices, etc. I did research on said seller and found quite a f
  22. hi, i have this violin and i want to what is his value. thank you! P.S how do i upload pictures here??
  23. hi, a collector asked me to help him sell this violin, i sell on ebay but i was wondering if this violin worth a lot and maybe its better to sell at an auction house. can you please help me learn about this violin and maybe even give me an estimate for his value? any information would be great! here are links to the pictures - https://scontent.fhfa1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpt1/v/t1.0-9/12715291_10153509289763720_1913107116248424769_n.jpg? oh=87c95b370fc25308e855bd793472ce1f&oe=5732E9E7 https://scontent.fhfa1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpt1/v/t1.0-9/12715645_10153509292158720_23460970
  24. This is currently my only old violin, claiming to be a Vuillaume copy, but I'm not sold that it goes further than the stamp/fake label. The instrument was recently set up and repaired to be in playing condition after being out of order for a very long time (came to me with open seams and the tailpiece glued to the top!) After being on the forums for a small amount of time (very small compared to the lifespan of a violin) I can guess the most likely answer to where the violin was made, but thought I'd ask anyway, just got my picture posting privilege so might as well use it while the instrumen
  25. Any idea what this once was? http://www.ebay.com/itm/FINE-OLD-ANTIQUE-18TH-CENTURY-VIOLIN-MADE-CA-1760-GRAFTED-NECK-FOR-RESTORATION-/251526072013