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  1. Hi! I came across a listing today for a kind of average looking violin but with an interesting label. I don't know much about violins other than to not trust labels, but I would love to learn. Does anyone with more experienced eyes have any insight on this? If it's a forgery (my guess is yes?), a common forgery, a more random one-off forgery from someone more creative, a shop's relabeling to sell bought in instruments, etc? Any thoughts would be rad! Thanks in advance!
  2. Hi, Could someone help me identify the style of maker this bow head is shaped in? I personally think it is Ouchard but not too sure. Thanks!
  3. DON’T DO IT! https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.com%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F283782169430
  4. Here is another one of those “French” violins, possibly from the same dealer that Germain purchased from mentioned in another thread. Thoughts? https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.com%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F163720171755
  5. Hello, I am thinking of purchasing this violin. The seller says it's French from early 20th century. Can anyone tell me about it? There is a small crack on the backside, going up the middle from the chin rest, and the purfling is damaged. How much would this cost to repair? Thanks! Kristen
  6. This seller seems to be a source of suspicion in several posts... how does this listing look? https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.com%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F163642185951
  7. Hi folks; I came across this violin recently, with some interesting features. It is not mine yet, as the label on the pics evidently tell. I wondered if anyone had a clue wich country it comes from (german ? french?) if it had been submitted to an antiquizing process, and if it is worth acquiring/repairing. What are the marks at the scroll ? the bottom rib seems heavily damaged or is it only superficial ? Thanks a lot for your help, LJ
  8. Hi All, I could use some help with identifying a violin Branded Charotte à Paris. My best guess is Charotte-Millot, Joseph. It doesn't have a label, it has a brand on the upper block, and a stamp or brand in place of a label. The unfortunate brown overvarnishing on the lower portion of the top didn't want to move. Thanks for your thoughts, Moses
  9. Hi everyone. First want to say what an amazing resource Maestronet is for laypersons like myself interested in violins, history, data, and science. I recently acquired a violin via auction and did a dendro to try and gain some more information about the violin. The violin is labeled as a 1743 Castagneri and at least some experts believed it to be a genuine Castagneri, but a dendro suggests that a more likely earliest creation date is 1755. The wood is similar to many other pre-Revolution French violins but no exact tree match. It turns out that while previous researchers had put Castagneri's d
  10. Long time lurker, finally coming across some interesting items. I came across a french bow from a violin shop that was very interesting to my eye and plays very well. It is a tortoise shell, gold mounted, with a "Y? V?" stamp under the stick. What do you guys think? Is this a legit bow or not?
  11. I wonder if anyone in the group could advise me if there exists an archive of images and/or information on French cello bows from across the date range 1800-1900? I am researching the development of the cello bow but can find very little information on the CELLO - most authors seem to think that there is only one string instrument - the VIOLIN. Any help would be greatly appreciated - thank you in advance.
  12. I recently picked up this cello bow branded "J. Hel" on both sides of the stick. The brand looks original and although the bow has a head splice and quite a bit of handle wear, the octagonal stick is made of nice wood and the bow plays wonderfully. So well in fact, that it has become one of my own favourite bows rather than being passed on to my young relative as was originally intended. To my surprise, the eyes on both sides of the frog and at the end of the button are made of solid silver and not pearl. I have not seen this anywhere else, but is this common to any makers, or could it be some
  13. Hello, I've been reading Maestronet for years and finally have a question. A new student of mine purchased a few years ago a violin labeled Carlos Despini, fecit Taurini anno 1879 (from my memory). The varnish is more red than most instruments. They purchased from a former teacher for about 20k USD. They asked me what I thought of it and I said it was alright, decent instrument, and then they told me the price...they claim they negotiated with the former teacher for many years on the purchase price. A luthier from France, told me it's likely a French instrument (we both agree the
  14. Hello there, I am thinking about buying this violin. It carries the label of a reputable late 19th century french maker, but a knowledge violin friend thought it to be a bit younger. What do you think? Any opinion much appreciated, thanks!
  15. So a friend of mine bought this violin at a small auction and got it for $70. He then decided he didn't really want it and gave it to me a few months later. Lucky Me! Well I restored it by removing the black patch of rosin build up and taking it to a luthier to have a few seams re-glued. After the restorations, the violin plays great and has a set of dominant strings on it which respond very well. (And yes, I know the images display D'addario prelude strings. I purchased the dominants a few months after these pictures were taken). I then had a conversation with my local luthier trying to deter
  16. I don't know much about his violin except that it looks as if it had a catastrophic accident (like someone sitting on it, or similar). The neck does not appear to be original to the body, but is apparently quite old as well. The repairs are extensive, and were all done at the same time, so someone must have cared enough to undergo all of that. I've already had one opinion from a good local luther, and was told it "leans" toward Italian with respect to the wood, age, purling. I'm just curious if any of you can determine anything about it from the photos, like the country of origin, age, scho
  17. Hi, Recently i have bought an interesting old (French?) violin. Was wondering about the age of the violin.. It has a neck graft, pins at the button and a pin near the end pin. It has multiply stamps. Saying: "A la ville.. " and I read : "Nico..." It could be from Nicolas Didier Aine, but I can not make that out of the rest of letters. I also see the letter "L before the letters Ni... (doenst come through on the picture's) Long story short, i have no idea what the stamp says. I hope that someone on the forum knows of a similar model. I read that many violi
  18. I'm having a hard time figuring out the origin of this instrument. It seems to have a lot of French attributes. It is 24" long, French boxwood pegs with MOP inlay, the saddle could be from anywhere I suppose, and the scroll looks to be French. The top and back both are one piece, which is another clue I think. Also the ribbing seems to be more present than normal German violins from the 19th century (if it is from that period) My confusion is in the varnish. There is no label. If you can identify a maker, Chanot, Schweitzer, even Peter Wamsley maybe (here's hoping), that'd be great. Any help i
  19. Hello, im completely new to this site, and I dont know if im doing this right. Anyways.. Let me introduce myself, i'm Niam, a violin dealer in UK and I have acquired a lovely looking violin. I would like to hear your opinions about anything about the violin (value? origin, age, etc). I'd love to hear different insights. The violin is in perfect condition and has fluted f-holes, a nice blonde varnish and well done purfling. Im hoping the pictures will upload and that i did it right O.o Thanks!
  20. JoeG

    Violin ID

    Here's an old battered and shattered violin whose maker could probably be identified without too much difficulty. The label appears to have been removed, if it was ever labeled at all. The images have been reduced to 50% original size. Will post some pics of the head asap. Thanks in advance for any help offered, JoeG [edit] Though not readily visible in the front view, there is a notch to the north end of the peg box.
  21. I have seen many threads where people ask for an ID of their random violin, and people always can chime in with ideas of places. This just amazes my untrained eye. So I have to wonder, what do you look for in a old French violin?
  22. Hi all, I'm looking for a new violin, and I've taken a fancy to an old French violin. We've been told it's an 1880s Mirecourt, http://s1153.photobucket.com/user/carlos_rodriguez32/media/DSCF4924_zpsefd12e12.jpg.html?sort=3&o=0 ( http://s1153.photobucket.com/user/carlos_rodriguez32/media/DSCF4923_zpsdc32ff68.jpg.html http://s1153.photobucket.com/user/carlos_rodriguez32/media/DSCF4920_zps5a7c7028.jpg.html http://s1153.photobucket.com/user/carlos_rodriguez32/media/DSCF4919_zps18dc64b9.jpg.html http://s1153.photobucket.com/user/carlos_rodriguez32/media/DSCF4915_zps591b3e36.
  23. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Very-Fine-Pernambuco-Emile-Dupree-French-violin-bow-stamped-branded-viola-bass-/321048772867?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4abfff8103 I'm kind of curious; does anybody know the story behind all the bows with French names that are firebranded "FRANCE" like the one there? I've seen a bunch with different names which all seem to be more or less the same (winding, frog, button); I also own one labeled "FN VOIRIN A PARIS", which is obviously not a real Voirin bow (still nice to play though). I did locate this explanation for the Emile Dupree: http://www.violinist.co
  24. GP/Caspace is rubbing off on me... I haven't ever seen this shape before. Anyone know if it's deliberate? Was it in vogue at one point? An experiment? Or did the maker have an oopsie - but then decided to go ahead and make the best of it? http://www.ebay.ca/itm/Rare-Old-French-Viola-15-1-2-Viola-Cornerless-upper-Bout-Needs-Only-a-setup-/141097786634?pt=AU_Musical_Instruments_Instruments&hash=item20da155d0a
  25. Hi there, I recently purchased a nice looking violin ebay for a small sum of money. I was wondering if anybody out there could help me with its possible origin and value. It is a stainer copy and has no cracks. Here is a link for photos: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/161133787280?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1439.l2649