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  1. Hi! I am new to this forum and thought I would get some insight on a cello! I bought this cello maybe a 1.5 years ago from a man who had it in his attic for a while, does not remember how it was acquired or that he even had it in his attic. It did not come with a case and was in very bad condition (my guess due to extreme temperatures in attic). The varnish is completely gone, there are cracks on the front of the cello, roughed up sides, scratches all over, and the seams on the side & where the neck meets the base were open, etc. Clearly this cello was not cared for at all, additionally,
  2. 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
  3. Hi all. I'm new to this forum and I apologize if I'm posting in the wrong section. I need help to ID my recently acquired violin. It has a Jules Merciolle label, but strangely no year or anything. I even don't think it's French but I have no clue actually except it sounds really great. Here are some pics. Thanks in advance!
  4. Hi, I recently found this fiddle and am in need of identification assistance.. It came into my life all funky. I did not bedazzle it. After reading here for 3 days, I’ve learned a lot, but not enough to tell what I’m holding. The label looks super nice, saddle is marked an=25 Czech. Can’t see additional markings other than label (even with endpin out) Any Identification assistance would be greatly appreciated. I love it whatever it is, hope someone enjoys the pics, thanks! Violin dimensions (these are edge to edge) Length - 23.5 in - 59.69 cm Body lengt
  5. Can anyone tell me about this violin that I have? The label inside says "Karl Knilling No. 1304 Made in Germany". The bow was broken when I received it. The violin is a 4/4 and has a pretty two-piece back with light tiger striping/flames. It looks to be in good condition with no cracks or such. A few weeks ago, it seemed like there were links that talked about it, but now that I am looking again, I find nothing on this particular model.
  6. A friend asked me to take a look at this violin bow, but I can barely make anything out from the stamp. It is nearly illegible. All I can say is that it is silver mounted with a round stick and the wood looks quite nice. It also feels rather heavy. We don't live very near a good luthier, so we've decided for now to ask the internet. I'm afraid I don't know much about old bows... For further ID purposes: Does anyone know why the stamp would be so smudged? Is that just caused from prolonged use? Thanks for
  7. Hi everyone, Here you have some pictures of a violin bow a find very nice in all aspects (playing too) and it´s suppossed to be french. Please let me know what do you see from pictures since I´m just starting to study and see bows not only from a playing point of view. From my still great ignorance in bow aesthetic and constructive aspects I have some thoughts on this bow but I'd really like to hear from you. I see relevant: the kind and appearance of wood, top of head, nose, number of pins on both frog and button, rounded frog... What more should I look at? Many thanks!
  8. Hello everyone, I would like you to see the pictures below; a friend of mine has been playing this violin for the last 10-15 years or so and nobody is sure about its origin: some people think it could be italian XVIII century but other say "french"... Top of violin is a modern replacement by a spanish violin maker so I´m only posting some pictures of back. I hope I will be able to upload some pictures of the scroll very soon if it helps but let´s see the back first. Any suggestions are wellcome as usually! Thanks in advance!
  9. maria85

    Peg Wood ID

    Hi! I don’t know much about violin work, but from reading on the internet it seems like among the fittings the pegs are the biggest deal to replace. I need a new chintest and tailpiece so it seemed like it would make sense to get the same wood as the pegs. (This is my secondary violin so I’m not concerned about the nuances in the sound that might be caused by the wood type). However, I don’t recognize the wood my pegs are made of. Can anyone identify this, or let me know if there is a reason I should just go with a standard wood instead?
  10. Now that the little old viola is well strung and tested, it is time to try to find out what I have... The label was affixed in the bottom, on top of a repairer's stamp from 1954. When I checked the inside with a boroscope, I found the place on the rib where it had originally been affixed, the rectangular glue patch was quite visible. I also found an old bridge wedged into the bottom close to the bottom block, marked "H SCHICKER FREIBURG" The label seems to say "Joseph Meyer zu Br...... ..... Anno 1666", which is quite a bit earlier than I am willing to belie
  11. I came across this thing at «that auction site» and couldn’t resist putting in a low bid. It was said to have been in a box from an estate sale, meaning that I have no clue how old it is, where it comes from, nor really what it is. The decorated back is unusual, the varnish is horrible, the scroll is strange, the purfling (only on the back) is two parallel very thin cuts filled with glue? varnish? I guess it will become the victim of my repair attempts, and maybe one day it will become playable?
  12. Hello, I am looking for some input on this violin. The label is not clear to say the least but the instrument appeals to me for some reason. Any thoughts on where and when it was produced? I am thinking it is based on an Amati or Amatus 1634? Any thoughts on it it are greatly appreciated. thank you.
  13. My eyes say French, but may just as well be a Schonbach. Any other opinions? http://www.ebay.com/itm/An-Old-Vintage-Violin-/332334008559?hash=item4d60a688ef:g:CPwAAOSwz3lZeLUg
  14. Hello there, I'm a new member, but I've used threads from this forum as an information source many times before. I'm a Danish cellist with a lot of hobbies, one being restoration of old violins. I'm rather new to it, though, and have only repaired one violin yet with a nasty sound post crack, so I need to gain a lot of experience. I picked this violin up from a luthier's shop window in Schleswig, Germany. He told me it's a 200 or more years old violin from Mittenwald. I asked why the maker didn't use flamed wood for the neck when the body seems to be of rather nice
  15. This violin is being restored I only have pictures of what he has sent me. We believe it is from 1801 to 1850. He found this label inside anyone can give me thoughts or information on it I would like to include it with the violin. Any information will be appreciated very much. I have tried for a month to ID with no luck. There was newspaper clippings inside case I included the pictures
  16. I recently picked up the violin pictured and wondered if anyone had any thoughts on it? It is labelled by G.S.MacKay Aberdeen, who is listed in David Rattray's book on Scottish violin makers as an Aberdeen maker (d. 1917). However, I hear that many makers of the time also imported trade instruments and re-labelled them. Does anyone have any thoughts on whether or not this is the genuine article? I also have a standard German trade fiddle at home and there is no doubt this is a far superior instrument to that. I read one of the give-aways with the low grade trade stuff is the over-sm
  17. Hello MN members, Hope I sized the pics properly. I have never posted but followed MN for years hoping to learn something. I have collected violins for years before following this site but knew nothing about them. I am uncertain on this violin, and have had it a long time. Should I have it repaired? Let's see if I have learned from the masters here how to identify violin traits. The saddle is cut into the top plate. Looks to be an early 1700's Strad copy, cheeked pegbox with the scroll cut nicely but not relieved a lot, the duck's tail more pronounced toward the neck heel. C-bout pointy linin
  18. So a friend of mine bought this violin at a small auction and got it for $70. He then decided he didn't really want it and gave it to me a few months later. Lucky Me! Well I restored it by removing the black patch of rosin build up and taking it to a luthier to have a few seams re-glued. After the restorations, the violin plays great and has a set of dominant strings on it which respond very well. (And yes, I know the images display D'addario prelude strings. I purchased the dominants a few months after these pictures were taken). I then had a conversation with my local luthier trying to deter
  19. Hello, I have a mystery violin, and I would greatly appreciate help if anyone is willing to take a look. I don't think it is valuable, but I am more interested in whether it is worth cleaning up and if it could be a decent playing instrument. I am not a player, so I really have no idea how to assess this instrument. I am considering having it re-strung and donating it to the youth orchestra in San Francisco where I live, but I am not sure if it is worth it. I don't want to burden them with a worthless problem. On the other hand, if it is more valuable than a modern student mode
  20. The violin sounds amazing. Very warm and full, but I probably will not buy it because I am afraid of the amount of the cracks. the violin cost 5000$. What do you think?
  21. I would like to present you a very expensive viola that belonged to my violin teacher. Is a professional violist and plays as a soloist with the leading orchestras around the world. The instrument - Viola 42.2 CM Bought many years ago and up to this day my teacher trying to find out who built the viola. Expert from London have verified that wood that made up the instrument are the same wood used by Testore but the shape of the viola does not match the style of construction. Speculated that the viola was built in 1720-1750 Suggestions are welcome
  22. Hello guys. Lob is 361mm, upper bout 162, cc 112, lower 200mm. Corner blocks are all on their places, with linings let into. According to corner blocks, unfortunately I am not able to make a photo. All 4 blocks are not a rectangle but more like hexagon from visible side. I hope you know what I am trying to say. Bassbar on place. Please help. Jay
  23. Hey, I would like to present you a beautiful violin that belongs to one of my students. He asks for help in identifying his violin. He bought the violin on a violin shop in israel at 3000 Euro, where he was told that they had no information about the violin and they only bought it from a client. I think that The violin looks beautiful and sounds great As a music teacher , but I'm not an expert. I would love to get information that you can give us from pictures. http://jpg.co.il/download/56cc4bdc2f179.jpg http://jpg.co.il/download/56cc4bf640f51.jpg http://jpg.co.il/download/56cc4c3019537.jpg h
  24. Hey , I'd love to know if anyone knows the label inside And be able to verify that is a French violin http://jpg.co.il/download/56c970afda865.jpg http://jpg.co.il/download/56c970cdb3f87.jpg http://jpg.co.il/download/56c970e3eb22b.jpg http://jpg.co.il/download/56c970f25d1da.jpg http://jpg.co.il/view/56c9710ab68fd.jpg/ http://jpg.co.il/download/56c9711a002dc.jpg http://jpg.co.il/download/56c9714f8715f.jpg