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  1. Howdy, do you guys have an idea of who manufactured this violin? There’s no notes on the inside of the violin like normal and it’s supposedly 70+ years old. All I have to go off of is this insignia. The shop said it's German and 70 years or older. It has a lovely sound to it which makes me extremely interested in getting it. Any help is greatly appreciated! Here is the link to a list with all the pictures to the violin since for some reason I'm getting several errors when trying to upload some of the images on here for identification. https://imgur.com/gallery/w57alKJ
  2. I have acquired this violin from my grandfather. I studied and worked as a luthier primarily on guitars, and the build quality to my eye seems rather high. Also the wood selection is good too. Very close grain spruce top very well quarter cut. The back is a single piece of quite highly flamed maple. However upon inspection I found a small letter A carved into the pegbox. There is no makers label in the inside of the instrument, however I've been made aware that with violins that not always the best means of identification. Can anyone shed some light on this instrument please. My grandfather said he thinks it was made around 1860.
  3. Disclaimer: The words “violin” and “guitar” are used to represent families of instruments. Currently, some of us on The Pegbox are trying to identify and understand a violin made in Ukraine in 1988 (nineteen eighty-eight). One mystery is the luthier’s reasons to install a non-ebony fingerboard. There are several obvious possibilities: access to materials, financial factors, tonal considerations, player requirements. This led me to think about some less obvious reasons for luthiers to use non-traditional or “alternative” tonewoods when making a "traditional" violin or guitar. Here are some reasons that have guided or limited me when designing or making instruments: The instrument is made entirely with wood that is native to a certain region such as province, state, small island nation. Example: I designed a guitar with North Carolina native tree species: Black Walnut, Red Spruce, and Persimmon. Other designs specify St. Lucian species or Ontario species. The instrument is made entirely from wood salvaged from one particular building or vessel, such as the client's home or yacht. The instrument was designed by a non-luthier, visual artist who wanted a piece of functional art. The instrument was designed to be made from woods of a specific botanical genus. The client refused certain wood species or colours (natural or dyed). The luthier and/or client was allergic/sensitive to certain species of wood. So, we see some valid, reasonable limits on tonewood choices that many people are unaware of, or forget, when surveying a "non-standard" traditional stringed instrument. I hope this knowledge helps you in your future luthier endeavours. Keep an open mind. Think LATERALLY. Be empathetic. Never assume. Thank you for reading. Randy O'Malley
  4. Hello, I am trying to identify the maker of the following bow. It looks silver-mounted (for the button at least), and is branded N.LEMAIRE A PARIS. There is a pin visible in the button, and also one visible in the bottom slide. Does the style ring any bell? Thank you very much.
  5. This is a Neuner and Hornsteiner violin likely purchased by a relative about 1900, maybe earlier. Any thoughts on narrowing down the year? Includes fake Strad label with "Neuner and Hornsteiner Mittenwald" cut off of the bottom of the label.
  6. Hello I am a violinist and I bough this violin a few years ago and I am curious about its history here are some photos.
  7. Hello! This violin is the one I currently play on the daily, and it has been in the family for quite some time. Nobody seems to quite know where it came from and was wondering if there was any chance it might be authentic. Apologies for my poor photogaphy skills. In order to reduce glare off the violin I took most of he photos in a darker enviornment with a higher brightness, which is why the colors are look off to me. It's much more saturated and richer in person- the second photo of the front and back is a better reperesentation of that. Thank you all!
  8. Could I possibly get some info on my violin? I bought it a year or so ago for £2200 and was told it was possibly around 1780s? The label is barely visible on the inside so I’ve edited the photo to make it appear more visible. Im well aware it’s not a genuine stainer and the labels are often faked. I’m an amateur vet med student who plays for fun so this is purely out of curiosity as I’d love to know a bit more about my instrument. It has a beautiful sweet and mellow sound so it certainly suits my needs as a non professional!
  9. Hi, everyone! I am looking for some help identifying which member of the Nürnberger family made my cello bow. I have reason to believe it was made by Franz Albert Nürnberger II based on my research, but I am by no means an expert, nor am I anywhere close to being one. I have attached detailed photos of the bow and have enhanced the brands for your reference. There are three brands on the stick - “ALBERT NÜRNBERGER” in a sans-serif font above the frog, "1896" and "No. 5729" on the underside of the frog. As I understand it, the sans-serif font was used by Franz Jr. from 1884 when he took over the business until around 1910, when the serif font began to be used. Does anyone have any thoughts?
  10. Hi everyone, I need your help Recently I purchased a cello and I would like to know more of its origin. I did try to find some info about the make but I couldn't find anything except that the maker had made some Viola D'Amores. Although the label is most probably fake, because it does not coincide with the years of the maker's life. However, would be great if someone can help me to identify where and approximately when the cello was made Thank you I attached some pictures below
  11. Hello all, I have been in possession of this violin for a few years and know next to nothing about it. Im hoping that you wonderful people will be able to help me get to know it better! I have had no luck trying to decipher the writing/signature on the label. Any information about its maker(s), quality and value would be gratefully received.
  12. Hello, I would like to ask you for violin identification and other information about this violin. Unfortunately I have no more pictures. Thank you
  13. Hi all, I have recently acquired an old violin with a rather complex history. The sound of the violin was what attracted me to it in the first place but after doing some research, it seemingly might be more interesting. It seems to have an old Wurtlitzer label and in his 1931 catalogue, he seemed to have listed it as a Joseph Guadagnini. I’m wondering if anyone can help shed some light on the maker of this rather remarkable but unusual instrument. Thanks, Anthony
  14. Hello, I would like to ask you for identification of author of this violin: For me, the only readable information on the fabric mark is "Lyon 189(6?)". I can also read there something like "A'r(or v)cci.' Thank you very much in advance!
  15. Hello! Could someone help me identifying this violin? Craftmanship seem to be mediocre. May be Schombach? What age could it be? Thank you all in advance.
  16. Hello all. This is my first post so please be kind. I have a violin (handed down to me) labelled H. DERAZEY and in very good condition. I can find some info online but aware the name was bought and continued after his death. Any info on what those more knowledgeable than me think of this violin would be great. I've played for 30 years, although wouldn't consider myself proficient by any stretch, even so this instrument sounds beautiful (compared with a copy strad which was until now my favourite). I will attempt to attach some photos. Thank you in advance.
  17. Tiene 35,5 de largo, ancho superior 16,8, ancho inferior 20,5 y 11,2 en el centro. En el interior hay un VP marcado con fuego dentro de un óvalo. En el botón también. Está certificado por la primera mitad del XIX e Italia, pero su origen es incierto. Quizás de alguna escuela del norte de Italia. Muchas gracias de antemano por tu ayuda. ps He tomado las fotos siguiendo las instrucciones de este foro y usando un Flash externo rebotado sobre un fondo negro. Galería de fotos Full Resolution Muestra de sonido https://drive.google.com/file/d/1yw5xqj7joLMpHE9BQ8SDSaU0F_2LU4kQ/view?usp=sharing
  18. Hello! Father of a teenage violinist; extremely amateurish guitarist; music lover; admirer of serious artisans/craftspersons; and generally too-curious-for-my-own-good individual making my first posting on Maestronet here. I have been reading Pegbox threads for a couple of weeks now hoping to glean information going into the process of acquiring a full-size violin and bow for my thirteen-year-old daughter. Really impressed by and appreciative of the knowledge shared here, despite not feeling like I am absorbing much of it! I’ve got an “I don’t think it’s what it says it is but also have no idea what it might really be” instrument situation. Being in the market for a full-size violin, I have been trying to pick up some identification tips from previous Pegbox threads, but I’m just getting my feet wet here and can’t make sense of this violin: https://www.ebay.com/itm/fine-old-violin-C-Bisiach-1928-violon-italian-viola-alte-geige-4-4/124541535772 I’m going to go ahead and write out what I have been thinking that leads me to doubt that this is a C. Bisiach violin but is not making my any the wiser as to what I am looking at. Quite likely all wrong but that’s why I’m askin’! The thing that seems most incongruous to me is the scroll; head is almost comically tiny compared to scrolls I’ve looked up by this maker, throat is super short, and the tail turns too far back in the direction of the button. Close second in raising suspicions is the color and “darkening” along the C-bouts of the varnish which again just doesn’t fit with the range of finishes I’ve seen on C. Bisiach violins on auction house and reputable seller sites. F holes are rather squat in overall proportions with anemic lower eyes? Shoulders too wide and rounded all the way to the button? Please add to / correct any of that and help me see what about this violin should be telling where it comes from and maybe when! Markneukirchen? Mirecourt? China? 1920? Yesterday? Thanks! Ben
  19. Hello, Please see images below... this violin has gone in for repair - would really appreciate any comments on when and where it might have been made. Also possible value? Please may you also include what identifies it ( I am new here, curious and eager to learn!)
  20. Anyone recognize this maker stamp? The label is entirely illegible, the stamp bears the letters C G. The instrument is of very good quality, mid to late 19th century. I suspect one of the Gands, but have yet to find evidence of this stamp in anything.
  21. Hi, Trying to learn more about my husband's grandmother's violin -- any suggestions would be most welcome, thank you! Most likely she was given the violin as a teenager in the late 1920's and at that time she would have been living in Arizona or California. When it came into our possession, it was in an old wooden violin case. The pegs and tailpiece that are shown in the photo are replacements added by someone who had borrowed the violin a few years ago. photos of the violin That is pretty much all we know about this violin. Thanks again!
  22. 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 the UK) who collected a myriad of stringed instruments, and had more than 100 odd violins in her home. I was only 11 years old at the time, but I distinctly remember trying out several instruments (including several Strad copies that she was enthusiastic about), and this one really standing out to me for it's fruity, sustaining tone. The others she had had thinner, more nasal mids, and sounded nowhere near as musical. She was a little uncertain about the history of this violin, other than - if memory serves - telling me that she thought the instrument to be approximately 150 years old back then (making it 163, today), and came with its original hardwood case (which is remarkably resilient, and looks as old as the violin, with worn brass hinges and buckles, a leather strap and what remains of a green velvet lining). It's clearly been played a fair bit, and has darkened and worn down - particularly towards the right side of both front and back, where presumably playing hands would have come into contact with it. There is evidence of a single crack to the top, that appears to have been repaired some time ago, and this doesn't appear to have any bearing on the violin's tone. There doesn't appear to be any joining around the pegbox-neck junction, but the ridge and carve on the scroll appears to extend all the way down into the pegbox. Violin measurements: A 356 mm (back length) B 161 mm (upper bout) C 111 mm (middle bout) D 202 mm (lower bout) E 3mm (thickness of the top centre at f-hole) F 130mm (neck) The bridge is a cheap temporary replacement, and I'd very much like to have a professional one fitted. It was deciding this that made me want to actually ask if the violin was worth the upgrade, hence sparking my curiosity to finally enlist some help and opinion regarding the instrument's age and potentially its value. I hope you can help me - apologies for the lengthy post. I figured it would be best if I could provide as much info as possible. When I was in orchestras while I was younger, all the other violinsts I knew would always comment on how resonant and rich this violin's tone was. I really do love it, and would love to learn more about it - irrespective of its value. Thanks again, and hope someone can help! Adam
  23. Looking for some guidance here, label says Paul Bailly but it looks German.. Sorry the photos are not more clear! Taken from a listing. Thanks in advance.
  24. Thanks for viewing my violin. Wondering if this can be close to anything the label says? I spoke to a local violin shop owner and he said it was an authentic German violin valued $3000-$5000. My biggest concern was the 4 digit inventory number?THANKS!
  25. 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 length - 14.25 in - 36.195 cm Upper bouts - 6.5 in - 16.51 cm (widest) Middle bouts - 4.25 in - 10.795 cm (narrowest) Lower bouts - 8 in - 20.32 cm (widest) All corners are blocked (vertical grain) seemingly with equilaterals, linings run behind.
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