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  1. Hello, I own a very old violin that has the following on the inside: “Antonius Stradivarius Cremonensis Faciebat Anno 1722” whereas the “22”is etched in pencil. A double circle emblem with “+ as” is also present. The bow string is tattered horse hair with mother of pearl inlay. I would appreciate any clarification you could provide. Thank you, Donald Oakes
  2. Hello all, I purchased a Lowendall violin today from a lady whose mother bought it in Berlin in 1929. Came in an old wood case (her mother has this made for the violin) and with an old, presumably original, bow which has mother of pearl insert and is silver tipped, quite thick and stiff to my eyes. Is it worth getting it rehaired as hair is mostly gone now? Violin has a label inside saying 'Made in Berlin. Special Copy of Antonius Stradivarius' along with the wreath with L inside to the right. I have attached links to some pics. Any information regarding what it may be worth or how many were
  3. I found this cello today for a very cheap price and I was hoping someone could help me find some information about it. The varnish is starting to crack so the instrument was either mistreated or has some age. Previous owner seems to have rigged bass tuners on the peg box which seemed odd but did work. There is a Stradivarius tag inside the cello; it looks like the model number is HG,644 and the serial number is 505002. It played nicely and had the similar sweet, full sound of other Stradivarius instruments but I couldn't find anything about the instrument. It doesn't have any flamed maple or f
  4. Client provided an unusual asset that needs verifying. Pictures provided have been taken by the client, though clearer, more precise images will be made available once in our custody. Open to comments please, as the asset has been held by the current owner for many years. Limited details until package is received the next few days.
  5. So apparently, after the Falmouth and the Abergavenny, he is finally reunited with his first love, the Willemotte/Wilmotte. http://www.thestrad.com/leonidas-kavakos-acquires-1734-willemotte-stradivarius-violin/ What do you think of it? Good choice? Well, I mean.... Kavakos chose it so who are we to say... Any recordings of it?
  6. Hello ! I've got this beautiful old violin. It seems to have a nice back and top but the scroll looks too long and the distance between "A" "D" and "E" "G" peg holes looks too long. However I would be glad if someone could probably tell me is it a masterpiece or a poor quality violin, how old is the violin and from which region probably is ?
  7. Need to verify this old Carlo Bergonzi Violin dated 1733 in writing
  8. Gentlemen, Please help me somehow. I have an old antique violin, possibly 250-300 years old. Possibly Tononi's (not sure) slim chances that it is Stradivarius (not the same stamp). Back stamp is a flower-like and it is on two places. Both are in axes with the violin's neck. First one is next to it (top of the upper bout) and second down at the bottom of the (lower bout). I would like to know where I can find more information about best estimators for these instruments (location, telephone, website if they have)? There are lots of frauds out there and I really don't want to waste my time with
  9. Hi there. Ive been trying to find out a bit more about the Imperial line of violins. From what I could find, there are 2 different lines of these. One being German, and one being Japanese. Imperial violins have the flat shield-shaped piece of wood on the back of the scroll, with the words Imperial Violin written on. My question is, how do you tell the 2 types apart? How do I know if it is German, or Japanese. Ive seen a few pictures online, found about 3-4 Imperial Violins on Ebay in about 2 years, but I cannot seem to find anything consistant to it. A friend of mine has a Im
  10. Hi, This is a topic that might have been discussed before, if so, sorry for that. My question is: Why do most modern violinists prefer to use old violins, such as Stradivari, Guarneri, Guadagnini, Vuillaume, etc for solo performances? It seems every time I do a google search on soloists, almost all of them uses old instruments. To make a short list of some of the players: Anne Akiko Meyers - Owns 2 Stradivarius violins and has a Guarneri on lifetime loan. Joshua Bell - Played a Stradivarius, sold it to buy another strad. Vanessa Mae - Guadagnini (When she's not playing he
  11. Hi everyone. A while ago I watched the Vengerov Masterclass video, At 24:09 in the video, Corina Belcea started to play. I was really amazed at her playing, but more the sound of her instrument. Before I saw the video, Ive never heard of her. So I did a Google search, got to a Wikipedia page, and got some info. I wanted to specifically find out what violin she plays, as the violin in the video had this amazing, sweet sound that I've never heard before. Now I've heard a few Stradivarius violins, like Vengerov, David Garrett, Joshua Bell(Live), Anne Akkiko Meyers, Andre Rieu, etc
  12. Hi everyone. A little background, this violin is 1 of 6 violins that I have bought on Ebay as restoration projects (Sold 4 of those after restoring, I play one myself, and this is a violin that I now have available) Ok now to the question. This violin that I bought doesnt have any labels inside, but it is made on the pattern of a Stradivarius. When I saw the violin on ebay I just had to buy it. It has a beautiful 1 piece flamed back, aswell as lovely flames on the sides. The button (At the neck) was broken off and gone, so I had a chance to do my first button graft, and the neck was not atta
  13. This inscription was found inside a violin - can anyone help with what it means? Is Schloss a person or as I suspect a place in Saxony? 'Antonius Stradivarius by A A Schloss Saxony Anno 1716'