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  1. I bought it recently at a local private dealer for $10000 usd. But it doesn’t have a certificate and its maker is unknown as shown in the signature inside the violin. The dealer only says it is Italian and I thought it sounds unique so I still went ahead and bought it. Can someone help me identify this violin? Thanks.
  2. Howdy folks, new to this website. My grandfather was a collector of old instruments, and I've been playing violin since I was a little kid. I own two of his violins, we had them restored so I could play them in highschool. It's been a few years since I've graduated and I'm picking them up again. One was easy to figure out (from the 1880s!), But this one has me perplexed!! I can only find a single google search result for Edward Kreusler, and it's an auction from 2010! I would love to know when this violin was made and/or the history of it's maker, but I can't find anything!! I'm not sure what all was replaced when it was restored. It was restored about 5-6 years ago. Anyone know anything??? Thanks!!
  3. Hi! I recently found a neat looking violin at thrift store. It came in a nice plastic hardshell case and with a well worn octagonal silver mounted bow so for $30 i took a chance. Very good condition (no cracks i can find) except for some wear on the fingerboard and some honest playing wear. The label inside says Hermann Todt 1928, after some googling this seems to be a fairly well known maker making quality instruments. I was wondering if someone here could shine some light if this is actually a Hermann Todt or just a common case of a fake label? Also if anyone has some more information regarding which model/maker this fiddle is in the style of, its quality and potential value. Please see the attached images (including the label) and many thanks in advance for your help!
  4. I would very much like to share with the world a record that my parents (Lesley Heller and James Burnham) made many years ago. Like so many, I believe they never received the recognition they deserved as first rate violinists. The album includes the Sarasate Navarra, Moszkowski Op. 71 for two violins and piano featuring pianist Mary Louise Vetrano, and Spohr Op. 67 in a minor for two violins. The recording can be found on Spotify here. The album is also available on Amazon and iTunes for purchase, if anyone so desires to support. Thank you
  5. Hello, It's been a long time since I asked about a new instrument, but the time has come. This violin has the 4 corner blocks, and the ribs seems to be like a BOB construction, The pegbox run to the end. The edge is rounded and the f holes are well cut ( I think) It has a fire brand in the bottom rib... but I can not read it. The varnish makes me think the violin is revarnished or sanded... it has a lot of craqueleur. What is your opinion? Thank you very much
  6. We've set the date of April 21-22, 2023 for our next meeting and maker's competition. It will be held at Wildacres Retreat in western North Carolina just off the Blue Ridge Parkway. 2 full days of presentations and workshops, accommodations on or off site. Check in will be Thursday afternoon, April 19, and check out on Sunday morning, April 23. More details are available at our website landing page http://southernviolinassociation.com If you're interested in receiving our bulletins and updates, send me a personal message and I'll get you onto our database. Thanks.
  7. Hi All - I have a violin that was given to me by my Great Aunt, in 1980. I played it until 1995, and then unfortunately it was "lost". It has been found and now I'm interested in learning more about it. I'm wondering if anyone here has some ideas of it's origins. I know we can't always rely on tags, but the tag inside says "Reconstructed by B.F. Phillips & Sons. Cameo Bldg, 5th Floor. Pgh, PA. Aug 1936. E.S.P." B.F. (Benjamin Franklin) Phillips was from Warsaw, Poland. His father and grandfather (last name Filipiak) both were violin makers. BF came to the US around 1905 (name changed to Phillips) and set up shop in Pittsburgh. My research indicates he made approximately 150 violins and he was known for making them from woods recycled from old churches or buildings. BF passed away in 1977, in Pittsburgh. I believe the initials E.S.P. on the tag are that of BF's son Edwin Stanley Phillips. I have not found a lot of information on Edwin, but I did see that BF's other son, Eugene Walter Phillips played with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra for more than 40 years. I would assume that if this violin were originally constructed by B.F. then the tag would say "made by" rather than "reconstructed". However, I don't know what might be underneath the tag and I won't attempt to look. Assuming the violin was reconstructed by BF's son, I'm wondering about the origins of the violin. The only other information I have: I grew up in the Pittsburgh area. My Great Aunt was active in Pittsburgh orchestras, as was her husband. My aunt was from the Pittsburgh area. She married a man who had recently arrived from Greece. He and his adult siblings came to the US together and all were musicians. I don't know if the violin may have belonged to his family. The violin was given to me with a "Tourte" stamped bow. I KNOW it's not a genuine Torte. I'd love to learn more about it also and can upload pictures too. I have additional photos of the violin also or I can upload pictures of specific areas, if anyone has questions. Thanks so much!
  8. I am interested in finding a buyer for a 2006 John Sipe violin. I am not a musician and have no idea how to price this. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
  9. Good morning. Some time ago I had an old German copy Stradivari violin, which is well made, but all its accessories (pegs, fingerboard, tailpiece) were plastic and of poor quality, in addition to having a poorly adjusted sound post and a poorly made bridge. The sound of the violin was very loud and strident, like an old radio and in my orchestra it was the violin that stood out the most, to the point that my joking companions called it "il cannone". This Christmas an old luthier friend who lives more than 1000km away came to town to spend Christmas with his family and I immediately asked him to adjust my violin. As I mentioned earlier, the violin has a strong, deep sound, but with some small parasitic vibrations that caused it to sound like an old radio blaring, and I blamed this on poor quality accessories and poor sound post setup. and the bridge. He added ebony parts to the pegs, chin rest, tailpiece and fingerboard, since the ones that the instrument had were not original, they were made of poor quality wood painted black, added shortly before I acquired the instrument. The pegs were also painted and poorly adjusted, the tailpiece was plastic. He added an ebony fingerboard that he recycled from a cello fingerboard, ebony pegs set to perfection, a bridge that fully fits the top of the violin, and an ebony tailpiece. When I saw the instrument I was surprised, especially by the fingerboard, which had a tiny and old flame that matches the flame of the violin. When you finally play the instrument notice the change in sound. It still sounded loud, but it no longer had those annoying parasitic vibrations, instead it now sounded round and warm, but the A string did have a decrease in its sound, being very muted compared to the rest of the strings, as if there was something that prevented it from vibrating freely. I talked to my friend and he told me that it could be the position of the sound post, that he hoped to do that job with me so that I could tell him which place seemed best to me, but he couldn't do it because he traveled back He went ahead to his house, for which he gave me the violin with the sound post without my being able to play it before. He added some new pirastro tonic strings, which are nylon wound. Before that he had high tension all metal strings. I don't know what this decrease in sound could be due to, specifically of the A string. I think it may be the excess of ebony parts prevents the violin from vibrating freely, a sound post configuration that does not enhance the A string, the new low-tension nylon strings that do not fully vibrate the instrument or... all of the above together. What do you think?
  10. Hello, I would like to ask you for violin identification and other information about this violin. Unfortunately I have no more pictures. Thank you
  11. The owner got these two violins from his music professor through different channels. He was surprised to find that the labels on the two violins were the same. Please comment on these two violins, thank you!
  12. As I read some conversation here, I found some of the experts can tell if the violin constructed by BOB or inside mould by a just a photo. I wondering how and which part of the violin can tell the method of the construction. Just curious and would love to learn about it. Thanks
  13. This is my moms old violin that she inherited from her grandpa a long time ago. I am wondering if it is authentic and if it is, what is its value? (Not looking to sell just curious of my family history)
  14. Has anyone ever tried the small-batch Deja "Soloist" Rosin? What were your thoughts?
  15. Hello everyone, I want to give some background to contextualize my need for a luthier to consult with on a custom electric violin My name is Cooper; I'm 24 years old and have been playing fiddle for about 19 years. I am classically trained and also grew up playing country music, particularly Western Swing. I'm from Bakersfield, CA and I am very proud of "The Bakersfield Sound," Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, etc. Currently I play in a Bakersfield Sound band with my brother and our friends. So much fun! Mosrite was a Bakersfield based guitar company that left its stamp on country music and music in general. With artists like Buck Owens and Merle Haggard, Fender, a California brand, rose to prominence because of the Bakersfield Sound. Why do I bring up electric guitars when I'm looking for a violin? Well, I am looking for a custom luthier to make a guitar shaped electric violin (filled body, non-acoustic), one either in the style of Fender Telecaster or a Mosrite Ventures model. The idea is not completely unfounded (check out Mark Wood's "Katana" and "Legend" electric violins). I do wonder how realistic it is to make one. I have some details in mind (shorter body, issue of bow clearance, putting a "saddle" on the neck where it would sit traditionally on an acoustic violin, geared pegs, guitar-esque tail piece or regular one, fingerboard height, etc.) Of course, these issues should be fleshed out in more detail with whomever is interested. It would be ideal to discuss price range first too. I am new to this forum. If you have public contact information (website, business email, etc.), please do share! Or, let me know what way is better to get in touch! Thank you so much for your time and consideration! Cooper
  16. Hi there I have an old-looking violin, purchased in the 80’s. At the time it was attributed to Andrea Castagneri. Would you agree with this? It doesn’t have a label and doesn’t look like your typical Castagneri violin, but has some similarities, I agree. It was recently valued for insurance purposes by Bromptons at £13,000. Thanks for your input in advance!
  17. I've bought 2 bows from a current auction, I would like some common and identificaiton on those bows. The W.E Hill&Sons one looks a bit doggy to me, because the wood does not look like pernambuco to me and I don't think that happends to a legit H&S bow. The HRP one has a crack on the bottom but has been repaired, anyone knows if that's gonna affect the playability?
  18. My violin had a sick sound for a while, and I took it for repairs. The top was removed, and cracks on the top plate fixed with cleats. Some work was also done on the varnish. The sickly, weak sound is no more, and there are nice overtones on every string. The G sounds great, the D is fine, but the upper register and particularly the A.... it has become nasally. As if it has its nose clogged. This wasn't an issue before the repair. I tried moving the soundpost closer to the bridge, but that just made the overall sound harsher. I tried a different, longer soundpost, placed more towards the center of the violin, again no effect. I changed the tailgut, from kevlar to a nylon one, no real change. I also put a new A (thomastic dominant), didn't change much. Is there anything else I could try? Or ask for a luthier to check? Another thought I had, was maybe the violin just needs time to adjust after having the top reglued? It's only been a couple of weeks and I haven't been really playing much on it (due to the fact that I don't enjoy it that much anymore). Thank you
  19. Hello, Could you please give me your opinions on the build quality of this violin. I am sorry for the photo quality, will try to get some better ones later.
  20. 1743 German violin is date correct or close? I want to make a decoration of it but don’t want to mistake the date on it. thanks in advance.
  21. My violin's sound suddenly became weak and hollow one day. I brought it to a luthier and they glued an open seam that had appeared on the top plate, on either side of the neck of the violin. The sound was good for a few days, then a buzz developed. Brought it back and they re-glued the same seam (it had reopened). After this last visit the sound is almost as weak and hollow as it was before bringing it for repairs, but a different luthier could find no open seam or any other issue with the violin. I am at my wit's end, can't bring myself to play the damn thing anymore and really would like to avoid having to get a new one. What can I do now? Is it possible that the seam repair was poorly done? I won't attempt to fix anything myself but maybe there is something I can ask a luthier to do. Thank you
  22. Hello everyone, I am about to embark on restoring this violin to playable spec and keen to understand where/when it was made. Originally when i purchased it five years ago from a seller who advised that it had been appraised and is "most likely" a circa late 1920's German Trade violin. Frustratingly the label doesn't tell my inexperienced eyes very much. If anyone has the skill to assess what it might be /when/where it was made I would be rapt. Otherwise any suggestions on who in Melbourne Australia is best placed to take a look at it (for a fee naturally). Thanks
  23. Hi there, Im finally having my first attempt at varnishing a violin. This is a violin that I bought off Ebay, with the purpous of varnish experimenting, trying different varnish techniques etc. (The violin was literally painted over, so I felt no guilt in stripping the paint) My question for this topic is: When you varnish, must the varnish be perfectly even in both color and texture? Or do you even out the color when you are "rubbing it down"? Also, when do you actually "rub the varnish down"? After it has completely dried? And what would you use to "rub it down"? Thank you, and I look forward to reading your replies.
  24. Hello! I have had this violin for a little while and I would like to know more about it. On the inside it says “Tone ____ and Repaired by A.W Van Dorsten, No. 542 Maker Dec. 1916” I also am really interested in the design on the back, and would like to know more about who could have put the design on it, and if it was common to have that design. Thank you!
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