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  1. Today my 91 year old Grandma gave me her old Violin inside a case with 2 bows and asked me to find out what I could, she doesn’t remember much about the Violin anymore. She did say she played it last over 30 years ago but when she played, she played, she was a hippie. A few things, I know nothing about Violins, there isn’t a label in the Violin, it’s well loved. Inside the case I found what I think was the original bridge? It has DRESDEN carved/stamped into the wood. There is a bag full of wood pegs she had previously used. One of the bows looks to be Ebony with some type of pearly shell and is stamped DODD. The other is very similar but has a circular dot on the side of the ducky? and is stamped B & S Stienman, I think. Aside from that, there were Heisel (sp) Replacement Strings, some Rosin and a product made by W.E Hill. The body is 14 inches and with the head it measures approximately 24” Thank you for any information and help! Michelle
  2. https://www.classicfm.com/discover-music/instruments/violin/luthier-dishwasher-violin-torture-instagram/ I must be missing something; this seems incredibly stupid, sort of the insane art that was really trash, popular in the 80's or so. Or has classic fm stooped to new lows?
  3. Hi All, I’m privileged to be the owner of a Tres Amigos violin (2013, Strad Model) made by Ryan Soltis, Antoine Nedelec, and Jeff Phillips for Julie Reed-Yeboah’s contemporary violin exhibition in New York. Every year (theoretically, ) the trio of first-class makers go through rotations of who does what. In the case of my current violin, the scroll/varnish is by Ryan, the back and ribs are by Antoine, and the top is by Jeff. After they completed three Strad models, of which mine is the second, they moved on to Del Gesu models. When the time for the second DG model came around, which would be the twin to mine in terms of who made what, I had expressed a lot of interest in the fiddle as a companion to my current Strad. Fast forward to 2020 and here we are with the fiddle completed! When I asked the trio if they would be okay with me posting the pictures, the condition was that I give Antoine a mohawk in one of them. VOILA.
  4. How would Don age the "wood?" Paddy Murphy as he appeared on Frank Hall's show: https://www.theviolinchannel.com/violin-made-entirely-from-car-parts-ireland-1972-paddy-moran/
  5. A fellow violinist recently noticed that a tiny part of my bridge had chipped off and was horrified that I was continuing to play my instrument rather than getting it repaired immediately. A cursory Google seems to suggest that this part of the bridge is called the kidney wing, but I may be wrong. It does not, to my eyes, seem to be crucial to the structural integrity of the bridge, but what do I know? Do I need to get my bridge replaced ASAP or is this not a big deal?
  6. So my dad inherited this violin in 2007 after my grandfather passed but it’s been stuck in the case for 14 years. I decided to take it out and I’ve made the decision to play violin, unfortunately it needs repairing so I’m going to have to wait. The only thing(s) in the violin is a date saying that it was repaired in 1851 and a paragraph of writing near the neck of the violin which I cannot read. There is a label but it seems to be put in after the repairs were done because the company that the label belonged to was founded in 1935, so it predates the company by 80 odd years just by the repair, I’d just like some ideas. Grandad also said that it was made near to where Stradivarius was, but I don’t know if that is true. thanks
  7. Hi guys. I’m looking at a violin that I’m interested. It is said to be a Thomas Perry, but on the photos it doesn’t have his traditional label in the on the button and underneath. and on the shop’s website it says ‘attributed to Perry’ could some of you experienced guys take a look at the photos and let me know what you think? https://kolstein.com/product/thomas-perry-violin/
  8. Hello all, I appreciate any and all knowledge shared regarding my violin, even if it is disappointing. I have owned an 1896 Eduard Reichert 4/4 Violin for about 30 years and have played it exclusively since I was a child. Recently I've become curious as to its origin and I'm having trouble finding solid info online. From what I've found so far it could be a mass produced "fake" from a factory in Germany from 1900-1920ish. I haven't found an example quite like it out there in internet land yet as it has some unique ornamental designs. The inlay on the back looks to be fairly common. The "caspar da salo" brand on the scroll looks more modern, but was also repaired at some point. Thanks!
  9. A friend of mine give me an ancient violin as a gift. She told me this is Joseph Guarnerius feit violin and it’s valuable. Who can help me to evaluate if this is real or copy version? How much is this worth for?
  10. Hi guys, Please post here your links for violin making videos, particularly old videos. Learning about violin making, it is great to see how it was done in the olden days. https://youtu.be/b9ZgneQmJ_M The Red Violin is a beautiful movie As a new hobby, it is quite fascinating. This is for amateurs/hobby. To become professional it is a lot better to go to college. With much appreciation, Rachel
  11. Paulie

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    Anyone on ABRSM violin grade 6? I've chosen largo and allegro by William Gibson but I am a bit stuck on the best way to play bars 33 and 34 of the allegro, the part with the E pedal note, any ideas?
  12. Can anyone tell me if this is an authentic Bisiach violin? This was passed down to my grandmother who gave it to me to get appraised. If it is authentic, how much could this be worth?
  13. I've been meaning for months to take some additional photos of my violin and finally got around to it today. I bought this violin at a yard sale during the mid-1980s and it was in pretty bad shape then. In 2004, Justin Robertson in Albuquerque restored it as best he could, and it has been a nice, playable violin ever since. It has quite a nice, open sound, but does not have the overall volume or projection of the flatter profile instruments. Don Robertson has suggested that it is "Probably Austrian, mid-1800s", but it has no label to go on. I don't think the neck or the scroll are original to the body, since both appear to have a different varnish. Other than that, I'm not really sure. Thus, my bringing it here to get some additional ideas an opinions on the potential origin of this instrument. Thanks! Violin_scroll_front_smjpg
  14. So I was pasted down my grandmas violin from my dad and he doesn’t know much a bout the violin other then his mom gave it to him when he was little hoping he would learn violin. He never did. I have learned violin so he though he should give it to me. I started doing some research on the violin as it looks unique. I found some information online about the violins of hope. I read that these violins are from the Holocaust. I don’t know if someone in my family played it in the Holocaust or how someone in my family received the violin if it was from out of our family. My grandmas side of the family ( my dads side ) came to America from Germany. I know I have a lot of German in my ancestry as I do a lot of ancestry.com and I did 23 and me as well. Doesn’t anyone have any more information on the violins of hope, maybe how many are them are there ? What there value is ? The only marking inside the F hole is “ Germany “ no serial number or any other words. The violins case has a label “ George Barton music company quality Instruments Minneapolis Minn “ so I don’t know if there’s potentially a place the violin was boughten from after the Holocaust or if it’s just where the violin was bought from or if the case is even relevant to the violin or not I don’t know. But any information on the violin and history to it , value , answers . I would love some more information.
  15. Collection of Violin Books for sale. Selling as a lot. I am closing up shop and need to sell. Here is the list: Meister Italienischer Geigenbaukeust Walter Hamma The Classic Lines of Italian Violinmaking Carlo Vettori Violin Restoration first printing #392 Weissar & Shipman Arte Liutaria - Analysis of Antique Instruments and Restoraation Techniques #286 signed Carlo Vettori The Book of the Violin 1987 Dominic Gill Il Liutaio 1978 La Casa Nuziale Arnoldo Baruzzi Violin Varnishes Hammerl The International School of Cremona Two Score Years of Violin-Making Gualtiero Nicolina The Violin Paolo Peterlongo The Hill Collection of Musical Instruments 1969 David D Boyden Violin Varnish and Coloration Martins Roberts Zemitis Il Manoscritto Littario Di G A Marchi first edition 1986 R Regazzi Known Violin Makers 4th ed 1983 John Fairfield You Can Make a Stradivarius Violin 1967 Reid Italian Violin Varnishes George Fry Bows and Bow Makers William C Retford The Bow, History, Manufacture and Use Henry Saint-George Arte Liutaria - April 88 No 10 Arte Liutaria - August 88 No 11 Old Violins and Violin Lore H R Haweis The Violin and Viola Shelia Nelson Violin Making as it was and is (1978) Ed Hero- Allen Fiddles: Their Selection, Preservation and Betterment 1910 Henry Saint-George Violin and Cello Building and Repairing 1969 Robert Alton Cremona Violins and Varnish Charles Reade A Review of Ancient and Modern Violin Making W W Oaks The Violin Maker’s Guide 1974 H E Brown The Technique of Violin Making H S Wake Useful Measurements for Violin Makers H S Wake Violin Bow Rehair and Repair H S Wake A Luthier’s Scrapbook H S Wake Violin Maker’s Notebook H S Wake Violin Identification and Price Guide Book 1 Roy Ehrdardt Violin Identification and Price Guide Book 2 Roy Ehrdardt Violin Identification and Price Guide Book 3 Roy Ehrdardt Final Summary Report of Violin Varnish Research Project Louis M Condax The Materials of the Artist Max Doerner The Artist Handbook Ralph Mayer Attached is photo.
  16. Dear Everyone, I'm new to the forum, I started to look into buying a violin and I got a really (to my eyes) beautiful offer. I started recently studying and practicing violin and I would like to upgrade from my Chinese violin. I could also continue practicing with the current one, but I was thinking a "new" violin could improve my experience. Because I am really new to this instrument I would like to ask some more expert people what do you think about it. I'll post some picture here. The violin has a repaired crack under the tailpiece. Of course I already know that the label is fake (it says Joannes Baptista Guadagnini fecit Parma ferviens C S R 1741), the price is around 1500 USD, so it is just impossible is a Guadagnini. I just wanted to see if I should look into something else at this point price or just stick with the current violin till the restriction are over and I can visit a store. Thanks really a lot in advance for your help Stay safe and practice! Fabio
  17. Hello! Could someone tell me some information about this 2 violins? A Felix Stärke ( Hamburg, 1924) and a Jacobus Stainer ( with a lion head). I know that Felix Stärke was primarily a guitar maker based in Hamburg in the 1920’s-40’s. Known for his violin-inspired guitars, with proper f-holes and some models even with violin corners. The “Stainer” looks like a simple, but well made German trade violin, with some extra adornments. Early-mid 20th century? I’m trying to find some prices of these 2 violins. The thing of having a different shape or beeing decorated, makes me doubt... Thank you all. Naiara.
  18. 31 VSA journals from vol 9 to vol 20. 1986 to 2006. Plus indexes vol 1 - 10. Plus VSA papers vol. 1 number 1. ($250 plus shipping) Now $125 plus shipping
  19. What are your favorite things you've heard a luthier say? My favorite was when one day I was showing an instrument of mine to luthier Nick Frirsz. He looked it over for several minutes with a rather inquisitive expression and said: "Well, it's pretty cool. It was made by someone, who was sitting next to someone, who knew what they were doing." I got a big kick out of this and will never forget it. I still have the instrument, which has since been restored and is really quite exceptional, and I think about that line all the time.
  20. Here is a really interesting Winterling violin that I had restored. It retains its original fittings, which is particularly cool because Winterling developed his own style of peg. I couldn't get the photos of the restoration to upload, but they can be found here.
  21. Violin.pdf The label seems to say Roma Antonio Scbaftla no 1776, but I don't think that's right and can't find anything about that name on google. Any thoughts are appreciated.
  22. 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.
  23. Hi, My my brother in law family discover some months ago that they have a violin that has the label Joseph Guarnerius inside, it belongs to their grand father and seems to be for several years in a closet in the old house. The label cites a 174 but is missing the last number and it lacks the word "Germany". Im attaching some pictures so maybe somebody with experience and knowledge can help us to take an initial look on them and let us know if is worth to take it to a competent appraiser. A little bit of history, this violin came when the family brought some farm tractors and other machines from Europe at that time (not known exactly when), it was a gift for one of the kids, since then it has been in different hands but always in the family. The violin has sentimental value and I don't think they want to sell it, but we are curious about this.
  24. Good morning all, I come back to you with a violin which I think was made in Mittenwald. The bottom rib is in one piece, the linings are inserted into the corner blocks (mortise). It seems to correspond from what I have read here. There are other points that I noted later, the table is made in one piece like the back (the violin has I think was very badly refinished and we see sanding marks). There is also an inscription "Rep by E.Dodds Edinbourgh 1875", but I do not see what repair was made, maybe a modification of the bassbar ?? Voila, if you can tell me what you think about it, don't hesitate if you want more pictures. The joint was badly made between ribs and bottom, it gave me the opportunity to defeat. I will have to see her again, I will practice the same thing on the table afterwards. A beginning of crack (effe) will also have to be consolidated a priori. And I'll take the opportunity to clean the varnish in the back. You may found my english is strange, it's a google translation, so excuse me span widget
  25. Someone was clearly selling something they had no idea what it was. I was able to buy it for $150. My Luthier in NYC told me when it properly repaired which should be about ~700 dollars, it will be worth around ~7,000. Does this seem right at all? Label says Heinrich E. Heberlein Jr. 1922. Strad Copy. Thanks for your insight!
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