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Hello all, First I am French and excuse me for my English. So I just bought a violin from an antique dealer (which he would have had in Geneva) and I would like to know if you could tell me more about it. Several points intrigue me, and to which I have found no answer despite my research. I contacted a dendrochronology company but unfortunately the exam turned out to be too expensive (800 euros). I therefore rely on your expertise and your comments. I have been looking for information for a month on this violin, label "Antonius Amatus fecit cremonen. Anno 1673 l - I only saw one with a similar label on Tarisio, a violin by Claude Pierray. From what I read no Antonio Amati existed at this date. There is an inscription placed below the label, apocryphal therefore, that I am still trying to decipher (I will try to place uv inside the violin) I was told it could be a 1900 German violin. I have already listed several points about it: Several breaks (6 or 7 including bottom) all repaired with parchment, I passed an endoscope. A spindle on the head. In UV light, I saw the varnish touch-ups on the finger joint, at the base of the handle overhanging the back and covering the inscription AA as well as at the junction of the bottom. The 5-ply purfling - seems to be a practice of the luthiers of Markneukirchen.Don t know if it mades with whalebone. I also noticed that the f-holes were strangely parallel to the ribs of the wood. Maybe maker from low countries? And there is also the AA marking on the heel. The dimensions are: Body length 355 m Top width 164 mm Middle 108 mm Low 206 mm
I assume that this is an old copy, but would like to hear your thoughts. The link is https://www.ebay.com/itm/Antonius-et-Heironimus-Amati-1677/292339389394?_trkparms=aid%3D888007%26algo%3DDISC.MBE%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D49476%26meid%3D5361ee4014fc4facb2b1c391817b3694%26pid%3D100009%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D1%26sd%3D122820205222&_trksid=p2047675.c100009.m1982. Thanks, Composed