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  1. This fairly nice looking violin is for sale locally. Is it really Italian like the label implies, or just a good looking German with a fake label? Your experience and expertise is appreciated!
  2. Does anyone have some information on this maker? I have a good violin with only this label to go on … google search has a professor of art and music who was into design and woodwork are anymore instruments known or is any reference to his work out there? thank you
  3. Hi, So i just picked up another thrift store violin that caught my interest. It has many old repairs and looks quite old to me. There is a label inside located on the side which states "Carl Johan Broberg" along with "Gotheborg" as well as some other writing i cannot make out, perhaps someone here can help me? I was able to find the following information about the maker by googling in an old book, available here https://www.diva-portal.org/smash/get/diva2:1247661/FULLTEXT01.pdf Translated from Swedish it says: "BROBERG, CARL JOHAN, violin maker, Gothenburg. Received in 1769 the commercial college's permission to make all kinds of violins and others musical instruments. Where he was taught is still uncertain. The violin maker Jacob Heilman in Engelholm had an apprentice Carl in 1759-1765, and in 1766 and 1768 Heilman's brother-in-law, Jöran Mohte, had a journeyman; the year in between, 1767, the journeyman at Mothe is called Carl. It is admittedly only a guess, but not impossible, rather quite likely that this journeyman Carl and journeyman Broberg are the same person, and that in 1769 he settled in Gothenburg as a violin maker. According to the »Relation on Gothenburg City Fabrikers Permit and production for the years 1771-1793» had Broberg, except for some repairs of instruments and manufacture of strings, completed 121 violins 61 bass violins — probably cello — 2 large bass violins, 2 violas, 36 zithers, 12 hops and 30 pcs. children's violins. He worked alone." There is also a pencilled note that says "Reparerad av (Repaired by) J E(?) Hansson Uddevalla, 1933", along with another year that i cannot make out. What I'm wondering is basically if this really is an old 18th century handmade violin? How does the quality look to you guys? Any idea of a potential value of something like this? Please see the last images for pictures of the corner blocks and labels. The soundpost has fallen so i've not been able to play it yet but it seems to have been set up quite well with well fitted pegs. Please let me know if you need any other pictures. Thanks so much for your help!
  4. This violin seemed pretty interesting to me because of the head carved on it, and corresponding a man who gave me it, it is more than 100 y.o. It has no labels, i changed strings G and D and it sounds pretty nice to me. I thought it may be one the Mittenwald violins, but i am not really sure because i am not an expert.
  5. Hi, I'd appreciate to have this violin identified. Especially aproximate date, region and origin, and any other information. Thanks!
  6. Hi, I have a violin whose age and other relevant information I'd like to identify. If possible, I'd like to know whether it is likely to have been manufactured with heavy machinery or manual labor. I suppose the bass bar to be glued in. For that, I bent a paper clip, inserted it into the F-hole and tried to feel the joint of the bass bar to the belly plate. I'm rather positive that it is a 90º perpendicular corner, as opposed to a curved ascent, which - I suppose - would indicate a carved bass bar. If this doesn't sound reliable a method at all, please ignore this paragraph altogether. I am a beginner violin student (2 years in the learning), I bought this violin from a friend of my teacher's, and it is the one I use daily for practice as a hobby. It serves me well and I've had other violin teachers play it and say it sounds rather impressive. IDing is merely for curiosity sake Pics attached. Thank you!
  7. 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
  8. Hello, I would like to ask you for violin identification and other information about this violin. Unfortunately I have no more pictures. Thank you
  9. Hello, I have a mystery violin, and I would greatly appreciate help if anyone is willing to take a look. I don't think it is valuable, but I am more interested in whether it is worth cleaning up and if it could be a decent playing instrument. I am not a player, so I really have no idea how to assess this instrument. I am considering having it re-strung and donating it to the youth orchestra in San Francisco where I live, but I am not sure if it is worth it. I don't want to burden them with a worthless problem. On the other hand, if it is more valuable than a modern student model violin, I might prefer to sell it and just donate the money to the orchestra. Here's how it came into my possession: My uncle passed away recently and left this violin to me, among some other things that I am sorting through. He believed it to be a noble antique of some sort, but in truth he struggled with Alzheimers for the past 12 years. I certainly can't keep the instrument, but I would like to see it go to some sort of use and make a donation in his name. When I was a kid, the owner of a local music store gave me a great deal on an old saxophone. He practically gave it to me, and it made a big difference in my life, so I'd like to pass on the favor with this violin if possible. Here's what I know about it: My uncle got this violin sometime between 1991 and 1999. It's difficult to pinpoint, but definitely not later than 1999. I have no idea where or how he got it. He did play it until 2005 or so, and he had several other violins. My own investigation: It has a stamp inside one f-hole that reads "Joannes Varotti Fecit Bononiae Anno 17," but in the other side it says "MADE IN NIPPON." So, I assume this is a Japanese knock-off, but I'm still really curious as to how old it might be and if it is a quality instrument or not. My dictionary translation of the Latin is "Made by Joannes Varotti in Bologna in the year 17." 17 A.D. seems a little implausible, so I am trying to interpret this date some other way. There do not appear to be any additional digits after the 17. Some of the stamp is faded, but I see no traces of any ink after the 17. I lived in Japan for a while, so my first thought was to interpret this as a Japanese date. Heisei 17 is 2005, which is not possible since I know the violin was made before 1999. Shōwa 17 is 1942, which would make the instrument a lot older than my initial guess and produced in the middle of WWII. Meiji 17 is 1884, which seems too old for a "MADE IN NIPPON" stamp. None of these dates make much sense to me. I have no knowledge of violin construction methods, but just looking at the latches on the case, I would think it was made sometime in the 1970s. Additionally, the fingerboard has "Czebalski" written in pencil and there is a pitchpipe in the case that reads "Made in Czechoslovakia." I'm guessing this was the owner before my uncle. My sleuthing is pretty much at an impasse, but hopefully someone here will take a look at the pictures and shed some more light. Please let me know if any measurements or closer views would be helpful As a new user, I can't post photos. Here is a link to a Flickr album https://flic.kr/s/aHskLU7t3b
  10. Hello, I would like to ask you for identification of this Stainer copy violin. Could you help me read text on the vignette, please? All opinions and information are welcome...
  11. Hi, can you tell me something about this Violin? It was used by German Violinist at the beginning of the 20th century. At this moment I can provide only photos added below.
  12. Hi all, I’m new to the forum and have been reading around with interest. I have a violin that has been in the family since at least the 1930s and belonged to either my grandfather or my great grandfather - there were two and no one is sure which was which. Only label is a copie de Stradiuarius but it makes a nice sound. If anyone has any ideas I’d be interested to know where it’s from, and how much it would be worth spending were it to need repairs for example. Thanks!
  13. 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!
  14. Hi I am a beginner interested in this violin on an auction site. What do you think of this violin? Origin? Description says it’s from circa 1870-1890. Also has a label but it’s probably the seller? Thanks!!!
  15. Accidentally discovered this violin on eBay. Looks nice at the first glance but since these are not good photos for id I can't conclude anything else. I am just posting this here for discussion. Really love the "wild" flames on the back though. Again I know these are not good photos but still curious what could this be? The usual?
  16. Hi! I am new to this forum and thought I would get some insight on a cello! I bought this cello maybe a 1.5 years ago from a man who had it in his attic for a while, does not remember how it was acquired or that he even had it in his attic. It did not come with a case and was in very bad condition (my guess due to extreme temperatures in attic). The varnish is completely gone, there are cracks on the front of the cello, roughed up sides, scratches all over, and the seams on the side & where the neck meets the base were open, etc. Clearly this cello was not cared for at all, additionally, someone had "defiled" & engraved a name on the back of the cello and a number (why that was done, I do not know). I had some repairs done but not all due to time. I changed the pegs, tailpiece, and bridge ( bridge in photo is just temporary until I get one made for this cello) Inside the cello, there is a label that reads "ARRIGO TIVOLI FIORINI ALLIEVO E NIPOTE DI GIUSEPPE FIORINI FECE in SAN REMO anno 1961" However, reading previous posts, the writing on the label seems to be a bit blurry, almost as if it was written with a sharpie, which makes me doubt that this is an authentic ATF cello. I tried to google this maker but not much came up except for a few verified auctioned violas, violins and one cello, all made within a 1920-1965 span. I have included a lot pictures and would love to know what you guys think! Even if it isn't original, could it still be Italian? If not, I would appreciate if you guys could help me figure out the origins of where this cello was made based on design of the cello or type of wood used! Thanks!
  17. 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
  18. Hi all. I'm new to this forum and I apologize if I'm posting in the wrong section. I need help to ID my recently acquired violin. It has a Jules Merciolle label, but strangely no year or anything. I even don't think it's French but I have no clue actually except it sounds really great. Here are some pics. Thanks in advance!
  19. 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.
  20. Can anyone tell me about this violin that I have? The label inside says "Karl Knilling No. 1304 Made in Germany". The bow was broken when I received it. The violin is a 4/4 and has a pretty two-piece back with light tiger striping/flames. It looks to be in good condition with no cracks or such. A few weeks ago, it seemed like there were links that talked about it, but now that I am looking again, I find nothing on this particular model.
  21. A friend asked me to take a look at this violin bow, but I can barely make anything out from the stamp. It is nearly illegible. All I can say is that it is silver mounted with a round stick and the wood looks quite nice. It also feels rather heavy. We don't live very near a good luthier, so we've decided for now to ask the internet. I'm afraid I don't know much about old bows... For further ID purposes: Does anyone know why the stamp would be so smudged? Is that just caused from prolonged use? Thanks for the help!
  22. Hi everyone, Here you have some pictures of a violin bow a find very nice in all aspects (playing too) and it´s suppossed to be french. Please let me know what do you see from pictures since I´m just starting to study and see bows not only from a playing point of view. From my still great ignorance in bow aesthetic and constructive aspects I have some thoughts on this bow but I'd really like to hear from you. I see relevant: the kind and appearance of wood, top of head, nose, number of pins on both frog and button, rounded frog... What more should I look at? Many thanks!
  23. Hello everyone, I would like you to see the pictures below; a friend of mine has been playing this violin for the last 10-15 years or so and nobody is sure about its origin: some people think it could be italian XVIII century but other say "french"... Top of violin is a modern replacement by a spanish violin maker so I´m only posting some pictures of back. I hope I will be able to upload some pictures of the scroll very soon if it helps but let´s see the back first. Any suggestions are wellcome as usually! Thanks in advance!
  24. maria85

    Peg Wood ID

    Hi! I don’t know much about violin work, but from reading on the internet it seems like among the fittings the pegs are the biggest deal to replace. I need a new chintest and tailpiece so it seemed like it would make sense to get the same wood as the pegs. (This is my secondary violin so I’m not concerned about the nuances in the sound that might be caused by the wood type). However, I don’t recognize the wood my pegs are made of. Can anyone identify this, or let me know if there is a reason I should just go with a standard wood instead?
  25. Now that the little old viola is well strung and tested, it is time to try to find out what I have... The label was affixed in the bottom, on top of a repairer's stamp from 1954. When I checked the inside with a boroscope, I found the place on the rib where it had originally been affixed, the rectangular glue patch was quite visible. I also found an old bridge wedged into the bottom close to the bottom block, marked "H SCHICKER FREIBURG" The label seems to say "Joseph Meyer zu Br...... ..... Anno 1666", which is quite a bit earlier than I am willing to believe. Anyway, it sounds amazingly well with a full rich tone, so I am very happy with it.
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