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  1. 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!
  2. 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.
  3. YeahToby


    I have a cello that has a hand written label that is hard to make out. There is a stamp below the end pin that looks like it has the words “Gand” and “Laval” any ideas on the origin?
  4. 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!
  5. Hello, I have a violin with a label that says it is made by Andreas GlässI from Hamburg in 1904. Was wondering if anyone knows anything about this maker and if you think this is actually one of his instruments. Have not been able to find much out online. Thanks in advance!
  6. Greetings all, My wife recently purchased online a rather fine looking violin. This will expose my ignorance, but when she said that it had Sam Zygmuntowicz on the label that did not immediately mean anything to me. I did some research on Sam Z, got a bit excited, and then got suspicious. Some basic research on Tasario listings showed some discrepancies between what I had and some of his patterns in labeling. I attempted to contact Sam Z directly, but the email I had gotten from a friend is no longer active, and my attempts to track contact information down have not gotten anywhere. So I present to you a series of photos for your consideration. Regardless of who exactly made it, is a very nicely made instrument with some fine wood selection and a lovely finish. Could it possibly be one of his? I suspect the answer is no, but I'd appreciate your consideration. My biggest three doubts are 1) No serial number or brand anywhere on the interior of the body. I put a camera inside and looked around and found nothing. It would appear Sam Z has done this on some of instruments, I don't know if it is all 2) The date and location flip on Sam's label. All of the labels I've found have the location, then the year, this one is flipped. 3) The fact that some random person on the internet was selling it. And finally, and I recognize the uncomfortable nature of the request, I would appreciate some contact information for Sam Z. If someone is passing off their work as his, he may want to know, and if this instrument looks to you as possibly one of his, I'd want to get verification from him if at all possible. Labels Upper reads Joseph Guarnerius fecit Cremonae anno 1735 Lower : Samuel Zygmuntowicz 2001 (2?) ~ New York Measurements Body Length 355mm Narrowest point at c bout 110mm Widest point 209 Overall length 582
  7. 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!
  8. Hello Maestros, First time poster here. Around 1987, I was given this violin as a gift. My family moved from Sweden to Kenya in the middle of the 80s - my father had signed up for a contract with a development agency. Anyway, having arrived there, I started studying for a former concert violinist, hailing from the UK. He had moved to Africa at the beginning of the 20th century, working and living in South Africa and (as it was to be known) Kenya. (In fact, he helped writing the national anthem for Kenya!) When my fathers contract was up and it was time to move back to Sweden, my parents asked if my teacher perhaps could advise on buying a better violin for me. Long story short, they bought his 2nd violin and gave it to me. I was around 16 years old at the time. My son has recently taken his first steps in learning the violin. Hopefully, he'll one day like this one (when he is large enough for at 4/4). Now, for the question: I know the provenance of the instrument, even got a receipt of the last time is was adjusted down in Nairobi. But I am very curious about the actual make and where to "place" the instrument as to its style. Anyone who can help me here?
  9. Hello all! thank you in advance for taking a look and sharing your knowledge. Can someone please help with any info on the origins of this violin. Pictured is the only label. Repair label or repairman writing on top of makers label?
  10. I have a 2008 Alois Sandner Model #8225 cello that I bought a few years ago at Ifshin. I'm trying to ID it so that I can resell it. I would appreciate any help with this! Thank you so much! (Yes, one of the strings has broken so I'd need to get it restrung)
  11. hello! i am new to this website, so forgive me if there’s anything on this post that’s out of wack... But I am a high schooler who wants to know more about my violin. I bought it around 4 years ago and was told by the business (who of course sells string instruments) that this is a German violin around 100 years old. I’ve always been curious as to whether or not this is correct, but also- what are these weird spots on my violin? Many of the nicks and circular indents were on the violin when I first got it- it doesn’t matter to me, but I’m just curious whether or not someone here knows if there’s an actual reason for this. There’s no label inside, but instead there are weird black spots. (I know, it’s a terrible pic... that’s through the f-hole) I tried looking around online for any reasons for the spots or indents, but I couldn’t find anything. I greatly appreciate any input!!
  12. As you can see, this violin is in poor shape. There are no cracks but just a lot of surface scratches and it looks like the color has come off in some areas. I purchased this violin in an antique store in London, Ontario. There was a note left in the case, under the violin that states " was in the same family since 1847" There are no labels but someone did sign their initials inside of it towards the top block. It appears they signed it using a pencil but I am not sure. It is very difficult to get a picture of it. Total Length: 23 1/2 inch. Fingerboard: 9 3/4 inch. Any information would much be appreciated.
  13. My ill-advised impulse Amati purchase made it's way across the Atlantic and I think it's a Markie, but even after months of lurking and reading threads I still don't have an eye for these things. I don't have an endoscope, am not a great photographer, and it's a hazy day with weird light, so the photos might not be up to par. It has a two piece bottom rib (I think), and the back of the scroll looks like my other Markie.
  14. Here is the issue, I would upload pictures of the violin... however I did so in a Facebook group and everyone wanted to turn the focus on the violin... My question is simple, has anyone seen a label like this? The little handwritten circles on the boarder ect... and if so can you show me one? This vioin has long been a issue for me, as the maker... this part of the label is missing, if it was a factory violin German or otherwise... more labels like it would be out there, but in all of my years I have yet to find one...
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