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  1. Good morning In brief, I have recently come into possession of a violin claiming to be a 1898 Collin-Mezin. However, I'm not 100% convinced by this, mainly due to the varnish. I own an authentic Collin-Mezin from 1890s and it has an almost golden varnish that shows off the woodgrain beneath (see the two photos of the violins together). The new one, however, is darker and not well-finished (there is even a fingerprint in it!) Also it is untidy where the ribs meet the face and back. All this could be due to an inexpert luthier opening her up and having a crack at redoing the finish, I don't know. The label and pencil signature look okay, though I'm pinning nothing on that. The black inking on the scroll and rib joins, though, are somewhat more convincing. I have only had access to one other C-M so I'm in the dark here. I'm not even knowledgeable enough to know whether it's based on a Strad, del Gesu or some other shape... I would massively appreciate any help you could give me on deciding whether this is authentic or not. Thank you Images are in the following dropbox folder: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/iwbroizpj3sdpi9/AACrTbhAJGMKSbjmmriYKOWSa?dl=0 I had hoped the light would be better so I have used ambient light (murky sunlight!) and flash to give as good a representation of colour as I can.
  2. Dear Guys, my name is Paolo and I am a new member which needs help. My grandpa played this violin in the sixties. He was an amateur musician but always very proud of this violin my grandmother told me. I have no idea, what it could be but it looks really wonderful with this reddish colour. The back shines a lot. Maybe it is something very expensive and I have no idea ??? The bow is a little bit dirty but I am afraid to clean it. Can I use a polish which is used for furniture ? Thank you very much for your help and sorry for my bad English. Best regards from Italy... Paolo #
  3. Hello everyone. This is my first post on this forum and I'm excited to learn more while browsing the site. I've been a professional musician and fiddler for 25 years and am plenty skeptical about "finding" instruments. This is my wife's great-grandfather's violin which was kept in very poor condition. The fiddle neck is obviously homemade, primitive, and installed much later (with a wood screw). The body has some other bizarre features such as pearl inlays around the purfling and a couple of images on the back beneath the finish. I wonder if these might also be later additions by someone wanting to tinker with it. I never have given this fiddle much thought until a few years ago when a reputable luthier thought it might be of Italian origin, even naming a maker or school that I have since forgotten. The one-piece maple back seems to be of good quality and the spruce top is very tightly-grained (35-45 lines per inch). Other than that, I'm hoping some of you can give me your thoughts. Does the style of build appear to resemble a particular builder or school? Do you think the other features are original or not? Or is it just a gaudy Victorian-era fiddle? Thanks in advance. Pics below.
  4. Hello! I´m Espen, living in Norway and an hobby luthier. Mostly gluing back fingerboards on children's half violins and 3/4 cellos. But does some restoration, (German violins from about 1900). Last week I came in contact with an elderly man who had prepared his late mothers house for sale. On the attic he had found a violin. He had never seen it before, so he figured it must have been there for more than 50 years. Most likely another German fiddle, I thought. And since the last project is nearly finished, I asked him if I could buy it. First thing I notice is that this violin is in bader shape than I hoped. F holes looks like hell, someone has added a new varnish, but ok, it was a fair price, and at least I can learn something about fixing F holes. Second I notice is that the common 17xx label is NOT from Stradivarius og Amati, and there is a repair text and date. It says Johann Christoph Merz, Klingental, 1780, repairs 18 / 19 something and the text "in Geneva", hmmm... Promising? At home in my hobby room the inspection continues. The F holes witch looks more and more like someone has carved them bigger, has been added repair wood, why not make it look fine when you first ad new wood? And the top seems not to match the linning / bottom shape 100%. Can it be the top from another violin that is added at some point? A quick inspection inside tells me it looks like hell. The top has to come of. Inside there is no real corner blocks. A cheep German after all? In the corner there has beed added some glue / clay? to stiffen the construction. Never seen or heard about that solution. The end block looks like just another pice of wood, the head block looks more what I expected and it has been reinforced at som point... Glue mixed with wood shavings has been used to reinforce some of the innings, lots of glue has beed added around the headblock ... why? And the top has been repaired absolutely all over... using canvas and glue in sted of wood cleats. So what the h... is this? A cheap German, or a scoop from the attic? Pictures here: https://www.icloud.com/sharedalbum/#B025oqs3qmKU2P Espen
  5. oistrakh93

    Chappuy?

    Violin branded Nicolas Chappuy on the back. Bearing multiple repair labels, one saying it was re graduated by Asa Warren White in Boston.. Any thoughts on ID?
  6. Hi all, I am new here. A friend has asked to get an old violin into playing condition, it looks interesting and isn't like the normal sort of German of French ones one sees. It has the scrap of a label I cant make out, but has 1742 on it. The text I can see looks printed. Its has been re-necked and had extensive repairs as it looks like it has been smashed at some time. It has no inlaid purfling but I think it has been inked. the scroll is elongated and rather crude with a wide pegbox. I took some photos but cannot see how to attach them. I clicked on image and lost all I had written! I am hoping to find out who made it. Nick
  7. Who made this Viola, could be Italian? maybe Amati? http://subefotos.com/ver/?655225819f0f98cf13e3d950e8c08f7bo.jpg Thank you very much for the help
  8. Kallie

    Violin ID

    Hi there, Can someone perhaps offer their opinions on this violin? It came with a beautiful leather case which I will post pictures of tomorrow. In the case was a paper which shows a diagram of the interior of the violin. This paper was written and drawn by the last person who repaired it. On this paper, it says Violin made October 26, 1823. It also says Repaired July 23 1839. It also says "Taken to pieces by Wheatley", and with a signature, and dated Nov 29 1834. This is all written inside the violin aswell apparently. The diagram shows where it is written on the interior. About the violin: Lovely 1 piece maple back Grafted scroll (You can zoom in on the pictures to see the graft line. Nail in the button, and below the button (where the neck block is) Ebony fingerboard Inlaid Purfling Varnish worn/gone where your palm would be when playing up in high positions On the inside are a few cleats running along cracks, aswell as a soundpost patch. Any idea where this was made, if the date is legit, and what its value would be once repaired? Also can a specific model be identified on which it has been made? It has no label unfortunately, but as I mentioned above it says Violin made October 26 1823 on the inside. Here are some pictures. Feel free to request more (a specific angle) I also apologize for the blurryness on some photos, I took these pictures in a hurry. Thank You.
  9. Hi everyone, this is a violin that my orchestra director has let me use to see if I am interested in purchasing it. It sounds beautiful, I just have some questions about it that I would like to get cleared. I also have a violin bow that I purchased last year that has very little information available. The certificate says that it has an effaced label of GUIDANTUS. The varnish is very retouched. The body length is 13 7/8" scant. Also, it writes that it is a flat model and that both the top and back is completely lined with a strip of ebony. It could have been decorative and protection from further wear. What is the actual reason? Is this style of repair a style of a certain school of violin making? The scroll is also grafted to a new neck and I can see the new wood. The bow is labeled A. FRACALOSSI and is mounted with only MOP and no silver. The violin was appraised in 2002 for 25,000 USD and is being sold for 7,500 USD. The bow was bought for 1,350 USD. Is the violin worth it? I also would like to just know a little more of both of these beautiful instruments. Thank you!
  10. Hello, new member here (long time viewer) I recently had repaired a violin labelled: Giuseppe De Bernardi Fece Genova Anno 1907 Love the sound. quite mellow under the ear but good projection so much that its become my primary instrument. he appears in Lutgendorff's book but only as a maker of mandolins. My luthier doubts whether he made the instrument as he said the quality was outstanding in all aspects and has valued it for me based on the sound and quality of construction. He suspects it could be from another local maker in Genova and mr. Bernardi has just kindly attributed the violin to himself to sell in his own shop. The other theory was that perhaps instruments were bought/traded at a trade fair held in Genova in 1906 (of which Fagnola was known to have attended). Next trip overseas may get it checked out in London or New York.... I'm in Australia and no real experts here IMO. So i am quite curious to others opinion on it? is the maker bogus? or similar to other makers who he could have aquired it from? thoughts? opinions? thanks Andre