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Hi everyone, I'm new to this site, and have been trawling around in here for hours - there is so much cool stuff on here! And so many knowledgable folk. I've been playing the violin about 2 years, so am still quite rubbish as you might imagine, but have just treated myself to a lovely new violin. The label says (as well as I can read it) Joannes Jais me fecit Bulsani in Tyroli 17 I found this post: www.maestronet.com/forum/index.php?/topic/332205-joannes-jais-violin-id/?hl=%2Bjoannes+%2Bjais and was wondering if i could ask the same question about my violin. I just naively assumed that the label was true. Having said that, the shop I bought the violin from told me it was about 1850, and this guy was dead by then, plus the label has "17" on it - so already it doesn't really add up. So I've been investigating and I am completely confused now. Does anyone know whether it might be genuine or not? Or if not - perhaps what period it might be? Or where it might have come from? Or is it a modern fake? It is a lovely looking instrument (well I think so anyway..), and has a really dark mellow tone. It sounds like warm molasses. Although sadly not when I play it.. The shop told me it was German in origin. I have taken a load of pictures and stuck them here: http://s296.photobucket.com/user/Penelope_the_Duck/slideshow/ I would be so appreciatlive of any information anyone might be able to give me, as I would love to know the origins of my instrument if anyone might know or have some vague idea? Many thanks in advance.