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Hello, first time poster here! To the best of my knowledge, my first 4/4 violin was made by a luthier named Diederik A Van Hamel. I know he made a few other instruments, mostly violins but some violas as well. I remember seeing a few throughout high school, but I am curious to know who else has one or has seen one. The defining characteristic is an upside down tulip just below the back button. I used to have more information regarding his instruments, but seeing as that was nearly 15 years ago and I was a teenager, I didn't really care about such things. Does anyone recognize/know anything about this maker/these instruments? Thanks! Excerpt from WikiTree: https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Van_Hamel-24 Photos: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmNAnesF
Is there a resource with the help of which one could determine what high-end violas passed through the Hills shop? I am trying to identify possible models for a Craske I am copying. Since he was an established copyist himself and had a close relationship with the shop, perhaps he used an instrument they had on hand as the model for the instrument I am copying. If I can identify candidates, then I can see what information on them is available in the public realm. I know, I know. "Why?" Indulge my obsessiveness, please. Thanks in advance --- for the indulgence AND any leads.
Hi there, Is there perhaps a general rule regarding different viola shapes and sizes, and how that impacts the sound? There are 3 violas that I'm currently looking at, all different shape, and size. I'll attach the pictures. I'm specifically interested in the Double Bass shaped viola. Does anyone know how this shape changes the sound from the normal shaped violas? Thank you. In order, these are 16.25, 16.5 and 16.5inches