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I'm having a hard time figuring out the origin of this instrument. It seems to have a lot of French attributes. It is 24" long, French boxwood pegs with MOP inlay, the saddle could be from anywhere I suppose, and the scroll looks to be French. The top and back both are one piece, which is another clue I think. Also the ribbing seems to be more present than normal German violins from the 19th century (if it is from that period) My confusion is in the varnish. There is no label. If you can identify a maker, Chanot, Schweitzer, even Peter Wamsley maybe (here's hoping), that'd be great. Any help is appreciated. Thank you! [/url]">http:// [/url]">http:// [/url]">http://http://s1045.photobucket.com/user/Maestrojobo1/media/2015-06-29%2020.17.52_zpspzc4f06s.jpg.html'>
My question of the moment: Dutch violinist Simone Lamsma plays the “ex Braga” Stradivarius...and it's cornerless? http://pronetoviolins.blogspot.ca/2013/05/simone-lamsma.html "...Among other violins, she has played a (Ferdinand) Gagliano (1773), a Carlo Tononi (1709), and the Habeneck Strad from 1734, but her current violin is the Chanot Stradivarius (aka the Braga Stradivarius) of 1718 (or 1681 or 1726 – sources differ.) It has been loaned to her by an anonymous benefactor. The violin is reportedly protected by a (Dimitri) Musafia violin case, one of the best violin cases available. The Chanot Stradivarius is rather unique in that it has no corners and has been described as guitar-shaped although it is definitely not guitar-shaped. The Chanot was purchased by Joshua Bell in 1987 and subsequently sold. It is said to have been featured in the 1998 movie The Red Violin. " If François Chanot lived from 1788-1825 and Stradivari lived from 1644 - 1737...how did Strad come to make a Chanot style instrument? I must be missing the obvious...if so...I'm blaming it on long day at work (true!)...
We will be presenting at the Heron-Allen Society Symposium in London on June 29th, 2013. We would like to solicit comments and recommendations from members concerning books, papers, photos and ephemera about Edward Heron-Allen. This society has been in existence since 2000 and have published numerous articles and presented 13 Symposiums on this interesting English polymath, luthier and musical writer on the violin family of musical instruments. His most famous music publications are: Violin Making as it is and was His 9 Violin Opusculums Di Fidiculis Bibliographia- Two volumes Violin novels and short stories, such as Fatal Fiddle The Violin Times Journal His numerous articles on: Stainer,New Violins, Paganini,Bremen Violin Maker, Yarns for Fiddlers, Aluminium Violins, Violin Frauds, Famous Violinists, Original letters of Violinists, Old Soho Luthiers, and numerous violin short stories and letters to the Editor. Can you share with us your experiences and ephemera? You can visit the society's website at: http://www.nhm.ac.uk/hosted_sites/heronallen/eha.htm. We welcome your advice and comment. Regards, John and Barbara Mahoney firstname.lastname@example.org