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Found 19 results

  1. Hi All advice on good string combinations
  2. Hello, Please have a look and kindly give me information about the violin and its build. Much appreciated, Rachel
  3. Hi All! I am a professional orchestral cellist and have been gifted this cello. Unfortunately it is about 1500 kms away from me (now with a family member who is not a musician) and I can't travel at the moment for obvious reasons! Looking for any ideas as to what it might be (or might not be!) Here is what I know (and don't know!) about it: -Was made prior to 1900, most likely in the 1880s or so. -Came to Canada from England. -No label -Seems to be short but wide from the look in the case. We only have the string length measurement, which is full-size (27.5 inches).
  4. 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)
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    Schönbach?

    Hi! I've had this violin for about 10 years now, my very first own violin, but I was so young at the time I never remembered its origin. I remember the violin maker and dealer telling me it was between 75 and 120 years old (so 85 - 130 now). There's no label inside, just one the violin maker put in with some kind of number (I'm guessing for some kind of database). Pictures are down below (some are upside down, sorry for that, I don't know why that happened), it sounds warm and soft (I chose it for its sound after a blind test, I was like 10 though and inexperienced). I've asked other peo
  6. Help on identifying this violin bow? Reminds me of Knopf school bows. Tip plate is made out of silver I think and is pinned. Underslide is pinned twice. Length is around 71.5cm without adjuster, 73cm with adjuster. https://www.flickr.com/photos/152316993@N07/albums/72157710193863751
  7. I'm looking for some assistance in trying to determine the period in which a violin was made. For your perspective, I'm limited in experience having built just two violins, and have no experience in determining a violin's probable age or region of origin. The violin (pictured below) has no label, and I don't see evidence of label glue. I purchased the violin shown at auction. I got it on the cheap ($23 US). I thought it might be something beyond ordinary export grade based on the nicely figured wood, and that it appeared to have been played extensively. Some aspects of the craftsmans
  8. Can someone please help me identify this cello. I've found it on eBay and one of the images shows tag that says "fait à Mirecourt par le Maitre Luthier Amedée Dieudonné en 1936" and I don't know if it's legit or not. Back plate seems like it's from one piece of wood which I find odd. Any information is appreciated.
  9. A violin is being sold from Prague, Czech Republic, with a Socquet Label. I've seen threads about this maker before, and have seen violins with the label similar to the one below. My concern, however, is that the exact year in on this label was not specified: see that there's a 17 there, consistent to the maker being from the 1700s, but the last 2 digits were left blank. Are there any red flags as to the authenticity and value of this violin's age and label? Personally I don't care if this is a high value violin or not, would just like to know if the label is ge
  10. Hello everyone, Just wondering if anyone out there can please help me find information about a possible violin maker by the name of Francis Roberts. I recently saw a violin with the handwritten label, Francis Roberts London 1926. So far, my search online has been rather futile. Will take some photos next time I am in the shop. It has a lovely tone and a reasonable price tag. Would be grateful for any clues, hints or tips how to find out who this maker is.. Thank you,
  11. Hello, I have a mystery violin, and I would greatly appreciate help if anyone is willing to take a look. I don't think it is valuable, but I am more interested in whether it is worth cleaning up and if it could be a decent playing instrument. I am not a player, so I really have no idea how to assess this instrument. I am considering having it re-strung and donating it to the youth orchestra in San Francisco where I live, but I am not sure if it is worth it. I don't want to burden them with a worthless problem. On the other hand, if it is more valuable than a modern student mode
  12. http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10154923840977662&set=pcb.10154923841412662&type=3&theater Interested in opinions on who may have made this violin. Acquired from a horse trader circa 1950s/60s in Idaho. Fake labeled JB Guad. Came with tattered Lyon and Healy "certificate of authenticity". May have had some connection to Weisshaar in L.A. Beautiful dark viola-like sound. Rather heavy fiddle. Suggested by Bill Moennig that it might have been made by Sgarabotto.
  13. Hello, everyone! It was suggested to me to try this forum for an inquiry about my new cello. I just bought a lovely instrument of unknown origin. My best guess is late 19th/early 20th century German manufacture, but I'm just a player. The label on the inside is largely removed apart from this tiny piece, and I was wondering if anyone had any thoughts on what it could be? Many thanks for your time!
  14. 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 i
  15. Hi, Does anyone know about a maker named Russel Hunter. I am thinking of buying this violin signed Russel Hunter. Is it American made or Chinese? I would have posted pics , but I can not figure out how too. Thanks,
  16. Hello! I need help to Identify this old upright bass. I been searching the net and came up with nothing. I emailed some people but no luck! Please help me with your wisdom! Caution: Images May be HUGE!
  17. I have seen many threads where people ask for an ID of their random violin, and people always can chime in with ideas of places. This just amazes my untrained eye. So I have to wonder, what do you look for in a old French violin?
  18. Dear All, Recently my godfather passed away and left a fairly considerable number of assorted stringed instruments and bows to me in his will. Despite being a professional violinist I am woefully ignorant when it comes to identifying instruments and wondered whether anyone on here could help? These two violins seem to be the most recent in the collection and despite not having been played for about fifteen years are still incredibly responsive. Apologies for the quality of the photos, the lighting in the house is incredibly poor. Thanks in advance. http://imgur.com/a/jJwyj#0
  19. I have decided to make a new string color ID reference guide. http://www.shawnboucke.com/string-color-id.html I need to alter some things already, but I cannot do it until I get home tonight. I plan to make the beads match the actual colors on the peg ends as well. (Ex.I believe all of Pirastro is black). I want to keep this up to date, and extremely accurate. If you have any changes that need to be made, or news ones that I have forgotten please let me know. Pictures would be amazing because I could just match hose specific colors. Thank you.