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  1. Hello, I need to know your opinion about this violin being or not by Didier Nicolas himself. I allways thought that when a Didier Nicolas has his sign is made by himself or at least for his workshop in his lifetime. What could be its retail price? I read that this kind of violin are selling better in U.S.A. than in Europe.
  2. Hi All, I could use some help with identifying a violin Branded Charotte à Paris. My best guess is Charotte-Millot, Joseph. It doesn't have a label, it has a brand on the upper block, and a stamp or brand in place of a label. The unfortunate brown overvarnishing on the lower portion of the top didn't want to move. Thanks for your thoughts, Moses
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    This time I need help with this one. I think mirecourt XIX c. But what style or school? it is bois d´abeille...true? thnak you.
  4. Hello all. I've been lurking here since my 8 year old daughter announced she would like to learn the violin at the beginning of the year. Money is very limited at the moment so we thought a Stentor 2 would be ok for the price and it's doing fine for what she needs at this stage. Anyway, I thought it might be nice to get myself a cheap violin and practice with her, some mum/daughter time, I have no musical experience but it's never too late to learn. So I've been trawling the web (I know...not the best idea) and I've ended up with a second hand/vintage violin with a Marc Laberte label. I've read every thing possible about his workshops and Terriers site. (As much as I could understand and manually translate, lol), and I think it may be genuine, although I wouldn't be surprised if it is not. I didn't pay too much and I still have a nice violin to play with in the end. I'll take it in to her teacher to see how it sounds - hopefully better than it sounds with my 'hot cross buns' rendition! It's out of tune, too, so she may help me with that. I'm hoping it will also be good enough for my daughter to go onto as she progresses. The label is a Marc Laberte label with the two 8 string instruments, but it doesn't have the " Fais sous la Direction de" or any other label with copy details. I'm wondering (if it's genuine) if it is still a copy of one of the masters, and if so...would the knowledgeable folk here be able tell what copy it is just by looking at it? I've been through the catalogues and they make reference to this kind of label from what I could gather, but I couldn't really find any violins relating. I'm not sure if the photos will show properly, but it has black outlines on the scroll and on the side joins (c joins?), the purfling is quite close and fine and very close to the edge it seems to me, and there are cleats along the bottom of the inside bottom join. It's quite red in colour depending on the light in the room. The flaming on the back is nice, the lines appearing and disappearing, I couldn't really capture it in photos, but it's there. It also came in what is probably its original black violin shape case with a green lining, also in pretty good condition. (We are located in Australia) Thank you.
  5. Hello all I am sometimes tempted into buying violins for my own use, occasionally getting reasonable (for my standard of playing!) instruments at good prices, other times getting kindling. I have just acquired a violin with the label "L.E.J.T L'Incomparable Mirecourt 1894 VL . It seems to be in decent order, no obvious cracks or splits but it needs a new bridge and the soundpost resetting, maybe the pegs adjusting and, for my purposes, a fine tuner tailpiece. I can't do the work myself so before I commit to having someone professional sort it out for me, would you be kind enough to tell me if I would be throwing money away if I did? I know that its easy to spend £300 on repairs and end up with a £100 violin. If it helps, I can tell you that I paid £50 for it. Any other insights on the violin would be welcome. Regards BB
  6. 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'>
  7. I live in Paris and I'm in the market for a new violin. I'm currently playing on a student level Chinese Violin. My teacher has told me that Chinese violins in my price range (about 1500 euros which is about $1900 - everything is inexpensive in France so I know this won't get as much as it would in the USA) are a good value and that antique Mirecourt violins are more expensive. My daughters' teacher isn't too keen on Chinese violins and she recommended I get a Mirecourt. So I visited several luthiers in Paris. The Mirecourt violins at 1500 euros were slightly better than mine but I was surprised that I didn't find them that much better. however at 2000 euros it gets interesting. And one I tried that was 2800 euros was awesome but that's way out of my budget. When I ask about the violins the luthiers just say they're about 100 years old, and were made in Mirecourt. It seems we don't know that much about these violins. I'm wondering if, for my budget, if I should get a Mirecourt or a Chinese. From what I've seen so far I prefer the Mirecourt, but I wouldn't get one for 1500, instead I'd go for the ones at 2000. in talking with the luthiers it seems the prices are pretty fixed, there are lots of luthiers in Paris (most of them on the same street!) and the price is determined by the quality. I don't think there are any great deals to be had, but at the same time there is some competition so probably no way overpriced violins either. Would an antique Mirecourt hold its value better than a Chinese? I doubt my next violin will be my last so that's an important point. If I pay 2000 euros but at some point I can get most of that back, then it doesn't cost me that much in the long run to buy a better violin right? I know the luthiers charge 20% commission for consignment sales, so for example if I play mine for several years and sell it for 1600 then i've only paid 400 for the use of the violin right? Any info about this would be very helpful to me. BTW I've been playing for 2 years now so I'm still a beginner, but I do play other instruments since my childhood so I learn fast. Thanks
  8. Hi all, I'm looking for a new violin, and I've taken a fancy to an old French violin. We've been told it's an 1880s Mirecourt, http://s1153.photobucket.com/user/carlos_rodriguez32/media/DSCF4924_zpsefd12e12.jpg.html?sort=3&o=0 ( http://s1153.photobucket.com/user/carlos_rodriguez32/media/DSCF4923_zpsdc32ff68.jpg.html http://s1153.photobucket.com/user/carlos_rodriguez32/media/DSCF4920_zps5a7c7028.jpg.html http://s1153.photobucket.com/user/carlos_rodriguez32/media/DSCF4919_zps18dc64b9.jpg.html http://s1153.photobucket.com/user/carlos_rodriguez32/media/DSCF4915_zps591b3e36.jpg.html Could you please tell me what you think of it, and possibly find out the maker? The back measures 35.9 cm in height, it is very flat, and it gives a clear but warm, resonant sound. Thanks, Carlos R.
  9. Hello guys, I have this old violin which resonates very well and is finely crafted. On the other hand I am not sure if it is an original Mirecourt violin or not. Can you help me out? Thanks. http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/89/img9058dz.jpg/][/url http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/545/img9050xk.jpg/][/url http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/842/img9053l.jpg/][/url http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/844/img9056w.jpg/][/url