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  1. Hello! Three months ago, I bought a violin from a contemporary violin maker in New York. Combine South Texas heat with daily five hour practice sessions and you get sweaty palms! Somehow, in that short time frame, that led to the varnish on the shoulder of my violin break down rather quickly. How can I prevent further damage and will I be able to repair it myself? I would rather not take the violin to the luthier at this time because the pandemic in Texas is quite bad right now...
  2. Hello, I was wondering if anyone could help me with my violin and provide any information regarding it. The label states Bellegeuele and co musical instruments manufacturers 157 regent Street corner of break flat London The stamp I can't read ? Maybe Joiss? Jais? Gbis? It also has a neck graft Any information would be greatly appreciated Kindest regards
  3. Thanks for viewing my violin. Wondering if this can be close to anything the label says? I spoke to a local violin shop owner and he said it was an authentic German violin valued $3000-$5000. My biggest concern was the 4 digit inventory number?THANKS!
  4. I am a violinist with a violin in my hand and the label says millant Is this a genuine product In addition, I also have a bow with OTTO imprinted here to ask if it is genuine.
  5. Hello, Please have a look and kindly give me information about the violin and its build. Much appreciated, Rachel
  6. Hi all. I'm new to this forum and I apologize if I'm posting in the wrong section. I need help to ID my recently acquired violin. It has a Jules Merciolle label, but strangely no year or anything. I even don't think it's French but I have no clue actually except it sounds really great. Here are some pics. Thanks in advance!
  7. Have anyone seen and discussed this new JASA article? https://asa.scitation.org/doi/10.1121/10.0001159 Abstract: For centuries, wood, and more specifically spruce, has been the material of choice for violin top plates. Lately, carbon fiber instruments have entered the market. Some studies show that composite materials have potential advantages for making instruments [Damodaran, Lessard, and Babu, Acoust. Aust. 43, 117–122 (2015)]. However, no studies exist that evaluate violins made of different composite materials as judged by listeners. For this study, six prototype violins, differing only by the material of the top plate, were manufactured in a controlled laboratory setting. The six prototype violins were judged by experienced listeners in two double-blind experiments. In contrast to popular opinion that violins made from carbon have or lack a specific sound quality, the study provides insights in the diverse sounds and timbres violins from fiber-reinforced polymers can create. It allows an investigation of the links between the perception and the variations in material properties of the soundboards. Additionally, as neither players nor listeners are acquainted with these instruments, these results provide an interesting view on what type of qualities of violin-like sounds are preferred by listeners.
  8. Hi everybody, I have another violin here. Does anyone have any information on this one? I don't know anything about it What decade? Where is it from? What kind wood, varnish? What do you think about the scroll? Does the kind of scroll identify the violin in some way? You can see on the photos, some wood worm, or just little holes? What can I do to fix that? I don't find that it effects the sound in any way. It's still very clean, and sweet, no hissing or anything. Thanks, as always, you are much appreciated, Rachel
  9. Hello, I have come across a little Maggini here. What is the stamp on the back of the scroll? What is this violin? What do you think about the back? Please be specific and give me as much detailed information as possible. When is it from or where? The purfling? Thanks for having a look, much appreciated, Rachel
  10. Hey guys, i was wondering, if any of you had an idea, where my violin could've been built and what it might be worth. For context, I am southern german and still live there. I got it the violin from my grandma, who got it from her aunt, where it was used as wall decoration. It is said that my grandma's uncle might have bought it from someone on the street. So no one knows where this violin was made... I'm not asking for this because I want to sell the violin, I'm just really interested, because I love the sound of it and I think the wood on the back looks amazing. I hope you pros have some ideas, which rough area it might come from. Thank you all so much in advance!
  11. I believe this violin was made by Johann Strad circa 1745 from what I can make from the label. However, I have not been able to find anything regarding Johann Strad. It was repaired by Joseph Winner in 1856. I found that Joseph Winner Sr. was a violin maker and also made repairs in Philadelphia, PA during the early to mid 1800's. The violin has a unique dove tail on the back. Any information of the age/maker would be very helpful and greatly appreciated.
  12. Hey My friend, I am Dr. Sachin Kumar Rohilla (A Musician, Violinist) from India. I sing Indian classical music and play Violin. i am creating a new course on "Indian classical Raga's on Violin" and i'd love your inputs. I am trying to help my all violinist, other instrumentalist and also the vocalist friends in terms of the Indian classical Raga's learning and getting to know them. I am just putting out a survey for you all, so that i can help and understand you in a better way possible. Please send this to all your other musician friends and also musician groups. So that if they are also facing some problem then they can also share their concerns. https://forms.gle/oF32ai6bhZtQMXky5 Thanks, Dr. Sachin Kumar Rohilla
  13. Hello Guys! I am new as a poster but not as a reader. This is a great forum btw, love all the discussions going on. I am a violinist and a violin aficionado (not a pro luthier of course). I recently came across this interesting looking violin, and I am having trouble identifying the origin of it. Since almost all the violin shops around are closed, I haven't gotten a chance to get a professional opinion on it. The violin is definitely of a finer quality than those trade violins, and has some good old repairs on them, including a considerable amount of cracks in the front, f hole repairs, and a grafted scroll (the scroll seems like it's from a much later era). I want to say that the entire neck is not original because the area on the back around the heel seems suspicious, but again I am not sure. It seems to be re-varnished as well, with some traces of a darker varnish left behind at some spots. It looks fairly old, and I don't see signs of antiquing. The craftsmanship and repair work are pretty great, in my opinion. Here is the interesting part. The violin bears a N.Lupot label. The label refer to a Lupot 1792 violin (when he was still in his father's shop in Orleans). I don't see anything wrong about the label, as the wording and style definite match the original Lupot labels from that time. However, the violin, in my opinion, hardly resembles any of Lupot's work. Lupot was a hardcore strad follower (before leaving Orleans), but this violin's pattern does not look like any Stradivari's or Lupot's other works at all. Actually I think the pattern looks more Gagliano or Guadagnini, with a wider waist and f holes. Also I can't be sure but I don't think this violin has a whalebone-inlaid purfling, which is another Lupot signature. There is also great possibility that this could be a "bad" German copy ("bad" meaning doesn't look like a Lupot, lol). This could also be a French copy? I am just not sure at all. Let me know! Your opinions will be very helpful~ Below are some pictures of it~ I can't really get a clear picture of the label, but it looks exactly like the first one on the last image. Best, William
  14. Hi I have my grandfathers violin here which his grandfather bought secondhand around 1890. Does anyone know the aprox age or country? It has painted purfling and no corner blocks. The sound post and nut are missing, I think the nut was ivory. Thanks
  15. Hi All, I’m privileged to be the owner of a Tres Amigos violin (2013, Strad Model) made by Ryan Soltis, Antoine Nedelec, and Jeff Phillips for Julie Reed-Yeboah’s contemporary violin exhibition in New York. Every year (theoretically, ) the trio of first-class makers go through rotations of who does what. In the case of my current violin, the scroll/varnish is by Ryan, the back and ribs are by Antoine, and the top is by Jeff. After they completed three Strad models, of which mine is the second, they moved on to Del Gesu models. When the time for the second DG model came around, which would be the twin to mine in terms of who made what, I had expressed a lot of interest in the fiddle as a companion to my current Strad. Fast forward to 2020 and here we are with the fiddle completed! When I asked the trio if they would be okay with me posting the pictures, the condition was that I give Antoine a mohawk in one of them. VOILA.
  16. Hi, I am interested in buying these 2 violins. Please have a look at the photos. The first 7 are from 1 violin the other 4 or from the second violin. What can you information do you have about these? Are they of any particular value? Where and when they are from? What's the difference in value between a Mittenwald and a Markneukirchen violin? Thanks Rachel
  17. Hi, I recently found this fiddle and am in need of identification assistance.. It came into my life all funky. I did not bedazzle it. After reading here for 3 days, I’ve learned a lot, but not enough to tell what I’m holding. The label looks super nice, saddle is marked an=25 Czech. Can’t see additional markings other than label (even with endpin out) Any Identification assistance would be greatly appreciated. I love it whatever it is, hope someone enjoys the pics, thanks! Violin dimensions (these are edge to edge) Length - 23.5 in - 59.69 cm Body length - 14.25 in - 36.195 cm Upper bouts - 6.5 in - 16.51 cm (widest) Middle bouts - 4.25 in - 10.795 cm (narrowest) Lower bouts - 8 in - 20.32 cm (widest) All corners are blocked (vertical grain) seemingly with equilaterals, linings run behind.
  18. Hi guys, What do you think of this violin? Any value? Where and when is this from? What type? And what do you think about this floral design? Thanks, Rachel
  19. Good day everybody, I would appreciate ANY help possible since my initial research have not yielded any leads. I am stuck as to the best possible research tools for my mini project. This is a strange but true story. I will make it short so as not to waste anybody’s time. My Dad purchased this violin in the 1960’s in Moscow, USSR. In order to take it out of the country he had to get rid of the label so as to make sure it looks like a factory-made violin. Over the years he forgot what the label said and the original price paid. The only thing that he does repeat again and again is that it was a French master. So, maybe the original label had a French sounding name. I came across some articles on French violin makers. However, none of the images I have seen compare to the violin in question. It has a single panel on the back. Not two panels. It does have a carved scroll. My Dad is saying that it is a larger violin in size but NOT a viola. It does have a very beautiful sound. I am NOT a professional musician. So, my apologies if the above description are in layman’s terms. Thank you.
  20. Hi, I have a full size violin that was bought from Belmont Music Centre in 2013 for $20NZD and I was wondering if anyone knows anything about it, like age or country or anything. It has a pattern carved in the scroll, and has an ebony fingerboard. It has no label inside. The case is made in W-Germany so I'm guessing it would be 1950s-1980s (assuming the case was the original for the violin), the music centre we bought it from got it second hand in the early 1990s. Thanks!
  21. Hello all, I currently own a violin that is labeled as a Leon Bernardel violin but there are a lot of features on this instrument that are not consistent with anything of this maker. It may not even be French at all. I was wondering if anyone has some experience or expertise with identifying instruments, and what could have led to the fabrication of this false label. Quite honestly, I don't know the genuine age of this instrument. Here are some photos I have taken of the violin: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/brnb6cwf5vrnzcd/AAC6pShk38VlUsffQRVG7x_Na?dl=0 Some automatic giveaways that this is not a Leon Bernardel: -back of the scroll -the "bee-sting" on the purfling Let me know what you think. Help is much appreciated!!
  22. ÖHi I am a fairly new to violin and I chanced upon violins by Karl Hofner. I tried finding information about it but it seems like there isn't much info on it. Hoping to tap on this to learn more about their violins, quality etc. I am actually looking to purchase a "vintage" karl hofner made in 1997. Not sure if anyone could advise if this is suitable for beginner (or more advanced player), and if the sound/quality is good. Thanks a lot in advance!
  23. These violins are what I'm looking at. https://chicago.craigslist.org/wcl/msg/d/naperville-quinlan-fabish-4-4-b-elbel/7073874489.html https://chicago.craigslist.org/wcl/msg/d/naperville-quinlan-fabish-4-4-violin/7073873903.html it seems the store he bought them for was much more and I did go into the shop and they said it was their older models. Do you think these could be worth it for their price? and other than cracks and obvious signs of damage. what else should I look out for when I meet him to check them out. I'm just starting the violin after a long time of not playing so I don't know exactly what I should be looking for. but If I can get what would usually be sold as a $2000+ violin with a nice $400 bow and $200 case for $1500 I would like to do that.
  24. So I was pasted down my grandmas violin from my dad and he doesn’t know much a bout the violin other then his mom gave it to him when he was little hoping he would learn violin. He never did. I have learned violin so he though he should give it to me. I started doing some research on the violin as it looks unique. I found some information online about the violins of hope. I read that these violins are from the Holocaust. I don’t know if someone in my family played it in the Holocaust or how someone in my family received the violin if it was from out of our family. My grandmas side of the family ( my dads side ) came to America from Germany. I know I have a lot of German in my ancestry as I do a lot of ancestry.com and I did 23 and me as well. Doesn’t anyone have any more information on the violins of hope, maybe how many are them are there ? What there value is ? The only marking inside the F hole is “ Germany “ no serial number or any other words. The violins case has a label “ George Barton music company quality Instruments Minneapolis Minn “ so I don’t know if there’s potentially a place the violin was boughten from after the Holocaust or if it’s just where the violin was bought from or if the case is even relevant to the violin or not I don’t know. But any information on the violin and history to it , value , answers . I would love some more information.
  25. We all know the unparalleled feeling of finding "the" violin. Well, a couple of weeks ago, I did: I went to a shop and found a beautiful instrument that has exactly the sound I am looking for. Therefore, I want to upgrade. I'm looking to sell my current instrument to set up the right financial situation. My violin was made in 1998 by Raphael Le Cointe (who then went to Cremona). I have an insurance appraisal for $15,000 and his instruments have sold for upwards of $20,000. I'm hoping to get 10-12K to offset the cost of the upgrade. The violin is in suberb condition: it's more a solist's instrument (powerful, bright, direct, and responses). However, and I am playing much more orchestra and chamber stuff now, so it's not the right sound for me anymore (I'm looking for something warmer and less penetrating). I've read a bunch of old threads (from this site and others) on various tips for selling violins and the different options one has (consignment, auction, private sale, shop sale, trade-in, donation for tax break, etc). However, I think I'm stuck at the point where only a private sale is a realistic option, despite the difficulties that come with trying that. Consignment: I can't afford to buy the new violin and put my current one on consignment, because the up-front cost is too high (and I don't want to get trapped in a scenario where my current instrument doesn't sell for years). On the other hand, I can't put my violin into consignment and be left without an instrument to play while I wait for it to sell. Auction: I think an auction would yield far too little money. I've contacted the bigger auction houses (Tarisio, Bromptons, etc) and they don't seem interested in a modern NY instrument. Trade-in: The shop where I found the violin I love (a reputable shop in the USA) assessed my current instrument for a trade-in. The luthiers there confirmed it is well-made and in very good condition but they required the vice-president's approval. He, for whatever reason, declined the option to trade the instrument, even though I would have paid a significant net cash difference. The shop won't tell me why they weren't interested (they want to charge me for a "verbal appraisal"), even though I think this information would help me. Donation: quite simply, my income is too high since I file jointly with my wife, and the tax break I'd get for donating, even at the insurance appraisal value, isn't worth it. Shop sale: I can't imagine a shop or luthier will just buy my instrument from me to add to their inventory if I'm not buying a new instrument from them. PRIVATE SALE: This leaves me with private sale. I have reached out to old teachers, fellow musicians, a couple of youth orchestras in the area, and some other resources. However, this has proved futile so far as I am finding that potential buyers have an inherent trust in shops (it's understandable: it gives an impression of legitimacy in case something were to go wrong). I'm looking for tips, resources, or even contacts anyone might have on how to get word out about my instrument and find a student who is looking to upgrade. I believe my current violin is perfect for an advanced player, especially someone looking to move into a fine instrument and continue studying solo repertoire (something like a promising high school student or early conservatory student). I have also listed my violin on Reverb.com: https://reverb.com/item/31296574-fine-violin-american-hand-made-4-4-size-raphael-le-cointe-nyc-1998