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  1. Hi! I am new to this site. I’ve been trying to find out what the line on my viola top plate is called. You can see it in the picture attached under the left f hole. My teacher couldn’t recall what it is called, but he says that good instruments have unique things like this that reinforces certain frequencies and provides better resonance. I don’t know how true that is, but I’d still like to find out what this line is called.
  2. Here you can follow me constructing the super-light violin. It will be the craziest thing I ever made and please don't take it too seriously. It is the violin maker joke from my workshop. But at least I am serious enough to make it the most professional way I can imagine. So following the footprints of Antonio Stradivari everything starts with a drawing. I decided to throw over board symmetry as well and came up with the funny design below. To save weight the length is only 351mm and all distortions follow the 10 percent rule which means that one f-hole is 10 percent longer than the other.
  3. What are your favorite things you've heard a luthier say? My favorite was when one day I was showing an instrument of mine to luthier Nick Frirsz. He looked it over for several minutes with a rather inquisitive expression and said: "Well, it's pretty cool. It was made by someone, who was sitting next to someone, who knew what they were doing." I got a big kick out of this and will never forget it. I still have the instrument, which has since been restored and is really quite exceptional, and I think about that line all the time.
  4. Here is a really interesting Winterling violin that I had restored. It retains its original fittings, which is particularly cool because Winterling developed his own style of peg. I couldn't get the photos of the restoration to upload, but they can be found here.
  5. Violin.pdf The label seems to say Roma Antonio Scbaftla no 1776, but I don't think that's right and can't find anything about that name on google. Any thoughts are appreciated.
  6. 31 VSA journals from vol 9 to vol 20. 1986 to 2006. Plus indexes vol 1 - 10. Plus VSA papers vol. 1 number 1. $250 plus shipping.
  7. Anyone recognize this maker stamp? The label is entirely illegible, the stamp bears the letters C G. The instrument is of very good quality, mid to late 19th century. I suspect one of the Gands, but have yet to find evidence of this stamp in anything.
  8. I would very much like to share with the world a record that my parents (Lesley Heller and James Burnham) made many years ago. Like so many, I believe they never received the recognition they deserved as first rate violinists. The album includes the Sarasate Navarra, Moszkowski Op. 71 for two violins and piano featuring pianist Mary Louise Vetrano, and Spohr Op. 67 in a minor for two violins. The recording can be found on Spotify here. The album is also available on Amazon and iTunes for purchase, if anyone so desires to support. Thank you
  9. Hi, My my brother in law family discover some months ago that they have a violin that has the label Joseph Guarnerius inside, it belongs to their grand father and seems to be for several years in a closet in the old house. The label cites a 174 but is missing the last number and it lacks the word "Germany". Im attaching some pictures so maybe somebody with experience and knowledge can help us to take an initial look on them and let us know if is worth to take it to a competent appraiser. A little bit of history, this violin came when the family brought some farm tractors and other machines from Europe at that time (not known exactly when), it was a gift for one of the kids, since then it has been in different hands but always in the family. The violin has sentimental value and I don't think they want to sell it, but we are curious about this.
  10. Good morning all, I come back to you with a violin which I think was made in Mittenwald. The bottom rib is in one piece, the linings are inserted into the corner blocks (mortise). It seems to correspond from what I have read here. There are other points that I noted later, the table is made in one piece like the back (the violin has I think was very badly refinished and we see sanding marks). There is also an inscription "Rep by E.Dodds Edinbourgh 1875", but I do not see what repair was made, maybe a modification of the bassbar ?? Voila, if you can tell me what you think about it, don't hesitate if you want more pictures. The joint was badly made between ribs and bottom, it gave me the opportunity to defeat. I will have to see her again, I will practice the same thing on the table afterwards. A beginning of crack (effe) will also have to be consolidated a priori. And I'll take the opportunity to clean the varnish in the back. You may found my english is strange, it's a google translation, so excuse me span widget
  11. bsharma8

    Lucky Buy?

    Someone was clearly selling something they had no idea what it was. I was able to buy it for $150. My Luthier in NYC told me when it properly repaired which should be about ~700 dollars, it will be worth around ~7,000. Does this seem right at all? Label says Heinrich E. Heberlein Jr. 1922. Strad Copy. Thanks for your insight!
  12. Good Day from Argentina to everyone! I have a question worthy of this wise Community... What do you know about violins with this shape? How much would this violin go for? And finally an ignorant question I assume myself: Does oil varnish ever get this dark naturally or is it completely deliberate? "Presumably German around 1930s - the label is in our opinion not authentic. Please listen to the video/soundfile & click on the image to see all detailed XXL photos below as part of the description!Finely carved scroll and accurately inlaid purfling. This beautiful violin shows no open cracks or open seams. Medium to fine grained spruce front and beautiful 1-piece maple back. The violin was completely revised by our luthier and checked on playability by our violin player. In our workshop it received new ebony pegs, ebony tailpiece, ebony chinrest, a new bridge and new strings. Beautiful rare instrument in immediate playing condition! Please listen to the sound ! Measures aprox.: total 60 cm / 23.6", body 36,4 cm / 14.3", vibrating chord length 33,5 cm / 13.2", weight 475 gr / ~16.75 oz." https://www.old-violin.com/rare.html A little more info: In Argentina we are still in full lockdown and I have by the grace of a higher being chosen to learn to play the VIOLIN, and couldn´t be happier. I´m done with Suzuki level 1 on a cheap chinese violin and Luthier Violin making is becoming more interesting by the minute! Thank you in advance, The Argentine Schindler
  13. Found this random violin. Was wondering if anyone could tell me anything about it? Greatly appreciated! Thanks!
  14. Did I finally beat Rue to post this? https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/02/arts/music/five-minutes-classical-music-violin.html I really liked Eddie South' s piece (courtesy Mazz Smith); several people chose Lark Ascending, including Hilary Hahn, and Andre Rieu chose...Andre Rieu, the punk. And Bach's double... I wish they had asked more violinists, and fewer critics. Some pieces I haven't heard; I do wish they had asked Roman Kim for his selection...And they icluded a local favorite, Vijay Gupta. He was one of Nathaniel Ayer's advocates and teachers (The Soloist movie). https://guptaviolin.com/
  15. I am trying to get an idea of the value of this fiddle for a friend of mine who is selling it. The label for info on the fiddle is ‘Antonio Stradivarius 1690‘. I tried to capture it in one of the photos. Any insights would be useful.
  16. This is the second fiddle my friend wants to sell. I am looking for an approximate value. There is no label on it. Again , any help would be appreciated.
  17. I am releasing a large database of instruments including maker name, year built, price sold, date sold. Below is a link to the database. Due to the uncompressed data taking 40 gigabytes of storage, I will only be releasing the database without image data at this time. My goal is to increase knowledge of the violin trade through the eyesight of statistics. If one would like to provide critique or help in the project, below are desired questions regarding the database. 1. Accuracy: What information is wrong? Are there any systematic errors in the database? Is the price sold data accurate? 2. Generality: Where does the database fail in representing the entire violin trade (trade and contemporary instruments for example)? 3. Future work: What can be done with this database? What unanswered question is the violin trade ? 4. Accessibility: What is the best way to increase sharing this information? What method of sharing leads to the largest number of people being able to benefit from my data collection? Who is interested in having photo data and what is the preferred method for large file transfers? 5. Thought?
  18. I recently found a violin, but it has no label to identify it. I was wondering of anyone can give me an idea of country/area of origin, quality, age, and price. I think I took enough picture to identify it, but please let me know if you need any more pictures of any particular part of the instrument.
  19. I have a database of around 10,000 instruments containing maker name, instrument type, location made, year built, year sold, price sold, and photos of the instrument. I have so far calculated the inflation rate for instruments of different type, value, and age from auction data of instruments that have been publicly sold multiple times. My interests are twofold: one is to integrate statistics into the history of the violin trade. The other is to apply to a branch of computer science to predict the price of instruments based on only a photo of the instrument. The process of creating such a database was excruciating. I may release it later after I am done testing it for its accuracy. My unfinished website can be viewed here: instrumentappraiser.com . The end website should predict the quality of an instrument solely based off photos. It will never be perfect, but could serve as a spam identifier or have some other unknown purpose. A couple interesting graphs and charts can be viewed here. https://violinsarecool.wordpress.com/home/history-of-violin-trade/ https://violinsarecool.wordpress.com/home/violin-inflation-statistics/ My questions are the following: if one was to have a database of the entire violin trade, what would one do with it? What are unanswered questions in the violin trade that could be solved with data? Does anyone else have interest in helping me in this project. Attached below is a compressed file of what I have accomplished so far. snippets.zip
  20. 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...
  21. 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
  22. 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!
  23. 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.
  24. Hello, Please have a look and kindly give me information about the violin and its build. Much appreciated, Rachel
  25. 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!