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Found 11 results

  1. I am a violin teacher and symphony player in Atlanta and recently purchased an inexpensive violin from another symphony player from Russia. She played on this violin for ten years and sold it cheaply because no one seems to know who made the violin. The tag reads Vuillaume and It has a very powerful tone. Any ideas who really made it? Local luthier is stumped. I can supply additional photos. Appreciate any help!
  2. I generally like Vuillaume a paris copies of violins. Tried some in the past, often without many bad things to say about them. I was looking to buy one and I came across this violin. It has vuillaume a paris stamped on the back and a label, very potentially fake. But I am entirely confused about what kind of physical proportions this violin has. I've seen a lot of violins but NEVER like this one. Does anyone have any clue? I think it must be too thin/weirdly shaped to be a strad copy. Honestly, I think it's kinda hypnotic. Lol
  3. Hi Maestronet, I'm hoping someone knowledgeable on matters of authenticity can help guide me here. Before I go on, I have looked into local appraisals which range from $500 - $3000 for known shops who provide this service. Before I consider going down that path, I want to learn more about what I'm working with here if possible. My father inherited a violin from his friend in 1983. His friend (much older than him) had purchased the violin in 1940 in Turkey for $2000 Turkish lira. Here is an album containing a few hi res shots (I was unable to get the label clearly): https://imgur.com/a/e3URG The label on the inside reads "Jean Baptiste Vuillaume a Paris" -next line- "Rue Croix des Petit-Champs" and then are some markings that I will need to look at with a magnifying glass to decipher. Extra Information according to my father: The man my father inherited this violin from was a violinist but more as a hobbyist than anything else. So the violin is actually in roughly the same condition it was in in 1940 when he purchased it. It's been babied since 1940, but there are clear scratches and superficial scarring that would have occurred before that. It's still in the same case from then as well. Dad did once have this violin looked at by his friend Remenyi–still a reputable violin distributor in Toronto–during the 1980s when they played in an orchestra together. He took one look at it and said "That's a German violin." Dad's working theory is that Vuillaume himself was likely to have sold other maker's violins as his own at the height of his popularity, when demand for his work exceeded his capacity to build. He doubts the instrument's authenticity, but thinks the label is legitimate and that this instrument did come from Vuillaume's shop. To me, another interesting thing about this is the condition of the violin on purchase in 1940: I wonder if violins were ever "relic'd" (like custom shop Fenders electric guitars are today) to be made to look older than they actually are. Dad says that this is not something European instrument makers would be proud to have done, but I can't confirm that at all. His educated guess (he's a former orchestra player with over 70 years of experience playing and being around violins) is that at the time of purchase, this violin would have to have been well-used to look the way it does. For that reason, he doubts that tag is a fake since "imitators would have been much more likely to copy a Strad or Amati in the 19th century". He can't believe someone would go to the trouble to fake a Vuillaume in the late 1800s when his status as "one of the greats" had not yet been realized. That's all opinion-related. Specs: I'm not sure if Vuillaume's have a characteristic dimension set, but if it helps the fluting on the scroll ends at about 10 o'clock and the back dimensions are: Back height: 36cm Centre bout: 11cm Widest part of back: 21cm Narrow upper portion of back: 16.75cm I would be grateful for any help here! Thanks =)
  4. Hey all, New to the forum but I have a unique old piece that I wa looking for more info on. It's a small box of rosin with a label on top that has a French sentence followed by the name Vuillaume. I know it's old, but I've only been able to find one image online and was trying to dig up a little more info about its history, collectibility, rarity, value any and all info would be great.. Thanks alot! I will post a picture when I figure out how haha
  5. Dear all, I recently acquired a cello from a reputable auction house stamped and sold to be from the JB Vuillaume workshop. Bow looks nice if on the lighter side, but what got me wonder was when I removed the frog and found that the underslide is screwed down with two iron flat head screws. This would normally get my "German copy" bells ringing, but I am too soon to pass judgment here? Pictures can be provided if need be. Thanks in advance, Thomas
  6. Hello, i´ve got a question: Does somebody know the results of the latest Beares Auction? I am very interested to know the prices for violins by Vuillaume and Sgarobotto, viola by Storioni and Lupot and Tubbs violin bows. Unfortunately you can´t see the results online. Thanks in advance for your answers.
  7. I have never seen a sound post 'crack' quite like this one! http://www.ebay.ca/itm/VERY-OLD-VIOLIN-J-B-VUILLAUME-POSSIBLY-JEAN-BAPTISTE-FOR-RESTORATION-L-K-/201301123963?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_3&hash=item2ede7b637b Bids are coming in! Is it worth restoring?
  8. Hello Can anyone here help me assess this violin? Thanks in advance, let me know if you have questions or would like more detailed pictures. You can view pictures of the violin in this imgur album: http://imgur.com/a/GYPUi#0
  9. http://tarisio.com/auctions/auction/lot/?csid=2198028288&cpid=3262316544&filter_key=dc4578eb2b2bcf20607874a29596eb50 What do people think of this violin? It looks to me like Claude Francois Vuillaume which has been slightly altered. I've been dying to start a thread on it but thought I should wait until the auction is over in case I upset anyone who was bidding! Not sure how to upload pictures of it on my mobile phone - perhaps someone on computer could upload them before the page disappears? I didn't see this violin in person, nor have I seen a Claude Francois Vuillaume so I would be really interested to see what others think!
  10. http://www.ebay.com/itm/111132191230?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:VRI&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2661 "Interesting" price, terrible condition... Can someone identify the country of origin for this violin?
  11. Hi, This is a topic that might have been discussed before, if so, sorry for that. My question is: Why do most modern violinists prefer to use old violins, such as Stradivari, Guarneri, Guadagnini, Vuillaume, etc for solo performances? It seems every time I do a google search on soloists, almost all of them uses old instruments. To make a short list of some of the players: Anne Akiko Meyers - Owns 2 Stradivarius violins and has a Guarneri on lifetime loan. Joshua Bell - Played a Stradivarius, sold it to buy another strad. Vanessa Mae - Guadagnini (When she's not playing her electric violin) David Garett - Stradivarius, and Guadagnini I believe Andre Rieu - Stradivarius Corina Belcea - Stradivarius Itzhak Perlman - Stradivarius Maxim Vengarov - Stradivarius Julia Fischer - Used to play a Stradivarius, now plays a Guadagnini Sarah Chang - Guarneri Hilary Hahn - Vuillaume This is just to name a few. The list can go on, and if you'd like to add more, just comment below and I will add them to the list. But anyway, I know many people say that these violins have a unique sound and are much better than modern instruments, but I read a while back about that blind test that was done, and that players couldnt tell the difference between old and new violins. Some even preferred the new violins. Here is the link: http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/notrocketscience/2012/01/02/violinists-cant-tell-the-difference-between-stradivarius-violins-and-new-ones/#.UcmBq3m_yM8 So why do modern soloists still choose the old violins, when they can get a modern violin (Which is apparently the same in sound if well made) for cheaper, and easier? Is it just a "Label" thing? Where the brand of the violin they play give more reputation? Personally, Ive been able to tell the sound apart from a Stradivarius violin compared to a modern violin on some of those online "tests", but that doesnt really mean anything. Also heard Joshua Bell live, and the sound of his violin compared to the orchestra's was a HUGE difference. You could tell the Strad away from a mile. But then again, it was a university orchestra, with violinists who dont have some of the best modern violins. Also, which soloists that you know of, actually use Modern violins? And by who were those made? So to summarize the questions: Why do soloists prefer old instruments, if it was proven in a blind test that there are no difference to well made modern violins, and which soloists uses modern violins? And by who were those made? Thanx for reading.