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  1. 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.
  2. Help with old violin is?

    Hey there! Looking for info on this violin I bought-- seems to have been handled roughly, and I have no idea of the quality, but it sounds excellent and needed saving. Any ideas of maker? Pooossibly a value guess but I know that's a sticky one. Only identifying mark is a label with a Celtic harp with rays around it and some initials with I can't quite make out. Thanks much for your input!
  3. I recently came across this violin on ebay. Although it does seem to have some issues it appears to be well made. My amateur guess is that its a mid 18th century Mittenwald violin, however, I would like to have your opinions on what you think this violin may be and possibly, who made it One unique feature I noticed on this violin is that the scroll eye seems to be filed down at an inward angle. http://www.ebay.com/itm/152649649255?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649
  4. Violin Makers estate

    I have a large pile of old wood , antique forms and violin making materials , violin and viola patterns from the estate of a violin maker from Crimea . i have attached photos of the contents of the boxes laid out on my studio floor. I know very little about these objects , except that they are quite old and quite beautiful. Can anyone enlighten me ? thank you .
  5. Bought this violin from ebay for £400, it is a "Josef Kloz in Mittenwald 1760" - antique 4/4 violin, i am only a beginner, and this will be my first violin. (if i refurbish it) The wood is still in very nice antique condition with some light scores to the surface, some little chips also to the edges as you would expect with a used antique item. Also looks like there has possibly been a few little pieces of wood to the rim edges that may have been replaced or repaired, although I cannot confirm this, perhaps that is just the way it was made? Violin will need restrung and possibly may benefit from a clean and polish. is it worth it ? how much would it cost me extra? Thank you in advance!
  6. Need help regarding unique violin

    Hello everyone! I am a new member to this website, but I have often lurked around the forums without having signed up. I decided to sign up after digging through over 50 pages of this forum and through various topics/google searches/etc. Let me explain my situation: Many of you tell enthusiasts to avoid eBay altogether. I usually agree with this sentiment, but I've found a violin I need some help on. The seller is rather suspect, and has been mentioned many times over regarding misrepresentation of their instruments, shady practices, etc. I did research on said seller and found quite a few interesting things. (Not sure if I'm allowed to say the seller by name, but here are some links, some of which are previous discussions on these forums): http://www.fiddlehangout.com/archive/26769 http://www.violinist.com/blog/BlueRidge/201111/12887/ http://www.maestronet.com/forum/index.php?/topic/329003-took-the-plunge-first-ebay-violin-toughts/page-1 http://www.maestronet.com/forum/index.php?/topic/329805-oops-i-did-it-again-another-ebay-violin-18-another-bass-bar-crack/page-10 The instrument in question, that I find very beautiful and interesting, is here: http://www.ebay.com/itm/311700530758?_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT I have a few reasons for finding this German copy so lovely. I have always wanted a uniquely carved scroll. I first saw a lion head scroll when I was young and in a local community orchestra (and was so much of a go-getter that I would constantly bug my stand partner about borrowing her instrument should she ever wish to sell. She doesn't even play anymore since her arthritis and vision have become too poor.) I've liked them ever since. Anything unique about an instrument is fascinating to me, so I'm not particularly huge on mass-produced, modern instruments. I figured, after doing some research (and with my limited knowledge), that this particular violin was a German factory-made violin, which could potentially decrease the value significantly. I know that many Chinese makers now mass produce instruments of the Baroque style. I've seen some awesome/funky instruments with scalloped (pie crust?) edges, semi-rounded c bouts, or entirely corner-less (aka the guitar style?) I particularly admire the rounded violins and have found a few in the past few weeks of looking around: http://www.dzviolin.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=119&products_id=1157 http://pickerssupply.com/new-and-used/cornerless-44-violin-used-bow-and-case http://www.instrumentspast.co.uk/instruments/CV/C196V.html If you're not all turned off my my verbose first post, hopefully you can guide me on a few things. I wouldn't be using this violin for any symphonic performances. I would get this instrument for (most likely) use with a Fishman pickup, since I currently don't have an electroacoustic violin for gigs where my Zeta Jazz Fusion's look doesn't really match the vibe of the performance. I've thought about investing in an electroacoustic or fully electric (with an acoustic feel) instrument that looks a bit more natural, like one of these: http://www.electricviolinshop.com/wes-lambe.html (though I don't like the fact that the back exposes all of the electronics) http://www.electricviolinshop.com/acoustic-electric/zeta-acoustic-pro-4.html (since I already have a sponsorship with Zeta, but was looking to branch out in terms of tone) Note: I am an electric violinist and perform many genres of music, so I'm not just limited to classical or chamber performances. I know this eBay dealer is a little sketch, and that it's very difficult to know the playability of an instrument without having tried it first. The seller DOES have some good pictures of the violin, and also has included a youtube link to samples of the violin being played (albeit out of tune, and with steel strings that sound horrible. I do like the tone somewhat, though I can tell the strings are smashing a lot of the natural resonance of the fiddle. Once again, I am NOT looking for an orchestral instrument. I'm mainly looking for a cool, unique, older instrument with this particular body type and an interesting scroll.) I've contacted the seller on eBay and received a somewhat vague, unhelpful answer regarding my questions regarding the violin's age, authenticity, appraisal, etc., as well as international shipping and return policy questions. ALL OF THAT BEING SAID. I know this particular instrument is NOT worth the pretty penny that the seller is charging, but what are the general thoughts you might have regarding this instrument? What would be a reasonable price for me to offer? I really love the unique look of it, and it would be a backup for gigs where I need an acoustic-looking but electric-sounding violin. I am not concerned with the value as much as what I would potentially be spending. I love older instruments, especially rare or unique ones. This would potentially be a "knocker" violin I could use for outdoor gigs as well (since I also play a lot of beach weddings and events where I don't feel comfortable bringing my orchestra-ready violin.) I also don't mind that it's not the highest quality, but want to make sure that I'm not going to be getting ripped off with a less-than-tasteful, factory-made instrument (especially if it's not actually from the 30s-40s like the ad purports.) Any thoughts or even links to similar instruments would be wonderful. Thank you for reading this post!
  7. hi, a collector asked me to help him sell this violin, i sell on ebay but i was wondering if this violin worth a lot and maybe its better to sell at an auction house. can you please help me learn about this violin and maybe even give me an estimate for his value? any information would be great! here are links to the pictures - https://scontent.fhfa1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpt1/v/t1.0-9/12715291_10153509289763720_1913107116248424769_n.jpg? oh=87c95b370fc25308e855bd793472ce1f&oe=5732E9E7 https://scontent.fhfa1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpt1/v/t1.0-9/12715645_10153509292158720_2346097051796259678_n.jpg?oh=9b5805aac603daead990c343e74f3627&oe=57343E64 https://scontent.fhfa1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xft1/v/t1.0-9/12715373_10153509292043720_2765462793376018939_n.jpg?oh=d7bc416ba8450ed9856b3540d69642a1&oe=572740F6 https://scontent.fhfa1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xft1/v/t1.0-9/12733570_10153509291823720_5725866438552490764_n.jpg?oh=2778e0e3fbdcb2c037c447bcd7e69123&oe=5737C9D7 https://scontent.fhfa1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpa1/v/t1.0-9/12662504_10153509291653720_9185842775587297928_n.jpg?oh=02e07031c650a265969bbd47879c0607&oe=572F42F5 https://scontent.fhfa1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xtl1/v/t1.0-9/12743578_10153509291488720_77532289743406696_n.jpg?oh=8da8daaa05e5b8823190b074080212bf&oe=576CF23C https://scontent.fhfa1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpl1/v/t1.0-9/12243231_10153509291423720_9006937724056950148_n.jpg?oh=fb273cea5f80f9daf57ee2ab7570dbc9&oe=57254E8A https://scontent.fhfa1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xaf1/v/t1.0-9/12669623_10153509291318720_5356872147319633110_n.jpg?oh=dac09c5830be4c86e01c8f8f0b1ec808&oe=5761A1D7 https://scontent.fhfa1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xlf1/v/t1.0-9/12729354_10153509290868720_4096861612367015090_n.jpg?oh=ae64c7e3b6dfe9698c3087a7e8e1219f&oe=5767388A https://scontent.fhfa1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xla1/v/t1.0-9/12670866_10153509289743720_1882243427022702929_n.jpg?oh=300b5886b8cac4cfabb4310f7d30fa26&oe=57251BF4 https://scontent.fhfa1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpt1/v/t1.0-9/12715729_10153509289693720_2360673817937021260_n.jpg?oh=7c5508e262e2d5f6a76efbeba1acdaec&oe=5761B5BF https://scontent.fhfa1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xfl1/v/t1.0-9/12742804_10153509289858720_1856877519203796026_n.jpg?oh=6cfa5d02927a2249cb517a8ff1a1f64a&oe=57374E4A https://scontent.fhfa1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpl1/v/t1.0-9/12717640_10153509289948720_6042431471504195677_n.jpg?oh=394f58b2512e13786c16f3e01f508b86&oe=57697752 https://scontent.fhfa1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xlt1/v/t1.0-9/12715427_10153509290348720_1700950238943511693_n.jpg?oh=0eecc5c0499bcefe5b22234364a486a2&oe=572E5E70 https://scontent.fhfa1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xtf1/v/t1.0-9/12742015_10153509290438720_4633721855534979708_n.jpg?oh=7457e13c865466c529ef88e94e4c5ae4&oe=576ED131 https://scontent.fhfa1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xtf1/v/t1.0-9/12715688_10153509290533720_3441597448087001277_n.jpg?oh=93c69e1045b0f97510de69acff62d33a&oe=576293FA https://scontent.fhfa1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpt1/v/t1.0-9/12728998_10153509290513720_1258940930915910315_n.jpg?oh=2d2113d47886a5724800027a5c90d1df&oe=57719F59 https://scontent.fhfa1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpl1/v/t1.0-9/12717543_10153509290858720_8081211746776498778_n.jpg?oh=73e1684ef7bb73006c5b05474de30cac&oe=57625522 thank you!!
  8. 1760 Antonio Gabrielle violin

    hi, i have this violin and i want to what is his value. thank you! P.S how do i upload pictures here??
  9. Antique Violin.

    This is currently my only old violin, claiming to be a Vuillaume copy, but I'm not sold that it goes further than the stamp/fake label. The instrument was recently set up and repaired to be in playing condition after being out of order for a very long time (came to me with open seams and the tailpiece glued to the top!) After being on the forums for a small amount of time (very small compared to the lifespan of a violin) I can guess the most likely answer to where the violin was made, but thought I'd ask anyway, just got my picture posting privilege so might as well use it while the instrument was at my local luthier, the original fittings (ebony) were removed and you can see that the violin has pins holding the neck and tail blocks in place (wooden pins, not nails.) I tried to picture the areas I noticed people normally ask for, if I missed something in my inexpert photoshoot, feel free to ask for it, but I doubt it'll be necessary. Thanks for looking! Also, my apologies that the photos are upside down, guess I'm not 100% proficient with an Ipad.
  10. Any idea what this once was? http://www.ebay.com/itm/FINE-OLD-ANTIQUE-18TH-CENTURY-VIOLIN-MADE-CA-1760-GRAFTED-NECK-FOR-RESTORATION-/251526072013
  11. Violin ID

    Hi there, Can someone perhaps offer their opinions on this violin? It came with a beautiful leather case which I will post pictures of tomorrow. In the case was a paper which shows a diagram of the interior of the violin. This paper was written and drawn by the last person who repaired it. On this paper, it says Violin made October 26, 1823. It also says Repaired July 23 1839. It also says "Taken to pieces by Wheatley", and with a signature, and dated Nov 29 1834. This is all written inside the violin aswell apparently. The diagram shows where it is written on the interior. About the violin: Lovely 1 piece maple back Grafted scroll (You can zoom in on the pictures to see the graft line. Nail in the button, and below the button (where the neck block is) Ebony fingerboard Inlaid Purfling Varnish worn/gone where your palm would be when playing up in high positions On the inside are a few cleats running along cracks, aswell as a soundpost patch. Any idea where this was made, if the date is legit, and what its value would be once repaired? Also can a specific model be identified on which it has been made? It has no label unfortunately, but as I mentioned above it says Violin made October 26 1823 on the inside. Here are some pictures. Feel free to request more (a specific angle) I also apologize for the blurryness on some photos, I took these pictures in a hurry. Thank You.
  12. Hello Everyone firstly i am new to this forum so i apologise if this is in the wrong place i recently came across these two antique Violin Bows, one is a Tourte branded one which i showed to some freinds and they thought it was of a very good quality. it measures 67.5cms long and it weighs 50grams including hair and grip which i understand is very light for a bow, it is also octagonal all the way down the shaft if anyone could help me ID this that would be great the other one is a round shaft non branded bow which measures approx 72cms long and weighs 56 grams Tourte 1 Tourte 2 unmarked 1 unmarked 2 thanks in advance steven
  13. Another violin ID question

    Hi, Someone I know recently got this violin. Can anyone maybe help a bit on the value, country of origin, anything that might be helpful. The violin's neck doesnt go into the violin top, so there is no neck overstand. The button is a different shape than usual, and the arching on the back is lower and not as round as you usually see. Someone who recently saw the violin said it had a baroque neck, but shouldnt it be straight with the body then? The neck is also quite thick from bottom to top. The label seems to read "Christ Fridr Meisel aus Klingenthal" and then something that looks like "181". The label is oval shaped. I had to take the pictures quickly in bad lighting, so I hope its good enough. Thank You.
  14. Imperial Violin

    Hi there. Ive been trying to find out a bit more about the Imperial line of violins. From what I could find, there are 2 different lines of these. One being German, and one being Japanese. Imperial violins have the flat shield-shaped piece of wood on the back of the scroll, with the words Imperial Violin written on. My question is, how do you tell the 2 types apart? How do I know if it is German, or Japanese. Ive seen a few pictures online, found about 3-4 Imperial Violins on Ebay in about 2 years, but I cannot seem to find anything consistant to it. A friend of mine has a Imperial violin, and what a lovely violin that is!!! It's sound is completely different from any other trade violin that Ive played on. Very loud (not in a bad way), warm, open with that "Old" wood sound to it, and it is extremely responsive. You hardly even have to touch the strings for it to make a lovely sound. Unfortunately I only have one crappy picture of it (Which I will post below), but I can describe it a bit more. 1. the violin has been revarnished (Terrible, I know, If only I knew what it looked like before it had been done!) 2. the purfling is VERY close to the edges. Much closer than usual. 3. the neck is much thinner, and the violin seems to be smaller aswell. Not 7/8 small, but a smaller 4/4 scale violin. 4. the label says Antonius Stradiuarius etc etc (The usual), and then underneath Made in Germany. This is what Im wondering about. Non of the other 4 imperial violins I saw online had the name of the place where it was made written on the label. 5. The violin has, on the back of the scroll, that shield piece, with a star-like logo, and written on Imperial Violin. 6. It is a lovely flamed one-piece back. 7. On the scroll it doesnt say the model it is based on, like some others Ive seen. Now what I meant earlier about not finding consistant things to these violins, is that some of the imperial violins Ive seen says on the back of the scroll what model it is. For instance: Imperal Violin Amati. or Imperial Violin Stradivarius. Only in this one case (My friend's violin), does it have the star on the scroll. Ive seen one other violin on Ebay that had the Star/sun shape on the button of the violin, and read about someone who says they also have that on their Imperial violin. One of the pictures Ive attached below says Lowendall Imperial violin. From what I read, they were made at his shop or sold by him or something. Again, inconsistant to other pictures ive found, since only this one says Lowendall Imperial Violin. Does someone perhaps have anymore info on these Imperial Violins? I read a few years back they usually either sound great, or terrible. No middle ground. Also about the purfling being so close to the edges that it seems to almost "jump" off. This is an ebay auction that ended today for a imperial violin. I wanted to buy it, but the seller didnt respond to my shipping cost question.. http://www.ebay.com/itm/IMPERIAL-ANTIQUE-VINTAGE-VIOLIN-23-5-STRING-MUSICAL-INSTRUMENT-/321162156569?ViewItem=&ssPageName=ADME%3AX%3AAAQ%3AUS%3A1123&item=321162156569&nma=true&si=yU3KHiltiFvT3XOMmkiACl67zvQ%253D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2557 (on the 5th picture, look at the button to see the sun-shaped carving) Below I will attach some pictures I found online, aswell as the one my friend plays. Again, sorry I dont have a better picture. The first one is the one that my friend plays. Only the first picture. Notice the purfling. Thank You for reading.
  15. Question: Violin Value

    Hi, Someone I know bought this violin last year, and I was wondering if anyone could shed some light on where it was made, a rough estimate on it's value, any information you might know. The label says Nicclaus Amatus Fecit in Cremona 16. The 2nd "C" in the name Nicclaus is most likely an "O", but the label ink is hard to read on some spots. Im uploading a few photos of the violin. As I said, any information would be helpful. Thank You.
  16. 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.
  17. Hi everyone. A little background, this violin is 1 of 6 violins that I have bought on Ebay as restoration projects (Sold 4 of those after restoring, I play one myself, and this is a violin that I now have available) Ok now to the question. This violin that I bought doesnt have any labels inside, but it is made on the pattern of a Stradivarius. When I saw the violin on ebay I just had to buy it. It has a beautiful 1 piece flamed back, aswell as lovely flames on the sides. The button (At the neck) was broken off and gone, so I had a chance to do my first button graft, and the neck was not attached to the violin. There was a few cracks around the endpin, and I had to replace a piece of the wood there, giving me a chance to do a rib graft. I also had to do a crack repair at the top left side of the front plate. It made a very nice restoration project. (Im teaching myself through the internet and books, and Im practicing on old inexpensive violins that I buy). I was wondering, what would the value of a violin like this be? I expect it to be German-made, but I'm not sure at all. For how much would a violin like this sell at a music shop or violin dealer who doesnt overcharge their customers? I know its hard to tell without hearing the violin, but from the photos, is there any way of telling if this violin is more valuble than I anticipated? The violin responds quickly when played, has a lovely, powerful, open, warm, sweet tone, and no wolftones could be found. Thank You. Hope there are some information that someone can give me. Links to photos: UPDATED! http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/35/img2013041800472.jpg/ http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/827/img2013041800473.jpg/ http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/801/img2013041800471.jpg/ http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/705/img2013041800470.jpg/ http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/607/img2013041800468.jpg/ http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/705/img2013041800480.jpg/ http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/560/img2013041800474.jpg/
  18. Is this a "Violin of Hope" ?

    I have recently inherited an old violin from my Grandmother. It was originally restored in 1938 by "Eugene Knowles" and restored again a few years ago. It almost identically resembles some of the "Violins of Hope" that have been restored by Amnon Weinstein. I am not sure of the original maker of the violin or the year it was made. Could this be of any real value? Please take a look at the link I have here to see pictures of the violin. Thank you ! http://norfolk.craigslist.org/msg/3640571666.html Best Regards, Dave Bell
  19. Vuillaume workshop rosin

    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
  20. 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
  21. Hello, i recieved this vioin as a gift from a relitive. i was wonderingh as to its origin, and approx. age. there is no lable inside only a reapir note on the inside of the back written in pencil. that reads "repaired by paul k kissner portland OR Jan 1913" it looks to have all four corner blocks and is a bit more yellow to the varnish in person. thanks http://s1309.beta.ph...ary/?view=media