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  1. I wonder what region or time period these corner blocks are more typical (German/Italian?) Please advise, if you have some info about this type of construction. I am a student and my friend thinks his violin is a Tononi.
  2. I paid only a few dollars for this when I was looking to try out a "baroque violin." Eventually got a good period instrument and this one now decorates a shelf at mom's. No corner blocks and at one time had painted purfling. So I don't expect this to be anything marginally decent. But I've always liked the looks of it. Just for the chance of an exception, I thought I'd ask Can anyone shed some light on the where, when, and why of this violin? Thank you !
  3. Hello Some time ago I have acquired quite interesting violin from fresh post second World War period. It is well known that it was a very difficult time for people in many countries, especially in Europe. Like Jakob Saunders wrote: This particular one was made as one of his last by semi-amateur (semi-professional?) who actually made circa 70 violins during his lifetime. As one can see from photos there's an issue - back plate corners bend. Is it due to corner blocks not going to the very corner? Maybe gluing wasn't just good right there? Should I replace them as I already took the belly off? Thanks, JM
  4. Hello MN members, Hope I sized the pics properly. I have never posted but followed MN for years hoping to learn something. I have collected violins for years before following this site but knew nothing about them. I am uncertain on this violin, and have had it a long time. Should I have it repaired? Let's see if I have learned from the masters here how to identify violin traits. The saddle is cut into the top plate. Looks to be an early 1700's Strad copy, cheeked pegbox with the scroll cut nicely but not relieved a lot, the duck's tail more pronounced toward the neck heel. C-bout pointy linings cut into Willow? Pine? I dont know how to tell Lower wings of f-holes are slightly fluted. Purfling is well done IMHO, yet no bee stings close to the c-bout tips. It has the name of a previous owner in Boston circa 1920's inside on the back so I am guessing American, early 20th century, maybe Boston. Did I fail miserably?
  5. I have tried to look up some specifici information about corner blocks, but it was eluding me... I know what corner blocks are - little pieces of wood...mostly spruce or soft wood... I know where corner blocks are - 4 of them...2 at each C bout I know what corner blocks are for - to provide greater area to glue the plates to and to provide added stability I know that violins with corner blocks are preferred to violins without corner blocks and that many less expensive violins were (and still are) made without them. I also know that old violins have done perfectly fine...for 100s of years...without having corner blocks and that it doesn't necessarily reflect in the selling price of the instrument. But I don't quite see how you 'install' them (glue them on the form and then file them to shape? And I can't figure out how the rib linings seem to ooze into them. How/why do you do that? Thanks for your patience!