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  1. After trying countless bows, I have finally settled on this "modern" german copy of hr pfretzschner. Price range was up to about 4.5K and this exceeded my expectations and was a lot cheaper than I expected. The bowmaker was not sure who it was made by though. I'm open to any guesses. I liked it better than the Nurnberger I had tried as well. It doesn't look like your typical German trade bow to me.
  2. bsharma8

    German Bow

    Back again with the random bows. Clearly the screw does not belong. Was trying this with a recently made bow by a nearby luthier and def preferred the sound to the newer one. Guessing your typical german trade bow. No markings. Seems like an XV on the inside on the frog.
  3. Says Albert Schuster but Coat of Arms? Isn't that H.R.Pfretzschner?
  4. bsharma8

    German Bow

    Anyone have any idea about this? No Idea who Schuller is. 8DBB8B4E-27AD-49DB-A607-9FB25638DD15.heic 2B53ACC3-9F7D-48C2-B7DA-F33F1BD8CE14.heic A373B6AC-4587-4AE8-B70E-F63FFAAA8BAC.heic D501FC9C-DFC8-4AD0-960E-4BEEFBC8844E.heic 738783D5-9F82-437A-AF97-9ED267330526.heic EDB51D93-68C4-4353-8800-6C04245C9480.heic C71B711E-AC3F-46E2-98AC-6838DFDBF8D3.heic D3CF978A-E80F-41EE-86FA-573F890F5F37.heic
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. Hi all, Would anyone be able to give me some information on the identity or value of this violin? It is over 100 years old and has had a repair to the body. Looking for a date or country of origin, all I can see is some old German text. Please let me know if you need anything else. Your help is greatly appreciated. Thank you.
  8. 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!
  9. Better pics this time, I hope! I’m very interested in what it takes to identify violins by pics. I hope I can learn some helpful advice and possibly get some ideas on the origin of my fiddle at the same time. The violin has some warping of the top from the neck pulling through the years. It causes the top to look square when I believe if it were new it would have been rounder next to the neck. Plus it’s made the top puff up around the neck joint. Just saying the disfigured top may be deceiving. An old Lete repair label with the “Repaired by” cut off. No label. Any other photo I need
  10. Hello all! I was hoping to seek some advice from this community on an upcoming restoration attempt I will be beginning. As a long time violin player, I recently rescued a ca. 1920s-1930s German "factory violin" from the trash. I have always toyed with the idea of attempting to build a violin or guitar and this seems like an opportunity to get some "free" education and experience. I am aware that a violin such as this is essentially worthless and many professionals would say that it is not worth the time/money put into it, but I have the time and access to the tools to make me conf
  11. I have an old German factory cello I am getting into playable shape and I am wondering what the general consensus is with machine head pegs? I think they are clunky and unattractive and would like to replace with regular pegs. Thoughts?
  12. Not a remarkable bow, by any means, but the playability is quite a bit better than most German cottage bows I have owned. Pernambuco is well-figured, in my opinion. Regardless, it is just a standard nickel-mounted German bow circa 1960. Have I overlooked something?
  13. Help on identifying this violin bow? Reminds me of Knopf school bows. Tip plate is made out of silver I think and is pinned. Underslide is pinned twice. Length is around 71.5cm without adjuster, 73cm with adjuster. https://www.flickr.com/photos/152316993@N07/albums/72157710193863751
  14. Happened across this violin. Can anyone tell me if it is any decent or not? Thanks!
  15. Hello everyone, This is a photoset of my violin, an antique from 1880s Germany (or possibly the German-speaking part of what is now the Czech Republic). As you can see, it is rather large all around, with beautiful flamed-maple back and ribs and a gorgeous red varnish. It's extremely heavy, and I've gotten so used to it that some of my professional friends' violins feel like toys in my hand. Even my viola is significantly lighter. It's not incredibly obvious from photos, but the scroll leans back quite a bit further than a normal violin. The pegs are custom viola pegs because violin
  16. I’m liking the look of this! https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.com%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F201606427729
  17. Hello, I’ve had this for a little bit of time, but thought I would share. It was traded for 2 pups out of a litter. Since puppies are priceless, I believe that makes this violin priceless Oh well, looks a bit Saxon to me. Thought I would share! Tried to get a shot of a corner block, but didn’t quite work out.
  18. My Mom gave us her cello about 5 years ago that she has had most of her life and she is now almost 70. It has part of a marking on the inside that says "made in Germany", but that is the only identification I can find. We are going to have to sell it and I don't have any idea what maker it is from or what general price I should try to sell it at. She played it in many orchestras and other cellists thought it had a wonderful sound. Any help you could provide would be wonderful! Thank you. -Jonathan
  19. Hello, I' have this violin and need some opinions about age and origin, no label inside but there have a hand write ink iscription " Ripr. nel 1938 ...... La Porta" I'd be grateful some opinions!!!
  20. 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
  21. Looking for this violin which was listed in the Lyon & Healy 1924 catalog. I realize it's a fake, but am still interested in perhaps purchasing it (obviously not for $500 - hah! won't go to 5 figures, though) Let me know ifyou know who might have it! Thanks. "SEBASTIAN KLOTZ, MITTENWALD, 1772. Number 6930. A well developed model. Back, one piece birds-eye maple; top, spruce of the choicest selection for tone. The varnish is of a brownish color. The instrument is in a fine state of preservat
  22. I have an old cello, dated to about 1800, that we always thought did not have a maker's signature, but a luthier who is doing some small work on it now discovered something that looks like a signature written on the underside of the top, which I am so excited about as I have always wondered what tales my instrument could tell. The writing is directly on the wood and has smudged significantly. It looks as though it may be a signature of either a maker or repairman (someone or other R. Frank), with the word Hamburg and D.R.P.(?) written below. I wondered if anyone might be able to shed some ligh
  23. Hello all I have this violin on approval. It is offered to me as a decent factory German violin with a better than expected sound. Does anybody have any further insight on it? Any indications as to a more specific location or maker? It has an embossed number on the end of the fingerboard, difficult to photograph which reads 4NO2T2, its been suggested to men that this is a workshop stamp, probably from when the fingerboard was replaced. Regards BB
  24. So this was found in a case with one of those factory-made "HOPF" violins and I was kind of just curious if anyone could answer a few questions. Like, how do they work? Why aren't they popular anymore? When were they most popular? Thanks in advance
  25. So a friend of mine bought this violin at a small auction and got it for $70. He then decided he didn't really want it and gave it to me a few months later. Lucky Me! Well I restored it by removing the black patch of rosin build up and taking it to a luthier to have a few seams re-glued. After the restorations, the violin plays great and has a set of dominant strings on it which respond very well. (And yes, I know the images display D'addario prelude strings. I purchased the dominants a few months after these pictures were taken). I then had a conversation with my local luthier trying to deter