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Found 5 results

  1. Terrini

    C.F Hopf?

    I just got a violin have a Hopf stamp inside. I'm wondering if it is real. And, how much would it worth? Thanks.
  2. Here are some pictures of the Quittenbachtal in winter taken 20 years ago. (Strange thing is the Tal (valley) is up in the mountains.) This is the place where the Hopf family had their farm. Unfortunately the house is not there any more. Back then thw historian of Markneukirchen violin makers, Mr. Zoebisch, could only tell me that according stories from hearsay it was close to some plum trees still standing there. Supposedly the Hopfs started violin making because there was no farm work in winter quite similar to Italian makers in the Marches (Celani and others). So the pictured landscape somehow illustrates how it looked like 200years ago. The first picture shows an old farmhouse which gives an impression how the house of the Hopf family might have looked like. Interesting thing I heard from Mr. Zoebisch as well was that he looked for the birth record of David Hopf and didn't find any. There are however some members by the name of Christian David. Another thing worth mentioning is that there are two different brand stamps by David Hopf all made with single letter stamps. DAVID HOPF and dAVId HOPF It took me a while to understand that the second stamp had the lowercase d because they must have lost the uppercase D. They solved the problem by reversing the uppercase P to make the lowercase d.
  3. Can anyone help me with if this is a copy or a real HOPF violin? My Daughter wants to buy it, but I don't know if it's worth the repair cost to bring it back to life... thanks in advance for any of your thoughts.
  4. gabnash

    Refinishing

    I recently bought a late 19th century factory made violin by Hopf that is in need of some TLC as a project suitable for a noob. The pegs, nut and tailpiece will need replacing, which shouldn’t be too tricky. However the varnish, particularly on the belly is badly worn in places. So what’s the best way to tackle this? Also the fingerboard has light streaks. What’s the best means of staining it uniformly black?
  5. Hi, This is the 'old' violin whose odd looking bridge and finer tuner were posted in the following thread http://www.maestronet.com/forum/index.php?/topic/331713-please-help-id-the-bridge-and-the-fine-tuner/#entry656660 I am looking for more info regarding this violin. The scroll was very well grafted. I had to look at it carefully to believe it is an acutal graft, not hand drawn. However, most of the seemmingly cracks on the violin are hand drawn black lines. There is one actual crack on the right top F hole. I am guessing this violin is made around 1850's in the Bohemian region. Hope the experts here could provide more info. It seems to imitate an even earlier style from the 1700's, basing on the fake cracks. Thank you and Happy Holidays. What appear to be cracks are acutally black lines drawn onto the violin