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Hi! I've had this violin for about 10 years now, my very first own violin, but I was so young at the time I never remembered its origin. I remember the violin maker and dealer telling me it was between 75 and 120 years old (so 85 - 130 now). There's no label inside, just one the violin maker put in with some kind of number (I'm guessing for some kind of database). Pictures are down below (some are upside down, sorry for that, I don't know why that happened), it sounds warm and soft (I chose it for its sound after a blind test, I was like 10 though and inexperienced). I've asked other people and someone came with Schonbach, which sounds plausible. I was wondering how they would specifically know it to be Schonbach and not Markneukirchen though, does anyone know the difference between those two? Also, I paid about €1000 for it, isn't that on the expensive side for a Schonbach? I bought it at a specialized violin maker and dealer though, I wouldn't think they overprice their violins. Any ideas on this? Is this actually from Schonbach or are there other possibilities? Was €1000 a good price for this or did I pay too much? EDIT: I remember now that this violin was slightly on the big side as I have long arms: the body is about 36 cm and as a whole the violin is at least 60 cm.
Hi everyone! Ordering my storage room I found this violin purchased cheap about 10-12 years ago. As you can see its state is shaby, a pity. There are many cracks (restored and not) and seems re-varnished for decoration...Probably the scroll and neck is from another instrument, I don't know. Most probably a restoration don't worth. However I think in the past was a good violin due its manufacture (the back seems particularly handsome). Would be great know your opinion about its age and origin. A french or german Strad copy from mid to late XIX century perhaps? Thanks a lot in advance!
Hi all, I am currently looking to purchase a new cello. I'd like to gather some opinions on the instrument (can someone let me know how to upload photos?) and its authenticity. I am a player myself and know relatively little about makers and origins. It has rather large F-holes and a beautiful one-piece back (maple). The label reads: "Joannes Valletianus fecit Matrito anno 1799". Has anyone heard of this maker or seen and of his work? The varnish is mainly orange with hints of deeper red. The varnish on back is slightly harder and shinier. The back length is 752 mm. It has a fantastic sound (very rich and deep bass. Recently performed it alongside a G.B. Gabrielli instrument - the sound qualities were similar). I will post photos as soon as I understand how. Thanks a lot!