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  1. I'm looking for some assistance in trying to determine the period in which a violin was made. For your perspective, I'm limited in experience having built just two violins, and have no experience in determining a violin's probable age or region of origin. The violin (pictured below) has no label, and I don't see evidence of label glue. I purchased the violin shown at auction. I got it on the cheap ($23 US). I thought it might be something beyond ordinary export grade based on the nicely figured wood, and that it appeared to have been played extensively. Some aspects of the craftsmanship would be considered to be poor by today's standards - but it does have character and the poor aspects are just symmetry issues. I have inspected it as best I can via external measurement and internal inspection with a mirror and peeping through the tailpiece pin hole. I noted the following aspects that might help identification: There is no neck block (it's a through neck); nor are there lower corner blocks. I don't believe there are upper corner blocks, but I haven't gotten a good look. The upper ribs appear to be inset into the neck. The plates are nicely formed. The fingerboard is stained. It is a firm wood, but I don't believe it is a hardwood. There is a tapered shim between the neck and fingerboard which is attached to the fingerboard. The shim appears to be a soft wood (a pine?). The neck is set between 4 and 5 degrees and the wedge adds 2 to 3 degrees. Both the neck and fingerboard have been channeled down their centers. Both the neck and fingerboard have the number "72" written in pencil in their channels, appearing 4 and 5 times respectively. On the lower end of both the neck and fingerboard channels, there is what appears to be a letter. It appears to me to be a stylized "E" or possibly a "G". There is plaster or similar material plugging both ends of the tunnel created by the fingerboard and neck channels. There is one locating pin which is on the lower belly (into the lower block). The purfling lines are clear/distinct/well defined, but they wander a bit. The f holes are pleasing, but they are positioned differently longitudinally by several millimeters (including their notches). It appears that the string length would be generous at about 335 to 337mm. You can't tell in the photo, but the belly is nicely figured (bear claw). The button is tapered such that it gets thinner as it progresses toward the neck. I do not see any obvious modifications to this instrument. The body dimensions are approximately: overall length excluding the button 14.25" (362mm); bout widths (upper/mid/lower) 167/111/213 at the plate edge, about 161/105/208 to outside of ribs; ribs are 32mm and not tapered; belly max height is slightly more than 17mm; back max height is slightly less than 15mm; f hole upper eyes are set 42mm apart. I don't know what exactly to make of this instrument. If anyone would like to provide me some guidance, I would be grateful. Thanks, Dave
  2. Can someone please help me identify this cello. I've found it on eBay and one of the images shows tag that says "fait à Mirecourt par le Maitre Luthier Amedée Dieudonné en 1936" and I don't know if it's legit or not. Back plate seems like it's from one piece of wood which I find odd. Any information is appreciated.
  3. A violin is being sold from Prague, Czech Republic, with a Socquet Label. I've seen threads about this maker before, and have seen violins with the label similar to the one below. My concern, however, is that the exact year in on this label was not specified: see that there's a 17 there, consistent to the maker being from the 1700s, but the last 2 digits were left blank. Are there any red flags as to the authenticity and value of this violin's age and label? Personally I don't care if this is a high value violin or not, would just like to know if the label is genuine, and if it's actually from the 18th century and not a 'fake' modern antique-ized violin. Here are additional photos of this violin:
  4. Hello everyone, Just wondering if anyone out there can please help me find information about a possible violin maker by the name of Francis Roberts. I recently saw a violin with the handwritten label, Francis Roberts London 1926. So far, my search online has been rather futile. Will take some photos next time I am in the shop. It has a lovely tone and a reasonable price tag. Would be grateful for any clues, hints or tips how to find out who this maker is.. Thank you,
  5. Hello, I have a mystery violin, and I would greatly appreciate help if anyone is willing to take a look. I don't think it is valuable, but I am more interested in whether it is worth cleaning up and if it could be a decent playing instrument. I am not a player, so I really have no idea how to assess this instrument. I am considering having it re-strung and donating it to the youth orchestra in San Francisco where I live, but I am not sure if it is worth it. I don't want to burden them with a worthless problem. On the other hand, if it is more valuable than a modern student model violin, I might prefer to sell it and just donate the money to the orchestra. Here's how it came into my possession: My uncle passed away recently and left this violin to me, among some other things that I am sorting through. He believed it to be a noble antique of some sort, but in truth he struggled with Alzheimers for the past 12 years. I certainly can't keep the instrument, but I would like to see it go to some sort of use and make a donation in his name. When I was a kid, the owner of a local music store gave me a great deal on an old saxophone. He practically gave it to me, and it made a big difference in my life, so I'd like to pass on the favor with this violin if possible. Here's what I know about it: My uncle got this violin sometime between 1991 and 1999. It's difficult to pinpoint, but definitely not later than 1999. I have no idea where or how he got it. He did play it until 2005 or so, and he had several other violins. My own investigation: It has a stamp inside one f-hole that reads "Joannes Varotti Fecit Bononiae Anno 17," but in the other side it says "MADE IN NIPPON." So, I assume this is a Japanese knock-off, but I'm still really curious as to how old it might be and if it is a quality instrument or not. My dictionary translation of the Latin is "Made by Joannes Varotti in Bologna in the year 17." 17 A.D. seems a little implausible, so I am trying to interpret this date some other way. There do not appear to be any additional digits after the 17. Some of the stamp is faded, but I see no traces of any ink after the 17. I lived in Japan for a while, so my first thought was to interpret this as a Japanese date. Heisei 17 is 2005, which is not possible since I know the violin was made before 1999. Shōwa 17 is 1942, which would make the instrument a lot older than my initial guess and produced in the middle of WWII. Meiji 17 is 1884, which seems too old for a "MADE IN NIPPON" stamp. None of these dates make much sense to me. I have no knowledge of violin construction methods, but just looking at the latches on the case, I would think it was made sometime in the 1970s. Additionally, the fingerboard has "Czebalski" written in pencil and there is a pitchpipe in the case that reads "Made in Czechoslovakia." I'm guessing this was the owner before my uncle. My sleuthing is pretty much at an impasse, but hopefully someone here will take a look at the pictures and shed some more light. Please let me know if any measurements or closer views would be helpful As a new user, I can't post photos. Here is a link to a Flickr album https://flic.kr/s/aHskLU7t3b
  6. http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10154923840977662&set=pcb.10154923841412662&type=3&theater Interested in opinions on who may have made this violin. Acquired from a horse trader circa 1950s/60s in Idaho. Fake labeled JB Guad. Came with tattered Lyon and Healy "certificate of authenticity". May have had some connection to Weisshaar in L.A. Beautiful dark viola-like sound. Rather heavy fiddle. Suggested by Bill Moennig that it might have been made by Sgarabotto.
  7. Hello, everyone! It was suggested to me to try this forum for an inquiry about my new cello. I just bought a lovely instrument of unknown origin. My best guess is late 19th/early 20th century German manufacture, but I'm just a player. The label on the inside is largely removed apart from this tiny piece, and I was wondering if anyone had any thoughts on what it could be? Many thanks for your time!
  8. I'm having a hard time figuring out the origin of this instrument. It seems to have a lot of French attributes. It is 24" long, French boxwood pegs with MOP inlay, the saddle could be from anywhere I suppose, and the scroll looks to be French. The top and back both are one piece, which is another clue I think. Also the ribbing seems to be more present than normal German violins from the 19th century (if it is from that period) My confusion is in the varnish. There is no label. If you can identify a maker, Chanot, Schweitzer, even Peter Wamsley maybe (here's hoping), that'd be great. Any help is appreciated. Thank you! [/url]">http:// [/url]">http:// [/url]">http://http://s1045.photobucket.com/user/Maestrojobo1/media/2015-06-29%2020.17.52_zpspzc4f06s.jpg.html'>
  9. Hi, Does anyone know about a maker named Russel Hunter. I am thinking of buying this violin signed Russel Hunter. Is it American made or Chinese? I would have posted pics , but I can not figure out how too. Thanks,
  10. Hello! I need help to Identify this old upright bass. I been searching the net and came up with nothing. I emailed some people but no luck! Please help me with your wisdom! Caution: Images May be HUGE!
  11. I have seen many threads where people ask for an ID of their random violin, and people always can chime in with ideas of places. This just amazes my untrained eye. So I have to wonder, what do you look for in a old French violin?
  12. Dear All, Recently my godfather passed away and left a fairly considerable number of assorted stringed instruments and bows to me in his will. Despite being a professional violinist I am woefully ignorant when it comes to identifying instruments and wondered whether anyone on here could help? These two violins seem to be the most recent in the collection and despite not having been played for about fifteen years are still incredibly responsive. Apologies for the quality of the photos, the lighting in the house is incredibly poor. Thanks in advance. http://imgur.com/a/jJwyj#0
  13. I have decided to make a new string color ID reference guide. http://www.shawnboucke.com/string-color-id.html I need to alter some things already, but I cannot do it until I get home tonight. I plan to make the beads match the actual colors on the peg ends as well. (Ex.I believe all of Pirastro is black). I want to keep this up to date, and extremely accurate. If you have any changes that need to be made, or news ones that I have forgotten please let me know. Pictures would be amazing because I could just match hose specific colors. Thank you.