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Hello, I'm looking for information about Antonij Joannes Guadagnini (working around 1750) Does anybody have information about this maker? I searched the internet but I can't find anything. Did this maker even excist? Any help will be very welcome!
Hi everyone, I'm new to this site, and have been trawling around in here for hours - there is so much cool stuff on here! And so many knowledgable folk. I've been playing the violin about 2 years, so am still quite rubbish as you might imagine, but have just treated myself to a lovely new violin. The label says (as well as I can read it) Joannes Jais me fecit Bulsani in Tyroli 17 I found this post: www.maestronet.com/forum/index.php?/topic/332205-joannes-jais-violin-id/?hl=%2Bjoannes+%2Bjais and was wondering if i could ask the same question about my violin. I just naively assumed that the label was true. Having said that, the shop I bought the violin from told me it was about 1850, and this guy was dead by then, plus the label has "17" on it - so already it doesn't really add up. So I've been investigating and I am completely confused now. Does anyone know whether it might be genuine or not? Or if not - perhaps what period it might be? Or where it might have come from? Or is it a modern fake? It is a lovely looking instrument (well I think so anyway..), and has a really dark mellow tone. It sounds like warm molasses. Although sadly not when I play it.. The shop told me it was German in origin. I have taken a load of pictures and stuck them here: http://s296.photobucket.com/user/Penelope_the_Duck/slideshow/ I would be so appreciatlive of any information anyone might be able to give me, as I would love to know the origins of my instrument if anyone might know or have some vague idea? Many thanks 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!