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Hello all. I've been lurking here since my 8 year old daughter announced she would like to learn the violin at the beginning of the year. Money is very limited at the moment so we thought a Stentor 2 would be ok for the price and it's doing fine for what she needs at this stage. Anyway, I thought it might be nice to get myself a cheap violin and practice with her, some mum/daughter time, I have no musical experience but it's never too late to learn. So I've been trawling the web (I know...not the best idea) and I've ended up with a second hand/vintage violin with a Marc Laberte label. I've read every thing possible about his workshops and Terriers site. (As much as I could understand and manually translate, lol), and I think it may be genuine, although I wouldn't be surprised if it is not. I didn't pay too much and I still have a nice violin to play with in the end. I'll take it in to her teacher to see how it sounds - hopefully better than it sounds with my 'hot cross buns' rendition! It's out of tune, too, so she may help me with that. I'm hoping it will also be good enough for my daughter to go onto as she progresses. The label is a Marc Laberte label with the two 8 string instruments, but it doesn't have the " Fais sous la Direction de" or any other label with copy details. I'm wondering (if it's genuine) if it is still a copy of one of the masters, and if so...would the knowledgeable folk here be able tell what copy it is just by looking at it? I've been through the catalogues and they make reference to this kind of label from what I could gather, but I couldn't really find any violins relating. I'm not sure if the photos will show properly, but it has black outlines on the scroll and on the side joins (c joins?), the purfling is quite close and fine and very close to the edge it seems to me, and there are cleats along the bottom of the inside bottom join. It's quite red in colour depending on the light in the room. The flaming on the back is nice, the lines appearing and disappearing, I couldn't really capture it in photos, but it's there. It also came in what is probably its original black violin shape case with a green lining, also in pretty good condition. (We are located in Australia) Thank you.
So I'm a relative beginner at the violin. I apparently have a Laberte "D. Soriot" labeled violin that I bought secondhand for a low price a while back. I've been playing it for the last year, and the sound is very good for a low end instrument. However, the previous owner(s) treated it like crap, had some older repairs done (notably on the neck/fingerboard), and it needs a bunch of repairs (cracks, raise fingerboard etc.) that will cost around the same price as another low-end violin, and I'm nearing the level where I probably should upgrade. I've been wondering if it would be worth it to have the luthier do the repairs or if I should just wait until I can afford a better instrument. Anyway, to help me decide, I figured I'd try to see if anyone had any guesses as to whether it's an actual D. Soriot, since the only indication is a simple label with a typo and no accent marks: "D. SOIOT luthier ecole francaise" Despite being beaten up, the sound is quite nice and has impressed a few violin players that I've shown it to, and the violin itself came with a "FRANCE" import marked "F.N. VOIRIN A PARIS" bow, which, while obviously not a genuine 19th century Voirin, nevertheless might suggest a certain trend for whoever used to own this violin and paired it with this bow. Anyway, here's some pictures I took. Thanks for any advice: