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  1. I always get asked what happened to my violin... and the answer is I do not know! It was like this when I bought it and it doesn’t bother me because I think it adds character and an identifying feature. No crack, just a surface abrasion of some sort. Any theories as to what caused this? I wish I knew because I am very curious of a person, haha. Is this damage anything I should be concerned about fixing/restoring? My luthier didn’t think so but I’m not sure if this can even be restored if I’d want to in the future? Thanks!
  2. Hey folks! My first post here! I got a violin from a friend in Germany that I'm trying to find out about its origins, who the maker might be, all that stuff, but I have very little to go by, since it's unlabeled. Inside, I found a big 'S' branded on the upper block, and what seems to be the letters 'C S' branded on the top plate and the bass bar. The corner blocks are flush with the ribs and the linings go over them instead of into them. On the back, south of the bass F-hole, I found some pencil scribbles that read "C.S.- = 2 1936". It has been suggested that might not be the date it was made, but the date it was repaired. The scroll style seems a lot like I've seen on violins from Schönbach... It had some cracks that were repaired sometime in the past, but overall is in good condition. I got it all cleaned up and set up, but still the mystery of where and who made it continues! Has anyone ever seen one like this before?
  3. 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
  4. Hi everyone, this is a violin that my orchestra director has let me use to see if I am interested in purchasing it. It sounds beautiful, I just have some questions about it that I would like to get cleared. I also have a violin bow that I purchased last year that has very little information available. The certificate says that it has an effaced label of GUIDANTUS. The varnish is very retouched. The body length is 13 7/8" scant. Also, it writes that it is a flat model and that both the top and back is completely lined with a strip of ebony. It could have been decorative and protection from further wear. What is the actual reason? Is this style of repair a style of a certain school of violin making? The scroll is also grafted to a new neck and I can see the new wood. The bow is labeled A. FRACALOSSI and is mounted with only MOP and no silver. The violin was appraised in 2002 for 25,000 USD and is being sold for 7,500 USD. The bow was bought for 1,350 USD. Is the violin worth it? I also would like to just know a little more of both of these beautiful instruments. Thank you!