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Hi everyone, 5 years ago I started a topic on this website to find the origin of my violin. I got only one suggestion to take it to a violin builder, but up to date still no clear answer about the origin of my violin. I found out it is a Maggini model. A little bit of history: This violin belonged to my great grandfather. He worked and lived close to the French border in Belgium, and traveled a lot in Europe. I got his violin from my grandmother (his daughter) when I started playing the violin myself 25 years ago. However, it was too big at that time (I was still a child), and I quit playing before I actually could use it. Since then this violin has been safely stored in my living room. I have a pictures of him playing it around the 2nd worldwar. Don't know when exactly he bought the violin. By chance I took it out 5 years ago and noticed a label with the following text: Paul Bailly, luthier à Lille, élève de Jean-Baptiste vuillaume à Paris 1870 With some sort of stamp: PB I took this violin to a violin builder years ago after the start of a topic on this forum , who did an examination of the violin (kept the violin for 1 week). Afterwards he told me he and his colleague were not sure, and thought it might be just a German violin, based on the imperfection on the back ( the vertical scar), but they were not very conclusive/sure. They also examined the inside, guess they used a scope, because they left a lot of scratches. I had a good look this afternoon. The label looks very basic, can't find an identical one on the internet. The proximal border is also curved from a certain point, like it has been cut very sloppy. Description as mentioned above. The good thing is that it has a signature of him on the back wall of the violin, signing with PAUL BAILLY 1881 high up the right side of the back, difficult/not visible on the pictures but in a very similar handwriting then signatures available on the internet and it looks quite authentic. Would you think they would copy a PAUL BAILLY in the early 20th century, our could this be an original violin? Why would they copy a rather unknown violin builder at that time? And do the copies also have a signature? What do you think? I found this about Paul Bailly on the internet and it seems to fit.. Born at Mirecourt, 1844. Pupil of Jules Galliard and Vuillaume. Worked at Lille and Douai. Returned to Mirecourt 1871 - moved to Paris 1880 - lived at Brussels - had a brief sojourn in America - worked at Reims - came to London - worked for Harry Dykes at Leeds. Finally settled at Paris 1899. Died 1915. Exceptionally gifted with rapid dexterity - produced about 2,000 specimens, each of exemplary neatness etc. Particularly expert copyist of the Italians from Maggini to Guarnerius; also built many replicas of the Vuillaume style, made from Swiss chalet pine, 200 years old. Especially successful in imparting a non-new tonal quality. Various shades of varnish - brilliant red perhaps favoured. Please your advice/opinion. Thanks, Edward https://ibb.co/jcLLaV https://ibb.co/hOerhA https://ibb.co/cKx59q https://ibb.co/i2ErhA https://ibb.co/jVHivV https://ibb.co/fsoOvV https://ibb.co/nphGFV https://ibb.co/nphGFV https://ibb.co/iCydUq https://ibb.co/gYCivV https://ibb.co/kBnGFV https://ibb.co/mrvghA https://ibb.co/heSivV
I found these YouTube recordings by Cristian Fatu testing out some violins the other day (both modern violins and old). For those interested in tonal qualities between different makers this is a reasonably fair comparison...or as much as it can be given the circumstances. http://www.youtube.com/user/1900Studio/videos