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Since we have spoken a couple of times about violins that were built by letting the ribs into a grove in the back, and the significance of this for identification purposes, I would like to post some pictures of a back that loiters in my junk box. One sees this phenomena occasionally on antique violins, the majority of which do not have a convincing label. To date, one can say (from ones with authentic looking labels) that this building method was used in very early Füssen violins (Kleinhans for instance) old Paris ones (I had a Le Pilleur) and some Flemish ones (I can’t remember any names). It would seem important to remember and note any with this building method with authentic labels, so to narrow down where violins could be from when one notices this trait. This one is slightly different from usual, since it has what looks like a possibly kosher label, but I cannot make head or tail of it (the label). Can anyone tell me what it says? The back has a pronounced grove all the way around, sharp towards the back outline, and sloping down to that from the inside of the back. One can clearly see that the fiddle originally had a “through neck”. It has painted purfling, and excruciatingly long narrow corners.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Beautifully-flamed-4-4-Violin-1part-back-violon-needs-repair-NOT-COMPLETE-/131220763630?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item1e8d5df3ee Any idea as to origin of this one? How much would the value be affected were one to carve a new top plate? (Since the original is missing) Thank you.
http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Lovely-Old-HOPF-Baroque-VIOLIN-Vintage-Antique-/251545466562 Have been reading with interest the discussions on rib joins and neck attachments. On the above violin, is this a through neck and are the ribs the "built on the back" type? If not, what type are they? Also what is the strange square and circle in the middle of the top plate likely to be?