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  1. This violin is being restored I only have pictures of what he has sent me. We believe it is from 1801 to 1850. He found this label inside anyone can give me thoughts or information on it I would like to include it with the violin. Any information will be appreciated very much. I have tried for a month to ID with no luck. There was newspaper clippings inside case I included the pictures
  2. Good morning In brief, I have recently come into possession of a violin claiming to be a 1898 Collin-Mezin. However, I'm not 100% convinced by this, mainly due to the varnish. I own an authentic Collin-Mezin from 1890s and it has an almost golden varnish that shows off the woodgrain beneath (see the two photos of the violins together). The new one, however, is darker and not well-finished (there is even a fingerprint in it!) Also it is untidy where the ribs meet the face and back. All this could be due to an inexpert luthier opening her up and having a crack at redoing the finish, I don't know. The label and pencil signature look okay, though I'm pinning nothing on that. The black inking on the scroll and rib joins, though, are somewhat more convincing. I have only had access to one other C-M so I'm in the dark here. I'm not even knowledgeable enough to know whether it's based on a Strad, del Gesu or some other shape... I would massively appreciate any help you could give me on deciding whether this is authentic or not. Thank you Images are in the following dropbox folder: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/iwbroizpj3sdpi9/AACrTbhAJGMKSbjmmriYKOWSa?dl=0 I had hoped the light would be better so I have used ambient light (murky sunlight!) and flash to give as good a representation of colour as I can.
  3. For those interested in having a violin potentially identified (and not all can be identified solely based on photos regardless), please take some basic photos of your instrument. Photographs must be clear (not blurry) and well-lit (so details show). Do not have a distracting background (such as patterned tablecloths or bedding). Do not photograph the instrument from odd angles. Please provide the following basic shots: 1. Body, Front and Back 2. Body, Right side and left side, to show the arching 3. Scroll, Front and back 4. Scroll, Right side and left side 5. Detail of f-hole and C-bout (shows the purfling) 6. Saddle 7. Label (be aware that labels are often faked, replaced with labels from other instruments, and may be of little value. You may also want to add additional photographs of interest, such as a neck graft, repairs, anything that strikes you as unusual that may make the instrument easier to identify. A violin can be 'stood' upright on a sturdy container, such as a heavy water glass or jar or small sturdy bowl. Please ensure that the instrument will not fall while being photographed. Example*: *These photographs were taken by YitaMusic. I own the violin itself.
  4. Hello my good friends, I am in the process of acquiring an oddity, if you will, for my 2-year-old. After months of back and forth, bartering, and persistence, I've struck a deal with a local luthier and all around good guy for the violin pictured on the left. The violin on the right is a 1/8 sized violin and its origins have been hotly and extensively analyzed on this thread: http://www.maestronet.com/forum/index.php?/topic/329805-oops-i-did-it-again-another-ebay-violin-18-another-bass-bar-crack/ - this is a good read with real opinions from experts around the world, including a beautifully written response to the debacle in french by Roland Terrier, a catholic priest, and our own band of experts (Herr Saunders, Dr. Swan, Mr. Face etc.) I believe the instrument on the left to be a 1/16 violin, does that look right compared to the 1/8? For now this is the only image that I have of the tiny one. The luthier is going to give it to me with 4 working pegs. I will cut the bridge and possibly get a tailpiece with fine tuners as I can only imagine the difficulties of tuning a tiny 1/16 with the pegs. Should I get a set of strings that is made for a small violin or can I put on full-sized strings? The violin on the right (The Frankentiddle) has full-sized strings on as we speak that appear to work fine. Thank you in advance for your analysis, comments, insults, humor, and general additions to my post involving this tiny little curiosity. Where was this violin made and when? I should have this in hand in the next week or two and I will certainly add more images. Cheers, BassClef
  5. http://www.ebay.com/itm/4-4-Beautiful-Violin-old-Italian-Labeled-VARAGNOLO-FERRUCCIO-PADOVANO-1910-/291037241343 Still in the beginner stages of learning to identify fiddles. This violin looks MKN to me. Just wanted to have a bit of an idea of it's age. Maybe later than I thought and could be Bubenreuth? Is the varnish typical? Thank you all.
  6. This unlabeled violin came into my shop a few weeks ago. Who, what, where and when? Any feedback regarding identification would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.