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  1. The photos are of an old bow that I have. The question is about what I assume is mother of pearl on the eyes, the adjuster, and the slide. I've never seen a bow where the MOP looks somewhat primitive like this. Is that just an indication of the age of the bow, or just amateurish workmanship? Since it is somewhat unique, is it worth having the MOP repaired when I get the bow rehaired? I've never had this bow rehaired, so I'm not sure if it's a good player or not. In fact, i'm not even sure it is worth rehairing, but just curious about the MOP. Thanks.
  2. ViolinQuestion2018

    Rudoulf Doetsch VL701

    What is your opinion on this line of violins?
  3. gypsygirl

    Medio Fino Student Violin

    Just wondering if anybody could help me determine the authenticity of this violin. Purchased at an estate sale and was wondering if it’s even worth restoring. In person and has more of a reddish tone to the wood. On the inside it is stamped Medio Fino , and on the opposite side ( inside ) is a logo and initials JTL. I also can’t tell if those are actual cracks or just deep scratches on the back at the bottom. Thank you for time !
  4. ModMoon

    Info on Bow

    I aquired bo at estate sale. Just looking for information on its authenticity and worth ? It has an octogonalvshape and wood is in excellent Condition . Sorry photos aren’t great.
  5. Hi there I want to buy a few quality bridges to test the effect it has on the sound of a violin. Can someone perhaps suggest some high quality brands I can try? So far Ive worked mostly with Aubert Made in France bridges. Im interested to try a Josef Teller bridge aswell, like the one in this auction: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Josef-Teller-Adjustable-Violin-Bridge-4-4-High-Quality-/260827688008?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3cba8aac48 Also http://www.ebay.com/itm/Genuine-Aubert-Violin-Bridge-4-4-Adjustable-Mirecourt-/190527454280?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2c5c523c48 Any opinions on these "Adjustable" bridges in general? Thank You.
  6. Theramses

    Help Identifying Violin

    My grandfather gave me his old violin for me to play while I was in school. He says he received it from his father in the mid 1950's, but doesn't know if he had bought it new or if it had been an older violin at the time. He took it somewhere and they said that it was a Sears and Roebuck violin from the early 1900's but I would like to be certain about it. It's not in the best condition unfortunately but it's not something I would think of selling. There is a square label that I could not get a picture of inside the left F hole that says, "Antonius Stradiuarius" in the middle, and below it in a smaller font, "made in Germany". I looked for any other labels, but I could not find anything. I also think the fingerboard is painted, as it looks like it is rubbing off from being played. On the underside of the fingerboard it is painted black up until the point where it separates from the body, and it looks like a bright wood that doesn't match the color of the rest of the violin, unfortunately I could not get an image of this either. The pegs and the chinrest have been replaced but everything else should be original to the violin. It might also be worth noting that before it was worked on, it had fine tuners on the A and E strings. I haven't ever posted on a forum like this so if I'm doing this wrong please let me know. Thanks!
  7. potatobutter

    Can you help appraise my violin?

    Hi, I just got this violin from my uncle who quit playing due to carpal tunnel syndrome. I don't know it's value and there are no labels on the inside. It seems like a very nicely constructed instrument, although I do see something in the wood which I've included a picture of (I think it's called a knot???). The sound is quite brilliant and the varnish seems flaky, where it chips off in pieces rather than scratching off (sort of hard to explain so bear with me please). There are scratches on the violin which are not really noticeable. Picture quality isn't too great either and they are out of order so I apologize. I have little to no knowledge of violin repair or appraisal so any help is greatly appreciated. Thank you!
  8. Here you can follow me constructing the super-light violin. It will be the craziest thing I ever made and please don't take it too seriously. It is the violin maker joke from my workshop. But at least I am serious enough to make it the most professional way I can imagine. So following the footprints of Antonio Stradivari everything starts with a drawing. I decided to throw over board symmetry as well and came up with the funny design below. To save weight the length is only 351mm and all distortions follow the 10 percent rule which means that one f-hole is 10 percent longer than the other.
  9. Tigsol

    Carved violin

    Hello Violin hunters. I have a violin that I bought for its great sound (not the ornate carvings on it). No masters of the violin world have yet to tell me where this could possibly have been made. Your suggestions with rationale could be fun. Here ya go. It has a Januarius Gagliano label. The scroll is rococo style while carved back is classical - maybe scroll was replaced. If you own one like it, we should communicate as I get more information.
  10. 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
  11. Kristen Stadelmaier

    Maggini model/copy?

    Hello everyone, This is a photoset of my violin, an antique from 1880s Germany (or possibly the German-speaking part of what is now the Czech Republic). As you can see, it is rather large all around, with beautiful flamed-maple back and ribs and a gorgeous red varnish. It's extremely heavy, and I've gotten so used to it that some of my professional friends' violins feel like toys in my hand. Even my viola is significantly lighter. It's not incredibly obvious from photos, but the scroll leans back quite a bit further than a normal violin. The pegs are custom viola pegs because violin pegs ware far too small to fit in the peg box. It has a very warm and extremely dark tone, and loves warm strings like the Warchal Brilliant Vintage and Amber sets. It has great projection for being such a dark-sounding instrument, too. I was recently made aware of a maker named Maggini. The person who told me about these instruments said that mine fits several of the characteristics of a Maggini, whether it be a true Maggini, or a copy. The things it is missing, which may or may not make or break it, are the double purfling and the triple scroll. It is fully carved, and the purfling was inlaid by hand. Would anyone be able to verify if this is indeed a Maggini model/copy, and what it could potentially be worth? It is an heirloom that we got restored (all new hardware, including fingerboard and custom pegs/tailpiece) and there are no labels, stamps, or writing in it, so we know next to nothing about it besides 1880s Germany. To me, it's priceless because of the sentimental value, but I'm also interested in the potential monetary value as well. The luthier I took it to said it's a run-of-the-mill Strad copy, but it doesn't quite seem to fit the shape. I did the best I could with the tape measure, but I kept the higher end where it was when I measured with two hands. Thanks kindly, Kristen Stadelmaier
  12. Hi all! I’m new to the forum but referenced it quite a bit when looking to buy a violin for my daughter, who just started lessons at school. You were all so helpful without even knowing it! Based on all the great reviews I read, I decided to try and find her a used Johannes Kohr. Since I’m on a very limited budget, I was ecstatic to find a 2011 K500 for $200 shipped that was described as 9/10 amazing condition with no maintenance needed. I should’ve known it was too good to be true because when it arrived, it had a crack in the top of the body at the f (pics included). It’s not very noticeable unless you look at it from an angle. From what I’ve read, this is a minor crack and doesn’t effect the sound quality if repaired correctly... the seller has told me I can ship it back & return it but they will not give any type of partial refund for the repair. I know I got a good price on it... HOWEVER, since then, I found a 2008 K500 locally for $300 without any cracks or repairs. I’ve seen that one in person and it is in great shape. Since this is for my daughter (and hopefully an instrument she’ll play for quite a few years), I want to make the best decision. Should I just keep the cracked one for $200 and repair it? Or return it and get the one for $300 that’s not needing anything? The other option is to repair and resell the cracked one to help pay for the other one.... I just have no idea what a repaired K500 would be worth. Thanks in advance for any help or advice you can provide!! Kim
  13. I paid only a few dollars for this when I was looking to try out a "baroque violin." Eventually got a good period instrument and this one now decorates a shelf at mom's. No corner blocks and at one time had painted purfling. So I don't expect this to be anything marginally decent. But I've always liked the looks of it. Just for the chance of an exception, I thought I'd ask Can anyone shed some light on the where, when, and why of this violin? Thank you !
  14. elcuervo

    Help, wolf note

    Hello, first of all, I would like to clarify that I am occupying the Google translator, because I do not speak English. I am from Chile (South America), and in these places there is very little information about the so-called "wolf note", that's why I resorted to a forum in English, because there is very little Hispanic information about it. I recently acquired a new violin, it is a professional range, it has a very well designed and powerful sound, with a large volume, but it has a horrible problem, is that it has a "wolf tone" between the note C / C #, of the string A. The "wolf tone" is between the C and the C #, that is in the frequency 540hz. This is not a note that is usual to play (because it is between the two notes), but even so, the wolf tone moves towards the note C when the arch passes slowly or do not apply vibratto. This is quite annoying and it has me very frustrated, because the C / C # notes are very common notes of any song in first position, and every time I play I'm nervously about the fact that the wolf can "howl". That is why I have to practice a very pronounced vibrato and also worry about having an absolutely perfect tuning, so that the wolf does not sound. There is very little information in Spanish on the internet about this problem. Nor can I visit a -luthier-, because in my city (and country), there is little culture about violins and their manufacture. I have tried to solve this on my own and I have had few results. Of course, something that draws my attention, is that when I remove the chinrest, and leave the violin without chinrest and play it, the "wolf tone " disappears completely I suppose the problem is in the lower left part of the lid, I say it, because when I press that part of the violin with my chin and shoulder, the wolf disappears - totally - but when I put the violin the chinrest and the shoulder support, in the absence of pressure, the wolf returns to sound. I do not know if I have managed to explain it correctly I have seen that you use devices that attach to the strings that eliminate the wolf tones. In my country it is very complicated to acquire those devices and the only way is to buy them in another country, so if they really work, I could buy one, if they recommend it to me I do not know what options you recommend me, any information is grateful
  15. ...I think. The Violin at the Amati auction today made 3000 UK pounds, that's $4000 American, $5000 Canadian (3600, 4800, 6000 with buyers premium). I was a disappointed underbidder, but well I stuck to my budget, or who knows where it would have ended! Sadly, no pictures to post, I always think it sad that they vanish from the Amati site as soon as the lot closes. There are some beautiful photos that would be a valuable resource if only we could see them, and would make a valuable addition to the images that we have in the Cozio Archive.
  16. Violin_2018

    Civil War Era Violin?

    All, I have an old violin stored in a wooden violin box that seems to be customized for this violin. Attached are the pictures. The violin has no bridge but soundpost is standing. All strings are missing. The tail piece looks old and hand-made by wood and is detached from the endpin. Pegbox has four pegs in there but do not seem to be a matching set. There is no visible marking inside the violin to help determine make/model/origin of the piece. The back of the violin is interesting. It has a drawing of some kind of a pledge in the lower bout. 13-stars on the flag with the Eagle flying. I believe the Eagle is holding a banner that says E pluribus unum (out of many one). I suspected this is from Civil War era but research on internet came up pretty empty as it seems band instrument (e.g. bugle, drum) would be more common back then with very limited information on violin. I saw another similar violin online but that one has a lion head scroll whereas this one is a regular scroll. I would appreciate if you can offer me some more information on the piece. How rare is a piece like this? Thanks, MW
  17. aaronjt

    Life of a Violin Maker/Repairer

    Hello Maestronet! I have quite a dilemna, as many of you know it is important to consider many things before making an informed decision. I have many questions for you violin makers out there both amateur and professional. I am 23 years old, and I am very passionate about the Violin. I currently am enrolled at a University in the Biology program. I love everything about the violin and enjoy messing around with different strings (probably have spent close to a 1000 dollars on different strings and just appreciating differences in strings and sound). I've also taken apart a few violins when I was younger (probably not very well) and just enjoy the shape of the violin also the new violin smell from a newly finished violin by a maker, you could say I have an obsessive personality. I am also looking into doing the Southern California Violin Making course as well as the American School of Violin Making. I have the neccesary tools, but lack basic woodworking skills such as sharpening. Also I have the Courtnall/Johnson book 'The Art of Violin Making' which is a good guide, but is a bit difficult to get started with just that. I also lack certain power tools that would make life a bit easier such as a band saw. I've looked around on the site for information but have further questions to ask. I have a few questions for you makers out there. 1. If you had the option to do it all over again, would you choose violin making and why? 2. Another question is, I am no longer on my own. I have a wife (in her final year of undergrad) and would like to one day have children, I am concerned with my capability to be able to provide the necessities for my family in the future. 3. The availability of apprenticeships or internships- Are they available and what does it entail? Usually how long do they last and what does life look like after graduating from a reputable Violin making school? of course there are other questions I would like to ask but these are the main questions I have been wondering about. I greatly appreciate any response and have enjoyed this board for many years. Aaron Towarak
  18. Hi guys. There's a violin listed in present Tarisio New York online auction: "AN ENGLISH VIOLIN BY THOMAS SMITH, LONDON, 1778" Since it looks strange to me - neck width at nut looks quite wide to me, purfling is a fake, as well as neck graft, head execution is rather poor - it makes me doubting if it's fully Thomas Smith violin. What do you think? Was it rule in that period for purfling to be fake? JM
  19. JonathanGreen

    Possible Guarneri

    I recently purchased a violin from a small antiques dealer in Co. Londonderry NI, based on sound and how it looked. When I got it home I started searching and heard more about its (alleged) maker Bartolomeo Giuseppe Guarneri. The inscription says Joseph ''Guarnerius Fecit Cremonae anno 1726 IHS'' and there is a little cross above the IHS. My music teachers think it is real and i would love it more if it is. Thanks.
  20. theSTRINGteacher

    Upper Nut hangs over pegbox

    I recently purchased a new violin and there are many things about it that confuse me. One is why the nut was put on so that it hangs over the pegbox. Was this a common practice during a certain time period or was this a sign of poor luthier skills? I have never seen something like this, and would love to be educated on information about if anyone can help.
  21. johnbeanviolins

    fiber purfling

    Long ago I purchased 100 black white black purfling strips, where the black was fiber. I think it was from International or Dictum. Does anyone know where I can get them in bulk, as opposed to 6 bucks for 3? Thanks. jbv
  22. I've been meaning for months to take some additional photos of my violin and finally got around to it today. I bought this violin at a yard sale during the mid-1980s and it was in pretty bad shape then. In 2004, Justin Robertson in Albuquerque restored it as best he could, and it has been a nice, playable violin ever since. It has quite a nice, open sound, but does not have the overall volume or projection of the flatter profile instruments. Don Robertson has suggested that it is "Probably Austrian, mid-1800s", but it has no label to go on. I don't think the neck or the scroll are original to the body, since both appear to have a different varnish. Other than that, I'm not really sure. Thus, my bringing it here to get some additional ideas an opinions on the potential origin of this instrument. Thanks! Violin_scroll_front_smjpg
  23. kdash

    JOHANNES KÜNSTLER?

    Have you heard of JOHANNES KÜNSTLER? The label says markneukirchen, representing this might from a student of this string-making university.
  24. Hi! I'm wondering if you fine folks might be able to help me with an issue that's plaguing my left hand. I've been playing the violin for about twenty years without any physical issues. In the past two years, however, my pinky has started to weaken to the point that I cannot place it down in first position without bringing my arm around much more than I needed to in the past. It doesn't collapse per se, but it's going down flat. I've been diagnosed with mild neuropathy, but I don't have any of the other symptoms, like numbness or pain. I've been to many hand therapists who say only that my hand seems on the weaker side, but I only notice the weakness on the instrument. In an attempt to accommodate whatever this is, I've unconsciously been adjusting my hand frame to the point that it's impossible to play with consistent intonation because my fingers are going down in unexpected places. Now it's also become difficult to place my third finger down with any accuracy. The problem is causing severe anxiety that is inhibiting my ability to deal with it. Do any of you have an idea of what this could be? I'd be so appreciative—this is giving me a great deal of stress.
  25. I have a Roman Teller violin. The year appears to be 1966 and the model is 40/4. I am trying to get some information on the instrument and a value. Thank you.