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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Old Bow Identification

    Hey guys, First time poster here and while not new to music, rather new to fiddle. I recently purchased this bow and like the way it plays. It is about 64g and helps me a draw a phat, deep sound from my instrument. The person I bought it from told me it was German circa 1910 +/- a few years. I bought it as an unstamped bow. He wasn’t sure if it was brasilwood or pernambuco. However, upon closer inspection I saw the very faint remnants of a stamp. But I can’t make it out. So two questions, based on the pictures below, can anyone make out the stamp? And do you think this a pernambuco stick? Thanks for your help.
  4. Red violin bow hair?

    I was watching the Menuhin Junior Competition and came upon a violinist playing with red bow hair: I know that black bow hair can be used to better grab thicker strings, but is there any practical use for the red hair or is it just an aesthetic thing? Also what are the methods for turning the hair red? Thanks!
  5. Gordge violin case

    I brought a gordge violin case recently and it looks a bit suspicious. It does not have a traditional sliding lock, which seems a bit suspicious. Any ideas?
  6. Luthier supplies for sale

    Hello I am selling my father's collection of luthier supplies - this is just a few items I've photographed thus far. I also have a full size viola - it is in excellent condition - as it was brought in to our studio just before my dad fell ill and remained in our inventory - purchased from either heinl & co or kessler violin co (chelmsford ontario) about 5 years ago - it needs to sing!!! asking $400 obo ivory fingerboards ivory chin rests bow hair - 15 packs - asking $50 asking $20 each or make me an offer for the lot if approved i will post many more new items - bridges, pegs, items for bows, rib wood, hand carving tools and so on- if you have a specific interest or questions please ask away! we are located in Windsor On. thank you!
  7. Violin Branded Charotte

    Hi All, I could use some help with identifying a violin Branded Charotte à Paris. My best guess is Charotte-Millot, Joseph. It doesn't have a label, it has a brand on the upper block, and a stamp or brand in place of a label. The unfortunate brown overvarnishing on the lower portion of the top didn't want to move. Thanks for your thoughts, Moses
  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. Josef Klotz violin

    What is your opinions on originality etc. I would like to know if it's real or what.
  10. I extracted this performance of the Rondo - 3rd mov. - from Wieniawski's first concerto, played by Michael Rabin in 1954 at age 18, from one of the longer 'unissued radio broadcasts' of his uploaded to youtube. Are you familiar with this piece? What do you think of this performance? Enjoy!
  11. Clean crack to reglue?

    Hi people :-) I'm repairing a fairly old violin that I found in a local antique store. It's not very special, but it seems well built and I expect it to have a nice tone. Besides, I'm still learning. I've repaired a couple of violins before, but I don't want to work on anything too good yet. The top had two cracks. I glued the first one and it went quite well. The other one, however was more difficult. The wood had moved over time, so the crack was wide open and required quite bit of clamping to stay together in the right position. I set it to cure overnight, but one of the clamps must have gotten loose, because the crack is now open in the middle and perfectly closed in the sides. My question is: how do I remove the now hard hide glue in the crack that's preventing it from closing rather than holding it together? Will it be sufficient to heat up the area with a heat gun and reclamp it? would that daamage the wwood or the finish? I've tried scraping carefully with a knife, but it's not very effective, and I can't reach the "corners" where the crack goes from open to closed. I was also considering a damp brush, but I don't know if softening/removing the glue would take so much water I'd ruin the wood... Is there any good way to do this? And yes, I will be more careful next time with my clamping :-/
  12. Metal Bow fittings

    I inheritted this bow from my grandmother, possibly purchased in the early 1900's. Can anyone identify the maker? It was bought in Argentina possibly from M. Viret, the luthier. Is it worth re-hairing?
  13. I came across this thing at «that auction site» and couldn’t resist putting in a low bid. It was said to have been in a box from an estate sale, meaning that I have no clue how old it is, where it comes from, nor really what it is. The decorated back is unusual, the varnish is horrible, the scroll is strange, the purfling (only on the back) is two parallel very thin cuts filled with glue? varnish? I guess it will become the victim of my repair attempts, and maybe one day it will become playable?
  14. Hi, I'm hosting a jazz violin and guitar workshop on Sunday, Jan. 28th in Los Angeles. All are welcome, even beginning improvisers! To get all the details and to RSVP, email: norafgermain@gmail.com Thanks and happy playing! Nora noragermain.com
  15. 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.
  16. Bow ID?

    Long time lurker, finally coming across some interesting items. I came across a french bow from a violin shop that was very interesting to my eye and plays very well. It is a tortoise shell, gold mounted, with a "Y? V?" stamp under the stick. What do you guys think? Is this a legit bow or not?
  17. I bought a violin recently but i think it sounds very tinny and sharp when played. is there anything i can do to get a more mellow sound from it, like changing strings? i dont know what strings are currently on it. I just really hate the sharp tinny sound. Thanks
  18. Hi all and Happy New Year, I´m posting some pictures of a violin a bought about 10 years ago and sold to a friend of mine. The violin has came back to me again for re-sale and I´m wondering what it is since I never really had a clear idea about its origins. I bought it from a Ebay seller in USA for 1.000 USD and I find this instrument OK for the money; I´m quite sure this is an easily identifiable violin but I don´t really have an idea; it looks french for me but I´m not an expert not even a good amateur or connoisseur. So I ask for some help in order to know a little more about this nice violin. The label says Vistoli Luigi fece in Lugo 1921 but I don´t expect this violin to be italian Condition is very good apart of some retouching to front table around and under bridge and fingerboard. Thanks everybody in advance, Luis
  19. Bow wrapping device?

    I've run across this item, donated by Harold Hayslett's family, and I suspect it is for wraping bows? If not, then what the heck is it? How is it used?
  20. Happy 100th Birthday Posted: Wed Dec 27, 2017 2:30 pm Post subject: Happy Birthday, Harold Hayslett Celebrated his 100th birthday yesterday, Dec 26. He's a resident of Charleston, WVA. After retiring as a plumber/steamfitter in 1980 he began making violins, and became a well respected cello maker. In the 1990s he was awarded a Gold Medal for Cello tone from the ViolinSociety of America. This fall, he donated nearly his entire shop inventory of partially completed instruments, parts, plates, wood, tools, to the Southern Violin Association. A large part of the collection can be seen at https://onedrive.live.com/?authkey=%21AN1D02eul9dOJbY&v=photos&id=72ABB1F447C6888D%2112911&cid=72ABB1F447C6888D Some of the nicenst items will be offered for auction at the SVA annual meeting and conference April 19-21 in Little Switzerland, NC. The remainder will be auctioned on Ebay afterward. If you want to be added to our mailing list (Southern Violin Association), or if you'd like to see a particular item or group put on ebay, please email me at davidwchandler@outlook.com
  21. Bow repair question.

    Got a bow in for repair and re-hair from the local music shop. The wood of the bow I just discovered is cracked and the eyelet, which is slightly undersized has such thin walls that it does not hold when tensioning the bow hair. An new eyelet of the correct thread will not tread into the frog because the stem is also undersized by 0.2 mm. Easy enough (yes?) to drill out the frog to the right dimension for the new eyelet. A 7/64 drill bit worked well on a tes piece of ebony. But the width of the new eyelet needs to be filed down to fit the bow slow but at least 0.2 mm. Depth is OK so I can leave the height if the eyelet alone which is where the old eyelet failed. So my main question is is the bow crack an issue that needs to be addressed any other way that gluing with hide glue? Or would you use white glue? The store told me this was a $600 bow. I am reminded of the Pink Panther when Inspector Clouseau destroys this grand piano and the butler reminds him that is a "Priceless Steinway"... and Clouseau responds "Not any more"...
  22. Fractional instruments

    Anybody know about fractional violins -- when were they introduced, who first made them, what years they started to be readily available. Are there any antique examples? I thought I heard somewhere that, possibly in Bach's time, children did not start playing the violin until at least 10 years old because smaller child-sized violins were not popular, or that they weren't usually made. Can anyone clear this up for me? 1. Mozart played on a fractional @ age 5? 2. Suzuki was the one who made fractional instruments popular because of his method starting off with very young players. Plus his father owned a violin making factory which is where a lot of the first fractional instruments came from. 3. Contemporary players and teachers reporting playing on 1/2-size instruments made c. 1700-1880. 4. Stefan Milenkovich played on a fractional Stradivari in front of Bush in 1987? 5. From the National Music History Museum: fractionals existed, but only as specialty commissions, usually by royalty. See graphic. 6. Sarah Chang had a 1700s 1/4 size as a kid. 7. Vivaldi taught younger girls at the orphanage, so there must have been smaller instruments (?). [ http://www.users.cloud9.net/~recross/why-not/Vivaldi.html ]
  23. maybe Vinaccia,maybe not...

    Hello. Tell me please, what kind of a violin is this? Inside the label is Giovanni Vinaccia, Naples 1754.I can not take a photo of label now. Sorry for the quality of the photo.Thank you.
  24. First Time Violin Repair

    I bought a student grade violin from the Goodwill for $50 and was going to experiment repairing a top crack, as I'm interested in learning how to do this as a hobby. I bought Behlen's hide glue over the internet, have watched Daniel Olsen's YouTube video on the topic, and have some spool clamps and deep throat clamps. Can I buy the wood for patches at the hardware store for this level of restoration? I called the shop where this violin was originally sold and they informed me that they use hot hide glue for gluing their violins, but the student grade varnish is possibly polyurethane. Will the polyurethane varnish make it harder to open the top? Can I sand it after repairing the crack? When purchasing the violin, I didn't notice that the neck has been broken and reglued. Under the fingerboard it looks like there is damage to the top plate (possibly caused when someone tried to remove it before?) that has been fixed with some glue that looks kind of yellow. Will this make it impossibly hard to remove the top plate without further damage? Your advice is appreciated.
  25. Atypical construction violin

    Hello, I have old violin with atypical construction. Inside is handwrite in german language, I can read only "Patent", "Dr. F. Thomastik", "Jakob Buchner", "Wien". Can someone say about this violin? About Jakob Buchner? Or about relation with Dr. F. Thomastik (father of Thomastik-Infeld)? Can someone read whole text? Thank you