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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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?
  4. 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
  5. 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"...
  6. 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 ]
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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
  10. I believe this violin was made by Johann Strad circa 1745 from what I can make from the label. However, I have not been able to find anything regarding Johann Strad. It was repaired by Joseph Winner in 1856. I found that Joseph Winner Sr. was a violin maker and also made repairs in Philadelphia, PA during the early to mid 1800's. The violin has a unique dove tail on the back. Any information of the age/maker would be very helpful and greatly appreciated.
  11. Hello, I have the opportunity to purchase a violin modeled on violin by Nicolo Gusetto. Maybe someone knows something about these violins, what is their value. Thanks for the help and any tips.
  12. Refinishing

    I recently bought a late 19th century factory made violin by Hopf that is in need of some TLC as a project suitable for a noob. The pegs, nut and tailpiece will need replacing, which shouldn’t be too tricky. However the varnish, particularly on the belly is badly worn in places. So what’s the best way to tackle this? Also the fingerboard has light streaks. What’s the best means of staining it uniformly black?
  13. Violin Holds???

    The Placement of Violin is generally similar: -"Violin" is horizontal -E string's side tilted to right a bit (Correct me if I'm wrong) But I observe that the definition of a "horizontal violin" varies, is the BODY OF THE VIOLIN or the FINGERBOARD parallel to the floor (without left hand, with whole body relaxed)?
  14. Standing???

    Hi guys I have learned playing the violin for 10 years but never investigate deeply until last week: I use the Franco-Belgian bow hold but I am confused which standing style is the most suitable, generally considered "correct"? A. Some YouTuber: 1)Stand together 2)V Position 3)Left foot moves slightly forward & Left B. Some YouTuber: -feet to be on the same plane to shoulder width apart -weight evenly distributed between the two feet C. Baillot, Pierre: -the body straight and supported by the left side -so that the right side is left unconstrained -the arm can act with greater freedom without giving any motion to the body -the right foot pointing at approximately an 45 degree angle to the left foot -facing straight ahead at the music D. Spohr, Louis: -the body straight and supported by the left side -so that the right side is left unconstrained -the arm can act with greater freedom without giving any motion to the body -the right foot pointing at approximately an 80 degree angle to the left foot -turn the face towards the music stand so that the view falls onto the music over the bridge and the left hand *I will test each of them after dinner
  15. Client provided an unusual asset that needs verifying. Pictures provided have been taken by the client, though clearer, more precise images will be made available once in our custody. Open to comments please, as the asset has been held by the current owner for many years. Limited details until package is received the next few days.
  16. ...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.
  17. Portland, Maine master luthier Jonathan Cooper will be teaching a one-week lutherie class at the Acadia Trad Festival in Bar Harbor, Maine from June 24-29, 2017. At his shop in Portland Maine, Jon has made over 400 instruments in the last 40 years. His fiddles are played by many of the world’s best performers in trad music. In this one week workshop intensive, students will work together on a fiddle that will be completed in the white – no varnish. The workshop is appropriate for intermediate and advanced makers but can be a good beginning foundation as well for those interested. Students are welcome to bring an instrument they are working on and get guidance from Jon in working on their own instrument. The class will cover an introduction to design and construction in all important aspects. There will be hands on demonstrations as well as access to an extensive personal library and direct examples of work from famous makers. Daily talks on varying subjects including history, maintenance, set up and sound production will be open to the camp at large as well. Participants are encouraged to bring their own tools, however a limited number of tools will be available for students who do not have all the necessary equipment. This class has a $40 lab fee payable when you arrive. Please share:
  18. Hi, Please I would like to have information regarding this violin. Was it french? german? how about its quality? I liked the red back Thank you
  19. Hello guys ! I'm considering to buy this violin labeled "Ch. J. B. Collin-Mézin Luthier á Paris Rue du Faub Poissonnière No. 29" for a very good price. The seller said he couldn't see any hand written signature or date....Maybe the violin is dusted or he just don''t where to look, I dunno..... He said the violin is made around 1900 and length of back is 359mm. Next week I''m going to see the violin and I will try it, but I will be very grateful if you guys give your opinion about this violin''s authenticity . P.S. I'm sorry about the bad pictures, but this is what he send to me.
  20. Help Identifying.

    Greetings all! Is anyone familiar with the signature I found on the back of this fretboard? I pulled the violin from a shed that was destined for the garbage. Took it in to have some repair work done and I've attached pics of the label and the signature we found on the back of the fretboard. Thanks in advance for any help! I'm glad we saved it from being tossed in the trash or burned. I can make out Ruggieri and BD, not so sure about the second word.
  21. I would be very grateful if i could get photos of a complete Joseph Bohmann Maggini 4/4 copy violin. I own a Bohmann Maggini violin body only and am in need of photos of the neck and scroll of a complete Bohmann Maggini copy 4/4 violin. I want to either make a neck and scroll or take a neck and scroll from another violin, but I do not want to do that before seeing a complete Joseph Bohmann Maggini violin. You can reach me at jabljjj@cs.com. Thank you, Joe Jablonski
  22. Just Gonna Dive In!

    So, I'd like to thank you all in advance for potentially helping me sort through all of the general questions I have, and also welcoming me into this community(by allowing me to create a free account to quiz the people in the lifelong trade/journey about what I seem to have gotten myself into). Thanks again for reading. I am excited to become a part of this particular community!
  23. Hello, I am looking for some input on this violin. The label is not clear to say the least but the instrument appeals to me for some reason. Any thoughts on where and when it was produced? I am thinking it is based on an Amati or Amatus 1634? Any thoughts on it it are greatly appreciated. thank you.
  24. My eyes say French, but may just as well be a Schonbach. Any other opinions? http://www.ebay.com/itm/An-Old-Vintage-Violin-/332334008559?hash=item4d60a688ef:g:CPwAAOSwz3lZeLUg
  25. There was recently a blog post on another violin site - perhaps some of you here saw it - that spoke briefly of the Cuban violinist Brindis de Salis. Not a whole lot of information on him online, but what is out there, especially the first-hand accounts of his playing, leaves no doubt he was an exceptionally talented violinist with strong personal style. Does anyone know much about him or have anything to share? Cheers