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  1. 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.
  2. Collection of Violin Books for sale. Selling as a lot. I am closing up shop and need to sell. Here is the list: Meister Italienischer Geigenbaukeust Walter Hamma The Classic Lines of Italian Violinmaking Carlo Vettori Violin Restoration first printing #392 Weissar & Shipman Arte Liutaria - Analysis of Antique Instruments and Restoraation Techniques #286 signed Carlo Vettori The
  3. Dear Everyone, I'm new to the forum, I started to look into buying a violin and I got a really (to my eyes) beautiful offer. I started recently studying and practicing violin and I would like to upgrade from my Chinese violin. I could also continue practicing with the current one, but I was thinking a "new" violin could improve my experience. Because I am really new to this instrument I would like to ask some more expert people what do you think about it. I'll post some picture here. The violin has a repaired crack under the tailpiece. Of course I already
  4. Hello! Could someone tell me some information about this 2 violins? A Felix Stärke ( Hamburg, 1924) and a Jacobus Stainer ( with a lion head). I know that Felix Stärke was primarily a guitar maker based in Hamburg in the 1920’s-40’s. Known for his violin-inspired guitars, with proper f-holes and some models even with violin corners. The “Stainer” looks like a simple, but well made German trade violin, with some extra adornments. Early-mid 20th century? I’m trying to find some prices of these 2 violins. The thing of having a different shape or beeing decorated, makes me doubt.
  5. 31 VSA journals from vol 9 to vol 20. 1986 to 2006. Plus indexes vol 1 - 10. Plus VSA papers vol. 1 number 1. ($250 plus shipping) Now $125 plus shipping
  6. Hi! I am new to this site. I’ve been trying to find out what the line on my viola top plate is called. You can see it in the picture attached under the left f hole. My teacher couldn’t recall what it is called, but he says that good instruments have unique things like this that reinforces certain frequencies and provides better resonance. I don’t know how true that is, but I’d still like to find out what this line is called.
  7. What are your favorite things you've heard a luthier say? My favorite was when one day I was showing an instrument of mine to luthier Nick Frirsz. He looked it over for several minutes with a rather inquisitive expression and said: "Well, it's pretty cool. It was made by someone, who was sitting next to someone, who knew what they were doing." I got a big kick out of this and will never forget it. I still have the instrument, which has since been restored and is really quite exceptional, and I think about that line all the time.
  8. Here is a really interesting Winterling violin that I had restored. It retains its original fittings, which is particularly cool because Winterling developed his own style of peg. I couldn't get the photos of the restoration to upload, but they can be found here.
  9. Violin.pdf The label seems to say Roma Antonio Scbaftla no 1776, but I don't think that's right and can't find anything about that name on google. Any thoughts are appreciated.
  10. Anyone recognize this maker stamp? The label is entirely illegible, the stamp bears the letters C G. The instrument is of very good quality, mid to late 19th century. I suspect one of the Gands, but have yet to find evidence of this stamp in anything.
  11. I would very much like to share with the world a record that my parents (Lesley Heller and James Burnham) made many years ago. Like so many, I believe they never received the recognition they deserved as first rate violinists. The album includes the Sarasate Navarra, Moszkowski Op. 71 for two violins and piano featuring pianist Mary Louise Vetrano, and Spohr Op. 67 in a minor for two violins. The recording can be found on Spotify here. The album is also available on Amazon and iTunes for purchase, if anyone so desires to support. Thank you
  12. Hi, My my brother in law family discover some months ago that they have a violin that has the label Joseph Guarnerius inside, it belongs to their grand father and seems to be for several years in a closet in the old house. The label cites a 174 but is missing the last number and it lacks the word "Germany". Im attaching some pictures so maybe somebody with experience and knowledge can help us to take an initial look on them and let us know if is worth to take it to a competent appraiser. A little bit of history, this violin came when the family brought some farm tractors and oth
  13. Good morning all, I come back to you with a violin which I think was made in Mittenwald. The bottom rib is in one piece, the linings are inserted into the corner blocks (mortise). It seems to correspond from what I have read here. There are other points that I noted later, the table is made in one piece like the back (the violin has I think was very badly refinished and we see sanding marks). There is also an inscription "Rep by E.Dodds Edinbourgh 1875", but I do not see what repair was made, maybe a modification of the bassbar ?? Voila, if you can tell me what you think about it, don't hesit
  14. bsharma8

    Lucky Buy?

    Someone was clearly selling something they had no idea what it was. I was able to buy it for $150. My Luthier in NYC told me when it properly repaired which should be about ~700 dollars, it will be worth around ~7,000. Does this seem right at all? Label says Heinrich E. Heberlein Jr. 1922. Strad Copy. Thanks for your insight!
  15. Good Day from Argentina to everyone! I have a question worthy of this wise Community... What do you know about violins with this shape? How much would this violin go for? And finally an ignorant question I assume myself: Does oil varnish ever get this dark naturally or is it completely deliberate? "Presumably German around 1930s - the label is in our opinion not authentic. Please listen to the video/soundfile & click on the image to see all detailed XXL photos below as part of the description!Finely carved scroll and accurately inlaid purfling. This beautiful violin shows no ope
  16. Found this random violin. Was wondering if anyone could tell me anything about it? Greatly appreciated! Thanks!
  17. Did I finally beat Rue to post this? https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/02/arts/music/five-minutes-classical-music-violin.html I really liked Eddie South' s piece (courtesy Mazz Smith); several people chose Lark Ascending, including Hilary Hahn, and Andre Rieu chose...Andre Rieu, the punk. And Bach's double... I wish they had asked more violinists, and fewer critics. Some pieces I haven't heard; I do wish they had asked Roman Kim for his selection...And they icluded a local favorite, Vijay Gupta. He was one of Nathaniel Ayer's advocates and teachers (The Soloist movie). https://guptavioli
  18. I am trying to get an idea of the value of this fiddle for a friend of mine who is selling it. The label for info on the fiddle is ‘Antonio Stradivarius 1690‘. I tried to capture it in one of the photos. Any insights would be useful.
  19. This is the second fiddle my friend wants to sell. I am looking for an approximate value. There is no label on it. Again , any help would be appreciated.
  20. I am releasing a large database of instruments including maker name, year built, price sold, date sold. Below is a link to the database. Due to the uncompressed data taking 40 gigabytes of storage, I will only be releasing the database without image data at this time. My goal is to increase knowledge of the violin trade through the eyesight of statistics. If one would like to provide critique or help in the project, below are desired questions regarding the database. 1. Accuracy: What information is wrong? Are there any systematic errors in the database? Is the price sold data accurate?
  21. I recently found a violin, but it has no label to identify it. I was wondering of anyone can give me an idea of country/area of origin, quality, age, and price. I think I took enough picture to identify it, but please let me know if you need any more pictures of any particular part of the instrument.
  22. I have a database of around 10,000 instruments containing maker name, instrument type, location made, year built, year sold, price sold, and photos of the instrument. I have so far calculated the inflation rate for instruments of different type, value, and age from auction data of instruments that have been publicly sold multiple times. My interests are twofold: one is to integrate statistics into the history of the violin trade. The other is to apply to a branch of computer science to predict the price of instruments based on only a photo of the instrument. The process of creating such a data
  23. Hello! Three months ago, I bought a violin from a contemporary violin maker in New York. Combine South Texas heat with daily five hour practice sessions and you get sweaty palms! Somehow, in that short time frame, that led to the varnish on the shoulder of my violin break down rather quickly. How can I prevent further damage and will I be able to repair it myself? I would rather not take the violin to the luthier at this time because the pandemic in Texas is quite bad right now...
  24. Hello, I was wondering if anyone could help me with my violin and provide any information regarding it. The label states Bellegeuele and co musical instruments manufacturers 157 regent Street corner of break flat London The stamp I can't read ? Maybe Joiss? Jais? Gbis? It also has a neck graft Any information would be greatly appreciated Kindest regards
  25. Thanks for viewing my violin. Wondering if this can be close to anything the label says? I spoke to a local violin shop owner and he said it was an authentic German violin valued $3000-$5000. My biggest concern was the 4 digit inventory number?THANKS!