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I have recently inherited my mother's old violin and I am hoping that perhaps the violin scholars here can help me identify it. I have loaded some pics for your review they are available at: http://timetravelers.com/violin/back.JPG http://timetravelers.com/violin/front.JPG http://timetravelers.com/violin/fclose.JPG http://timetravelers.com/violin/fholes.JPG http://timetravelers.com/violin/fscroll.JPG http://timetravelers.com/violin/bscroll.JPG http://timetravelers.com/violin/sscroll.JPG

There are roman numerals carved on the underside of the ebony fingerboard. XIV. It has an old label in it (not Strad)that would be a godsend if true (but I have never been that lucky). Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks to Maestro Net for allowing me to post this.

[This message has been edited by Mobius (edited 03-18-2001).]

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Some additional information. I know next to nothing about violins. This violin is loud it always amazed me as a kid that something so small that wasn't amplified could be so loud. When you bow it your whole chest vibrates down to your waist like the violin uses your body as an amplifier, it is a very strange sensation. The sound is very clean. The old sticker inside is dated from the mid 1700's. It appears to be a printed sticker but the last two numbers in the date are hand written.

All of the history I know about this violin is: My mother bought it from an old lady who attended church with her in the mid 1970's. The lady she bought it from got it used as a child in the 1920's as a gift from her father when she lived in New York.

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If it is only 100 it won't hurt my feelings a bit. It was my mothers and that will always make it special for me. I just do not know how to tell 100 from 250.

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Very interesting pegs! Judging from the outline it is at least not the usual boring German factory Strat copy. Still you should not expect you inherited a piece of gold here. Anyway, why don't you show us a picture from the front and the side?

What are you going to do with the instrument? Do you want to sell it? In this case you better show it to a luthier. Be prepared to pay a fee for an appraisal. If he shakes his head you may just put it back in its case. Or maybe you sell it to donuel. He sometimes makes funny things out of violins. smile.gif

[This message has been edited by Bernd (edited 03-17-2001).]

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Thank you. I have no plans to sell at this time. If you would like additional photos let me know what angle of picture you would like. I will borrow digital camera again and post them for your review. Should I also post pics of the stick, it has a very heavy pateena with a pearl eye in the frog.

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