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Another question - excuse my ignorance, please.

I was noticing how different violins seems to have

different widths of purfling.

Do some schools or national styles or eras tend to

employ a wider or narrower purfling or is it rather

a matter of individual maker, skill, or aesthetic

preference. Are there any general rules for identification

of instruments along these lines with regards to

origin or age of instrument?

Thank you again,

Austin

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i'm probably wrong, but just for fun let me try and i'll see if the experts can tell me if i came close...

even widths=italian

thin/thick/thin=french?

thick/thin/thick=german?

just a guess, but yes there are some ways to distinguish schools. even the way the saddle is cut and other small details can add up to determining where a violin came from.

mike

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  • 2 weeks later...

In general older instruments have wider puflings. This

is apparent in violins made by Brescian makers such as

Gasparo da Salo and Giovanni Paolo Maggini. I believe

that there are several photographs of these instruments

available on the net. Instruments by later makers tend

to have narrower pufflings. This does require skills and attention. The decorations (puffling-like) on the back of the instruments are often found in early German and Italian instruments especailly Maggini violins.

: Another question - excuse my ignorance, please.

: I was noticing how different violins seems to have

: different widths of purfling.

: Do some schools or national styles or eras tend to

: employ a wider or narrower purfling or is it rather

: a matter of individual maker, skill, or aesthetic

: preference. Are there any general rules for identification

: of instruments along these lines with regards to

: origin or age of instrument?

: Thank you again,

: Austin

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