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I became on ownwer of a beautiful red violin. It has a label with a lion figure and text ?marque deposee LVGDVNVM 1903?. I guess LVGDVNVM refers to the french city Lyon. Is this a french factory mad violin? Does anyone have more information?

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I have a violin with the same label, only mine was made seven years earlier. I know that the maker is Paul Blanchard, most likely from Lyons. My particular instrument is probably a work by one of Blanchard's students, probably in Blanchard's shop, thus the label-- it is not a great violin (I couldn't afford anything much better, but for a student violin it has a lovely sound-- even my teacher likes it). I purchased my instrument from Paul Stevens, a violin maker in Ardmore, Pennsylvania.

I don't know much about Blanchard, but I seem to remember that Mr. Stevens told me that he was quite a fine violin maker and well known.

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