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I have been trying to research Eugen Meinel Violins.  I find

only one mention on Maestronet.com which is that they are made by E

H Roth.  Is this a fact?  I have seen one 1920's Meinel

on ebay.  I have one that is nicely labeled as a 1925 Strad

copy but has no year of manufacture.  It has the stamped on

branding as well.  Can anyone help me with trying to date this

violin?  It would be nice to know between what years were

these likely to have been made.  The copy I have is in such

good shape that it's difficult to date it by appearance.  Any

other information would be nice to have.  Thank you, Marc

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Eugen Meinel is one of a number of names used by the E H Roth shop. Enrico Robella and Oskar C Meinel are two more.

The reason for the different names was explained by Ed Ball's article in The Strad a few years ago: Roth granted one company exclusive distribution rights for Roth instruments in the United States. Then if Roth wanted to sell more instruments through another distributor it would have to be under a different name.

Pronounciation: The German pronounciation of Eugen is OIY-gun, not you-JEAN.

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Thank you Brad and Andrew.  I appreciate you taking time to

reply. Any idea why there would be no date of

manufacture?  Also, my literature on Roths lists the 1725

Strad copy as a model XR.  Do you happen to know if the

Meinels would have followed the same model codes?  I would

love to read the Strad article that you mention and I have several

hundred Strad issues, but none after 2003.  

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Thank you Brad and Andrew.  I appreciate you taking time to

reply. Any idea why there would be no date of

manufacture?  Also, my literature on Roths lists the 1725

Strad copy as a model XR.  Do you happen to know if the

Meinels would have followed the same model codes?  I would

love to read the Strad article that you mention and I have several

hundred Strad issues, but none after 2003.  

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Were you ever able to determine the date for your Meinel? I have one that does not have a date either. Most are dated I understand.

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