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Rare Stainer Viola

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Having examined this instrument (very) close up, it truly is an outstanding example, in remarkable condition.

The dendrochronology tests revealed strong matches with wood from the two Stainer instruments in the National Music Museum in South Dakota.

Here is a close up of the central part of the front:

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I wonder is that especially unusual having wood of some 200 years previous to work with in Stainer's time?

From what comes to mind Stradivari would have been working with wood cut in his life time?

Everything about it cries 'Stainer', from these pics anyway and with my limited experience, and in such condition... how did it escape notice before?

Lots of questions............

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I wonder is that especially unusual having wood of some 200 years previous to work with in Stainer's time?

From what comes to mind Stradivari would have been working with wood cut in his life time?

The Brompton's viola wood has a latest ring about 110 years previous to the attributed making date.

The NMM violin, from 1668, also has a fairly distant latest ring date of about 90 years previous to the making of it,but the NMM tenow viola, made circa 1650, which has a one piece front, only about 30.

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Thanks Ben. Aside from the big tenor, at least one of Stainers other violas is right around 16.25 inches I believe. This one seems a little smaller.

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I somehow hope that this story doesn't make it into the newspapers, since I shudder to think how many "attic Stainers" I would have to examine!

Are you implying that he didn’t brand his instruments, just under the button? :lol:

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That's the fella, funny blemish by the right f-hole. However I was wrong about it being in original condition, it had a scroll graft ...! I'm not sure if the neck had been modernized or just repaired.

I think it was bought for the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment so I would imagine it must be the latter.

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