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My name is Ashley and I spotted this website when looking up information earlier this evening for a family member on a family heirloom. I really hope that I am posting this in the correct area- and that it is okay that I am posting these questions here. At the very least, perhaps y'all might find this interesting? My grandmother has a violin her father found during WWII. It had made it through a bombing, a bombing that took out the orchestra in which it had been being played in at the time. While slightly damaged- there is a small crack on one side- and the strings on both the instrument and bow are in need of replacing, it might actually still be capable of making sound. (One string still remains on the instrument. When I slipped the bridge under the string and plucked it, it still produced sound. Whether it would produce beautiful sound, if all the strings were replaced, is another story. But dang, all that history.)

 

I am trying to find information on the instrument and the papers found inside the case though. The writing inside the instrument said Le Parisien JTL.

http://i826.photobucket.com/albums/zz182/GraphiteWhispers/leparisien2_zps9fe276a7.jpg

(On this one, I Couldn't get a clear picture of the bottom of the label, with thesmall script of JTL. My hand holding the camera shook too much. Thus, it only shows the Le Parisien part.)

I found out a little bit about the JTL company, but not much about the Le Parisien label. Apparently, there are levels of quality with the JTL violins?

 

There were also little empty packages that had once held strings.

There's one that was Criterion brand, which I've seen mention of, but other than that nothing.

http://i826.photobucket.com/albums/zz182/GraphiteWhispers/criterion2_zps939efffd.jpg

One that I have seen no mention of, called Elite La Violon La (manufactured in Alemagne, according to the back of the package).

http://i826.photobucket.com/albums/zz182/GraphiteWhispers/elite2_zps5126eada.jpg

And finally, white paper packages called Mari's Musical Strings, which mention multiple brands, predominantly La Bella. When I searched for it, brought me to a website called labella.com/history. I don't know if that is from one of the actual stores they ran or not? (Made in the USA, according to the paper)

http://i826.photobucket.com/albums/zz182/GraphiteWhispers/mari2_zpseaf89687.jpg Front of package

http://i826.photobucket.com/albums/zz182/GraphiteWhispers/mariback_zps5e7216a4.jpgBack of package

 

 

I also had a question. I could tell that this

http://i826.photobucket.com/albums/zz182/GraphiteWhispers/bridge1a_zps2fb6a824.jpg

was the bridge of the instrument, which,was apparently made in Dresden. But there were these two other little wooden pieces that came with it. I only played violin for a few years when I was younger. The one piece kind of reminds me of a bridge but seems awfully short and I have no clue about the other. What are these?

http://i826.photobucket.com/albums/zz182/GraphiteWhispers/bridge2_zps31b2ee1c.jpg

Probably really stupid questions, but. *shrugs*

 

Thanks for your patience, and I appreciate any help or insight. It's one of the few things my grandmother has left that was her dad's and it's also just incredibly fascinating, in terms of its history and what it has survived. And even if there can be no further information found than the little bit I have already found, I thought it would be cool to share it. Have a good one!

 

Ashley

 

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You can look up “Le Parisien” in an old Thibouville-Lamy catalogue, (here page 26) http://www.luthiers-mirecourt.com/thibouville_1878.htm and you will find that it was a cheap and nasty French factory fiddle, slightly better than a Medio-Fino or a Celebre Vosgien (without purfling) or a Garini, but not much. I doubt that it would be a commercial proposition to repair the decades of neglect on your fiddle, unless you wish to play it yourself in memory of your grandfather. For anyone else it would, at best have a marginal jumble-sale value

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You can look up “Le Parisien” in an old Thibouville-Lamy catalogue, (here page 26) http://www.luthiers-mirecourt.com/thibouville_1878.htm and you will find that it was a cheap and nasty French factory fiddle, slightly better than a Medio-Fino or a Celebre Vosgien (without purfling) or a Garini, but not much. I doubt that it would be a commercial proposition to repair the decades of neglect on your fiddle, unless you wish to play it yourself in memory of your grandfather. For anyone else it would, at best have a marginal jumble-sale value

Thank you very much for the help! The link to the catalogue is much appreciated. Have a good one!

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