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Anyone have any sort of knowledge or info on this label? I just decided to throw in the picture of the back plate because I really like it. :) Thanks in advance

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I see these labels occasionally.  I have a 7/8 violin labeled like this right now including the separate "Made in Germany," I can specifically recall seeing a viola and I'm sure I've seen a few others.  I think it's pretty safe to assume that Julius Herberlein is a trade name, not a real maker.

Oliver Ditson was a big music publisher and instrument dealer.  Among other things, they sold guitars and mandolins made for them by Martin and violins made for them by Wilkanowski. 

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He's listed in the Brompton's book as a real maker, but the ones that I have seen and sold look like German trade instruments. The Heberlein name seems to me to be an attempt at linking the instrument to the better known and higher quality Heberlein workshop.

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Julius Heberlein was definitely a real maker. His instruments made after his association with the Oliver Ditson Company became much more commercial. I have a violin he built containing a generic Strad label dated Sept of 1904. The violin is hand signed on the inside of the top, upper bass side. It is a beautiful work and sounds amazing. I'm not sure what year he started with Oliver Ditson, but I'm sure that as orders increased the shop grew and quality suffered.

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On 9/30/2018 at 3:11 PM, koda said:

Julius Heberlein was definitely a real maker. His instruments made after his association with the Oliver Ditson Company became much more commercial. I have a violin he built containing a generic Strad label dated Sept of 1904. The violin is hand signed on the inside of the top, upper bass side. It is a beautiful work and sounds amazing. I'm not sure what year he started with Oliver Ditson, but I'm sure that as orders increased the shop grew and quality suffered.

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Here is my contribution to this post: 20190422_134532.thumb.jpg.37391975abd539dd104bc44f725d4e8b.jpg

 

And here's what is found where a label had previously been fixed: 

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The violin is beautiful and the sound is amazing.  It would seem that this might also be one of his earlier violins.  I am blessed to be able to play it nearly everyday.  

Any information anyone might have on this maker or where he fits in with the rest of the family would be appreciated.  I'm not as worried about the value of the violin -- I'm trying to learn its history.

Thanks!

Glen

 

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