FoxMitchell

"Vuillaume a Paris" Violin ID?

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So I got one of those "Vuillaume a Paris" violins! Time to see if I learned anything from Cornerblockology and all that.  :)

It has no corner blocks, and was likely built-on-back, and the fluting on the scroll stops at 6 o'clock, so I'm thinking Schönbach? Or were these Vuillaume copies made in more than one place?

This one is interesting among old fiddles because its history is actually known: It was given by a farmer here in Virginia, in the late 1800's, to the son of a freed slave who was that farmer's son's best friend, a rather controversial friendship at the time (they remained friends for life)! It stayed with that one owner to the  end where he lived in the farm (and he was said to be a good fiddler), which is still owned by the same family, and it was recently re-discovered by the great-great-granddaughter of the farmer. ...and now I have it.

 

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Surprisingly, there were no cracks or open seams, so I was able to set it up with the original bridge and try it out. Unfortunately while it isn't without its Southern charm the sound  makes me think of a recording played through a gramophone.

I suspect it's been repaired before, and the white globs of mysterious stuff inside worry me because that's not hide glue.

The button has been broken and glued back in place, and there are two tiny nails into the neck block on the bass side but I can't make out a purpose for someone to put them there.

Also, it's not a full size, it's a 7/8, or is it 3/4? The back measures 33.6cm and overall it's 55.7cm.

Anybody has any info on these "Vuillaumes"?

Thank you!  :)

 

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Never seen this label before, but yes this is a pretty low grade Schoenbach violin.

I would class it as a 3/4.

This isn't a Vuillaume copy, merely a violin with an extraneous "Vuillaume" label.

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35 minutes ago, FoxMitchell said:

 

Surprisingly, there were no cracks or open seams, so I was able to set it up with the original bridge and try it out. Unfortunately while it isn't without its Southern charm the sound  makes me think of a recording played through a gramophone.

 

If you forgot the soundpost, it's no wonder that it sounds like a brass coneB) - or it's due to the smaller size, that it's lacking some bass register.

BTW, nice background story, thanks for telling.

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15 minutes ago, Blank face said:

If you forgot the soundpost, it's no wonder that it sounds like a brass coneB) - or it's due to the smaller size, that it's lacking some bass register.

BTW, nice background story, thanks for telling.

Hehe no, the soundpost was in there, though I don't know if I put it in the right place given this is a smaller size. Where should the soundpost go in a 3/4 size?

But yes, the story is the best thing about this violin.

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Put it just at the usual place, flush with the edge of the bridge foot and roughly "table thickness" distance, as starting point.

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