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Mark Ralston

"Regulated and improved by C. F. Albert"

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I've read some information on the Albert family of Philadelphia, makers, restorers, repairers, and sellers of violins.  I have a C.F. Albert violin that has the label "Regulated and improved by C. F. Albert" and dated 1894.  Anyone willing to venture an opinion as to whether or not this violin was made by an Albert, or if it was one of those violins imported by and "improved" by one of the Alberts?   Thanks in advance for the comments.

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I know absolutely nothing about the luthier, and about the same regarding identifying where this instrument was made, but it seems to me if someone made a violin, it would be so stated, rather than "regulated and improved", which to me strongly implies he just diddled with a violin someone else made.  Like a "repaired by" label.

With the caveat that I'm not an expert, I'd guess it's a fairly decent trade fiddle.

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