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Schönbach?

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Hi! 

I've had this violin for about 10 years now, my very first own violin, but I was so young at the time I never remembered its origin. I remember the violin maker and dealer telling me it was between 75 and 120 years old (so 85 - 130 now). There's no label inside, just one the violin maker put in with some kind of number (I'm guessing for some kind of database). Pictures are down below (some are upside down, sorry for that, I don't know why that happened), it sounds warm and soft (I chose it for its sound after a blind test, I was like 10 though and inexperienced). I've asked other people and someone came with Schonbach, which sounds plausible. I was wondering how they would specifically know it to be Schonbach and not Markneukirchen though, does anyone know the difference between those two? Also, I paid about €1000 for it, isn't that on the expensive side for a Schonbach? I bought it at a specialized violin maker and dealer though, I wouldn't think they overprice their violins. 

Any ideas on this? Is this actually from Schonbach or are there other possibilities? Was €1000 a good price for this or did I pay too much? 

EDIT: I remember now that this violin was slightly on the big side as I have long arms: the body is about 36 cm and as a whole the violin is at least 60 cm.

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100% cottage from Schonbach or Markneukirchen. I doubt there is much difference for a cottage violin from these geographically so closed towns. 

My comment is based on the knowledge gained from the MN experts, esp. Jacobs Saunders and Black Face.

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13 hours ago, upbow said:

Also, I paid about €1000 for it, isn't that on the expensive side for a Schonbach?

I dont think so. In my neck of the woods a serviceable instrument of that type in good condition usually has a higher price tag. at a retail violin shop.

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BTW thatt doesnt mean you could get that much money back out of it. Individual players can rarely get the price they paid at a retail shop, no matter what the type of instrument.

 

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