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A nice Bohemian violin. Any ideas on maker please ? And age ?


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5 minutes ago, Blank face said:

Fill in some rice, close the holes with tape and use it as a shaker.

The most valuable thing I’ve learnt from buying this violin is don’t buy without holding the violin in person. And don’t trust Bomptons write ups. I might even try the tennis racket idea with the expanding foam. 

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Martin,

Agree this looks French to me from the start but I would expect any Mirecourt instrument to have a complete row of back cleats as a matter of course. Did they often omit those?

Totally aside I'll point out that while the rounded top of the pegbox is sometimes the mark of fast work or even of a drill or router it is also considerably more resistant to A peg cracks and some people use it for that reason. (Like me) :)  

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42 minutes ago, nathan slobodkin said:

 

Totally aside I'll point out that while the rounded top of the pegbox is sometimes the mark of fast work or even of a drill or router it is also considerably more resistant to A peg cracks and some people use it for that reason. (Like me) :)  

Yes I agree - like everything, a particular feature has to be seen in context. On a modern violin it means one thing, on a trade violin from the 1930s/40s another ....

It's also a feature I've seen on some early 19th century instruments, so as a reinforcing strategy it clearly pre-dates the router!!

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