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Vintage plexiglass violin anyone know anything?

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Picked this up for practically nothing as a curiosity. It's a full sized instrument and nicely modeled. The end of the scroll is broken off and it is signed by what looks like B. L. New. 76.

It's heavy and I tried to tune the unknown brand strings up but the pegs wouldn't hold well but it did sound like a violin although pretty soft. Cool tailpiece tho. Just wonder if anyone has seen one of these before.

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It is a shame that the scroll broke off. The construction without Corner blocks Points to Markneukirchen, the scroll could have given us a confirmation of that suspicion. The top block must be a laer Addition, it probably had a through neck, originally. 

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2 hours ago, baroquecello said:

It is a shame that the scroll broke off. The construction without Corner blocks Points to Markneukirchen, the scroll could have given us a confirmation of that suspicion. The top block must be a laer Addition, it probably had a through neck, originally. 

Shame on you!  :lol:

3 hours ago, vathek said:

Picked this up for practically nothing as a curiosity. It's a full sized instrument and nicely modeled. The end of the scroll is broken off and it is signed by what looks like B. L. New. 76.

It's heavy and I tried to tune the unknown brand strings up but the pegs wouldn't hold well but it did sound like a violin although pretty soft. Cool tailpiece tho. Just wonder if anyone has seen one of these before.

plexi1.JPG

plexi2.JPG

plexi3.JPG

I wonder who made it and why?  The Visible Violin"?  :)

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1 hour ago, uncle duke said:

Mario Maccaferri?

No. I've seen quite a few of those.

Are you sure that it isn't something like Lucite? I see a Lucite chinrest and a tailpiece that are cool and functional.

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7 hours ago, vathek said:

It's heavy and I tried to tune the unknown brand strings up but the pegs wouldn't hold well but it did sound like a violin although pretty soft.

plexi1.JPG

No bassbar? How's the bridge & soundpost meant to do their job?

Is the back thicker than the top? :)

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Both top and back . A bassbar  would be a nice visual but I can't imagine that it would actually serve any purpose. And of course, k no purfling either

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16 minutes ago, vathek said:

I may be wrong but I always understood lucite and plexiglass different brand names for basically the same material.

That is my understanding as well.  Do you see any evidence that there was a bass bar on the inside at sometime?  Also, do you have the bridge?

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No bridge, I would have thought they would have used a real wooden bridge but I've never seen one of these before, so.... There is no evidence (glue trail or marks of any kind)  to suggest there was a bassbar.

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52 minutes ago, vathek said:

No bridge, I would have thought they would have used a real wooden bridge but I've never seen one of these before, so.... There is no evidence (glue trail or marks of any kind)  to suggest there was a bassbar.

Thank you.

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I could be wrong, but it appears that some goonish cultural heretic has entirely stripped the varnish from this historic violin rendering it less than worthless (it costs you time and a little energy to throw it out). I recommend dropping it where you stand, leaving it on the floor, and never considering it again. This is how to cut your losses immediately.

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Jerry, what do you remember of the instrument in the picture as it's about the same time period as the date in the violin I have?

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11 minutes ago, vathek said:

Jerry, what do you remember of the instrument in the picture as it's about the same time period as the date in the violin I have?

I made the instrument starting in 1977.  My violin did have a bass bar however, and the scroll was plexiglass sheet that was rolled into a scroll.  

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3 hours ago, Jeffrey Holmes said:

Young Jerry!  :)  I thought of you when this thread appeared...

He's always been some mysterious clusterfuck between a super-talented guy, and a charmer. His one and only wife is well north of semi-hot. ;)

Wish I could have nailed it the first time.

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