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At first I was thinking S. German 19th century, but I'm not really confident in that.

What about the corner blockology?

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15 hours ago, Newfiddleguy said:

It has solid blocks

Have you had the top off? Otherwise, you can't really say that it is "fully-blocked" because you haven't seen them.

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17 hours ago, Newfiddleguy said:

 

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15 hours ago, Michael H said:

Is that a notch at the bottom of the two piece rib? Or is it just another dent?

If you magnify (click on) this picture, you will see the notch in the back marking the centre line, typical of Markneukirchen Dutzendarbeit, in contrat to the notch in the ribs marking the centre line on Mittenwald instruments

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24 minutes ago, jacobsaunders said:

 

If you magnify (click on) this picture, you will see the notch in the back marking the centre line, typical of Markneukirchen Dutzendarbeit, in contrat to the notch in the ribs marking the centre line on Mittenwald instruments

You have seen an awful lot of these in your career so have you observed this notch on two piece backs with a centre line or is it just used as a marker on one piece backs to indicate the middle of the back ?

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It is sometimes missing. I don't think one or two piece backs make much difference. One should remember that a "centre joint" isn't neccesarily in the middle

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 The sound would probably improve with a proper setup. The metal tuners result in a short after-length...perhaps moving the bridge up to align with the f hole notches, with a like movement of the sound post, along with shortening of the tailgut, or better, get a winter tailpiece.
 

 

 

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11 minutes ago, akaBobH said:

 The sound would probably improve with a proper setup. The metal tuners result in a short after-length...perhaps moving the bridge up to align with the f hole notches, with a like movement of the sound post, along with shortening of the tailgut, or better, get a winter tailpiece.
 

 

 

Apart from the f__ed up neck and button, it has an unrepaired sound post crack in the belly, If someone were doing it for a living, I wouldn’t bother

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40 minutes ago, jacobsaunders said:

Apart from the f__ed up neck and button, it has an unrepaired sound post crack in the belly, If someone were doing it for a living, I wouldn’t bother

 

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18 hours ago, deans said:

At first I was thinking S. German 19th century, but I'm not really confident in that.

 

similar to HOPF model?

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50 minutes ago, akaBobH said:

 

 

50 minutes ago, akaBobH said:
50 minutes ago, akaBobH said:

As a deciple of our own Vda, I was only trying to improve the ‘sound’ of his instrument.

 

 

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34 minutes ago, Eloffe said:

similar to HOPF model?

Even though I've seen thousands of "Hopf" stamped/labeled violins, I'm not sure what a Hopf model is, but I wouldnt associate it with S. Germany.

Anyway I take back my S. German comment on this one.

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The purfling corners of the front do not look similar to those of the back at all. Could either the back or the front be a replacement, especially the back with that huge ebony button crown? 

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8 hours ago, Joris said:

The purfling corners of the front do not look similar to those of the back at all. Could either the back or the front be a replacement, especially the back with that huge ebony button crown? 

Most of the belly corner tips have been replaced (poorly), and some of the purfling lost at the tips. With a degree of wear, this is why they don’t look the same.

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