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What do you think is this an 1890 German violin

Lex Luthor

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After trialing 10 violins for my daughter; 3 JTL's, 1 Steiner copy, 1 Klotz copy, 1 Saxony, 1 Klingenthal, 1 Chinese and a Yamaha V10. 

We decided on this Germsn violin  estimated 1890 with a single back. It has a lovely warm tone and resonates very well, it has no label. It has a slight gap at the rib near tail peg. Is this repairable by a luthier? Also any idea if this is German and what region.

She also selected a Dorfler 15 bow which sounds great on this violin. 

Thanks for previous post information. 






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If you are Talking about what appears to be the back separating from the end block, it definitely needs to be repaired in short order. I would take the tension off the strings immediately, until you can get it to a luthier. It's not an expensive repair (20-50 bucks), and left unattended will cause distortion of the ribs, and continue to separate. To check and see if it actually a separation, try to gently insert something like a single edge razor blade in the opening. It will go in if the seam is open.  

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the gut tailgut makes me think maybe it hasn't seen a doctor in a long time, so it needs a physical.  i'm a player not a fixer and i can say that playability is paramount for your daughter to be able to progress.  the luthier needs to be super good, like a surgeon needs to be super good, whether the patient is a peon or aunt angela

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Hello Lex Luthor, I would have the violin repaired by a luthier and there are a couple of other things that should be checked. Yes, have the tailgut replaced with a standard nylon "Sacconi"; or, you could simply go for a Wittner tailpiece that comes with nylon cord and integrated fine-tuners.

 the spacing of the strings at the bridge seems too wide from the pictures you posted. It should be around 33 mm from G to E. strings also seem off-center by looking at the fingerboard, and the height of strings at the upper nut looks a bit too high. In general, you could have the luthier rework the violin set-up for better playability. They would probably prefer to make a new bridge and this is right because most of the times reworking a bridge does not make for the best results.

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