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Leonhard Maussiel Violin

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10 hours ago, Blank face said:

Yes. Unfortunately your posts need much time to be visible due to the moderating for new members. At least it looks like hardwood and could be walnut.

An exceptional well preserved example, is it your's or taken from some website?

Google it...

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17 hours ago, Michael Appleman said:

The OP fiddle does look very interesting. I was wondering if there are visible brand marks inside on the back?

I see no brand marks on the back.

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I had a free minute to dig through my old Strad magazines today, and I found the 1997 issues with articles by Klaus Martius of the German National Museum of Nuremburg about Nuremburg makers, especially Maussiel and Widhalm. Besides the sordid tale about how Maussiel tried to get Widhalm thrown out of town and take over the Schelle shop, and wound up being "buried" by Widhalm once he set up outside the city limits, there are a couple of interesting items, perhaps the most pertinent here being a shop inventory from Nuremburg instrument dealer Grundler from 1775, listing a number of Maussiel violins both made by Maussiel himself, and Maussiel labelled violins made by assistants and outworkers, (including Widhalm prior to his expulsion). The earliest "Maussiel" made by someone else seems to date from 1722, so it wasn't something he did just during his later period. Martius also mentions that Maussiel often did brand his instruments, but not always, and that during the 1720's, Maussiel often used whalebone for purfling, harkening back to a discussion we had here a little while ago.

 

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Thanks for this interesting informations! Of course Martius is the expert for this subject. His book about Widhalm and the Nürnberg makers is unfortunately sold out and only sometimes available second hand for relative high prices.https://www.amazon.de/Nürnberger-Geigenbau-Jahrhundert-Fachbuchreihe-Musikinstrument/dp/3923639139

To return to the OP question, I would take into mind that the early pre-Widhalm Nürnberg makers usually aren't valued that highly and one should take into consideration, that the instrument is in a rather desperate condition, in need of repair (the soundpost crack looks badly done) and there seems to be an issue with the varnish. I can't imagine that someone reasonable should pay even a significant fraction of the sum that was mentioned in this condition, especially not in Ebay without any certificate of authenticity.

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A heartfelt thanks to everyone on this thread! One of the best experiences on a forum and keep sharing that knowledge. I am off to see if I can convert this violin into some funds!

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