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Garth E.

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43 minutes ago, Delabo said:

Thanks for that information about French through necks.

With regard to the word "retabli" -  it jogged some memory cells and I looked at a violin I own and took this picture through the f hole which seems similar...........

it seems to say "retabli par Caufoin Neuchateau 1865" if this is any help with unlocking the mystery word ?


retable par.jpg



This is the same name and city inside the Chappuy viola I mentioned earlier. It does seem to be an old term for repair or restoration. I believe i was mistaken when I wrote earlier about it not being "luthier-speak." It's not something a contemporary french luthier would say, but it does seem to have been used in the 19th century.

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22 hours ago, Michael Appleman said:

Photos like this are much more helpful for trying to identify a violin. I do think Frebrunet is a strong possibility. I would recommend contacting Rampal in Paris.

Michael on your recommendation I'll contact Rampal. Extremely grateful for your help with my violin. 

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