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Good morning all,
I come back to you with a violin which I think was made in Mittenwald. The bottom rib is in one piece, the linings are inserted into the corner blocks (mortise). It seems to correspond from what I have read here.
There are other points that I noted later, the table is made in one piece like the back (the violin has I think was very badly refinished and we see sanding marks).
There is also an inscription "Rep by E.Dodds Edinbourgh 1875", but I do not see what repair was made, maybe a modification of the bassbar ??

Voila, if you can tell me what you think about it, don't hesitate if you want more pictures.

The joint was badly made between ribs and bottom, it gave me the opportunity to defeat. I will have to see her again, I will practice the same thing on the table afterwards. A beginning of crack (effe) will also have to be consolidated a priori. And I'll take the opportunity to clean the varnish in the back.
You may found my english is strange, it's a google translation, so excuse me












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It is true on seems that they are two eras but it is indeed the same violin. As I said above there is no doubt that the varnish has been redone, we could see some scratches linked to the varnishing but it is true that the purfling has modern look. I wondered if the interior purfling could have been added later maybe by E.Dodds. I also looked in E.Dodds violins if there were any examples of similar purfling which would be his signature or one of his Scottish colleagues but I haven't found anything yet. Besides, I also wonder if this kind of mortise assembly is also used by Scottish luthiers? It does not seem to me ... But I am starting in the matter.
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Of course i want to restor it. The only vandalism for the moment is by made an other purfling and an ugly varnish, and not by me. If all is in good order you could be sure i never touch anything. I have many other old instrument and i prefer ( and for the value it s better too) all genuine. I like soul giving by the time to instruments.

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