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Hi everyone,

I recently came into possession of my great grandad's violin. It has no label inside and I was wondering if anyone could help Identify a likely age or place of origin for this instrument. While I have some experience in lutherie, I have little to no knowledge of violin making. It is a family story that my grandfather brought this instrument from Germany or Poland as a kid in the early 1900s, but the bow is marked "Japan." I know the bow and violin could have been made independently of each other, but what does the make of the violin suggest. 

Thanks,

Gus

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I cannot say for certain, but it is likely that the instrument is a pretty typical German trade grade violin from the early 20th century. And the story of it being brought from the old country is most likely family mythology. We hear a version of that story pretty often, while reality is that most immigrants came with little more than the clothes on their backs. Once they became established here they would purchase things that they wanted or needed. These violins were imported by the thousands and sold by every wholesaler and music retailer in the country. The fact that the bow is marked Japan may be an indication that the violin and bow were bought here and at the same time. Unfortunately the violin has had an extremely poorly done top repair and is probably not worth the cost of restoration. None of this, by the way, diminishes the sentimental value.

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23 hours ago, realgonedaddy45 said:

Dating A Violin With No Label

I've mostly dated girls, but have not yet totally  ruled out dating violins. Is there a dating site for violins? If so, will these violins be willing to send me alluring photos?

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8 hours ago, David Burgess said:

I've mostly dated girls, but have not yet totally  ruled out dating violins. Is there a dating site for violins? If so, will these violins be willing to send me alluring photos?

Do you prefer your violins wearing nothing but a G string?

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19 hours ago, David Burgess said:

I've mostly dated girls, but have not yet totally  ruled out dating violins. Is there a dating site for violins? If so, will these violins be willing to send me alluring photos?

But would you date a violin with no label?

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