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Joseph Klotz? (identification help please)


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Hey! It's been a while since I posted anything here! How's everybody doing?

I got a violin in some rough shape that someone wanted me to put back together, and for the sake of my own curiosity and due diligence, I was wondering if any of the experts here think this is one of the real/good Joseph Klotz, or just the average Mittenwald fare with a Klotz label?

Personally I think the whole thing is a bit too sloppy. The back is beautiful, though.  :)


Thank you!











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The back is  nice, and it makes it more surprising that this violin was built without corner blocks, something you  see in Mittenwald violins. But it does have a glued in bass bar unlike the very bottom grade that are chiselled out from the top wood.

Here is one I have that shows the carved out bass bar and "Beaver chewed" top, with fake bottom corner blocks. It is Czechoslovakian which I guess dates it to post 1918.




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3 hours ago, jacobsaunders said:

Ah! but I have been very well taught by your good-self  that one feature alone is not enough to ID a violin. :) I think we are agreed that my violin has the many features that add up to ID its humble status. But I take your point that very fine violins can have carved bass bars.

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