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Need help identifying this violin

Postby Ryan Mazzocco » Thu Dec 17, 2015 12:32 am

A guy brought his violin to work for me to look at and was hoping I could find out something about it. It was his great-grandfather's violin, was made in Saxony Germany, and that's about all he knows. There are no identifying labels or markers inside.
Any ideas who could have made it? what it could be worth?
Thanks
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Re: Need help identifying this violin

Postby Ryan Mazzocco » Thu Dec 17, 2015 12:33 am

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Re: Need help identifying this violin

Postby Ryan Mazzocco » Thu Dec 17, 2015 12:38 am

I don't know much about violins, but this seems pretty ornate to me. he said it's a real ivory tailpiece. still has the original bow (though it needs restrung) and the original wooden case.
The screws are the handywork of the great-grandfather.
So, I don't know how old the instrument is, but here's some perspective. The man that has it now is easily in his 50s and his great-grandfather had it since he was a young man...
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Re: Need help identifying this violin

Postby Chuck Tweedy » Thu Dec 17, 2015 2:00 am

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Re: Need help identifying this violin

Postby Michael Lewis » Thu Dec 17, 2015 4:55 am

This violin has mostly sentimental value, not a valuable instrument on the market. I wouldn't be surprised if the bass bar is carved in place as part of the top. The inlay and all is cheap fancy. This is a student grade or catalog grade instrument. That aside, there is no reason it can't be a good playing violin.

The peg box needs to be re-bushed and a new set of pegs fitted, and I would seriously inspect where the screws are for a loose seam. Actually the entire instrument should be carefully inspected for opening seams. Make sure all seams are solid and the sound post is in place before stringing it up to tension.
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Re: Need help identifying this violin

Postby Ryan Mazzocco » Thu Dec 17, 2015 11:09 am

Chuck Tweedy wrote:re-hair
pulleeeeese :D

Was that a Roger rabbit joke? It took me a minute.

As far as any inspecting our repair work, I'm not doing any. This is just a painter on a job I'm working and we got talking about musical instruments so he brought it to show me. I took some pictures because I right it was cool and he wanted me to see if I could find out anything about it.
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Re: Need help identifying this violin

Postby Barry Daniels » Thu Dec 17, 2015 11:59 am

The dye worn off the fretboard revealing non-ebony is an indication of the modest quality. But it is charming as a folk type instrument.
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Re: Need help identifying this violin

Postby David King » Thu Dec 17, 2015 4:40 pm

I have one similar that I picked up for $50. It's a short neck and I'm thinking yours is too. An early music enthusiast might find it tempting if it's never been converted. Typically the fingerboards were spruce with a thin veneer of something harder that could be stained to look like ebony. I'd pick up a new ebony fingerboard and replace that tailpiece too just to avoid trouble with the feds.
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Re: Need help identifying this violin

Postby tony lubold » Tue Feb 02, 2016 5:21 pm

I remember seeing one much like that in an old Montgomery Ward catalogue
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Re: Need help identifying this violin

Postby Alan Peterson » Thu Apr 28, 2016 5:34 pm

Hmm!
Just found one very similar on the Antebellum website:
http://antebelluminstruments.blogspot.c ... py-44.html
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Re: Need help identifying this violin

Postby Ryan Mazzocco » Thu Apr 28, 2016 10:25 pm

Alan Peterson wrote:Hmm!
Just found one very similar on the Antebellum website:
http://antebelluminstruments.blogspot.c ... py-44.html

yes that is very similar. No mention of a price tag though. but as a factory violin there must be plenty of these things hanging around out there.
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