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 ARCHIVED TOPIC: Please help me identify my violin!

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Joana85felix - Posted - 05/05/2019:  10:20:41

I bought this violin in the year 2000. The man who sold it to me said that the violin was 200 years old (I don't know if it's true or not), but didn't know anything else about the instrument. It has a very warm and mellow sound. I don't want to sell it because it has a very sentimental meaning to me but I'm just curious. Can anyone please help me with more information? Any thoughts on age or origin?
Thank you in advance.

joeh4232 - Posted - 05/06/2019:  04:42:06

Its a nice looking violin. Someone on here should be able to give some info on it I would think.

Lonesome Fiddler - Posted - 05/06/2019:  15:34:59

Great looking axe! To my untrained eye, it actually seems old, not just a Turn of the 20th Century factory fiddle that a fiddle factory antiqued up. I especially like how modestly the top and back are arched.  Notice how the tuning pegs aren't quite spot on at 90% to the peg head.  The scroll has some irregularities, as well.  Cool!  Handmade? 

Edited by - Lonesome Fiddler on 05/06/2019 15:40:10

ShawnCraver - Posted - 05/06/2019:  20:17:12

Nice fiddle. I can almost hear it from the pictures. Though it has some unique characteristics in design on the scroll and treble side of the body, it has evidence of a factory fiddle. The back of the scroll reminds me of some Czech fiddles I've seen, but the wood quality looks to be much higher than the average trade fiddle. The inlay is something that says 1890s-1930s to me. It could be older but from what I see, maybe a higher end Czech trade fiddle? Don't put much faith in my assessment. Whatever the case, it's a dandy.

amwildman - Posted - 05/06/2019:  22:36:32

If your neck is original, it is probably late 1800s or early 1900s. IIRC the transition from baroque neck angle/length happened mid-late 1800s.

If your neck has been replaced (cannot tell from the photos) then it could potentially be older.

I'm with Shawn, at least to my untrained eye. The styling looks similar to my Grancino copy, which I believe is Czech factory fiddle from late late 1800s. Rounded corners, Amati-like curves.

Edited by - amwildman on 05/06/2019 22:36:58

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