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Jun 9, 2021 - 3:41:48 PM

beegee

USA

39 posts since 6/24/2007

I did some repairs on a Rogier van Brugel, Luthier, Belgian-labeled violin circa 1989. Nice violin, but I cannot find any information anywhere about the maker.

My gut instinct tells me, that despite it being well-crafted violin, it is likely a Chinese instrument with a fanciful made-up label. It seems to be close to a Steiner model with rponounced arching, well-figured wood. lined & blocked, with a handsome brown varnish. The wear marks in the varnish seem to be too old for such a relatively new instrument.

Does ANYBODY have any knowledge of this maker? Thanks

Jun 11, 2021 - 1:02:06 PM

9163 posts since 3/19/2009

My luthier friend says that the maker could be any of countless luthiers who are not well known...

Jun 12, 2021 - 5:08:01 AM
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462 posts since 3/1/2020

I wonder if the name is a combination of the two famous artists Rogier van der Weyden and Pieter Bruegel.

If it’s a Stainer model, I’m less inclined to think it’s Chinese. It could be an old German that’s been revarnished and given a new label.

Pictures would help to get a better idea.

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