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Jun 8, 2023 - 5:03:25 PM
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Quincy

Belgium

878 posts since 1/16/2021

It was quite a ride today, I think I spent 5 hours in my car.
The fiddle is a fiddle that was bought by the father of a Slovakian immigrant. To my surprise he changed the tailpiece already or at least put 4 fine tuners on it and the overall condition seemed good.
This young man could play very good , he first gave a demonstration on my own fiddle and then he had this look and said :"You should really try this one'', so he first gave a short demo on this old french fiddle himself and the moment I heard what he could do with it I was sold... the sound seemed way more round than my first fiddle and immediately very appealing. Something I cannot explain. I was nervous and trembling when it was my turn , because he was such a good player. To my surprise, I could heard the same sound coming out of that violin while I was playing random tunes and my heart began beating faster, it worked well on low tones as well as high notes and double stops sounded very nice. The seller noticed I played 'the piece from Titanic' (John Ryan's Polka) and he explained to me he was more into gypsy music, which makes sense since he is originally from Slovakia.
What I was told about this fiddle: It was made in 1907 by JTL as the Stradivarius model. He told me the violin had always been kept in a suitcase. He also told me he had another JTL but kept that one for himself because it was a gift from his godmother and showed me an old Italian violin as well. He was obviously a bit violin crazy , fe he also noticed my bow was german (it's a dorfler) and had a kid who played violin at a very high level.
I drove home with the fiddle itself, the 3/4th bow that was in the old case and the case itself, smiling all the way.


Edited by - Quincy on 06/08/2023 17:11:21

Jun 8, 2023 - 5:08:24 PM

DougD

USA

11888 posts since 12/2/2007

Great!

Jun 8, 2023 - 5:41:03 PM
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Quincy

Belgium

878 posts since 1/16/2021

These are pictures I took at home from the inside.


Jun 8, 2023 - 6:28:33 PM

Quincy

Belgium

878 posts since 1/16/2021

This label I cannot photograph for some reason but it's somewhat below a little bit underneath the label in the pictures I posted :

 

And while posting this: Maybe the violin mob is just after me, offering me first a Memphis Bluegrass noone has heard of, now this.

I mean how weird is this. 


Edited by - Quincy on 06/08/2023 18:34:04

Jun 9, 2023 - 7:04:03 AM

1462 posts since 3/1/2020

quote:
Originally posted by Quincy

It was quite a ride today, I think I spent 5 hours in my car.
The fiddle is a fiddle that was bought by the father of a Slovakian immigrant. To my surprise he changed the tailpiece already or at least put 4 fine tuners on it and the overall condition seemed good.
This young man could play very good , he first gave a demonstration on my own fiddle and then he had this look and said :"You should really try this one'', so he first gave a short demo on this old french fiddle himself and the moment I heard what he could do with it I was sold... the sound seemed way more round than my first fiddle and immediately very appealing. Something I cannot explain. I was nervous and trembling when it was my turn , because he was such a good player. To my surprise, I could heard the same sound coming out of that violin while I was playing random tunes and my heart began beating faster, it worked well on low tones as well as high notes and double stops sounded very nice. The seller noticed I played 'the piece from Titanic' (John Ryan's Polka) and he explained to me he was more into gypsy music, which makes sense since he is originally from Slovakia.
What I was told about this fiddle: It was made in 1907 by JTL as the Stradivarius model. He told me the violin had always been kept in a suitcase. He also told me he had another JTL but kept that one for himself because it was a gift from his godmother and showed me an old Italian violin as well. He was obviously a bit violin crazy , fe he also noticed my bow was german (it's a dorfler) and had a kid who played violin at a very high level.
I drove home with the fiddle itself, the 3/4th bow that was in the old case and the case itself, smiling all the way.


Glad to hear you found a fiddle that excited you so much! A good violin can give you a lot of room to grow as a player and can give you more access to a range of tonal colors that you don't find on a mediocre violin. 
 

When the JTL workshop was in operation, the Strad model was by far the dominant one, so most of the violins of the period are somewhat Stradivari-inspired.

Enjoy your new companion.

Jun 9, 2023 - 7:21:54 AM
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Quincy

Belgium

878 posts since 1/16/2021

quote:
Originally posted by The Violin Beautiful
quote:
Originally posted by Quincy

It was quite a ride today, I think I spent 5 hours in my car.
The fiddle is a fiddle that was bought by the father of a Slovakian immigrant. To my surprise he changed the tailpiece already or at least put 4 fine tuners on it and the overall condition seemed good.
This young man could play very good , he first gave a demonstration on my own fiddle and then he had this look and said :"You should really try this one'', so he first gave a short demo on this old french fiddle himself and the moment I heard what he could do with it I was sold... the sound seemed way more round than my first fiddle and immediately very appealing. Something I cannot explain. I was nervous and trembling when it was my turn , because he was such a good player. To my surprise, I could heard the same sound coming out of that violin while I was playing random tunes and my heart began beating faster, it worked well on low tones as well as high notes and double stops sounded very nice. The seller noticed I played 'the piece from Titanic' (John Ryan's Polka) and he explained to me he was more into gypsy music, which makes sense since he is originally from Slovakia.
What I was told about this fiddle: It was made in 1907 by JTL as the Stradivarius model. He told me the violin had always been kept in a suitcase. He also told me he had another JTL but kept that one for himself because it was a gift from his godmother and showed me an old Italian violin as well. He was obviously a bit violin crazy , fe he also noticed my bow was german (it's a dorfler) and had a kid who played violin at a very high level.
I drove home with the fiddle itself, the 3/4th bow that was in the old case and the case itself, smiling all the way.


Glad to hear you found a fiddle that excited you so much! A good violin can give you a lot of room to grow as a player and can give you more access to a range of tonal colors that you don't find on a mediocre violin. 
 

When the JTL workshop was in operation, the Strad model was by far the dominant one, so most of the violins of the period are somewhat Stradivari-inspired.

Enjoy your new companion.


That was exactly what I also was hoping in silence.  I mean there must be a reason they call some violins'student violins' and others concert violins is what my idea was as an advanced beginner. I am happy with the strings it has on it, I just tuned the G down to a D to play Coleman's march, worked well.

Oh, well, there goes the idea of keeping this one in standard tuning.

Edited by - Quincy on 06/09/2023 07:22:10

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