Monday, August 19, 2013

What is this? I know its not a strad.

 I am posting these pics to see if anyone kind enough to help identify this family violin. In this first pic there is a shot of the date with another number. As to what the numbers are I am unsure they could be 1716  14 or 1776  74. I do not know.
 This picture is a better shot of the label. There is no "made in" marking. I also know the label is the last place any respectable person would look for clues but they still look cool.
 From this pic you can see some cracks in the top. These have all been repaired by an unknown Luthier to me. Now the awesome thing is I have pics of the repairs further down in the blog.
 Simply this is the peg box.
 A pic of the scroll.
 Notice the top nut, this was replaced and I believe it is to tall.
 In this photo I tried to get a shot from under the fingerboard where the neck meets the upper block. Its hard to see but the bottom left of the mirror you can see part of the underside of the fingerboard that was unfinished. meaning the fingerboard has been lengthened.
 I am thinking the neck has been removed since the varnish is separated. But then again I am no expert.

 If this was clean it would look like it was on fire looking closely at it is mesmerizing.
 I think I am good with a mirror and phone camera haha. One end of the bass bar on the neck end you can see some of the repairs done.
 This would be the bottom end of the bass bar and some more repairs are seen. Also the lower block where the end pin was replaced I think the person that did the repair put a plastic end peg err.
More repairs.
 I feel as if I am in a foreign land walking the inside of the Violin.
 The upper block.
 The untouched walls (C-ribs) are beautiful.

The four pegs shown may have been replaced or at least I know one is not original.

If anyone has any knowledge about violins I wouldn't mind conversing and can supply more pics if needed.