Attempting to research a violin
This violin was purchased by my grandfather in the 1940s (Philadelphia, Pa). It was purchased as a used older instrument at the time and that is all the information I had on it. Shortly after he purchased it he lost interest and it sat for decades (at some point getting damaged ).
I would like to restore it, but wanted to know more about it first , if possible. Country or origin or maker or any thoughts on age?It measures about 60cm in length and I do not see any labels inside. I appreciate your time.
Hmmm looks like amateur work to me. The ribs don't seem set back enough, and the f holes aren't shaped properly. Also, in one of the pictures it seems like the plates aren't even in thickness.
It's a German copy of a Maggini. Probably around 1900, give or take decade.
If the bridge is still around and the sound post is still inside, it might be possible to get it into playing condition at a minimum with.
Yeah, that chinrest looks super uncomfortable.
Thank you everybody. This really helps. I will look into repairing it
Looks like it could be quite serviceable with some love.
It will need a nut too - it's missing.
I agree with Scott, trade violin from the MarkNeukirchen area.
Looks like a roughly 100 year old Markneukirchen/Schoenbach production violin, might be worth $500-1000tops after what looks like about a $350 set up job, if it doesn't have any cracks, if it does it may not be worth fixing.
I'm surprised that nobody noticed that the bridge had been glued to the instrument.
I'm with George. Spend the money on it if you want to. It's your damned violin. Not everyone is trying to make a buck flipping garage sale fiddles.
It does have sentimental value to
"It does have sentimental value to
There are a lot of ca 1900 "Magginis" that just have the double purfling but not the extra turn in the scroll. And not the extra backside. Obviously in some violin making studios there was a guy who made Maggini scrolls all the time, while the other guys were doing the other parts.
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