Early 19th Century Stainer Copy!??
Here's an old thing with no stamp on the back and no printed Country of origin, but it is in great condition for the age and even has a rattlesnake tail on the inside!
The only Label reads:
"Fried. Aug. Glass verfertigt nach
Jacobus Stainer in Absam
prope Oenipontum 1698."
No cracks, neck joint looks funky, it needs the bridge cut, and it still has some gut strings:
Does anybody have any knowledge or information on this thing?
Thank you for your time!
It is rather common, not very special. Were it not for the absolutely terrible "repair" to the button I would say that would be worth putting some money into to get it properly set-up.
Actually good Glass violins can be pretty good, but he worked around 1900, definitely not early 19th century. A Markneukirchen/Schoenbach production violin of medium to better grade, depending on the instrument. Glass would not be the maker, but rather the owner of a business that commissioned workers to produce the violins he put his label in, all different grades of violins were available to a business man like Glass, what makes him a bit different is he had a higher standard of what quality of violins he ordered and payed for.
It looks like one of the better grade Glass instruments, but the crude repair at the back devalues it quite a bit, it shouldn't have a negative effect on the sound, though, as long as the repair doesn't fail, and the neck pop out!!
I might keep it as a primary but the neck joint seems solid; it looks crude, but I'll see if it moves with some steel strings.
The McKinley Tariff act was 1890, but it was modified numerous times.
My Stainer model violin has no label at all. It had to have a transplant on the belly and a new bass bar, and since then is neither as powerful nor as striking in tone as it was (The high G-string tone was out of this world, and when I performed with a grand piano the piano lid needed to be up), but it is still an acceptable instrument. I guess it might be worth risking a few hundred dollars to buy and a similar amount on set up. Mine was at its best with eudoxa.
Lyndon, when I started with the violin in 1961 my teacher had spools of gut strings for G, D, A and E of which he cut the required length.
You obviously hated his guts.