Information about a French violin maker

July 24, 2006 at 10:16 PM · Hello everyone, I'm looking at a violin by a maker named Mermillot, made in 1891. I am currently having a bit of trouble finding out information about him. The information won't influence my decision over the instrument, I'm just curious to know more about him.

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July 25, 2006 at 03:40 PM · According to Henly, Universal Dictionary of Violin and Bow Makers: "Maurice Mermillot. Born in Haute-Savoie (france). Pupil of Gaillard and J. B. Vuillaume. Went to Piedmont on military service. Worked for Guadagnini at Turin. Established at Paris, 1876. Died at Mirecourt, 1901. Well conceived and sensibly executed outline. Flawlessly worked sound-holes. Scroll of splendid design. Tone falls rather short of the usual French standard. Handsome wood, and liberally supplied."

July 25, 2006 at 09:49 PM · Thank you so much Professor Berg! Does anyone know the going rate for his violins now?

July 26, 2006 at 12:23 AM · I do not have a clue about the going rate for this maker, since I am not a dealer and know nothing about condition. I could make a wild guess that it is $22,000. How close am I?

July 26, 2006 at 12:34 AM · I'll say $22,001, Bob.

July 26, 2006 at 01:41 AM · I've seen a few Mermillots. They've all been very nice, carefully made, charming in a precise but non-French way (that's a compliment), with a lot of good personality. I don't know why he's not better known, except maybe there aren't that many around. I'm thinking the price should be more like $30-35,000 these days, but it's been a while since I've seen one, so. . .

July 26, 2006 at 04:05 AM · Thank you so much for all your insight. I think I've fallen in love with this instrument and may end up getting it. But, I never know what may lie around the corner... ;)

July 26, 2006 at 05:27 AM · My general advice to people looking for an upgrade instrument is to buy from a reputable dealer who will take the instrument back in trade when you possibly upgrade, check condition of the instrument, then finally buy on tone quality. The first 2 conditions are the most important for possible resale. It sounds as if you have found your ideal instrument for now.

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