Which master luthiers signed/stamped the violin nose
Does anyone know which, if any, master luthiers (18th to early 20th Century) ever sign/stamp the nose of their violins.
I have seen violins with 'Knopf' stamped on the nose, but am interested in possible others?
What part are you referring to? Do you mean the pegbox?
I think you mean the "button" at the base of the neck. Hopf and Duke are frequently seen, more often on spurious violins than authentic ones. Perry is probably less often faked
Sorry about that, yes I think I mean the button.
Stainer is another that turns up in every auction sale, pretty much guaranteed to be spurious.
Tis amazin just how much actual information you can find in a Google search once you replace the word 'nose' with 'button' lol
There is a local pro, excellent player, great teacher. First lesson -- his students have to learn the parts of the violin, and he tests them on it! All the little weird parts too.
There were thousands of mass-produced violins in the late 19th and early 20th centuries that had “Stainer” or “Hopf” branded on the button.
Thanks for your input everyone :)
My violin is in the shop for some maintenance and repairs (what timing, eh? Good thing he gave me a good replacement, but I still miss my own fiddle, sniff sniff). He called me to let me know he’d like to also address the problem with _____. “Could you repeat that please?” The problem with the ____. The part which attaches to the _____. I’ll just adjust ____ and then do ___....