Please give me some information about my violins.
I bought a violin at a Japanese auction, but the label seems to be different from the original one. The label says KARL HOFNER in big font. (BUBENREUTH NEAR ERLANGEN GERMANY) and 41830, which looks like a serial number.
On the side of the sound post, the KH and the violin-shaped stamp say No.660.
Does anyone know about this model?
And I bought an ornati 1937 model from a German auction. incredibly cheap It's 1937 model, but if there's no pin in the back, is it a fake?
Fittings such as pins don’t indicate originality. They can and will be replaced at one point on older violins. Either for sound or because they are broken. At least that is what the luthiers say.
Take photos of the whole instrument and ask on maestronet.com, if you want more valuable opinions.
Even better, take it to a luthier. After the outbreak of course...
Karl Hofner violins were apparently quite popular in Asia before violin factories started opening in China. I've seen a number of them. They've all belonged to either someone who purchased the violin somewhere in Asia in the 1950s or 1960s, or someone whose parent or grandparent did.
An Ornati "model" violin wouldn't be an Ornati, so your question must be is it an accurate copy of an Ornati. That's very doubtful.
Thank you all for the information.
I like the treble clef in Ornati's signature.
Yeah, that's right. And I heard his signature was hard to copy. XD