The other day, while doing some research that took me through a family's treasures that had accreteed in their attics during the past 100 years, I came across an old violin.
Burned into the back, just behind where the neck meets the body were the words "OLE BULL". Inside there is writing that says "Ole Bull - Made in Germany".
I am familiar with Ole Bull and his career and his entrance into US folklore for his wild fiddle playing. What I am curious about is whether or not there is anyone in this incredibly deep knowledge base of Mudcatters who knows anything about Ole Bull violins.
The instument itself needs to be renovated but it looks sound. I am wondering whether or not it is worth aving and whether or not there are some stories attached to this violin which I assume was manufactured under license to take advantage of Ole Bull's name.