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Thread #30334   Message #391056
Posted By: Mark Clark
05-Feb-01 - 10:41 PM
Thread Name: What's a Strad, Amati etc fiddle?
Subject: RE: What's a Strad, Amati etc fiddle?
It's should be pointed out (or has it already been?) that there was never any intent to fool or defraud people by placing original looking labels in violins. No one in the industry ever imagined that their mass production instruments would be mistaken for valuable ones. Master violin makers who were trying to make truely valuable instruments always put their own labels in their fiddles, either in pencil or a printed label.

My own fiddle is a Maggini copy from the second half of the nineteenth century. Magginis have two rows of finely inlaid purfling around the top of each instrument and most (but not all) of his scrolls had an extra turn carved into them. As was the practice before Stradiveri, the Magginis have a slightly smaller body with more pronounced arch giving the sweeter tone that Murray was talking about.

      - Mark