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Dunov Violin identification question

 
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tesroll
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 29, 2015 1:52 pm    Post subject: Dunov Violin identification question Reply with quote

I have a lovely Dunov violin, but the issue is there is no label. I completely trust the gentleman I got it from (swapped an Artur Teller viola with broken finger board for it). I am trying to value it for insurance but without the label not sure if I can. Are there any telling characteristics to the Dunovs besides it's strangely "dark" sound that my father-in-law calls "boxy" - but its why I liked it so much, not very fond of the bright sounding ones... Thanks for any assistance you can give.
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Dave Chandler
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 29, 2015 10:59 pm    Post subject: Dunov Reply with quote

The Dunov violins are I think Romanian factory violins, and there are a couple shops in the San Rafael, and SF Bay area, under the name of Dolce Violins that carry them. Highest price is something like $3500. You might check your insurance policy, if the threshold for having an appraisal is higher, then you might be able to use photos and receipt for the violin to establish a value.

Being factory made, many hands involved, there may not be a noticeable or remarkable quirk belonging to one maker. You mgiht find a factory mark somewhere inside.

good luck. (Ane welcome to the Forum).
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 09, 2015 12:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dunov's regularly sell on ebay in the $300-$700 range, or should say are listed on ebay in that range. I saw one at the pawn shop for $180 and thought the price was too high for me, but then again I specialize in antiques.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 09, 2015 1:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

""Success is the ability to go from one failure to the next with no loss of enthusiasm" Winston Churchill

"I took the road less travelled, and now I don't know where I am." Dave Chandler"

(Sounds more and more like a GPS experience.)
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 09, 2015 4:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

True, Chet. I didn't think anyone noticed my little quotes.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 11, 2015 3:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've just fount these two here: https://www.violins.ca/instruments/violins/violins_dunov.html.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 16, 2015 7:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

""Success is the ability to go from one failure to the next with no loss of enthusiasm" Winston Churchill

LOL... might this not also be the mark of an idiot???
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 16, 2015 8:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The difference is in the changes between failures:

Edison, for instance, is said to have tried thousands of different materials for the filament in a light bulb, before discovering a workable substance (the first working light bulbs had a filament of charred bamboo fiber). His comment was that he now knew several thousand things that don't work. Had he kept trying the same thing with no loss of enthusiasm, then yes, idiocy would likely have been the conclusion.

With one or two setbacks, I can honestly say that each instrument I have made has been better than those preceding. If I just cheerfully muddled through one VSO after another, the term "idiot" might fit. But I have tried to not make the same mistakes, so each has improved. Just not enough to qualify me as "successful". Smile

Can't speak for Winnie, but history seems to have mostly validated him.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 16, 2015 8:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I do understand Chet. Of course you're right... just couldn't help laughing at the literal reading...
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 17, 2015 10:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It is more about the journey. Success is a byproduct.
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