What do y’all think that date says?
If it’s from D.A. Stadlmann, it must be older than 1744. I see 1726.
Well, exactly. We’ve been trying to determine whether it is genuine. At first Marc though it said 1786, which would make it a definite fake, but now he thinks and I agree that it looks more like 1726. It’s VERY similar to an allegedly genuine label in his book of labels, and the fiddle looks very similar to a picture of an allegedly genuine one we found online. It’s had a neck graft, and is certainly old, and a nice instrument.
Before and after of the headstock, showing the mouse damage I got to repair, and then a bunch of afters of the whole thing.