Here's a rare and unusual instrument. Fiddle players have often seen inexpensive catalog versions of these from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. This appears to be an older higher grade model. We don't know who made it, it cold be French or German,both countries made this type of thing. The label is a copy of an early "Magini" label. While this is a long instrument at just over 14 and 1/4 inches the scale length was set short by the f-hole notches. You can see in fig. 7 the spot where the bridge sat for many years. It's location now is at the standard 330mm. The tone on this instrument is very warm with a nice reedy quality to it. It would sound great for Irish fiddling or some other related style.

stock no. 11538

Caseno