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Anyone Have A Simpson and Frey Violin?
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November 22, 2019 - 11:56 pm
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I have been looking on the internet and it seems that when ever I see a Simpson and Frey Violin, it is mated with interesting bows and other accessories.  Like something I would want if I lived seventy five years ago.  The violin itself looks very conventional.  Am I missing something about them?  

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November 23, 2019 - 7:58 am
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@Irv 

Here is a link with a little info. It is referring to Simson and Frey. No “p” in Simson. Not sure if that will help with your search.

http://www.theviolinman.co.uk/.....s/828.html

In short,  in NY NY. Someone from Germany, Heinrich(?) Roth, came to NY to manage their violin dept. He and another guy, mid 1930(?), bought the company. It later moved to Cleveland and, either from this link or and other site, it was bought by a company in Cleveland.. 

Roth joined Simson and Frey in 1922. There is more info in the UK forum link above.

I am going to look for more info after I finish my coffee. Interestingly, have not found any with odd accessories.

Irv, you always find such interesting things. 

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I edited this post twice. I had added a link that I thought would get Irv info. Upon further looking, it really was not going to get him anywhere. So, I edited it again and removed the link. Mentioned in case someone read this earlier and wondered where the link went. 

Cello and Viola Time! 

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@Mouse and others.  Any mention on the use of plywood in construction?  

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@Irv, Silly me. I clicked my link in my post above. Link is good and takes you to that business card type old ad. There is a tiny magnifying glass in the upper left corner of the site, sort of, that you can use to enlarge the text. I might download that Google reader on my old Galaxy and download this. Might be interesting. You need a magnifying glass to see the magnifying glass with an iphone.

It does seem to be just information, not auctions, etc like eBay. 

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November 23, 2019 - 9:00 am
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@Irv 

I just saw on a  site that it is tiger maple. Someone asked a question about her Simson and Frey. Do importers and distributors put their labels inside violins?

Also, the sote said that Simson and Frey were violin importers and distributors for US and Canada. After Heinrich Roth and some guy named Max Scheri bought it in the early 1930’s, the Simson Roth name was changed to Scheri & Roth in 1938. At that time the company was moved to Cleveland. So, any Simson and Frey info would have to be pre-1938 because after that it would be Scheri & Roth. 

It sounds like Simson and Frey did not make their violins, they imported and distributed. Is that how you read that? That is, if the person who answered is correct.

I am not sure if this helps, but may give you other things to Google in your search.

Cello and Viola Time! 

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