I thought that, too.
So, I looked it up - says they are both the same thing! I always thought "curly" maple had shorter, fatter striations while "flamed" had the long ones.
I was curious why we don't see lacey or birdseye - both striking.
...darn, now I have to go find out!
Also, meant to ask if you have the same stamp/engraving on the back of the neck of your Breton?
I've read may people feel birdseye maple back fiddles are very bright and harsh sounding under the ear.
If that's true they may cut through the mix of a recording with other instruments and sound good.
Unfortunately I have no experience with a birdseye maple backed fiddle.
Master the Frog and you have mastered the bow.
I've never looked these things up.
I have seen "curly mango" ukuleles and such and had a vague notion that curly just meant the grain wasn't straight. Maybe not, this one is clearly flamed, but it really doesn't look like the one I saw. I think you can also get tops made from boluses/knotted wood, for appearance, but not for the sound, I guess.
I had no talent as a woodworker at school, unfortunately (I'd love to have been a luthier, but maybe that's just my latest fad!)
So it seems that curly maple and flamed maple are synonyms?
(sorry, I think Emily said that, but I had forgotten what the thread was about, lol)
So, you think yours might be from the Jerome Thibouville-Lamy workshop, too?
Maybe I should let this thread lie, like a sleeping dog, but I've always been suspicious of people who guess JTL for every instrument. Apparently JTL stamp stars into their instruments and mine has none.
Page 10 of this Laberte-Humbert catalogue is the closest I've seen to my label, although it's not 100%.
But a couple of days before I found the link, I realised that the "Me" on my label doesn't usually stand for "Madame" - that's "Mme". "Me" means "maitre" ("maitresse"?). But The LH catalogue also features "Me" in front of the Duchess's name, so that's another mystery.
The yellow colour is typical of Breton models, not of French violins.