I am a violin maker, trained in Salt Lake City at the Violin Making School of America. I have built, repaired, and restored stringed instruments for nearly 20 years, violins/violas/cellos for the last 10. I can answer questions of repair, construction, identification, and history.
See above. I am submitting this after reading many of the answers to violin questions. Many of the answers are at the very least short sighted, and some just wrong.
Violin Making School of America, apprenticed with 2 makers who are full members of the American Federation of Violin and Bow Makers, ongoing autodiadact.