# of Strings:
Romain Cheron, / Porte Baudoyer, / a Paris 170.
[a violin maker in Tours, some time in 1990s]
TGM visit 9/09
[By TGM: FB+S, head F+S, label (partial) (color)]
Restored by John Topham c. 2007 from a viola conversion: rib depth doubled, replacement rose, new neck, pegbox, fingerboard, tailpiece, etc.; carved head may be original. 6-string set-up is hypothetical but likely based on the early date. Double purfling on table, none on back, whose flame pattern is markedly chevron-shaped, descending from the center joint.