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Orenbaun-maker/Marley-fiddler

Heather Wagner (View posts)
Posted: 4 Jan 2004 5:12AM GMT
Classification: Query
I am looking for any information on a maker from the early 1900's. A pair of fiddles were made for a famous fiddling couple here in Texas. One sticker reads, (handwritten)
"F. A. Sennrt Made for Marsh. Marley Dallas Texas 1919 #115" "Sennrt" is illegible to me it could be something else. The Second sticker reads, (typed) "S.M Orenbaun" I have come to a dead end in the states and am hoping someone across the ocean knows something about this pair. Maybe even were the sister to it is. I'd love to hear any bits and pieces of info. Find me at heatherwag@teacher.com

Re: Orenbaun-maker/Marley-fiddler

Posted: 4 Mar 2010 1:05AM GMT
Classification: Query
Heather,

I own the sister violin to the one that you described in you post. The maker's name is F.A. Sennet. My label reads:
F.A. Sennet
Made for Marsh.Marley
Dallas, Texas 1919
#116

I've owned this violin for about a year and have not found anything about Marsh.Marley. Sennet made a lot of fiddles and you'll find them scattered around here and there. I realize that you posted this 5 years ago, but if you happened to get this post email me at, graywolflmr@yahoo.com

I emailed you at the address you listed. Hope to hear from you.
Marty Elmore

Re: Orenbaun-maker/Marley-fiddler

Posted: 7 Apr 2010 9:35PM GMT
Classification: Query
Hi, I read with interest your Sennet violin post. My GrGranduncle was F.A. Sennet the maker of your violin. If you would like any info on him and his family contact me at the posted e-mail address.

Bob

Re: Orenbaun-maker/Marley-fiddler

Posted: 7 Apr 2010 9:50PM GMT
Classification: Query
Heather, I can fill you in on the maker of your Sennet violin along with his family. He was my GrGrGranduncle. Born in Funkenhagen, pommern, Prussia in 1863, immigrated to Chicago with his parents in 1867, began a violin/mandoline company in Chicago before moving to Dallas in 1903. His son Walter was a talented violinist and music professor. Took a job in LA with the California Music Conservatory. Frank his father and mother Helen and sister Eleanore along with her husband relocated from Dallas to LA in 1922. F.A. Sennet died in 1931 in LA. Contact me for more info on Frank's family. According to the Book of American Violinemakers, F.A. Sennet finished about 450 violins and his labels on those violins were hand written. I have been researching his Sennet branch for about 20 years.

Bob

Re: Orenbaun-maker/Marley-fiddler

Posted: 1 May 2010 9:25PM GMT
Classification: Query
Bob,

Thanks for the information that is just AWESOME! I never thought I would come across a family member... I'm so glad you responded thanks again!

If you wouldn't mind too much I'd be interested in any other family history and possibly a photograph or two? :) heatherwag@teacher.com

Thanks again for taking the time to respond and let me know about your GRGRGranduncle!

Heather

Re: Orenbaun-maker/Marley-fiddler

Posted: 18 Dec 2010 3:15AM GMT
Classification: Query
Hello Bob,
I saw your reply to this post regarding Sennett violins. My great grandfather bought one from Mr. Sennett in 1913 in Dallas. I am a fiddler and now have and play that violin. I would really appreciate it if you would contact me so that I can get some more information on him.
Thank you so much.
I only have a basic membership and can't seem to message you through ancestry.com. Please email me at
soapycows at gmail.com
Thanks so much and I look forward to hearing from you,
Howard

Re: Orenbaun-maker/Marley-fiddler

Posted: 22 Mar 2011 3:46PM GMT
Classification: Query
Grateful thanks for the information on FA Sennet. I own his violin # 178, made in 1912, play it every day, perform on it all the time and call it Dallas! It's a lovely, dark-toned, beloved instrument, and I've always wanted to know more about the maker. Not much comes up on line. Please include me in any information you're willing to share. My ambition is to go to Dallas one of these days and do some research of local papers, but so far, I've not had that chance. Many thanks, Cosi Long

Re: Orenbaun-maker/Marley-fiddler

Posted: 2 Jul 2011 7:25PM GMT
Classification: Query
I have Sennet's number 161 made in 1920. Found it in an antique store in very bad condition. I had it professionally restored. Sounds great. There are bound to be more of his examples here in the Dallas area in attics, etc. Hope most of them find good homes someday.

Re: Orenbaun-maker/Marley-fiddler

Posted: 12 Aug 2011 2:24AM GMT
Classification: Query
Hello, my name is Kip Culberson, from Fort Worth, TX. I am SO GLAD to FINALLY see ANYTHING online with the name "Marsh-Marley Music Co." in the posts. The reason for this, is that just a couple of weeks ago, I went to an estate sale that was located in a neighborhood around the historic district of downtown ftw....always love those sales in that area due to amazing finds, sometimes!! In this particular estate sale, the gentlemanthat passed on was a rare drum collector. He actually had an authentic, with markings, Civil War marching drum, which sold for around $1000+. In the backyard, I found a few vintage/antique snare drums & accesories that i quickly bought without even looking at it thoroughly, due to the low cost. When i got home, i realized that i had 3 complete, working snare drums...with all original hardware!! 2 were big names id heard of, but the most unique one of them all has only one identifying black, oval-shaped label on the inner shell that says: "MARSH-MARLEY MUSIC CO. DALLAS, TEXAS", in the middle of label...and around the top of the same label in smaller lettering, it says, "MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS, SUPPLIES, ETC."...and around bottom of label, "ARTISTIC REPAIRING and PLATING." I know this thread is about violins/fiddles, but can ANYONE help me find out some info about this drum?? anything would be appreciated. u can reply to my email if ud like, as well at kculberson21@yahoo.com. thx!!

Re: Orenbaun-maker/Marley-fiddler

Posted: 17 Nov 2011 3:29PM GMT
Classification: Query
I also have a Sennet violin. It was made in 1920 and the number is 129. It was given to me in pieces and I Put it. Ack together and play it now and then. I would like to get it restored but have no idea where to take it. Does any one have any idea what they are worth? I'm never going to part with it but would like to know an approximate value
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