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Identify an unknown violin
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lchunleo
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December 6, 2017 - 7:32 pm
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Hi all

Am new to violin. Recently have committed a purchase of an used violin at a low discounted price . I wish to get some help to identify the violin. The violin is of Universal Musical Instrument Inc, and a sticker of "copy of Stradivarius" is pasted in the body of the violin. There is only one fine tuner with it. I was told that it cost around close to USD 300. I can't find the price to compare to verify the claim. Any kind comments r appreciated. Thank you

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ryonass
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From my little experience, I would say that is not enough info to identify the info. I went to what i assume is "Universal Musical Instrument Inc" website http://universalmusicalinstrum......php?id=50 and I only see one instrument. 

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It seems they have only one version of ALL their rentals! This I can tell you. It is a strad copy and it was a rental instrument. I would guess it is used. Age? Hard to guess but probably fairly recent. Origin? If it is not stamped inside the violin with a date and country, you will never know! I have a strad copy from Austria that is over 100 years old. It doesn’t have a date stamped BUT it was my Grandfather’s and he had it probably since childhood since he played it very well by the 20’s and had been playing at dances in the late 1910’s, 1920’s. I love it and I will tell you that there is no more to learn about mine either. My bridge was made In Dresden. Don’t really need to know more! If you like the sound, it will do!

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Fiddlerman
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December 7, 2017 - 11:53 am
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Definitely not enough information. A picture would help.

Believe it or not, there are millions of violins that are labeled either Stradivarius, or copy of Stradivarius. Strads and Guarneri's are the most copied violins by far.

They are copied because they have the shapes that for the most part produce the most successful sound and projection. There are many variations and makers but those patterns are not changed by all that much.

At the cost of the instrument that you bought I would bet that it's Chinese only because 80% of all the instruments in USA are Chinese and they are more or less the only ones that can produce instruments that can be sold around that price.

Romanian instruments are not that expensive either but it's rare to find a Romanian instrument that is not marked as made in Romania.

All in all, the important thing is whether or not you are happy with your instrument.

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lchunleo
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December 7, 2017 - 7:46 pm
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Thanks everyone who reply. Yes I agree on the fact to enjoy the instrument is the most important thing. I don't expect it to be a true expensive violin but hopefully a much better one to play. 

For China made violin should it be stamped with made in China ?. I don't see it in the violin. Aswill try to post some pictures later. 

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December 7, 2017 - 9:22 pm
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lchunleo said
Thanks everyone who reply. Yes I agree on the fact to enjoy the instrument is the most important thing. I don't expect it to be a true expensive violin but hopefully a much better one to play. 

For China made violin should it be stamped with made in China ?. I don't see it in the violin. Aswill try to post some pictures later.   

Many are not labeled with a country of origin, and even if they are, the label indicating where they are from may be hidden far from the f holes. That's because many mass producers wanted to make it as hard as possible to tell that the instrument was a copy.

I own an old German Strad replica violin. It has a second label reading "Made in West Germany" but you have to look from just the right angle to see it and even then it's difficult to read.

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Fiddlerman
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December 8, 2017 - 12:59 pm
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Violins that are made in China are not stamped Made In China that often because they are often made for brands or distributors.

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