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My old violin
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Jerusha77
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May 5, 2013 - 5:11 pm
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I'm very curious about my violin, so I'll post some pictures and you all tell me what you think. I first got it in pieces but got someone to fix it up for me and have been playing on it for 4 years now. Year 1907

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top word is hard to see but it says"STRADUARI"

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As you can see.. a little marked up.

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This looks very lovely! it looks German, probably one of those "conservatory" violins based on the scroll(but I dunno, I'm not a pro at this).. and the label gives the proof that it's German, "Eisleben", the place where it's made, the home of Martin Luther,thanks for sharing the pictures, hope to hear it soon.

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Hey there! after a lot of research on my old-ish violin i think i know some things to tell you.

In the 1880's and up to the time of WWII,a lot of luthiers in countries like Germany,Austria and Czechoslovakia would set up little ''companies''.what they did was study the various instruments of famous luthiers such as Stradivari,Amati,etc. and use those standards to build many violins in their shops.Kinda like mass production for the wider public.How accurate those copies were varied from maker to maker,But despite them being copies,they were mostly made with great care and craftsmanship,since they didn't really have all those factory machines we have today.The result was a great number of copy-violins,but very respectable violins nonetheless.In good condition and with a proper setup,today they can be worth a good 1000 dollars

It seems yours is a Germany made one,and probably created using a Stradivari type model ''guideline''.I'm guessing it does indeed sound very good,I;m actually very curious to hear it because it also looks very pretty.For a 100 year old violin,it seems to be in remarkably great condition.You did say you got it in pieces-was it broken?or just not fully assembled?did you get it fixed by a violin luthier or someone else?

In the end however,what matters most is whether you are pleased with the sound and feel of it.No two violins are the same.You can play a 10.000 $ instrument and still not feel like it's the right one for you,and then find your soulmate in a 1.000 $ one...

 

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May 6, 2013 - 11:03 am
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Thank yo very much for the replies. I first got the violin from 93 old grandpa.. and it was broken enough that it was not playable.The top plate had been separated from the ribs in some places. My dad took it too someone he knew to get it fixed up, (he said it was a violin expert.) so i'm not sue bout that.

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If it was broken like that then it must have been an expert who fixed it to make it playable again.You have what i think is a very fine little violin there.Take good care of it and happy playing!

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Hi this is a German made violin it was being sold through Montgomery Ward's I found that one made in 1905 was sold at that time for$12.00 in the states now this certainly does not mean your violin is cheap it would likely surprise you as to what you could fetch for it today.

But it was a factory build or mass produced as such the name is just a trade name from my understanding,and don't let that throw you off these older violins when well cared for can certainly produce highly sought after tone mass produced or not.

If you were wandering what you could sell such for and I certainly would not sell it myself you could likely ask $300.00 to $500.00,but people are nuts for the old German made violins and you certainly have a nice looking instrument there.

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