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1736 Stradiuarius
Old but nice piece
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Deon
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March 14, 2016 - 11:41 am
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Hi,

I need some more information on this baby.

It says Antonius Stradiuarius Cremonentes, Faciebat Anno 1736(36 in hand writing)

I am not going to sell it but would like to know more about it. It does not say "Made in "Germany or Szchec or any other place. And it does not have the "AS" marking.

It doesnt bother me if its not worth anything as this is my first violin and i want to play

her...:)...She needs some TLC but i will have her fixed. So?

Any information will be valued as i at least want to know where she was born.

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BillyG
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Ahhh cool - glad you signed up, and, I had hoped you would post an introduction about that !  (Although there is a separate "introduce yourself" thread - OK - I know not always easy to find among the many)

I've just this minute messaged FM, and there are others around here who know a lot more than me about various marques, makers, dates etc etc.... hope you get some info....

Do you have any idea of its recent history at all ?   It's the history that intrigues me if it really is that old, and the "wonder" of who has held and played it, and where, etc over the years...  wow - pictures in my mind.... La Scala, Fenice, Strasbourg ... oh - I'm struggling on the historic venues.... never mind - 

And welcome aboard @Deon, enjoy the forum !

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Fiddlerman
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March 14, 2016 - 12:24 pm
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It is not a Stradivarius.
There are many millions of violins that have similar labels inside. We see them regularly. There were only approximately 2000 instruments made in Stradivarius's workshop and about 650 of them are accounted for. Obviously most instruments would have been discarded by people who didn't know better a long time ago, not to mention accidents and such.
We have people walk into our shop showing us instruments like these and even those who look more authentic thinking that they actually found a real Stradivarius.
It could be a nice instrument when restored. If you just want to get it in playing condition you'll need a bridge (if you don't have one), new strings, a new tailpiece adjuster as this one needs to be shortened and that would be difficult with old gut. Make sure there is a soundest inside the violin before adding tension to the bridge.
You may need to fix that crack, assuming it is a crack and not fixed, or at least work some hide glue into it, to be on the safe side.

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LOL - told yah - I knew there was someone who would know about this!

Nevertheless, still well cool though if it really is of that age...  lovely to have and bring back to life, and as I mentioned before - just to know a bit of the history throughout its long life would be nice - even if it had never seen La Scala and was only ever used for Irish or Bluegrass (and God forbid Scottish) fiddling - who cares ?  It was played and loved -   LOL  All good !

Keep us advised on its restoration, and when playable, let us hear her sing again - that would be a real treat !

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March 16, 2016 - 2:18 am
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Than you guys...you are awesome. I will try and get as much information as possible and keep you posted. Again...GREAT site!

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Fiddlerman
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March 16, 2016 - 3:12 pm
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Look forward to hearing about it Deon.

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