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Antique Hungarian Violin
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Rosco
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I have an old Hungarian fiddle that I’m selling to raise funds to purchase a new instrument. There’s no label inside, but I’ve taken it to a couple luthiers and the consensus is that it is Hungarian in origin and dates from around 1890 to 1920.  Two years ago I had the top lifted and all of the blocking and the base bar re-glued, so it’s quite solid. The bridge was put on new at that time as well. It’s mounted with Dominant strings, has a loud clear voice and is well set up with a Wittner adjustable tailpiece.

I can provide a very clean light weight nylon-covered case with the violin. There isn’t a specific bow that accompanies this violin, but I could provide a basic bow with good hair at no additional cost.

It can be viewed here on Craig’s List (https://hartford.craigslist.org/msg/6150987379.html )

 

The firm price is $400.00 plus shipping.

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Fiddlerman
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June 22, 2017 - 8:41 am
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I don't know what it sounds like but the price sounds more than reasonable. Must have cost you a bit just to re-glue the blocks.

Good luck with the sale. 

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but the one who needs the least."

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Looks like a pretty fiddle 🙂 If my washing machine didn't just die I might have been tempted to add it to my fiddle family 🙂 .

Hope she finds a good home 😀  

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Fiddlerman said
I don't know what it sounds like but the price sounds more than reasonable. Must have cost you a bit just to re-glue the blocks.

Good luck with the sale.   

Thanks.

Quite right. It came to me minus pegs, bridge or tail piece a number of years ago. The owner that passed it to me simply wanted to see it put back to use. I had the work done as promised, but have essentially stored it. My asking price is basically a "break even", well almost. I'd like to apply the sale money else where.

The sound is quite good.. especially on the A and E strings. It could probably benefit from a more sonorous G string... Pirastro Obligato? Helicore strings gave it a nice strong fiddle sound, but I was concerned about leaving high-tension steel strings on it.

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Rosco
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damfino said
Looks like a pretty fiddle 🙂 If my washing machine didn't just die I might have been tempted to add it to my fiddle family 🙂 .

Hope she finds a good home 😀    

It’s a great violin for someone who owns a couple and enjoys playing with different sounds and feels. I wouldn’t consider it a niche violin, but it fits well into a European or Appalachian folk flavor. Most of the responses to my ad have been parents looking to buy a step-up violin for a middle school student for low dollars. I don’t think that’s the best environment for it and would probably shorten is life expectancy.

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Fiddlerman
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June 22, 2017 - 9:00 pm
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So Rosco, if you visit damfino and fix her washing machine, you may get a sale.
LOL

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but the one who needs the least."

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@Fiddlerman LOL

@Rosco I'm glad you're giving some thought to who it ends up with, I don't know why someone would think an antique violin would be a good pick for a kid knock around.

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June 23, 2017 - 2:38 pm
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We take in trade-ins Rosco in case you were thinking about purchasing from us.

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Fiddlerman said
We take in trade-ins Rosco in case you were thinking about purchasing from us.  

Actually, the instrument I'm saving toward is your H. Amati. I do have a 1910 German Gaspara D'Salo that I've considered trading. I'll have to contact you for the details of your trade process.

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You got it. 🙂

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