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So I went to the local Violin store here and tried out a few acoustic violins.... And I fell in love with one in particular .. it was the first violin I saw in the store... and I tried about 8 or 9 I think. (The guy just kept bringing them to me) It was a smidgen out of my price range and so he didn't bring it to me but I could not take my eyes off of it. And so I asked to play it. It was a consignment so they were able to work out a deal with the seller so it was in my price range. the tag on the inside says B. ruggerius faciebat cremonensis 1672..... I tried to google it but only came up with forums about Strats and no real info on the B. Ruggenius....
Does anyone know anything about these.... It is more rustic looking than the picture shows. It actually looks quite a bit darker in life.... I think the flashed drained most of the life out of the violin....
anyway it has a really nice solid piece back..... any info would be great!
Well, it definitely looks nice. Congrats on the new violin, Grofica!
"This young wine may have a lot of tannins now, but in 5 or 10 years it is going to be spectacular, despite the fact that right now it tastes like crude oil. You know this is how it is supposed to taste at this stage of development." ~ Itzhak Perlman
ahh, this must be the violin that you were talking about of the shoutbox! she's a beauty! the money was totally worth it!! i can't wait to hear it!
anyways, this is what Francesco Ruggieri's label looks like:
seen this quote about the B. Ruggerius on another forum:
"The date on the label in your violin is 1617. It is actually a German violin, made around 1890 - 1920, probably in the town of Markneukirchen. This label was commonly used by the factories there on violins they made for export to the US. These violins are still considered to be good student instruments.
If your violin is in excellent condition, its current retail (replacement) value is approximately $800 - $1,000. If you were to sell it privately, you could expect to get 50% of that amount. A dealer will only give you about 30% of the retail amount."
cheers! - ⁰ℨ