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Beginner needing advice on older strad repair
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April 13, 2018 - 4:22 pm
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I am new to violin completely.  Was looking into purchasing a starter violin...but found an old strad replica of my grandpas that I may put money into instead.  I need pretty much everything...fittings, bridge, strings, etc.  Any advice on where to start for these components...looking to spend about $300 in parts.  Again I am just starting out...but want good quality parts for the money.  May also looking into getting it revarnished. Pictures below.  The post it note is what is written on inside.
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April 13, 2018 - 5:31 pm
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Or since this is a replica is it even worth putting the money into it?  Should I look for a good starter violin...if so, what violins would be good to start with?


April 13, 2018 - 9:15 pm
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@aaarneson most violins (new or used) are "replicas" in the sense that they are modeled after a Strad or Amati, or other well know makers' instruments. That doesn't make them worthless. It's hard to tell from the picture, but there are no obvious cracks in the top of the instrument so it might me able to be setup by a luthier to be a very playable violin. 

Of course it's missing the tailpiece and bridge, and most likely the sound post, but these are fixable. The finger board is probably rosewood, or at least not ebony which is more common. Also, a peg is missing so you'd probable need to get 4 new ones and have them fitted.

If you have access to a luthier in your are, take it to them and ask their opinion. It will be worth more than any we can give based on a single picture.

Oh, and ignore most of the labels in the violin. They are usually there just for effect :)

Good Luck.

Bob in Lone Oak, Texas

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April 14, 2018 - 4:00 pm
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Asking a Luthier is good advice.  If there are no major defects, then getting the violin into playable condition shouldn't cost very much and it might sound really good.  With respect to the age of the violin, the McKinley Tariff act of 1891 required that the country of origin appear on the label.  In 1914 the act was changed requiring the words "Made in" to appear.  In 1921 the act was again changed to require the country of origin to be printed in American script.  Based upon your picture, this would tend to indicate that the violin that you have was imported sometime after 1914.  While the instrument may not have significant monetary value, its value as a piece of your family history may be an important factor.  If not now, then perhaps later on in your life. 

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April 30, 2018 - 8:32 am
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Old instruments often sound good, the only problem is that they usually need restoration to get there. That could cost you much more than the $300 that you are willing to spend.
It can, however, be a fun project and if there is any sentimental value, it's a no-brainer. Just be prepared for the possibility that it doesn't have a great sound.

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