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Violin label but can't find anything regarding label
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March 3, 2021 - 8:11 am
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Hello everyone,  my daughter recently started violin lessons and I showed her  grandfather's violin . We did some research but can not find anything using the label . Can anyone recommend a website for name search or makers. It has us curious and we just want to know what country it was made. My daughter seems very interested in pop pops violin he would play at Christmas time. It has brought back some very special memories for myself .

Any help appreciated. 

March 3, 2021 - 9:16 am
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TWelcome to the forum, @melodymeds.

Have you tried googling the information on the label? it can be daunting.

I believe there are many violin makers and most are not known and information is just not out there, Unless it is made by one of the older great luthiers, that would most likely be the case.

What does the label say? Maybe someone here can help out. 

Chances are the violin was a violin your father picked up somewhere and it will have more value than any expensive violin because your father played it and it has brought back so many memories, but mostly because your daughter is interested. That is where the true value is.

It would be a good idea, if you can, to take it to a luthier and get it checked out and adjustments made. It may need a bridge and soundpost adjustment, especially if it has not been played in a while. It might need a new set of strings, also, If you do not know how to change strings, there is information on the forum and all over the net. You could ask the luthier to do it the first time. he may be willing to show you and your daughter.

What kind of music did your father play on it?

Could you post photos of the violin, from all sides, and provide the information on the label, and maybe take a photo of the label  with the flash on? All of this would help the many members here identify it for you. I would suggest you start a topic in the Instruments and Equipment/The violin. You will get many viewers there. Make the topic title reflective of what information you are requesting so members know what you need.

Also, I would highly recommend that you do everything you can to keep your daughter interested and encourage her. I am a senior citizen, and for over 30 years I have been kicking myself for never learning an instrument and was just able to start a couple years ago. She will regret it later in life. There are some great videos of members playing on this forum. Take a peek and let your daughter watch them. Most is fiddle music, which great fun, but,  there are other forms of music.

Also, at the top of the forum there is a menu bar. Fiddlerman has kindly posted lessons, songs, etc. Take advantage of it.

Also, your daughter is more than welcome to join the forum, too. If you are reluctant to have her join, she can use your membership info and you can moderate, if it is a concern she joins anything in the internet, which is completely understandable.

There are great people here who are more than willing to help.

I am going to send you an email welcoming you to the site. It is filled with information about the forum and loaded with links to help you explore and discover things on the site.

Again, welcome to the site, and your daughter has a TRUE treasure. 

The Bumblebee Flies!

March 3, 2021 - 12:51 pm
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Thank you for your direction and suggestion on the research help of my father's violin. I shared this with my daughter and she was excited to know she will be part of the violin community . She is 12 years old and excited to know we have become a part of a group of helpful people. 

Yes the violin has a label but from what I researched I highly doubt it really is as old as the label says. The name on the label is Nicolo Cerinto Cremona 1727. The interesting thing is the (Scroll) is carved with a bearded man. I remember as a child thinking it was santa clauss. My father mostly played classical and music from Europe especially Austrian/hungarian music. The violin is too big for my daughter to play right now but I would love to see her play it as she grows .Any help much appreciated.  


March 3, 2021 - 1:52 pm
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Welcome to the forum. As for your violin its extremely unlikely to be from cremona, a lot of german trade violins have italian labels stuck inside them, this is not to say its not old, if it was actually from cremona made by an italian luthier from that period it would be worth tens of thousands of pounds.

A violins worth  in my opinion is what you think of it, my violin was 1250 pounds, Hungarian made intermediate, I love the sound of it and wouldnt part with it.

I hope your  daughter sticks with the violin its a very rewarding instrument,and there are a lot of people on here who can answer questions.

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March 3, 2021 - 2:10 pm
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@melodymeds, They do make smaller violins. Tou might be able to buy a really great smaller violin from Fiddlershop. No, we don't push Fiddlershop here, it is just, if you ever think to get a violin her size, you should call them first because they do have excellent prices, excellent customer service and can help you out with exactly what you need. You can go elsewhere after and check, also, but I would start there. That is just a suggestion and I will not mention it again, because we truly do not push. This is a forum to learn from. and have fun with.

I am pleased your daughter is so happy to be a member of the violin community. I think the email I sent with the links will really help you get around, and if you have any questions, you have my forum email address.

The Bumblebee Flies!


March 3, 2021 - 2:26 pm
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@melodymeds -


Welcome to the Fiddlerman Forum! 

Wonderful that your daughter will start learning to play the violin! 


Your Father's violin sounds very interesting. 

I've seen carved bearded heads, but usually on French made violins. 

Is there any decoration on the back? 

You may wish to post your questions the "Instruments and Equipment" section or even "The Breakroom" for more exposure. 

Many violin copies around, but here's a little info about old labels you might find helpful. 


Good Luck! 




...old violin in my family, too - I can appreciate the sentiment.

- Emily


March 3, 2021 - 11:59 pm
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Welcome to the forum, both you and your daughter.



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