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I have a vintage 1/2 size violin that I used to play as a child. I was keeping it for my own children, but none of them are interested in learning the instrument. Therefore I have decided to sell it. However, before I do, I need to get an appraisal, I cannot afford to go to a Luthier so I decided to try this format.
The sticker that is inside the f hole states that it was made in Germany and that it is a copy of a strad. The Luthier that made the violin was named Anton Becker and there is a number 7205 P. The only thing wrong with it is that it is missing the chin rest, otherwise it is in great condition. I was hoping that someone on here can help me. Here are some pics of the instrument.
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It looks like a nice violin. I googled it and found an appraisal for another 4/4 Anton Becker violin:
Your violin was made in a workshop in Germany between 1921 and 1943. The phrase "Made in Germany" was not in use before then. It was made in the town of Markneukirchen, where many factories operated, making instruments for export to the US. These are stil considered to be good student instruments today.
If your violin is in excellent condition and has good tone, its current fair market (private sale or auction) value is approximately $350 - $500.
If you want to you could have them appraise for you, and there's a charged ($44?).
You could list it on ebay, amazon, or craglist. I suggest you to put a new set a new strings, whether a student strings like red label or D'Addario Prelude Violin Strings, overture (these strings are on bright and loud end (red label pearl is nylon so probably less bright but warmer) and make a video for it (scales, tunes...) so people have an idea how it sounds. If it has a good tone, it may increase the value of your violin. (Consider this: on average, a parent pays $360 to $480 for renting a violin for two years. If you were the parent, how much would you be willing to pay for a violin that your child would grow out of it in two years regardless of the resale value?)