I a violin that has been in our family for over 100 years and it was brought over from Europe back in the 1800's. In 1985 my parents came in contact with Julio Voirin who took the violin and "reconditioned it ??". He returned it with an appraisal that said, "to be in my opinion a hand made instrument, replica of Antonio Stradivarius of the year 1736." His estamated value at that time was $40,000.00. I have been reading on the internet some information on Julio and some of what I read was was not good as far as his appraisals. Can you possibly comment on whether it might be worth anything? Thank You, XXXXX XXXXX
Honestly, it sounds like the value got boosted to increase confidence in the craft...very, very few Strad copies even approach $2,000 much less $40,000, sorry....but if you can post an image and tell me if anything is written inside the body as viewed from the f-hole, I will do my best to help...
This question is open to any Pro.
Here are the pictures: http://imgur.com/2IPpJ,g6rG0,ck7oz,QvzYE,c5SPw,4OzUT,zxfn3,tpAcV,NshC3#8
We are waiting for further information since we have sent pictures of inside the f hole and the entire violin. (see below)
As we have not had any response from you since June 25, 2012 and have 0% satisfaction we should like a complete refund and would like to rate this service as a failure.