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I have a very old violin that belonged to my great

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I have a very old violin that belonged to my great grandfather. I am not 100% sure how old but my grandfather was born in 1904 and his dad had this before then. Inside it says Antonius Stradiuarius Cremonensis Faciebat Anno 17. Made in Germany. I have
no idea of where to take it in to get an appraisal so I was hoping to get at least some idea if there is any antique value at all. I have the original bow as well but of course the horse hair has completely dry rotted.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Musical Instrument Appraisal
Expert:  twinb1201 replied 1 year ago.


My name is ***** ***** I'm happy to help with this question.

Your violin is a workshop copy of a Stradivarius model, made in one of several factories in Germany between 1921 and 1946 (the phrase "Made in Germany" was not in use until 1921). They were turned out by the thousands, primarily for export, and are still considered to be good student instruments today (not for concert performers).

If your violin is in very good condition with very good tone, its current retail (replacement or insurance) value is approximately $1,000. If you were to sell it, you could expect to get the fair market (private sale or auction) value of approximately 40% of the retail amount, or $400, depending on location and actual condition. The bow is usually included in the price of the violin.

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