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Glenda B., Antique Musical Instrument Appraiser
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Experience:  30+ years of experience as an antique musical instrument appraiser. Member of Association of Online Appraisers.
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I have a fiddle

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I have a fiddle that says "copy of Antonius Stradivarius inside of it. There is a signature that I can't read.what is the value?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Musical Instrument Appraisal
Expert:  Kim D. replied 2 years ago.
Hello. My name is***** and I am a certified appraiser with 25 years in a museum and in the field. I am happy to help. So sorry that this was missed for a few days.
The condition of the violin and the signature are the two key pieces as violin copies with any sort of country of original or luthier name or mark connected are more valuable.
I can give you a general idea of 2015 replacement value if you like since the signature needs to be deciphered on site.
These violin copy Stradivarius do have a known market value but the particular date, construction, tone of the instrument, stain and detail all play into the full retail value.
Most copies were made for good students and fine musicians so they do have some fair to moderate value yet some can be much higher with a signed maker.
Please let me know if the general idea of appraised value works for you - I can also see if there is a luthier or violin shop not too far from you, as well, in case the label can be decided on site. It might be worth asking someone local to take a look.
Just provide your zip code and/or the largest cities that you often visit and we will see what is available.
All my best,

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