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Diana, I recently took out of my attic a Antonius Stradivarius

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Hello Diana, I recently took out of my attic a Antonius Stradivarius Cremonensis Faciebat Anno 1716, Made in Germany, with a round seal with crown and strings below marked BRUNO above and N.Y. below. Purchased this about 15 years ago at a flea market and forgot about it, I know it's not the real thing but just wondering what's it worth, bridge is missing, thank you Tom
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Musical Instrument Appraisal
Expert:  Diana F. replied 2 years ago.
Hi Tom. Thanks for choosing us.

My name is ***** ***** I'd like to see if I can help.
I'm glad you realize it's not a "real" one. I always feel bad telling someone that if they weren't aware.
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Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Expert:  Diana F. replied 2 years ago.
Hi Tom.
Thanks for all the pictures. Those look great. I appreciate you taking the time to put them together.
The Bruno company was an importer out of NY. They weren't relegated to just importing violins, but violins were one of their biggest offerings. They were founded during the early 1900s and according to most records were bought out sometime around the 70s.
Given the style and Bruno's history, it was likely made around the 1930s to possible the 50s. It actually looks a bit like the Martin violins Bruno imported in from Germany around that time. It's too bad it doesn't have that label.
The condition isn't too bad. The body still looks to be in good shape. It has some scratches, but aside from that there is no major damage. The fingerboard is still intact. The tuning pegs still look good. It still has the original tailpiece in good shape too. Missing strings and the bridge isn't a huge defect when you take the rest into consideration. The wood looks to be maple.
Playability is always a factor in pricing them and unfortunately yours can't be check as is. Given what I see, it will likely value around $75 to $125 on the high side. If you were to restore and repair it, it would be worth about $225 to $300.
Prices depend a lot on where you try to sell it. Craiglist is viable, but it's so risky to have anyone coming to your house and it's risky to meet a stranger, so I don't usually recommend it. If you do go that route, choose some place very public and take someone with you.
A music shop can be a decent place to sell it, but they often have a lot in stock and might charge too much of a percentage.
Other alternatives that won't cost you a lot to list would be Ebay or Etsy. Etsy is actually pretty good for old vintage items, like instruments.
You might check out the consignment cost with any local antique shops, especially if you have any higher end shops near you. Some places charge about 25% to 30% of final sell price, but in dealing local you generally have less competition. It's always worth checking out.
Ebay is more or less a last resort. It does reach a lot of people, but the values tend to be lower. You will always get a higher value by selling it yourself as opposed to an auction or selling it to a dealer. If you do decide to try Ebay, consider using reserves.
That should give you quite a few options, but if you need anything else, don't hesitate to ask.
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