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My deceased husbands uncle gave m an old "fiddle" years ago

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My deceased husbands uncle gave him an old "fiddle" years ago and now I would like to have it appraised. It's not in great shape, rather worn, missing two strings and one tightener at the top of the neck. I have not found the bow. The writing inside the body of the violin is imprinted with "Antonius Stradiuarius Cfemonensis Facieabat Anno 1734. I would be happy to send photos if needed. Also please state an appropriate fee for the appraisal. thank you. jean L
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Musical Instrument Appraisal
Expert:  twinb1201 replied 1 year ago.

Hi Jean,

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

You have a workshop copy of a Stradivarius model violin, made in one of the many factories in Mittenwald, Markneukirchen and Klingenthal, Germany at the turn of the 20th century. They were made primarily for export to the West, and are still considered to be good student violins (not for concert performers).

If your violin is in very good condition (missing strings and tuning pegs can be easily replaced), its current retail (replacement or insurance) value is approximately $700. If you were to sell it, you could expect to get the fair market (private sale or auction) value of 40% of the retail amount, or approximately $280, depending on location and actual condition.

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