Report How to tell if it is a good violin in The Pegbox Posted August 25, 2018 7 hours ago, Landolfi said: I am actually surprised that no one has given me an objective measurement how to judge if a scroll is well made or if the purling is detailed etc. If that's the case, how do one generation passes down its standard to the next generation? If judging a quality is such a subjective acquired skill, how can a novice learn to appreciate a good quality violin? A novice has better to trust the opinions of more experienced people until he gets some experience of his own. Standards do change over time, but often very slowly.