Jo Stephens

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  1. I would quite like a nice new case from Mr Timms
  2. Does anyone recognise this bow stamp? The middle part is worn and I can’t make it out. I can see WE——HZIG.
  3. Given the choice between crusty antique and shiny new violin, most children go for the shiny new one. If the goal is to encourage your son to play you might do better letting him choose an instrument he likes.
  4. If the intention is to give to a child to learn on, then I would avoid this one.
  5. Buyers remorse is a terrible thing. If you want a modern instrument you might be happier with your choice buying direct from a maker.
  6. Not more than 100 years old, mass produced and probably German, new fittings that don’t fit very well. Value in the low hundreds.
  7. If we are playing spot the difference, the middle one is not like the other two. Of course I know nothing so can’t tell you if that’s good or bad.
  8. As it happens I am working on learning the first of Bibers rosary sonatas - had a quick listen to Lina play her take on it, she’s so fast! I am still plodding through carefully but even when upto speed I might struggle to match this. Some passages seemed a bit different than other versions I have listened to, overall quite lovely.
  9. I like fiddle music but don’t think I play it very well, an aspiring fiddler. I have a book of gypsy fiddle tunes that I have yet to master. Mostly I’m all about baroque music. How do you address historically informed performance for folk music? I imagine this is more difficult than for classical due to the eclectic nature of folkies and their instruments.
  10. https://amati.com/en/maker/lombardi-julius
  11. It’s going to vary depending on frequency of use but age is apparent by discolouration and wear. The string will get darker, metal windings can get flattened/crushed, the silk end will become frayed/ fluffy and eventually the string will break. It usually sounds awful way before this happens and most will change strings when they notice this.
  12. To fix it up and play it, yes you are right Jacob, a luthier would be the cheapest option. But the OP was asking about worth, and this violin is fairly lacking in that regard so would ultimately be worth only the cost of the professional repair.
  13. I second the diy repair option. Not worth spending hundreds but plenty of fun to be had learning to fit pegs and bridges.
  14. I’m not sure. Shelbow is right, it depends. New looking is fine until it’s too orange, Old looking is fine until it’s all broken and wrong. On a new instrument broken wouldn’t be an issue so, on balance, antique finishes are usually good because they aren’t orange.
  15. The difference between auction price then and now is easier to track - you should be able to find some sales history. Fluctuations in retail prices are going to be much more varied and they don’t necessarily correlate because the price you pay in a shop will include extra costs involved in preparing that instrument for sale.