Sarah11

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  1. I don't know enough about violins to answer your question. If you can give my some guidance, I will try my best to get you the information.
  2. Thank you all for your fascinating insights. Six months ago I would have just taken a road trip to get it checked out by an expert, but as with many other things, the current situation has obviously postponed that. Frankly we had fairly low expectations of the violin. When we found it recently, the hope was that it might be of just enough value to justify repairing it to playing condition without spending twice what it is worth. No one in the family currently plays violin, but as an elementary music teacher I've always wanted to learn and the idea of playing my great grandmother's violin has sentimental value. The Lyon & Healy catalogue is quite fascinating. Grace would have been about 11 in 1901 and she died only 5 years later. I did find some very old rosin with a Lyon & Healy logo in the case. Interesting, but hardly definitive.
  3. It looks to me like the back is 343 mm, but I'm far from an expert.
  4. I inherited this violin from my great grandmother, and frankly we thought it had been lost when my grandpa died. We recently found it, and I would love to learn more about it and potentially get it restored. We believe the "Grace A. Miller" written on the inside of the violin is my grandmother's cousin who died in 1906 (the same year my grandmother was born) at the age of 16. Her family was quite wealthy and lived in the Chicago area. I hope to take the violin to a professional when the world opens up again, but for now I thought the experts here might be able to give me some hints about this violin's history. In case it is hard to read in the pictures... the label says "Paolo Albani, fecit in Palermo, 1680"