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I am considering upgrading to a better violin and would appreciate help and advice from the many Maestronet experts. I'm looking at this E.H. Roth 1936 Strad 1700 reproduction at my local violin shop in Chantilly, VA. Price seems to be in line with many other E.H. Roth violins from 1920s & 1930s ($9,500). See below what Wikipedia says about gradiation of Roth violins from its 1920s catalogues. But there is no mention of a Strad 1700 reproduction in the list. Perhaps Roth started producing a reproduction of a Strad 1700 in the 1930s? Or perhaps it is Roth's student-level product and did not get graded with the other models? Do any of you know anything about the quality of a Roth Strad 1700 model? Also, would appreciate if anyone thinks this is not a genuine EH Roth violin and why. Thank for the help. The following are the standard gradations as listed in the 1920s Roth catalogues - the closer to the top of the list, the higher the quality of the violin: - XIR: copy of either Stradivari or Guarneri, often made to order for specific well-known artists (look for an extra label inside the violin stating the commissioner's name) and always hand-signed across the main label by Roth himself (a guarantee of highest grade Roth instruments) - XR: copy of Stradivari 1725 - IXR: copy of Guarneri 1736 - VIIIR: copy of Stradivari 1724 - VIIR: copy of Stradivari 1722 - VIR: copy of Guarneri 1732 - VR: copy of Ruggieri - IVR: copy of Stradivari 1718 - IIIR: copy of Amati - IIR: copy of Guarneri 1734 - IR: copy of Stradivari 1714