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Hello, I’m new to this website and I was wondering if someone could shed some light on the age or potential value of my violin. I bought it about 2 years ago from a family friend whose deceased husband was a violin teacher and she wanted to get rid of it since it had been degrading and collecting dust for over 5 years. The violin used to have a label (you can see where the labels once were if you look inside the f holes.) however it seems to have either fallen out or been removed. The violin plays very nicely and has rich tones on the lower strings and the sound is not nasally. The neck of the violin is also very smooth, it doesn’t have too much varnish or too little. However, the one area that worries me is the back of the violin. From the research I have done on the internet it seems that higher quality violins have flaming on the back. However this violin has minimum flaming and only be seen when tilted or looked at with certain angles. Also the pegbox is painted black which seems to be another worry.
Hi guys! I'm new to this forum, and was wondering if someone out there might be able to kindly help me shed some light on the age or potential age and value of this violin. I honestly have hardly any reliable information on it, and if it once had a label, it has long since fallen out, and been lost. I've had this violin for over 13 years, and I love it very much. It's extremely lightweight, hugely resonant, with a deep, characterful tone on the lower strings, and wonderful projection and singing highs on the higher strings. Here's what I do know. I bought this from a lady (here in the UK) who collected a myriad of stringed instruments, and had more than 100 odd violins in her home. I was only 11 years old at the time, but I distinctly remember trying out several instruments (including several Strad copies that she was enthusiastic about), and this one really standing out to me for it's fruity, sustaining tone. The others she had had thinner, more nasal mids, and sounded nowhere near as musical. She was a little uncertain about the history of this violin, other than - if memory serves - telling me that she thought the instrument to be approximately 150 years old back then (making it 163, today), and came with its original hardwood case (which is remarkably resilient, and looks as old as the violin, with worn brass hinges and buckles, a leather strap and what remains of a green velvet lining). It's clearly been played a fair bit, and has darkened and worn down - particularly towards the right side of both front and back, where presumably playing hands would have come into contact with it. There is evidence of a single crack to the top, that appears to have been repaired some time ago, and this doesn't appear to have any bearing on the violin's tone. There doesn't appear to be any joining around the pegbox-neck junction, but the ridge and carve on the scroll appears to extend all the way down into the pegbox. Violin measurements: A 356 mm (back length) B 161 mm (upper bout) C 111 mm (middle bout) D 202 mm (lower bout) E 3mm (thickness of the top centre at f-hole) F 130mm (neck) The bridge is a cheap temporary replacement, and I'd very much like to have a professional one fitted. It was deciding this that made me want to actually ask if the violin was worth the upgrade, hence sparking my curiosity to finally enlist some help and opinion regarding the instrument's age and potentially its value. I hope you can help me - apologies for the lengthy post. I figured it would be best if I could provide as much info as possible. When I was in orchestras while I was younger, all the other violinsts I knew would always comment on how resonant and rich this violin's tone was. I really do love it, and would love to learn more about it - irrespective of its value. Thanks again, and hope someone can help! Adam