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My grandfather gave me his old violin for me to play while I was in school. He says he received it from his father in the mid 1950's, but doesn't know if he had bought it new or if it had been an older violin at the time. He took it somewhere and they said that it was a Sears and Roebuck violin from the early 1900's but I would like to be certain about it. It's not in the best condition unfortunately but it's not something I would think of selling. There is a square label that I could not get a picture of inside the left F hole that says, "Antonius Stradiuarius" in the middle, and below it in a smaller font, "made in Germany". I looked for any other labels, but I could not find anything. I also think the fingerboard is painted, as it looks like it is rubbing off from being played. On the underside of the fingerboard it is painted black up until the point where it separates from the body, and it looks like a bright wood that doesn't match the color of the rest of the violin, unfortunately I could not get an image of this either. The pegs and the chinrest have been replaced but everything else should be original to the violin. It might also be worth noting that before it was worked on, it had fine tuners on the A and E strings. I haven't ever posted on a forum like this so if I'm doing this wrong please let me know. Thanks!
Dear All, Recently my godfather passed away and left a fairly considerable number of assorted stringed instruments and bows to me in his will. Despite being a professional violinist I am woefully ignorant when it comes to identifying instruments and wondered whether anyone on here could help? These two violins seem to be the most recent in the collection and despite not having been played for about fifteen years are still incredibly responsive. Apologies for the quality of the photos, the lighting in the house is incredibly poor. Thanks in advance. http://imgur.com/a/jJwyj#0