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Hello all, I purchased a Lowendall violin today from a lady whose mother bought it in Berlin in 1929. Came in an old wood case (her mother has this made for the violin) and with an old, presumably original, bow which has mother of pearl insert and is silver tipped, quite thick and stiff to my eyes. Is it worth getting it rehaired as hair is mostly gone now? Violin has a label inside saying 'Made in Berlin. Special Copy of Antonius Stradivarius' along with the wreath with L inside to the right. I have attached links to some pics. Any information regarding what it may be worth or how many were made etc... would be much appreciated. I bought it for myself, as I have not played for years and wish to start playing again. I am curious though. Had it restrung today and it sounds really good to me (which is all that matters really - I did not pay much for it). Thanks in advance for any replies!
Hi there, This is my most recent violin I aquired. It is a Joseph Guarnerius copy. The label has the normal Joseph Guarnerius label inside, nothing special. On the back of the scroll, it says "Artist Violin Guarnerius". From a bit of googling, it seems these violins were made in Lowendall's workshop, along with the Imperial violins. So I'll assume this is a German violin. The fingerboard, at the bottom is oddly shaped, and Ive seen this on Imperial violins before on ebay. About the violin, it is in very good condition. Only a minor crack at the right side of the saddle, and also a minor crack at the top. It was very dirty when I got it, lots of built up dirt and rosin over the years that was never cleaned I suppose. Will add a picture of that aswell. When I opened the violin to repair the cracks, I saw the violin top was smoothly scraped. No gouge marks, or unfinished areas. The bass bar is also glued in, not carved in like almost all the other German violins that Ive repaired this far, and the bar is also at the right angle. The violin has 4 real corner blocks. The sound of this violin is absolutely amazing. Much better than I expected when buying it. It is warm, loud (but not harsh), and the G string is very viola-like. Its an absolute joy to play, which is why I decided to use this as my main violin. Before this I used a German Francesco Ruggieri trade violin. 1. Can someone perhaps shed some light on the resale value of this violin, aswell as the value for insurance purposes? 2. One thing that is a bit different from my previous violin, the neck seems to be a bit thick, top to bottom. Would it be right to thin it down a bit? Will it affect the value, if done properly? PS. The violin seem to have had geared pegs in the past, looking at the little holes on the pegbox. The Peg holes are also very large, so you might notice the pegs dont fit properly. I ordered the peg hole bushings, so I'll fix that as soon as it arrives. PPS. The bow that came with the violin, is quite different from what Ive seen. It doesnt seem to be made of wood, but rather some sort of metal or something. It is stamped "Heddon" and what seems to say "USA" underneath to the right side. Anyone have any experience with these bows? Are they worth re-hairing, and fixing? What are the value of these?] Also, if anyone is interested, it is stringed up with Pirastro's Evah Pirazzi Gold, with the Silver G string. This was my first time buying these strings (usually go with dominant with Gold Label e Pirastro), and I love these Pirastro strings. Here are some photos. Thank You.