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I think that the theory might be that ol' John never immigrated, and so he would not be found in a U.S. census. Based on the quasi-mythical photo on Met Music's website, we might conjecture that he was born (if he was at all) before or near the turn of the 20th century. Jesse--please go to Stowe and do a video interview and post it.

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A friend of mine brought me three violins to look at and offered them to me. I opened the first case and found an over-varnished piece of fire wood (German trade instrument). Second case contained a 3/4 sized well made German instrument.

I opened the third case and there was a great looking violin. Red labeled Master Art from 1910 "Copy of a Bergonzi". He offered me all three violins for $1000.00 which included a couple of decent bows. Since he was a good friend, I told him that the Juzek should be cleaned up, set-up and auctioned off. What was I thinking!!!! He decided to send his Juzek to a famous auction house in NY for their instrument action. I believe that the Juzek sold for about $3000.00. I am not sure if he ever had it set-up or not.

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Hello I am a complete newbie to all of this. Please forgive my

complete ignorance re the correct technical or musical


I have in my possession a (3/4?) violin.

The label inside reads:




Violinmaker in Prague

made in Chzechoslovakia"

and the signature of the alleged John Juzek

is in the bottom right hand corner.

The label is aged but legible. There is a printed border

outline around the rectangular label.

It also looks like there is a silver star (or could be a blob) over

the top of the "john" part of his name at the beginning, but who


Looks like the wood is maple. It has a golden red hue to it.

It is one piece at the back.

There are no strings on it, and looks like the "fingerboard" (is

that the right name for it) is ebony as are the pegs.

The chin piece (I don't know what you call that bit) and the bottom

part that holds the bottom of the strings

are black plastic it looks like...a metal clamp holding the chin

piece with a red plasticy  sort of wire or thick string

holding the bottom string holder thing via a (possibly ebony) peg

at the bottom of the violin.

It came in a leather (sort of fake alligator skin- or maybe it is

alligator skin, I don't know) violin case, with purple velvet

interior. The bow needs fixing, and I don't know what the main body

of the bow is made of - but again bottom part of that bow is ebony

- there is no string (or whatever you call that) on the bow.

It looks like it was a young music student's instrument, as the

music sheets are still in the case:

yellowing pages of "the violinist's first and third position

repertoire"  etc.

This was given to us a long time ago and we've had it sitting in

the attic. I thought I would sell it. The more I have researched

this, the more nervous I have become. I don't want to be greedy,

but I don't want to be ripped off either, and - well frankly- it

needs to be played. It's too sad to have it just sitting.

I am thinking I need to have this restored and sell it, but would

like some advice as to how I go about this, and also - is this

particular violin of any value?



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Being made in Czechoslovakia rather than Germany dates your violin to before about 1950 (I think) and after the formation of Czechoslovakia after World War 1, so it's pretty safe to assume it was made in the 1920s or 1930s. I'd guess that the most valuable Juzeks retail for around $4000-$8000 in violin shops. They say "Master Art" on the label, so we know you don't have one of these.

The lesser Juzeks I guess would retail up to around $2000 for better grades in near mint condition, but most of the ones that turn up are lower grades and/or in poor condition. Tens of thousands of them were mass-produced and exported to the United States, so they're nothing special. Shops will only pay a fraction of retail for them because of their profit margin and the repair and set-up work they generally require.

Juzeks appear frequently on Ebay. You can search current and expired auctions to see what they sell for there.

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