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Lucas

Is this Maggini copy worth anything?

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Hi All - first time poster.

 

I have recently purchased several nice quality instruments from a local deceased estate. Including several violins.

 

One of them is an 1890 Hawkes & Son. "The Professor Violin" in pretty good condition.

 

One of the others (pictured below) has an old looking label inside which reads:

 

GIOVAN PAULO MAGGINI

BRESCIA 1686

 

Obviously this is not a real Maggini, but it is oldish. Judging by the age of the cases and other violins I got, I am guessing late 19th century.

 

So my question is, given it is a fake, but still a hundred or so years old does it still have some value? If so what sort of value?

 

Also, is there a way to directly upload pictures to the forum, without having to use third party image hosts which bombard me with ads ^_^. I have lots more photos (none of which are great quality, sorry).

 

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Yes it has some value, a few hundred dollars probably. But that's if there are no unseen flaws (a bad neck set for example) which could quickly drop it to zero.

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From seeing other Mag copies on this forum, probably early 20th Century, top looks decent, beautiful flames !

 

Contact me if you are sellng, but i think deans is right on with the price

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But that's if there are no unseen flaws (a bad neck set for example) which could quickly drop it to zero.

I dont agree to that. Someone will always pay more than zero. There was recently a SMASHED one of these, selling on ebay for 800$ or so...  Probably someone hoping its a real old one... 

Anyway, even a bad/cracked/broken 100y old violin sells on ebay for 70-250$, this one with the double purfling and the extra swirl in the scroll should fetch a bit more as a curiosity. My guess is 250-400USD.

Regarding your question on picture uploading, there is - but you have to wait until you have 10 approved posts. Until then use tinypic or other similar picturehosts.

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I don't know if this can be done accurately with the fingerboard intact but measure across with a flexible rule from the inner purfling line of the upper bout belly to the other side purfling line.  Make note of the half way distance with millimeters.  Next, do the same for the lower bout - inner purfling line to the other side inner line.  Make note of the half distance there too.  Line up the two center marks to see if endpin is in good enough alignment.  To me it appears off.  

 

That's the way a repair book I have says to find the center for pin placement.  I would run a length of fishing line from the center of the nut, over the fingerboard to the saddle.  Lightly tape to hold in place and walk away.  Come back to observe alignment with fresh eyes.  Doing that my way means to remove the bridge, strings and tailpiece.  I'm not sure of the price of a rebush and pin alignment session from a shop, a reason that particular violin doesn't sound well.  Just assuming, of coarse.

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