Recommended Posts


Interested in opinions on who may have made this violin.  Acquired from a horse trader circa 1950s/60s in Idaho.  Fake labeled JB Guad.  Came with tattered Lyon and Healy "certificate of authenticity".  May have had some connection to Weisshaar in L.A.  Beautiful dark viola-like sound.  Rather heavy fiddle.  Suggested by Bill Moennig that it might have been made by Sgarabotto.

Link to post
Share on other sites

This looks nice!

I recently had a Bisiach Shop violin circa 1920 with a Guad label which initially I thought was Gaetano Sgarobotto, but which Eric Blot thought was more likely Ferrucio Varagnolo. It shared some features of your violin, though the scroll was quite different and it was more obviously a fake Guadagnini.

I would be interested to see clearer photos of the front and back - also do you have the measurements, back length, and across the upper and lower bouts?

Link to post
Share on other sites

Sorry about the multiple posts!  I thought my earlier ones did not go through (somehow I had the idea they would show up in my content as present but not yet approved).


Martin, would I need some kind of caliper to measure the violin?  Or can I use a tape measure?  I'm going to take some additional pictures now.

Link to post
Share on other sites

Ok this one is a bit beyond me! 

It seems to be a "rough & ready" interpretation of a Guadagnini, and I do think it could have something to do with the Bisiach Shop and their backroom work, but there's just not enough detail in the photos. Definitely worth taking it to a proper appraiser.

Measurements are nice, not too big ...

Perhaps Jeffrey can suggest someone local to you who could give a proper opinion.

Link to post
Share on other sites

Interesting -- I had never really thought of this violin as raw, probably because I found it attractive and I was used to seeing it at home all my life.  But I see your point -- there is a kind of roughness that goes beyond just the cracks/repairs that were made.  Like the purfling kind of smushes out into the corners, and the scroll turn is sort of elongated on one side.

Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.

Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.