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Need help in trying to find out how much my violin is worth

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My great grandfather gave me his antique violin about thirty years ago when I used to play in school. I recently moved into a very small apartment and must downsize. I want to sell the violin but have no idea what it's worth. There's an old sticker inside the violin that reads: Joh. Bapt. Schweitzer Fecit At Forman Nicronymi Amat Petini 1813. If anyone has any info about this violin I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you.

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My great grandfather gave me his antique violin about thirty years ago when I used to play in school. I recently moved into a very small apartment and must downsize. I want to sell the violin but have no idea what it's worth. There's an old sticker inside the violin that reads: Joh. Bapt. Schweitzer Fecit At Forman Nicronymi Amat Petini 1813. If anyone has any info about this violin I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you.

Hello Miculr,

Without seeing photographs of your instrument you will find that no one will be able to supply you with any useful information as to what your violin may be.

J. B. Schweitzer was a talented maker however, his labels are commonly found in instruments of mass production and often minimal value (compared to what an authentic Schweizer would be valued at).

There are individuals here who could help with the identification of your instrument and depending on your location, you may want to take the violin to a reputable luthier/expert near you.

There is a tutorial as to how to post photos at the top of this forum section.

DGSR☺

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The violin pictured in the thread that Jacob linked to is a typical example of the common type of commercially mass-produced Schweitzer-labeled violin.  They almost always have a label worded the same as yours, and they are always dated 1813 or 1814.  The varnish is always antiqued and shaded.  They usually have black pins through the back into the upper and lower blocks, fake cracks and fake neck grafts.  Sometimes they have fake peg hole bushings, fake edge wear and fake repair labels.

 

These were not made by Schweitzer, nor were they made in Budapest, nor were they made 200 years ago.  The quality varies.  Despite all the fakery, better grades in nice condition sell for a few thousand dollars in violin shops.

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