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Jacobus Stainer in Absam prope Oenipontum 17 is it real???


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@Wills34, please forgive Jacob's curtness regarding your instrument. Many, many people post pictures of their relatives'/ancestors' instruments and the vast majority are mostly worth sentimental value only. As the years go by, the answers to these queries have gotten shorter and blunter.

It looks like you have a violin from somewhere in Germany or the former Czechoslovakia (I am not enough of an expert to ID exactly the region) of which there were literally millions made. When new, the violin was towards the lower end of the price scale and unfortunately appears to have suffered some serious damage rendering the value close to zero.

Sorry for not having much good news regarding monetary value but it is something that has been in your family for years and hopefully brought joy to its owners. You can't put a dollar figure on that.

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I have a similar instrument. It was build in Czechoslovakia in the year 1925. It has also the inscription "Jacobus Stainer in Absam ... etc. " So it's a copy of course. But a good copy of a good instrument is also a good instrument. Mine is in good condition and very playable. I like the sound, it's much better than cheap modern instruments. If my house was on fire, and i could save one object, it would be this violin. So take you instrument to a builder, ask for advise and if possible start playing it. That's its purpose. Play music that enjoys those around you. Then the violins value will be priceless. Good luck.

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