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Stephane wrote at 2013-01-13 13:08:11
I don't mean to discourage you but the label looks like it was placed there just a year ago or less.  The wood looks too new even for something made in the 1920's, let alone, the 1700s.   Labels don't mean anything since they can easily be counterfeited. If you suspect it's an antique then have it appraised or start by consulting a professional Luthier. I'm sure he would tell you the same thing as I did.  I have antique violins dating to the late 1800's and they look much older in the inside than this violin.  Well, if the violin was never used, then it could look new. Having an antique still does not mean much.  Not all antiques are of high value.  If it's a known maker, yes it could fetch a good price if proven to be authentic, if not, they would be worth far less than a modern German violin made by a not so known maker.  

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Jim Garber


PLEASE NOTE: I will not be able to answer any questions about antique keyboards, accordions, concertinas, woodwinds, brass and percussion.

I can answer most questions on fretted instruments, my main area of expertise is in vintage mandolins, guitars and ukuleles. I also know some things about old banjos as well.

I have decided to no longer evaluate instruments -- it is very difficult without the instrument in hand. For guitars and some other American fretted instruments, I recommend the Vintage Guitar Price guide. Also, be aware that most insurance companies want written appraisals so my valuation would not work anyway.

ALSO PLEASE NOTE: it is near-impossible to accurately appraise a violin or bow remotely. If you truly want to find out what you have, you will likely need to take it to a reputable local dealer. Many of these folks will at least give you a verbal assessment of what you have after an inspection in hand and, if it is indeed worth something, can write you up a formal appraisal, usually for a fee.

If you have any questions about zithers please check the following sites: or
Between the two of them, they have it all covered for any zither-like instrument.


I have been buying, selling, collecting and playing old and antique instruments for over 30 years. My recent specialty has been in European mandolins and classical and Italian mandolin music.

Classical Mandolin Society of America, active participant on the Mandolin Cafe

Guild of American Luthiers, Sing Out Magazine,

BA, Brandeis University

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