Violin/Stainer Violin?


I inherited a violin from a dear, deceased friend of mine. I am told it is a real Stainer Violin with original case and bow.  Where would I go or whom would I speak with too decide whether it is authentic and its value?

You can take the violin in person to a luthier, who should easily be able to tell you if the instrument is authentic.  If there is not one near to you, then you should take high res photos of the instrument from all angles and close-ups, and email them to a luthier who is willing to offer their opinion.  

I am doubtful about the authenticity of this instrument because musicians with quarter of a million dollar instruments are usually very careful about leaving them properly documented, with other musicians or via auction, and with assurance that they will be played and properly cared for.  However, a copy of a Stainer does not mean it is valueless - it is always worth getting it looked at by a luthier.



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Todd Sullivan


Hello, I am a NYC violinist performing for Broadway shows, symphony orchestras, opera, and sundry theatre/pop tours. I would be happy to answer your questions about anything related to being a performer in the music business. I play both violin and viola professionally, so questions on playing either instrument are welcome. The only thing I am not well informed on is information concerning instruments/bows...those questions are best left to luthiers.


Professional experience includes a variety of on/off Broadway tours and shows, numerous orchestras, tours with Ray Charles and Ann Murray orchestras, leader of the 20-piece Todd Sullivan Orchestra.

Bachelor of Fine Arts (violin) with honors from Carnegie Mellon University (1999)

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