Violin/CA Herold

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Question
I have owned a CA Herold violin - now in poor condition requiring new strings and a rehaired bow.  Is it of any value?  Would it be worth reburbishing?  If so how much might it cost?

Answer
Hi Miriam,

Thanks for your question.  Unfortunately, to get any sort of accurate answer, you'd really need to take it in person to a reputable violin ship for an appraisal and estimate for repair.  C. A. Herold was a German distributor of stringed instruments from the mid 19th to mid 20th century.  Many of the instruments they sold were made by various members of the Herold family.  But, they sold a wide range of different quality instruments.  As for repairs, both re-stringing the instrument and re-hairing the bow are routine jobs and not particularly costly.  New strings range from $15 to $150 per set.  A good rehair will generally run you about $60 - $70.  If the instrument itself is in good condition, then it's almost certainly worth it.  Old wood always sounds better than new, so an instrument of this age may sound quite good.  (Of course, much depends on the original quality of the craftsmanship.)  If, however, the violin has been sitting in the attic, then there are likely to be structural problems - i.e. unglued seams, mis-aligned neck, etc.  In that case, it may not be worth repairing.  But, again, it depends on the original quality of the instrument.

But, I'd say that it's certainly worth checking it out.  Give a call to a reputable shop in your area and make an appointment for a proper appraisal.  Best of luck with it!

Regards,
Jim Fisher

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Please Note: For an accurate appraisal of your instrument's value or history, I must advise you to take it to a local luthier or string shop for an evaluation. It's really not possible to do this with any accuracy via email.

However, I am happy to answer other questions about violins, bows, violin playing, and violin/bow repair. I can also talk with you about what bows, rosin, strings, cases, shoulder rests, etc. might work best for you and your particular instrument. (There are some great new products on the market.) I've taught violin and fiddle playing for the past 18 years and will answer questions about playing and technique.

Experience

I've been studying the violin for over thirty years. I started teaching in 1996. In addition to my training at Lebanon Valley College and at the Violin Institute, I handle violins, bows, and customer questions of all sorts on a daily basis in my shop - J.S. Fisher Violins, www.fisherviolins.com.

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NAAM, ASTA

Education/Credentials
I hold a Bachelor of Music degree from Lebanon Valley College, as well as certificates in violin repair, violin maintenance, and bow rehairing from the Violin Institute at the University of New Hampshire.

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