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I have a Vinchenzo Miroglio 1919 violin
Fecit in Catania l' Anno. Labeled  and authenticated and valued by
Bromptoms London. I would like a us value if that is possible
Thank you so much . Mark

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Hi Mark

I really can't tell you much since I can't see the instrument and that is really necessary to do an evaluation for appraisal purposes. As stated on my AE bio, I can only give an accurate answer based on the information provided, which is limited to name and year. Based on the makers name, which I am not familiar with, and there no auction results from any of the major auction houses in the last 20 years, this is obviously a much lessor known and prolific maker than many. The only value information I have seen, is from a Bromptons auction in 2010 (internet search), and that was listed for a potential sale of 1000-1300 Euro's. Values haven't really gone up much in 4 years, especially on non "historic" instruments.  Also from the pictures I have seen of this makers work, he was not a very talented maker (also from an internet search). He also seems to be better known as a guitar and mandolin maker than as a violin maker.

Based on all that information, I would suspect that a violin of his would be worth retail today in the $2500-5000 range. Because of the general lack of knowledge of this maker and his obvious low output, his instruments will be valued more based on condition and sound vs. the knowledge of who made the instrument.  Obviously if one of his instruments auctions for more, and you never know what will happen at an auction, then the value of yours may go up.

I am sorry that I can't provide more information, but there just isn't any available for this maker. An in person evaluation would really be the way to go, so that the merits of your specific instrument can be taken into account.  If you have a value from Bromptons in the last 5 years on your violin, I would just go with that, obviously translated into US dollars.  

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I can answer questions on violin, viola, cello and bass making, repair and maintenance as well as supply general violin value ranges and information on instrument makers’ assuming the instrument's as labeled. I don't give values for modern makers as many of these modern makers are yet unknown to me. I can only give you feedback based on what information you give me, and no authority on the instrument can know every maker's work that ever lived. I have access to many books on makers and auction prices on over 25,000 makers, as well as having 36 years of experience with selling and appraising violins. Without having the instrument in hand, any estimate over the internet is just a guess as the label inside an instrument is more often wrong than right, so just having that information is not very useful. Pictures can sometimes be helpful but only so much, as the "feel" of the instrument along with small clues in workmanship and varnish cannot be seen in pictures. Any pictures should be high quality close-ups of the top and back. Additional photos of the front and treble side of the neck are also useful. It is always best to have an instrument seen in person at a violin shop that does appraisals. I can also provide advice on bows, rosin, strings and other string instrument accessories. As I am now retired, I have no bias towards selling anything; I only wish to share my knowledge and experience by providing information for those that may be getting confused by misinformation, misdirection or conflicting statements. (While I have seen many thousands of instruments and have performed numerous appraisals; if I have not evaluated an instrument in person, any information I set forth in an opinion is just that, an opinion based solely on what you have provided. Thusly, no financial decision should be based on that opinion, but rather, further investigation should be performed by having the instrument examined in person.)

Experience

I am a retired violin maker and repairman with 35 years experience having worked in Chicago and Maryland at 5 different violin shops and music stores including the first violin repairman at William Harris Lee in Chicago, the head repairman at Weavers Violins in Maryland, and in my own shop of 25 years. I have made 160 instruments and have restored countless professional level and student grade instruments. I am an accomplished violinist having performed with semi-professional as well as amateur groups although I haven't played for years and mostly stay away from questions about playing. I have taught violin making and restoration to about 20 students; three of which have gone on professionally and now have their own shops. I know violins from playing, selling, repairing, making and teaching.

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Violin Society of America (VSA). American String Teachers Association (ASTA)

Education/Credentials
I graduated from the prestigious 4 year Chicago School of Violin Making in 1981 under Master Violin Maker Tschu Ho Lee. I also studied with violin maker Willis M. Gault in Washington DC from 1973-75, who was the former owner of the oldest known example of an instrument from the modern violin family, an Andreas Amati Viola.

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2008 Chester Petranek Award for service to the music community. ASTA award for service. Top All Expert in Violin for 2014 and 2015.

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I have worked with many professional musicians from DC area Symphonies as well as players from all over the US. Here are just a few, Leonard Slatkin - Former conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra. Doris Gazda - Nationally renowned string specialist and composer. Bernard Greenhouse, Tanya Anisimova - Internationally renowned Solo Cellists. Jody Gatwood, Mark Pfannschmidt, Lori Barnet, Doug Dubé, Judy Silverman - National Philharmonic Orchestra. Robert Blatt, David Hardy, Glen Garlick - National Symphony Orchestra. Eddie Stubbs, Brendan Mulvahill, Nate Leath - Professional Fiddle Players. David Basche, Pat Braunlich, John Knudson, Romano Solano, Ed Ferris, Fred Lieder - freelance musicians.

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