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I'm considering bidding at for a Dresden missing its bridge. There are two dark marks visible on the belly on both sides of discoloration caused by the bridge feet.

If these marks are simply Sharpie dots made by someone plagued with bridge problems I can live with it, but if they are in fact small holes- yikes!

I live in Durham, NC and know three good luthiers (one world-class) I can go to for help. One is also my music teacher. I'm expecting the sound post to be missing or loose and have no problem paying for pro set-up and restringing.

Auction closes in a couple days. Attached images are cropped from images appearing on

Right now I play a NOS Ton-Klar The Orchestra I bought specifically for lessons but it doesn't have the soul I remember from my childhood violin. When I find my forever fiddle the Ton-Klar will become my outdoor festival fiddle.

The marks are very small- maybe pin holes, so I doubt someone tried a through-the-heart sound post modification. If they are pin holes should I walk away from the instrument?

Hi Paul

Unfortunately the pictures are of too low a quality for me to tell what is going on for certain.  As I enlarge them, they get so far out of focus it is impossible to tell. If I were to make a guess, I too would say they are probably just bridge marks of some sort. Plan on the total value once repaired being in the $1500-2000 range if it sounds good and is able to be put into good condition. Have you tried contacting the auctioneers to ask your question? I haven't ever done a Goodwill auction, but others are usually receptive to condition questions if they can determine what you are asking.  Obviously with Goodwill they are not violin experts. FYI, I found the instrument on their site and it also looks like there is a top crack on the lower treble side. I wish they had taken the old strings off, it is hard to tell what is strings wandering all over and what is something else.


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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.)


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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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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