Violin/Bausch violin


I'm interested in knowing a rough estimate for a violin made by Otto Bausch. It appears to be in good condition. I know Otto was born 1841 and died around 1874 or 75. He took over business in 1871 so I'm really guessing he made it between 1860 and 1870. I think I read that he only made about 60 instruments. According to what I read, the quality is nothing to write home about. I'm thinking the wood used was pretty decent though. It does have a nice flamed back.
Have you ever played one or heard about the quality? I know just because it's old, doesn't make it a good instrument.
Thanks for any input !


Hi John,

Thanks for your question.  I don't know anything about this maker, other than what I've read (and I assume you've read) on the internet.  I do see several auction records from Bromptons and Tarisio which list sales for about $800, $900, and $1400 US dollars.  Of course, much will depend on the particular instrument and the condition.  I'd recommend making an appointment with a reputable appraiser to get it checked out.  Sorry that I'm not more help.

Best of luck!
Jim Fisher

J.S. Fisher Violins


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