Violin/child violinist


Dave Lashof - Violin All-Expert wrote at 2015-02-17 00:12:54

You will be hard pressed to find Any small size violins made before 1850 and certainly not by any of the "household" known violin makers such as Stradivari, Amati or Guarneri.  After those names, most people are clueless.  Small violins really didn't exist before the mid 1800's and that was because they were too expensive to produce, violin makers were not rich then. Once the factories started up, in the mid 1800's, it became economical to make fractional violins. Although there are some very fine fractional violins, the makers will be unknown to 99.9% of the population.  


All Answers

Answers by Expert:

Ask Experts


James S. Fisher


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.


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,


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.

©2017 All rights reserved.

[an error occurred while processing this directive]