Violin/Stradivarius violin



Dear Mr. Lashof, I have an old violin with the following label:Antonius Straduarius.
There are inscriptions in ink, which is very difficult to understand.
You may have seen something similar and can tell. This tool is of no interest.
Thank you. Yuri

Hi Yuri,

Thank you for your question.  It looks like you intended this question for David.  Feel free to re-submit it to him, if you like.

What you have is a factory instrument, intended for import to the U.S., for sale in U.S. catalogs or stores.  They frequently use generic labels, hand-writing in the manufacture date and/or model.  The "Antonius Stradivarius" or similar indicator tells you that they patterened this violin from a Stradivari.  From the photo it does not appear to be a violin of very high quality.  It would have little re-sale value.  However, if you are looking for a fiddle to play yourself, it may be worth having it checked out and strung up.  Older fiddles often have a surprisingly good tone, due to the age of the wood, in spite of poor craftsmanship.  If you're a classical player, then this won't have the warm, mellow tone of a more expensive violin.  But, if you happen to be a fiddler, the "edgy" sound of inexpensive fiddles often suits the style well, and this may work well for you.  I'd recommend taking it to a violin shop to get it checked out.

Best of luck with it!

Jim Fisher


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