Hello I have a violin made by Claude Boivin in fair to  good condition, inside the f hole is Claude Boivin a Paris.1731 I know without seeing it its just a guess but can you give a rough estimate of what it might be worth ?

Hi John,

Thanks for your question.  It's unlikely that the label in your instrument in genuine.  The instruments of makers like Boivin are fairly well known and cataloged.  And, anyone can falsify a label.  Also, factory instruments are often labeled according to the instrument that they are patterned after, with no real intent to deceive.  

But, that doesn't mean that the instrument is not valuable.  Many factory instruments made for import to the U.S. are quite fine.  But, I'm afraid there's not much I can tell you about this particular instrument just from the label.  I'd recommend taking it to a reputable violin shop for an appraisal.

Best of luck with it!

Jim Fisher  


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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.


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