Violin/Hopf violin



Hello. I would be very  happy
IF you could maybe tell me some
Information about my violin i got
From my grandfather.
Maybe age and if its 10 dollars
Worth or 1000
Sorry my english is poor
Imorgon from sweden

Best regards john

Hi John,

Thank you for your question.  What you have is a factory instrument, patterned after the fine instruments produced by Casper Hopf and his descendants.  From the photos it does appear to be a true "copy", as opposed to a violin that simply has the Hopf name on as a selling point.  But, it is not an original, I'm afraid. If is just conceivable that it could be a genuine instrument from one of the later Hopf makers, but that is unlikely.

Still, that does not mean it is without value.  There were many very fine factory instrument produced for import to the United States, and other locations.  If I had to take a wild guess, just from the photos, I'd say that it is worth between $300 and $1000.  But, it's possible, depending on the condition and the quality of craftsmanship that it could be worth more or less.  The only way to really know is to take it to a qualified luthier and have an appraisal done, in person.  

Best of luck with it!  If nothing else, you have a very nice family heirloom and a way to remember your grandfather.

Best Regards,
Jim Fisher


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