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David Lashof

I can answer questions on violin, viola, cello and bass making, repair and maintenance as well as supply general violin value ranges and information on instrument makersí assuming the instrument's as labeled. I don't give values for modern makers as many of these modern makers are yet unknown to me. I can only give you feedback based on what information you give me, and no authority on the instrument can know every maker's work that ever lived. I have access to many books on makers and auction prices on over 25,000 makers, as well as having 36 years of experience with selling and appraising violins. Without having the instrument in hand, any estimate over the internet is just a guess as the label inside an instrument is more often wrong than right, so just having that information is not very useful. Pictures can sometimes be helpful but only so much, as the "feel" of the instrument along with small clues in workmanship and varnish cannot be seen in pictures. Any pictures should be high quality close-ups of the top and back. Additional photos of the front and treble side of the neck are also useful. It is always best .....

Steve Levine

I can answer almost any question regarding the classical violin.Both playing and history. Also repertoire.

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.

Michael Barkas

I can answer some questions concerning violin playing and violin compositions, but I can't give info about technical problems, bows, violin making etc.

Bill Alpert

BEFORE YOU ASK, PLEASE NOTE: I cannot answer questions about instrument repair or value. You need to visit a reputable local violin shop for such assistance, or do some reasearch online: I can answer questions related to the study of the violin, teaching violin and the performance of concert (classical) music. I'm happy to assist anyone who is serious about his/her violin journey as a pathway to personal growth and musical achievement.

Guy Percy

I am a bass player(upright and electric) and I teach elementary school orchestra. I specialize in jazz and rock bass playing, but can field many other questions related to strings in general.

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2016-09-24 Is it worth the repair? - Maggini Copy:

I can't say for sure about the varnish but it doesn't look original. Some concerns. The seam in the back is dark in a section, this could mean it is or was open, meaning it could need attention. I would

2016-09-24 Is it worth the repair? - Maggini Copy:

Hi Julia    Without seeing the instrument as a whole, it is difficult to say, since I can't judge the instruments quality overall. I tried to look up the sale, but the quality of the pictures doesn't help

2016-09-12 American made violin:

Hi John    I did see one that was made in the late 1920's. It was very yellow and certainly showed the signs of a self taught maker or one that hadn't any formal training. In looking for some info in my

2016-09-10 Antonius, et Hieronimus Fr. Amati 1675:

Hi Craig    As Antonio, brother of Hieronymus, died in the early 1600's, he couldn't have been still making instruments in 1675. But back to your violin, as your violin has no neck graft, that makes it

2016-09-01 Hopf violin:

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

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