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Steve Levine

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

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 .....

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.

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.

Recent Answers

2017-02-09 Identify "NE" violin:

Hi Arthur    With the limited supplied information I can't help. I find no violin makers with the initials of NE that are known for using an inlay with their initials. The one pictured on the button is

2017-02-03 Caspar da salo violin:

Hi Oscar    The violin you have is certainly a copy. It was made in the late 1800's or early 1900's. The instrument has been re-varnished meaning that it doesn't have it's original varnish which devalues

2017-02-02 Geipel violin:

Hi John     Hermann Geipel was born in 1862, he established his factory in Brambach Bohemia in 1885. He sold primarily through the US distributor Sears. I have attached a photo of a 1930 and 1937 Sears

2017-01-29 Violin Jerome?:

Hi again Jose    Thanks for the clarification. Very few Jerome Thibouville Lamy labels actually spell out his entire name. Usually they just use the initials JTL either on the main label or on a secondary

2017-01-27 William Lewis Son cello info please:

Hi again Sandy    The Lewis Duport Cello is modeled after a 1711 Stradivari cello that was owned by Jean-Louis Duport in the early 1800's. More recently, it was owned by professional cellist Mstislav Rostropovich

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