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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.

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.

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 .....

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.

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2016-10-20 John Juzek "special " violin:

Hi Christopher    In all my years in dealing in violins I have never run across a Juzek with the word "Special" written on the label. I have to add that the Juzek company was one of the least consistent

2016-10-14 History of Violin:

Hi Marsha    These instruments were most likely made in a Mirecourt France factory and imported by Lyon and Healy (hence the stylized L&H along the labels border) of Chicago between 1870-1930. As yours

2016-10-13 Carlo Bersonzi violin ?:

Hi Ruben    Yes please do. As AE only allows two, please feel free to send them to me directly at I would appreciate close-up pics of the top, back, bass side of the neck/scroll

2016-10-12 Violin authenticity and value:

Hi Ottilie    I would need to see some better pictures to verify this one way or the other. The one of the top is a little too blurry to enlarge and I would love to see a closeup of the side of the scroll

2016-10-11 My violin:

Hi Saeid    Your violin was made by the Otto Windisch (OW) firm in Germany in the late 1800's.  The factory was established in Schoneck Germany around 1885. Otto retired around 1900 and the company was

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