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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.

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.

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.

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.

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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2017-03-18 unknown maker:

Hi Christopher  Sorry for the delay, I was out of touch for the day.    The label is Lars P Grinager, sometimes spelled Grinacher.     As per William Henley - He worked in Brandbo Norway circa 1880-1892

2017-03-17 Violin:

Hi Jason    I don't know any shops personally but there is a violin shop in Edmonton called called:    P. J. Tan Violins  3346 Parsons Rd NW, Edmonton, AB T6N 1B5, Canada  +1 780-438-4310

2017-03-17 violin:

Hi Fay    I  can't tell you much given the lack of supplied information.  Lewis and Son and Norlin were subsidiaries of CMI, Chicago Musical Instruments. They imported student grade instruments from Germany

2017-03-05 nicolaus amatus feeit in cremona 1621 ?:

Hi Kimberly     This violin is a copy from the first half of the 20th century...1920-30 ish. I  can't tell from these pictures what country it was made in, but most likely Germany, Czechoslovakia or France

2017-03-03 Old Techler violin bow:

Hi Hilary    The bows stamped "Techler", were low grade commercial bows made in the mid to late 1800's in Markneukirchen Germany by the C. A. Reichel firm.     In good shape these typically are worth at

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