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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.

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.

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.

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2016-11-20 Karl Knilling Stradivarius Model of 1792:

Hi Tristan     Karl Knilling instruments are commercially made factory instruments mostly from Germany  and Czechoslovakia. This was probably made in the late 1980s to 1990s. Typical values are in the

2016-11-02 Authenticity of maker:

Hi Michael    The sheer number of Bertolini instruments tell us that they are a workshop instrument, there is no evidence of an actual maker.  The primary violin maker reference bible, that of William

2016-11-01 Origins of a Violin:

I would agree and I have seen it before but I just can't put my brain on it and it doesn't show up in any of my research. I will keep thinking on it, sometimes it pops into my head but since I don't have

2016-11-01 Origins of a Violin:

Hi Gustavo     The violin looks late 1800's German, probably the Saxony region. Could you take a closeup of that mark on the button, this picture is too blurry when I  zoom  in.

2016-10-29 best violin E-String:

Hi Crystal    This is a bit difficult to say without actually playing the instrument my first recommendation is to ask your local luthier about this as they can actually play your instrument and make recommendations

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