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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.

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I've been studying the violin for over thirty years. I started teaching in 1996. In addition to my training at Lebanon Valley College and at the Violin Institute, I handle violins, bows, and customer questions of all sorts on a daily basis in my shop - J.S. Fisher Violins,




I hold a Bachelor of Music degree from Lebanon Valley College, as well as certificates in violin repair, violin maintenance, and bow rehairing from the Violin Institute at the University of New Hampshire.

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John Jansson 09/02/16101010Excellent expert! Thank you for The answer .....
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Recent Answers from James S. Fisher

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

2016-07-15 Violin:

Hi John,    Thanks for your question.  It's unlikely that the label in your instrument in genuine.  The instruments of makers like Boivin are fairly well known and cataloged.  And, anyone can falsify a

2016-04-20 valuation/usage:

Hi S,    Thank you for your question.  Bearden violins is a small shop in Missouri.  They sell violins in a wide range of qualities from a variety of makers.  If it's a student level instrument, it could

2016-02-14 Geigen Bass Violin:

Hi Eric,    Thanks for your question.  Main Violin is a shop in New Jersey.  Geigen Bass und Violincello simply means "Fiddle, Bass, and Cello".  So, it sounds like you've got a factory violin, made in

2016-02-07 Violin:

Hi Bradley,    Thanks for your question.  Your instrument is a factory-made violin, intended for import to the U.S. or elsewhere via catalogs or distribution through dealers and other merchants.  Such


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