How to tell if my Violin is of real antique value or a useless copy

Happy 2017 to all my readers! May this year be a fruitful one. I have been so caught up with enjoying the festivities and spending time with family over the holidays that it has been ages since my last entry. Also I would really like to start with those violin tutorial videos- I’m thinking of recording the Suzuki violin school volume 1 songs as a start to the series or 30-50 videos I’m intending to put up.  So keep a look out!


Well first though I want to write about this article that recently caught my eye! I have always thought that it would be obvious when something is a copy or not to an expert till I read this interview, the examples are interesting too and we can clearly see how some of these violins could be mistakenly believed to be authentic by someone who does not have enough experience. These are REAL experts! And even so they must carry with them years of experience and a large load of violins that have been reviewed in order to build up knowledge to deem what is what and the real deal.

Certainly completely different to a professional musician who would probably be only interested in the outcome of the sound and the playability of the instrument. Having said this, I have tried real Guarneri Del Gesu and Stradivarius violins (and a cello) even an Amati! And they have indeed this vintage timbre that is just lacking in a modern instrument like mine. (I play a 1966 Italian maker modeled after a Guarneri del gesu) These days with technology for reproduction is of course debatable if time really does cause a violin to have that aged sound that new instruments do not.

I had an interesting chat recently with a local luthier, Sin Teck who had the opinion that the rich sonorous tones could perhaps be due to cracks like for example to the bass bars and new instruments being completely intact would not have those imperfections that actually in irony perfect the tones and timbre produced to give that rich quality tone only felt in old antique instruments. 

Well not wanting to veer too off course from the topic of authenticity of old instruments, the article here is certainly a good read. I have so many more articles I have read of late I want to blog about *sweats* and am really eager to share it here when I find time to! 

In my opinion about this topic, if your violin bears no name to it and you still love how it is played and the sounds it produces, music is a very subjective thing and I would strongly encourage you to keep it as a gem as much so as if it were a $10 million dollar strad! For all violins are unique just like people and no two are alike. 

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