For Sale $10,000   (sold)

          To most players this violin is my sweetest and best sounding violin, but it is not quite as loud as the two violins listed below, which are loud enough to be considered soloist violins. This violin has more than adequate volume for Orchestra work or Chamber music, it is approximately 200 years old, and has the richness and character associated with fine antique Italian violins. We have had Peter Ratcliff, one of the world's top dendrochronologists, analyse the wood grain, determining that the newest grain on the violin top dates from around 1800. This indicates the violin was probably made somewhere between 1805 and 1820. This concurs with the expert appraiser we had who dated it roughly 1790, as a violin most likely Italian, almost certainly not German or Eastern European, but he couldn't rule out French. The maker is a mystery as there is no label however in pencil inside is written Reparit 1889? E. Hoffman?? something??. The instrument is in well repaired state with several cracks on the top that are barely visible, no soundpost cracks, and a genuinely grafted scroll. My expert appraiser friend told me if this violin is Italian, as he thinks it probably is, it would be worth $30,000 if we can't identify the maker, and $50,000+ if we could, and even if it is French it would still be worth $15,000. My pricing reflects the fact that my appraiser was not able to state with 100% certainty that the violin is definitely Italian.

           For Sale $5,000    (sold)    

           This is one of two violins I have to offer with true soloist potential, loud enough to lead an Orchestra. This violin has a very rich and brilliant tone, you really need to play it to appreciate what is has to offer the discerning musician on a budget.

It is definitely a French violin originating in Mirecourt, but presumably finished in the workshop of the famous Lyonese maker Paul Blanchard, and bears his label, from 1890. The very old and genuine looking label reads; Fait par Paul Blanchard a Lyon ca 1890 no 211. And P BLANCHARD * LYON is stamped in the wood above the label. Hand made Paul Blanchard violins sell for $25,000+ but a workshop violin of this caliber is worth about $7,000. The violin is in excellent condition with no cracks of any kind, only natural, not artificial wear to the varnish.



           For Sale $6,000.

           This is my other violin that is plenty loud enough to be used as a soloist instrument leading an Orchestra. Compared to the Blanchard above it is not quite as bright but is sweeter in tone, it is my second favourite to the presumably Italian violin above, but is noticeably louder. This violin is possibly Italian too, but more of a mystery, and nothing for certain. It does not have its original label, but has the label of an appraiser, a well known English violin expert from the 50s by the name of Cyril Woodcock. He wrote a book on the violin, and was considered an authority in his time, not so much today, as some of his appraisals have been since discredited. What percent of his appraisals were accurate or not I do not know. The label reads:   C. WOODCOCK  LONDON  This violin ascribed to Calace Raffaele Naples  Date 1900 No. 110.  Raffaele Calace was most well known as a Mandolin maker, one of the best and most famous in early 20th century Italy. His violins were quite good, and can be worth up to $30,000, but the later ones were production instruments, not hand made by one maker, same with is his Mandolins. This violin shows the imperfections and lack of machine tool work typical of a fine hand made instrument, so unless this is the work of a young Calace working before he set up his factories, it may not be a Calace at all. The f holes and overall shape do resemble later Calace productions, but there is no certainty of where it was made. My expert appraiser said it might be a Neapolitan violin (made in Naples, Italy) but it might be a less valuable German instrument too. There is no way to be certain so I am selling it for what I think is a fair price judging from its quality of work, tone, and volume. It has several professionally repaired cracks on the top, barely visible, none near the soundpost or bassbar regions. It does have a genuine grafted scroll, original to manufacture it appears. This is a common feature on early 20th century Italian violins, but Germans did this also, though not as often.


     Ernst Heinrich Roth, Bubenreuth Erlangen (Germany) 1958 For Sale $2000

     P Rudolph?? Gotha (Germany)  For Sale $1500

     label Johann Carl Gottler Geigenmacher in Graslitz 1837 (Germany) For Sale $2000

     Good 15 5/16" Viola with reproduction Strad label (German) For Sale $1200 (SOLD)

     Beautiful Stainer influenced German violin with fake Josef Fischer 1801 label  For Sale $1500

     C. F. Hopf violin (Germany) for Sale $1000 (SOLD)

     Beautiful hand made Scandinavian??? violin $1500 (SOLD)

     JTL Celebre Vosgien. Mirecourt, French violin. For Sale $900 (SOLD)

     Early 1800s anon. south German violin with baroque set up, gut strings. For Sale $1200

     Early 1800s stamped Hopf, south German violin with baroque set up. For Sale $1200 (SOLD)

     3/4 size violins $400-$600

     1/2 size violins $300-$600

     Student 4/4 violins $400-$1000

     3/4 cellos one Suzuki, one south German  $500-$700