My name is Alex, I'm an European pro clarinetist (and an avid amateur fiddler!) working in NY. I play classical music as a job with the clarinet but I always wanted to play violin, so a few years ago I just bought a cheapo violin in a pawn shop and began teaching myself (with the constant help of some of the colleages in my orchestra) in order to play bluegrass.
Ok, let me go directly to the point of the question: Two years ago I found this violin in a garage sale in a farm in rural WA and bought it, I just like a lot the wood. For whatever reason that I can't fully explain, I really like this violin; I'm curious about its origins. any opinions would be greatly appreciated!
My guess is that it's not worth the $150 or $200 that will cost an appraisal, but I'm very curious about this fiddle. Until now I heard from different people that this fiddle is a: 1 Rustic American fiddle, 2 South German, 3 Mnk/Schb trade, 3 the body looks very similar to british (or american?) autodidactic made fiddles, probably using an inside mould, maybe from the late 19th/early 20th century period, 3a whittled American fiddle with a commercial Markie scroll grafted on. What do you think?
Thank you so much again!!