I received a violin as a gift from a friend who is moving. It sounds very nice but need help in finding out more about this little gem. She bought it as a 7 yr old kid in a shop in San Diego around the 1970's. It is a 3/4 size. The 3 lines of the label shows:
Copy of Antonius Stradivarius faciebat Cremona 1713 Made in West Germany and two hand written numbers "1109" and "229"
Can anyone tell me anything about it? Is it considered a good quality instrument or is it a cheap student model? Do you know who the maker is? I have attached a few photos. Thanks for your help.
It actually looks pretty sweet! The factory/workshop devoted extra time to antique it up. The f-holes aren't scalloped (what's that term called, anyway?) but hey, no big deal. I like it that the label makes no bones about it being made in West Germany, something that clearly places it in a specific time period. In other words, I'd definitely take it off the wall for a cruise if I saw it in a shop.
As a 3/4 fiddle it's likely a student model. Labels mean little except this one identifies it as being made during the separation of East and West Germany, not usually a faked time period,so probably legit.