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Wilhelm Eberle violin

Posted by bgwinst on Monday, July 11, 2022

I have a copy of Antonio Stradivarius made by Wilhelm Eberle. The label inside, partly gone, has a number which I believe may be the model number (1732). The label also reads it was made in Germany and has in red print below Germany, what appears to be a stamping with the word East -- indicating it was made in East Germany and this gives a time period. The violin, at least I think its a violin or fiddle, is in very good shape; no scratches or use blemishes. It is stored in a hard black plastic case lined in green velour type material. It has 2 bows, one is newer but the other may be original. 

I can't find anything online in regards to the made in Germany with the word East directly below.  In 1949, the Deutsche Demokratische Republik (German Democratic Republic in English) was established in the Soviet-occupied eastern side of Germany. This split Germany into the East and West and remained that way until the reunification in 1990. So if my violin was made in East Germany  it would have been between 1949 and 1990. 

I was about to donate the violin to the local elementary school and decided to research it first. Now I'm curious. Can anyone tell me the background of this violin and if it has any significant value?


1 comment on “Wilhelm Eberle violin”

KCFiddles Says:
Wednesday, July 13, 2022 @7:40:00 AM

I suspect you have a violin equivalent of a Lada car, made under a command economy with little regard for consumer satisfaction. IIRC they were sold briefly in the USA as entry level instruments at bottom prices. Might have some collector/ curiosity value.

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