Posted by Dewey Smith on Thursday, March 29, 2012
I just recently got a fiddle that I cant find anything out about it. It is a strat copy and it says faciebat anno 17 in it and it say that it is U.S. made. I have lookup all I can about the fiddle and I find stuff on Germany, Chec, French and other made fiddles but nothing about an U.S. made fiddles. I found it in a friend of mines pawn shop, he said he had got several years back and had never put it out. I got it for $400 w/case 2 bows, shoulder rest, tuner, 2 sets of strings and 2 cakes of rossin. I am just woundering did I do OK or not. The fiddles is in really good shape. It has a very warm tone and plays very well. I am just starting to play and dont know a lot about fiddles, is there anyone out there that can help me?
Friday, March 30, 2012 @2:57:07 AM
$400 for a working fiddle and all the excessories ain't bad. You could either print good photo's of the label and fiddle and someone here might be able to tell more, or just keep playing and learning. Eventually you'll know if it's a keeper.
Friday, March 30, 2012 @4:48:20 AM
Jackson-Guldan is the only American company to ever produce violins to my knowlege, look for letters JGC on the lable, sometimes very small. I have 3 JGC violins that I like very much ranging in age from 1927-1950's. $400.00 is reaching the top of retail value in my experence.
However lables mean VERY little, It could be anything.
Friday, March 30, 2012 @7:15:23 AM
if it sounds good and nothing is wrong with the fiddle and its play able i say you got a keeper
Friday, March 30, 2012 @7:59:29 PM
Jackson Guldan, Harmony, Gibson, and a few other companies made American fiddles, but there were also a bunch of American makers over the years who ran small shops and turned out only a few fiddles a year made by hand. You'll need to post photos to get a more accurate answer, and it's best to upload them into your photo album then post on the forum where more people will see it. Also, when you post on the forum you'll be able to "attach" the photos from your FHO photo album and show people what you've got.
If there is a label you have a shot at getting a photo of it if you shine a small flashlight into the other F hole at an angle.
Saturday, March 31, 2012 @3:35:10 AM
Not so sure that Gibson or Harmony actually made thier own instruments. Like others imported and put thier name on them.
Sunday, April 1, 2012 @7:34:43 AM
After a little research, it seems Virzi Brothers of Naples Italy made violins for Gibson early on. Later Jackson-Guldan made them for both Gibson and Harmony.
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