Posted by Dewey Smith on Monday, April 9, 2012
I have been looking around at some fiddles at I have found a couple Stainers, about what do they going for. In good condition.
Tuesday, April 10, 2012 @3:38:52 AM
Hey, Dewey. Welcome. I've seen cheap one's and I've seen expensive ones. I found out that at one time (maybe early 1800's), supposedly, real Stainer's were more popular than Stradivarious's.
Wednesday, April 11, 2012 @4:37:46 AM
Well, a "real" Stainer made by the man himself could set you back a million bucks.
I doubt though that you've come across any of those. What you are running across is probably several German "trade fiddles" that were made in the "style" of Stainer's violin design usually with "Stainer" stamped on the back.
As mudbug mentions, the price of these is all over the map. The price usually has nothing to do with the fact that the fiddle's modeled after Stainer's work and has a Stainer lable or his name stamped on it. Instead, the price is determined by the condition of the fiddle and the quality of the original workmanship and materials which can vary greatly depending on the shop that made the fiddle and the price range they had in mind for the retail market. $500 is probably an average price with lots of variation of it.
And it will take an experienced fiddler or luthier to decide how much the instrument's really worth. You - or I - probably can't do it.
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