Posted by chris sytsma on Monday, February 27, 2012
Hi, need any info on an old violin. Label reads
ANTONIUS STRADIUARIUS CREMONEFIS (F IS NOT CROSSED)
FACIEBAT ANNO 1736 (36 IN PENCIL) then one circle inside another with a cross (inside top) with A S below cross.
made in germany in smaller print. looks old, fine tuners look old and of quality thanks for any info of age and who possible made it? regards, Chris
Monday, February 27, 2012 @3:04:26 AM
Hey, Chris! This is maybe a copy, or at least a copy of a label made by the great Stradivarious. "Made in Germany" means that it was made to export, known as a "trade fiddle". Made, probably , from the late 1900's, onward. Probably made in a shop where many hands took part. Could be nice or not, but probably not valuable except for sound. Do you like it? That's all that matters.
Monday, February 27, 2012 @3:05:17 AM
I'm sorry, that should say "late 1800's".
John Gent Says:
Monday, February 27, 2012 @9:37:12 AM
I have one and I love the sound, but the 'feel' doesn't quite work with me. I should probably get the nut and fingerboard worked on.
chris sytsma Says:
Monday, February 27, 2012 @8:44:10 PM
Thanks for your input. Any way to narrow down the area , shop or year?
Sunday, March 4, 2012 @11:50:26 AM
I have the same violin, they where made in west Germany in the 30's to the 60's they have good sound and that comes from the close grain wood used to make them. Hope that helps.
Sunday, March 4, 2012 @11:53:20 AM
Made by the Pfretschner Mittenwald company if I'm correct.
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