How to Identify a Quality Antique Violin

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Just because a violin is antique doesn't make it quality. Identify a quality antique violin with help from a dedicated violin instructor in this free video clip.

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Hi I'm Georgina with Columbineentertainment.com. I'm going to talk about how to identify a quality antique violin. Most violins have a little label glued inside of the body. If you look at this picture, this luthier is working on an instrument and he will put his little sticker right about here to that part. So when he closes up the instrument you can peek in the F hole, see the F hole is here, and see his label with his name, maybe his address or if you look at a bow, the maker will put his stamp about right here on this stick or in some cases, they stamp it into the frog, but, unfortunately, most of the time you cannot trust that label. It may or may not be legit. Some violins don't even have a maker label inside. So the best way is to take the instrument to a trusted violin shop and ask the luthier to give you his opinion. To learn how to identify a master instrument takes a long time. These people, these violin makers go to school, not just to learn how to make an instrument, but they also study instruments and their history for years. They can give you a written appraisal about the make and the value of the instrument. I think that's the best way to go there and trust them and ask them and get for their professional opinion. I'm Georgina with Columbineentertainment.com and I talked about how to identify a quality antique violin. Thanks for watching.

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