What would a 1726 fiddle be worth if signed by Stradivarius?
By Cheryl from Barnesville, OH
Millions if it were really a Strad., but many violins are marked with that name. Best to take it to a dealer/luthier to see what it really is. (11/09/2010)
You will need a professional appraisal. I would not hold my breath that you have the real article, sadly. The chances are it is not authentic; but it may still be a very valuable item. Call around and find a good appraiser. (11/09/2010)
if it's real. Good advice from the others. Do not sell it if someone offers you a few thousand, then you know you have something. They use x-rays now days to determine authenticity. Good luck!
If it's a true Stradivarius you are indeed blessed! You be careful with it and don't let it out of your sight or leave it with anyone just in case it is the real deal! And don't talk about it to a lot of people locally until you know for certain what it is and if it is the real deal. Then pay to have it insured and keep it in a safety deposit box at the bank!
I am not positive, but I think your closest major city is Akron? You might want to call their local city orchestra to ask where to get an appraisal (talking to them is more trustworthy and knowledgeable than someone in a small town like where you live in my honest opinion) and maybe one of the violin players in the orchestra would even be willing to take a look to see. (11/11/2010)
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