Friday, June 27, 2014

What Do You Do If You "Find a Strad?"

A Stradivarius Violin in Your Attic? How to Know. It would be a great shock to the world of fine stringed instruments if a lost violin from a great Italian luthier turned up. Many imitations were made 100 years ago. It is not unusual to come across a violin in someone's attic, at a flea market or any other such corners of life where forgotten items surface. Sometimes the condition of the instrument makes it obvious that a student long ago abandoned the instrument when other pursuits just took over. Other times, the condition of the instrument or its case or something known about the owner - an eccentric uncle with some money, perhaps - lend the situation a bit of excitement. Could it be? Is it possible? This excitement is heightened even further when a name, presumably of its maker, is on a label or stamped inside the f-hole of the instrument, on the back plate. There it is! It says "Stradivarius"! Alas, there are many violins that were made toward the end of the Victorian era, in the late 19th century, that were falsely labeled with the names of the fabled great luthiers: Stradivari, Stainer, Guarnerius, Amati or Maggini among them. They were considered of a "student" level of quality at the time, and the ruse of their violin shops was less a lie than homage: the makers were saying the violins were made in the same style or to approximate the physical specifications of the great Italian violinmakers of the earlier era. porsche carrera white stripes diecast prestige indoor 000 199 900 rtgh 95dv natural great northern popcorn roller cover porsche carrera white stripes diecast prestige indoor 000 199 900 rtgh 95dv natural great northern popcorn roller cover isobrite eclipse orange tritium iso203mil dunlop jh oc1 hendrix octavio pedal razor mx350 rocket electric motocross electro harmonix tube wiggler modulation pedal invacare full electric bed package edelbrock 2918 victor intake manifold anchor building box basic starter philips lfh9380 27 rechargeable slide switch edelbrock 2918 victor intake manifold anchor building box basic starter spyder hyundai tiburon altezza lights michael kors mk4222 bracelet tortoise avanti bottle thermoelectric wine cooler cirepil visage facial waxing kit zija energy mix case sachets gamo blowback tactical pellet compensator waterfall d 150 avorio schock houzer reversible rubbermaid commercial service shelves capacity head west copper beaded bronze welch allyn pocketscope otoscope illuminator german cuckoo clock 8 day movement chalet style womens philadelphia flyers reebok premier sony pha 1 headphone amp power bright ml2300 24 2300 inverter classic exclusive anniversary edition vehicle uws tbsd 69 sl lp blk aluminum toolbox insulated standard motor products ns288 neutral teenage full support swing seat seer goodman afue package conditioner rockford fosgate p1000x1bd 1 channel amplifier blackberry z30 black verizon wireless maui jim sunglasses kapalua edb34020 schneider electric circuit breaker nixon 51 30 chrono leather saddle casio womens blx100 1 multi function digital pivot pegz mark pp 07mk3 yakima skyboxpro cargo cubic feet nitto terra grappler all terrain tire home styles 5100 0046 42 buffets cottage cm8822 coating thickness probes cm 8822 bulova mens 98b164 marine watch waterfall d 150 avorio schock houzer reversible victorinox swiss army 241291 stainless head west copper beaded bronze magnussen pinebrook distressed rectangular cocktail welch allyn pocketscope otoscope illuminator hamilton h24412732 ventura chronograph watch htc t320e smartphone bluetooth capability rheem rtg20211 vertical termination rtg 95dv born womens holley black burnished citizen ca0520 53h eco drive titanium chronograph max cellgevity 2 months new oval roundabout papasan chair black philips lfh9380 27 rechargeable slide switch zippo lighter sterling silver polish spyder hyundai tiburon altezza lights drum shield ds1 panels deflectors avanti bottle thermoelectric wine cooler central tools 3t660 torque wrench cirepil visage facial waxing kit detroit locker 19554010 performance differential zija energy mix case sachets shoei rf 1100 glacier helmet large gamo blowback tactical pellet compensator berghoff earthchef professional 10 piece cookware fantasy furniture princess chair lavender proshield foam spray rinse cleanser cooking calphalon 10 pc hard anodized cookware greenlee 234 electronic connector panel hohner panther button diatonic accordion legacy 8 inch 50 foot retractable l8346 flyzone dhc 2 beaver select aircraft taylormade speedblade complete right regular rubbermaid commercial service shelves capacity jonti craft 0552jc jonticraft upndown steps german cuckoo clock 8 day movement chalet style robert abbey rr990 harvey glazed hunter fan company 53080 rosewood womens philadelphia flyers reebok premier occidental leather framers tool system sony pha 1 headphone amp fender affinity stratocaster electric fingerboard power bright ml2300 24 2300 inverter lequip 760200 nutrimill grain mill welch allyn diagnostic set ophthalmoscope classic exclusive anniversary edition vehicle seiki se39uy04 120hz ultra bundle uws tbsd 69 sl lp blk aluminum toolbox insulated urethane supply company 5600ht mini weld standard motor products ns288 neutral ipong table tennis training robot teenage full support swing seat sper scientific 850009 accurately wavelength seer goodman afue package conditioner Recently, the excitement around the dollar value of antique violins (and violas and cellos) rose considerably, and raised controversy, when Chicago rare violin dealer Jeff Fushi placed the 269-year-old "Vieuxtemps" Guarneri del Gesu up for sale for $18 million in 2010. At last check it has yet to sell, but it illustrates what has happened with rare violins. Over the past 50 years, their value has appreciated 26,000 percent (compared to the Dow Jones Industrial Average, which in the same time period has risen a mere 1,400 percent). Indeed, the problem has now arisen that only millionaires and billionaires can afford them. At best, the instruments are loaned to great contemporary players, concertmasters and soloists with the world's top orchestras. Otherwise, they are held as precious investments, perhaps seen by a rarefied group but only infrequently heard.

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