V.com weekend vote: Where was your violin or stringed instrument made?

October 7, 2016, 10:44 AM · I find it amazing to think about where my violins were made -- and how far they traveled to wind up in my hands!

world violins

Under my roof, I have violins made in Italy, Germany and Japan. I used to have one made in Montana, in the United States. If I add my students' instruments to this mix, I'm sure I could also include China, Romania, more United States and Japan...probably more!

Of course, the origin of your violin is not the same thing as where you bought it; to find out where it is from, look inside the instrument, on the label, which usually will tell you. If it doesn't, then you can ask the person from whom you bought it. The best luthiers are able to recognize an instruments origins simply from looking at it!

For the poll, please tell us where your violin was made. If you have more than one, tell us about your main violin, the one you use most often, and then tell us about the others in the comments below. Also, if your answer is "somewhere else," tell us where it is from in the comments below!

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October 7, 2016 at 06:04 PM · Bohemia (Prague in the 18th century)

October 7, 2016 at 06:12 PM · Boston, Mass., 1897.

October 7, 2016 at 06:14 PM · Main violin: Canada (Isabelle Wilbaux http://www.wilbaux.com/)

Second: Germany (Roth http://www.roth-violins.de/)

Silent violin: Japan (Yamaha)

October 7, 2016 at 06:18 PM · Italy, 1954

October 7, 2016 at 06:31 PM · France mid 1800

October 7, 2016 at 06:34 PM · Hungary,21st century

October 7, 2016 at 06:34 PM · Cremona, Italy 1984

October 7, 2016 at 06:36 PM · UK 1996

October 7, 2016 at 06:39 PM · Mine looks like an European made student violin of about a century back, but I cannot say for sure. It only said "Paganini violin" on a label. And one can say for certain it wasn't made in China. I am grateful nonetheless, since it has a warm and good sound, and plays decent, without having costed me an arm and a leg.

E. van Niekerk

(South Africa)

October 7, 2016 at 06:45 PM · best one from Japan, 3/4 and full size from Germany, folk violin from USA, 1 from Slovakia

October 7, 2016 at 06:52 PM · Germany.

October 7, 2016 at 06:52 PM · I own two Jay Haide violins (US/China), both purchased within the last three years. The first one was made in 2004 and the second one (my primary instrument) was made in 2013. I also own two other violins (France and Germany), both made circa 1890's.

October 7, 2016 at 06:56 PM · Romania 2012

October 7, 2016 at 07:05 PM · My daily driver is French, built in 1908. Then I have two Germans (both 1890s), and a Chinese violin (2005). My viola (2015) is German also.

October 7, 2016 at 07:08 PM · France in 1895.

October 7, 2016 at 07:40 PM · Two from Germany: Dresden - 1869; Frankfurt - 1883. One from France - 1921.

October 7, 2016 at 07:50 PM · italy, cremona

October 7, 2016 at 08:02 PM · Primary, France late 1800s

Backup, China, 2015

October 7, 2016 at 08:08 PM · Austrian (1840);French (1880s); English (1870s);

October 7, 2016 at 08:19 PM · Romania.....and another one I still have is a 250 year old Italian....wish I owned the thing !

October 7, 2016 at 08:21 PM · My violin was made in the 20's in Hoquiam, Wa. My viola was made in Prague and my cello was made in Germany.

October 7, 2016 at 08:24 PM · Reghin, Romania, 2014.

October 7, 2016 at 08:37 PM · Realist...Romania, very recently

October 7, 2016 at 08:52 PM · In my basement. I made it myself.

October 7, 2016 at 08:56 PM · Japan - Kono

October 7, 2016 at 08:57 PM · Russia, exelent viola made by master Yarovoy

October 7, 2016 at 09:15 PM · Santa Fe 1930

October 7, 2016 at 09:24 PM · My violin came to America with my wife's great grandfather in the late 1800's. It is a German maker following a flat strad design. It boasts a fair amount of intarsia. It plays well enough for my needs and we have become fast friends over the past 40 years. Many adjustments and repairs to bring it up to its current condition. I often refer to it as my "Mittenwald Strad." We make great music together.

I did, for a time, own a Reinhold Schnable that was way better than my skill set and quite finicky and demanding. I finally sold it because I found that we didn't work and play well together.

October 7, 2016 at 09:43 PM · My old violin is a German factory violin, copy of an Amati, almost 200 years old. But it has a rather muted sound compared with my modern Chinese instrument that I bought in 2009 (it was made in China, set up in the US). The old one is pretty and has sentimental value. My daughter used to play it but she has moved on to other instruments. Even when she was playing it she had the same problem as I did with it: sounding timid and mousy. I play the new violin almost exclusively now. My viola is also modern (2007) and made in Germany.

October 7, 2016 at 09:56 PM · Joseph Hornsteiner, 1873, Germany!

October 7, 2016 at 10:45 PM · Romania. It's my first one.

October 7, 2016 at 11:08 PM · Stockholm, late 18th century, as best I can tell.

October 7, 2016 at 11:21 PM · Belgium, 1920's

October 7, 2016 at 11:28 PM · Primary, Germany 2005 Koeberling.

Secondary, Germany 1926 ER Schmidt.

Several others, China.

October 7, 2016 at 11:47 PM · France....1842

October 8, 2016 at 12:30 AM · Paris 1909

Firenze 2015

October 8, 2016 at 12:40 AM · Main violin: Poland, 2006.

Daughter's violin: Germany, 1895.

Previous violin: United States, 1972.

Viola: China, 2015.

October 8, 2016 at 12:44 AM · Phoenix, Oregon.

October 8, 2016 at 12:55 AM · USA 2015

October 8, 2016 at 01:10 AM · Viola: Cremona (Italy), 2000 - Violin: who knows, mid XIX Century

October 8, 2016 at 02:53 AM · Main violin Ottawa Canada, Guy Harrison 2010

Main viola Murnau Germany, M. Koeberling 2013

October 8, 2016 at 02:53 AM · Canada.

October 8, 2016 at 02:59 AM · Italy Florence 2015

October 8, 2016 at 03:32 AM · Enrico Marchetti, Italy, c.1900

October 8, 2016 at 04:31 AM · My viola made in Sydney Australia

October 8, 2016 at 06:27 AM · Paris France 1857

October 8, 2016 at 06:27 AM · My violin is Costarican, 1989. At the time there was only one guy making violins there, and he is self taught. The instrument is not perfect in its make, but has a very nice tone which keeps developing nicely.

My viola is Serbian, and another 80s child.

October 8, 2016 at 06:56 AM · Germany circa 1920

I was lucky on price as it has got better over the three years I've had it

October 8, 2016 at 07:29 AM · Catania Sicily, made by Puglisi 1921

(violin)

October 8, 2016 at 09:18 AM · Violin/viola: John Marshall, Aberdeen, Scotland, ca 1900.

October 8, 2016 at 09:37 AM · Gemany 1904

October 8, 2016 at 10:13 AM · Mine was made in 1920 in Nice, France, by Charles Bovis

October 8, 2016 at 10:41 AM · I find those figures surprising : I thought the number of Chinese violins would be much higher. I live in Australia so I guess things might be different here.

October 8, 2016 at 02:02 PM · One in US, Arkansas & Seattle; the other GOK, but it is very old and very worn in.

October 8, 2016 at 02:09 PM · 1. Larsen, Odense, Denmark, 1896. 2. Prague, 1900 (or so).

October 8, 2016 at 02:14 PM ·

October 8, 2016 at 02:15 PM · My violin was made in Bohemia, in 1940.

October 8, 2016 at 03:15 PM · Italy, 1854

October 8, 2016 at 03:31 PM · Austria

October 8, 2016 at 04:04 PM · Gainesville, FL Dudley Reed, 1953

October 8, 2016 at 05:34 PM · Anonim (made by student), Germany, 2001

October 8, 2016 at 06:52 PM · Madrid. Spain. 1914 and 2010 (different makers, of course). Third violin from China

October 8, 2016 at 07:15 PM · Italy 1949 and my new one in Copenhagen 2016

October 9, 2016 at 05:08 AM · Paris, France 1845

Mirecourt, France 1980

Hamburg, Germany c1900

October 9, 2016 at 07:37 AM · Venice, 1935

October 9, 2016 at 12:14 PM · Chicago, Wladek Stopka 2013

October 9, 2016 at 12:42 PM · Canada

October 9, 2016 at 01:52 PM · France, 1904

October 9, 2016 at 10:36 PM · My main violin was made in Berkeley CA, 2001 and my camp fiddle is a no-name violin that's possibly Czech, late 19th C.

October 10, 2016 at 12:03 AM · Cardiff, Wales, 1978

October 10, 2016 at 04:32 AM · My viola was made in Bulgaria, a few years ago My violin was probably made in Germany. Its label says 1912 and I have no reason to doubt it.

October 10, 2016 at 07:51 AM · My Violin which I bought 31 years ago was made by Jules Grandjon in Meircourt circa 1856/6. It is of the Strad pattern and won the Silver medal at the Paris exbo in 1860. She has a wonderful bright tone across all the strings and is very responsive. It's like a love affair with a violin.

October 10, 2016 at 08:19 AM · my violin has the tag of vincenzo ruggieri, made in 1731 in cremona, but some say that it may be a copy, so im not really sure where its from :D

October 10, 2016 at 11:50 AM · Arthur Richardson, Devon, 1940 England, marvellous

Sam Copnell

October 10, 2016 at 02:29 PM · Mirecourt, France 1900's.

October 11, 2016 at 09:29 AM · Scotland

October 11, 2016 at 01:53 PM · Alexandria, Louisiana

October 12, 2016 at 04:01 AM · Mantua, Italy 1747

Adam Han - Gorski

October 12, 2016 at 02:24 PM · My main fiddle is from Cremona, Italy. My former main fiddle is from Germany, and my electric Ted Brewer is from merry old England.

-M

October 13, 2016 at 03:57 AM · Friedrich August Glass

Klingenthal Germany

Ca. 1850

October 13, 2016 at 09:45 AM · Ukraine,21st century

October 13, 2016 at 03:36 PM · Mirecourt France, 1879.

October 13, 2016 at 07:21 PM · My main violin was made in Ottawa, Canada 2011 by Guy Harrison, a copy of 1742 Del Gesu "Lord Wilton". Two other anonymous violins made in Germany circa 1880 and 1900.

October 13, 2016 at 11:43 PM · My violin and viola are both from Romania. I noticed a number of others have said the same - how many are Gliga?

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