I've found what is described as a " Handmade Stainer Violin" by the son of the original owner purchased some time around 1943. The label reads 17xx something, but I really doubt this is a violin made in the 1700s. More likely a copy made mid 20th Century. It has "Stainer" stamped or carved into the back plate.
I haven't seen it but he says it's in good condition excepting that his father stripped the finish with the intention of having it refinished but he passed before doing so. Otherwise he claims no cracks, repairs, etc. The stripped finish isn't a deal breaker for me.
In asking what he would wanted for it he initially stated $1,000 which I quickly shot down. He then said he'd take $250 for it. It has no case and he said the bow would need to be re-haired.
Can someone provide any information on a "Handmade Stainer Violin" that might give me a better idea of what this guy has and if it's worth the time to travel to his city to see it?
Thanks in advance.
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