Violin identification and appraisal
I have recently acquired two violins from an Estate where the grandfather was a verified luthier from the early 1900's by the name of Schultz that ended up living in Louisville KY. One of the violins has been said to possibly be late 1700's Italian. The other was probably created by Mr Schultz around 1920. Where is a great place to get an appraisal? They both look ready to play once restrung.
Thanks in advance for any suggestions
Your local luthier, wherever you live, can probably write an insurance appraisal for you. If you do not have a local luthier, there is likely one in the closest large city to you.
most "local" luthiers aren't going to be qualified to identify a 1700s Italian violin, unless its obviously not Italian. Your best bet is to look up luthiers that are members of the VSA, Violin Society of America.
Tarisio can help. If they're not too snobby about it.
I would take it to a respected maker. I would avoid violin dealers who have never played or made an instrument. These people (as nice as they may be) overlook a lot of stuff. Phillip Injeian of Pittsburgh (www.masterviolinshop.com/) is the person I'd trust the most to do a appraisal and possible authentication. A couple of years ago he identified the stolen 'Ames' Stradivarius when by fate, the widow of the violinist who had stolen the instrument, sent him images of the Stradivarius via e-mail.
People who only make violins usually aren't very good at identifying antiques, as it requires years of experience seeing hundreds of instruments.
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