Why would a violin come without the maker's label?
Would love some opinions on this. My daughter has been shopping for a violin, she's a high school senior getting ready to audition for college. The price range we decided on was $8k to $20k. She tried about 30 violins in that price range. We have ended up with an $8k violin that sounds the best! It comes with an appraisal from Paul Becker appraising it at $9k. Both of my daughter's teachers have liked this violin over the others and suggested she purchase it. It comes without a label inside which is the reason for a lower price. The violin is about 70 years old and is from the Chicago school of violin-making. Daughter is in love with this violin and it comes from a very reputable dealer.
Sometimes labels get lost in repairs. Sometimes labels are removed to try to increase/decrease the price of an instrument.
If you'd like, you can easily find labels on eBay. Just get whichever one looks the most interesting and glue it in. It doesn't change the sound of the violin very much.
Don't use elmers glue - hide glue, very thinned... all kidding aside, the label probably just got lost along the way. Judging the violin by sound is good, since her teacher gave the violin a test drive and two thumbs up- if you trust the teachers, go for it.
If you can get a good instrument without a label that is intended for playing rather than investment, that can be a good thing; you pay much less as you would if it did have one from a well known maker. Conversely, there's the possibility that certain labels bring a negative appreciation of an otherwise good instrument, hence a reason for some dealers to remove the label (it could also have fallen off over time). And last, there's the cases where labels are quickly dismissed as obvious meaningless fakes, which is even worse than not having a label at all as mischievous intent to deceive with the purpose to overprice an instrument is present. My take, having no label is way better than having a doubtful one, and sometimes better for quality/price ratio. Judge the instrument for what it is worth, to you, and don't look back.
Labels are portable. A friend in the trade recently purchased a crappy "Breton" with a nice JTL label in it. He called it a "Thousand-Dollar Label", meaning that it will add a goodly price to the Mirecourt violin that it will end up inside of.
Could be a stolen Strad with the label removed so no one will ever find out :P
John C is joking, of course.
"Labels are portable...like shoes and one can change them to suit their mood."
"Oh we put the wrong date on it, happens all the time, it's pencil so we can easily change it".
That one sounds wrong to me, too. The maker normally writes the date on the label, not the shop.
Depends? On what? The whole thing sounds very questionable to me.
Well Duane you know a lot more about this than I do. Personally I have not come across this in makers-that work by themselves-in that price range.
Hendrik it's exactly what I said, it simply didn't feel right to me. The instrument was made by Ray Melanson, from a very well known shop.