I have only been playing the violin seriously for two years. Our children were taught the violin back in the sixties. I have restored a number of very old violins, copies of Strad and recently a very old Maggeni. This instrument had been hanging on a wall for many years. It had been coated at one time with house paint. Strings had rusted into a blob around the pegs. See it now,it' a magnificant instrument. The rich sound is beyond belief.It's now my number one violin. Possibly 1900 or earlier. I'm only guessing.