I am looking for any information anyone might be able to give me on
pretty little violin I picked up at a second hand shop this morning.
The price on it was $68 and I was able to talk them into selling it
to me for $58, so whatever it turns out to be, I am happy. If nothing
else, it is very COOL.
I know it's impossible to say anything for certain without seeing the
instrument, but here is what I can tell you about it.
It is a 7/8 or small full size violin with the label "Guldan Violin"
inside. I have done some research on the internet and I have found
violins with Jackson-Guldan made in Chicago and The Guldan and Guldan
Special, but none with just Guldan Violin. Below the name it says No. but
the number has long since faded.
The back, sides, neck and pegbox have beautiful flaming. It has the
original (as far as we can tell) tailpiece and ancient gut strings.
The fingerboard, pegs and tailpiece look to be ebony. There are two
cracks on the top, running up from the saddle. One is about 1.5
inches, one is about 2 inches. It is in a very old case lined with
purple velvet which is in very good shape for it's age. Inside the
case we found 3 old bridges (one of them has a name stamed on it, but
I can only figure out the first two letters P-A) and 4 packages of
old gut strings (Stratton and Conservatory).
I took it to 2 different luthiers today. One who works out of his home and one who works at a high-end violin shop.
Here is what they agreed on:
- it is German
- it is handmade
- it was probably made no earlier than 1880
- it is made of very nice wood
- the pegs are good
- it is worth having it fixed
Here is what they disagreed on:
- the gentleman who works independently said that the cracks on the
top would not necessarily need repair. He recommended leaving them
alone and seeing what happens when we replace the sound post
- the upscale violin shop said the cracks would definitely have to be
repaired because one of them moves
- the gentleman suggested replaning the fingerboard because it is not properly shaped
- the shop suggested having the neck reset and the tailpiece replaced.
I definitely want to have it worked on because I would like to see what it can become. But, I don't have a lot of money for repairing it right now. I would like to get it to a playable condition first, see how it sounds, and then work on perfecting it.
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