Parts for a Roth violin

August 2, 2005 at 05:03 AM · I have aquired a Ernst Heinrich Roth violin made in 1923. It is a reproduction of a Josef Guarnerius made in 1732. The tailpiece and bridge are missing. Can anyone tell me where I might be able to find these parts or authentic reproductions of these parts. I intend to keep the violin, so the value reduction of adding replica parts is not a concern.

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August 2, 2005 at 06:24 AM · Those particular parts are considered accessories in the violin world and don't factor into originality at all. Drop it off at a violin shop to get it done, and resist his lowball offer to buy it :)

August 2, 2005 at 03:58 PM · Thanks. I'm a trumpet player and was unfamiliar with that aspect of the violin. It is a beautiful violin. Resistance to offers will be easy. I cherish musical instruments far greater than their monetary value.

August 2, 2005 at 04:42 PM · Here's a link to a good thread about Roth violins if you didn't see it already. Darnton and Avagliano are good authorities.


According to the Japanese link given there, a Guarneri model dated 1732 is in the group that's the best of three grades. It's probably worth close to five figures, just so you'll know.

August 4, 2005 at 05:22 PM · The link was mine. Here it is again:

Here is a Japanese site that gives the relation of "copy dates" to the quality of the Roth. You don't need to know Kanji to understand this.

August 4, 2005 at 06:52 PM · Thanks for the link to the thread and the Japanese site. If you're interested, you can go to and it will translate that website into English, although the translation is almost as difficult to understand as the Japanese. Anyway, I ended up finding the missing parts and the violin is in the shop as we speak being returned to playing condition. Thanks again for the help.

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