Recently there was a post about the purchase af a Carlo Bisiach violin. Obviously it was removed for some reason.
There I mentioned a nice violin I saw and played a few weeks ago. The label says Giuseppe Pedrazzini 1950. It comes with an appraisal by a serious and reputable expert / dealer, who had to estimate this violin for insurance purposes and did this for around €13k. Because Pedrazzinis tend to be more valuable, and because in the appraisal was mentioned "a violin with label Giuseppe Pedrazzini", but not "a violin by Giuseppe Pedrazzini", I thought it would be a fake label. But now after a bit of investigation I learned that the late Pedrazzinis go for a lesser amount of money, not because they would be of minor quality, but because most of the work was done by Pedrazzini's nephew, Natale Novelli.
What do you think about this? The violin is really nice, with a strong and warm formable sound. If the appraisal was correct (what I do not doubt) it is sold for a very good price. This dealer actually is also a lot in old and older Italian violins. Would you expect it to be a real Pedrazzini/Natale for an appraisal of €13k? And any experiences with one of these instruments anybody? Or am I missing something?
If the instrument could be attributed to Natale Novelli the expert would certainly make a certificate with that attribution, and the instrument would be appraised for a higher value. But I may be wrong.
Bear in mind that appraisal for insurance purposes tends to be higher than the expected sale price.
It means your expert/dealer isn't sure who made this violin and is protecting his back. The insurance appraisal is no guarantee of value.
Thanks for sharing your thoughts - I expected something like this. Some things are just too good to be true. On the other hand, a good violin for a bit more than half the price it was estimated for insurance should at least be able to hold it's value. One just shouldn't expect it to be the catch of the decade...
99.9% it has nothing to do with Pedrazzini. Even a pure Novelli would be appraised much higher for insurance purposes.
The value of this type of instrument might even go down because of the increasing number.
Insurance appraisals for violins/bows tend to be generously valued. Think of them more like, "what the appraiser thinks the owner could potentially need to spend to replace this instrument" and not "what this instrument is worth / could be sold for".
Lydia, you mean if it's >5k and the origin is unclear, one shouldn't touch it?
I don't think anyone here would presume to advise you about an instrument they've never seen, heard or played except in the most general terms. The uncertainty of the attribution inevitably means uncertainty as to the value. After researching it as much as you can only you can decide whether it's worth the risk.
Nuuska, if you really like this violin take it out on trial and bring it to another violin dealer and ask what he would be willing to buy this instrument for. This will be a reality check for you and then you have more practical information to make a valid reasonable offer on this instrument. When spending this amount of money on a violin I would also bring it to another luthier and pay him to examine it for problems that might need to be addressed and further money out of your pocket.
Jeff, this us very good advice. Unfortunately the seller (private person) is located almost 4 hours from my place, and I just happen to be there from time to time. A trial period would have to be a very much extended one, which might not be acceptable for the seller. So I had to decide right away if the violin is worth the money.
It is good to purchase the toys we want in life that can give us great happyness but I think it is crucial to buy these toys at the right price. I think that most of the higher-end violins that I see for sale in the big shops or online are way overpriced and this is not so obvious until for some reason you decide to try and resell the instrument at a later date. I hope this instrument works out for you Nuuska if you do decide to purchase it
It's not for me (I've found mine already) but for my son, and as far as I know his taste (we did a lot of violin hunting together in the last weeks) it's a lot what he likes. Very responsive and with good projection, but not so cutting-through-soloistic (the way I prefer it) but rather warm and mellow. And it is decent looking. For 4k I'd not think that much about it, but at 6,5k (in €) that's something different. On the other hand, instruments of similar tonal characteristics I couldn't find yet for <8k - but these with a clear pedigree, as I have to admit.
You will almost never get a luthier who is willing to evaluate an instrument being sold by someone else, at least not within the same market.
Retail of a Natale Novelli would now easily be 35k euro going by the price I was quoted years ago when I had one on trial.
The term "labeled as" generally means the label is a fake and has nothing to do with the instrument, you see it a lot on ebay fakes too.
13k is kinda cheap for a Pedrazzini, isn't it? They run US 50K+ here. Even a Novelli violin would cost much more than 13k. Perhaps that's a hint the appraiser doesn't believe it to be authentic but thinks it's comparable to a 13k Violin. That's essentially many modern violins.
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