Tarisio auction: Is this Roth violin worth bidding?

Edited: November 3, 2018, 9:26 PM · I am not a dealer. I am curious because I heard Roth 1920s violins are good investments and they sound much better than the ones made in 30s or 50s. And I am looking for an upgrade in this price range (about $5000).

The Tarisio auction is happening now in NYC. The current bid is $4750. Can anyone tell me is this Roth worth bidding? For people who tested it in person, can you tell me how it sounds and its condition?

https://tarisio.com/auctions/auction/lot/?csid=2198863872&cpid=3544170496&filter_key=

I am guessing from the photos that it looks like a Strad copy IVR model.

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November 4, 2018, 8:49 AM · Gaddas are going at auction for 2 to 3 times this amount.

It's been years, but I have had my hands on a couple of 1920-vintage ER Roths and they were very bright, probably would have projected well in a larger venue. The last one was around 20 years ago and had been bought for well over $5,000 (for some reason $8,000 sticks in my mind, but I can't be sure. The first was around 40 years ago, bought, with case and bow at a pawn shop in Nevada for $125 when the going retail price for such was about 10x that amount.

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