1813 Johann Baptist Schweitzer
One of these is for sale locally for $200 and it doesn't have a bridge. The instrument itself is in good condition considering the age. Once fitted with a new bridge what do you suppose it would be worth? I'm trying to determine if I should snag this or not!
It has the same interior labels as the one shown here https://maestronet.com/forum/index.php?/topic/339936-johann-baptist-schweitzer-amati-1813/
And an additional tag that reads "reparirt von Wilhelm Fredel, Dresden. anno 18...."
It is a "good name." Pay the $200 and pray!
The condition looks too good for 206 years old, would a copy have the 1813 label inside?
I could drive there in 15 minutes, well maybe 30 minutes with tourist traffic :)
Labels mean nothing..... at all ! At least until all other aspects of the instrument have been considered.
From that photo
Fake Schweitzers almost always say 1813, they are not a violin with a good reputation, quality is all over the place, a good fake would be worth $200 maybe, but not a bad fake.
It would seem to good to be true if it wasn't a fake, I'll save that $200!
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