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    Does anyone know? Is there a way of knowing whether a very old violin really is a Stradivarius or one that some copycat maker has stuck a Stradivarius label inside?

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    Authenticating a Stradivarius is a process similar to authenticating a painting by a master. There's them that know.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hilltroll72 View Post
    Authenticating a Stradivarius is a process similar to authenticating a painting by a master. There's them that know.
    Or authenticing those "stonehenges" up there in your country? :-)

    You are right, of course. It just seems to me that I've read something somewhere that makes Stradivarius's signature recognizable as his. I am probably wrong.

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    Probably a good start is to find a reputable Luthier in your region ... they should be able to point someone in the right direction if they themselves do not know the answer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Krummhorn View Post
    Probably a good start is to find a reputable Luthier in your region ... they should be able to point someone in the right direction if they themselves do not know the answer.
    Thank you. That's the challenge - finding someone reputable. We shall try.

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    There can't be that many Strads left unaccounted-for after nearly 300 years.
    Was there ever a time when they were cheap to buy? I doubt it.
    There is a wiki page which catalogues known Strads - it's very interesting to read; who's got what, etc...
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    Quote Originally Posted by GraemeG View Post
    There can't be that many Strads left unaccounted-for after nearly 300 years.
    Was there ever a time when they were cheap to buy? I doubt it.
    There is a wiki page which catalogues known Strads - it's very interesting to read; who's got what, etc...
    cheers,
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    Good point. The teaser is the supposition is that a known Strad can become unknown - 'lost' - or that a genuine Strad was purchased from the maker by an affluent burgher and never became 'known. As in Giovanni di Lombardinelli, the owner of a string of pasta parlors, who bought the violin as an investment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hilltroll72 View Post
    Good point. The teaser is the supposition is that a known Strad can become unknown - 'lost' - or that a genuine Strad was purchased from the maker by an affluent burgher and never became 'known. As in Giovanni di Lombardinelli, the owner of a string of pasta parlors, who bought the violin as an investment.

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    Sometimes violin labels say model of a Stradivarius as well. Many are modeled after Strads.
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