Monday, February 28, 2011
Feb 26, 2011
So I bought an old violin. I had always wanted one. The good news is there are so many on the market I just had to wait until one popped up for a good price. Well, one guy in New Port Richey was selling one for a hundred bucks. It’s old and in bad shape so that’s why he had it marked down as low as he did. He had gotten it along with a Telecaster when he traded with someone.
The first thing I was concerned about is if it was a counterfeit. But after I saw all the cracks, repairs, worn edges, and rosin buildup, it looked to be real. So I took a chance on it. The inside read:
Vuillaume a Paris, Rue Croix des Petits Champs 46
It is a copy of a Jean Baptiste Vuillaume. There are about 35 or more manufactures that have used the Jean Baptiste name over the years. This model was actually made in
. It is a factory made violin produced sometime during the years of 1880 and 1900. Dresden, Germany
There is a repair mark inside the violin marked, Repaired in
by W.C. Goomph, 1914. Albany, New York
One on Ebay that was in good condition just sold for $1100, so I believe I got a fair deal on it. It still needs a lot of work. Namely, a soundpost, bridge, tuning holes filled and drilled, possiblely new tuners, and cracks repaired. Oh, and new strings without question.
So I finally got my violin. I am happy that I got one, but this needs a lot of work. I hope I have enough time to repair in sometime in the future.