I received this violin in 2010 for Christmas, a 1893 Johan HOPF concert trade violin from my step-mother in-law. The only thing(s) not original were the new strings and 3 fine tuners (now removed). The bridge was bought back in 1950. Mary got this from her grandmother then. It was Mary's grandfather's violin from when he was 12 yrs of age, bought back for him in 1894 in Scotland.

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Comment by Albert Wrigglesworth on September 11, 2011 at 5:26
I am at that Connie Rae, considering it sat in a closet for almost 60 yrs. No one on her side of the family wanted it, I kept asking her through the fall how my new friend was doing and voila... It is not "worth" a lot to sell, these violins were made by the dozen so to speak... but there is history and I was chosen to carry on the care. I could not believe the sound that came out of her on my first bow stroke. It replaced my Alegria (@ $2,000.00) as my principal.
Comment by Albert Wrigglesworth on September 11, 2011 at 5:20
Absolutely fantastic. The neck is slightly thinner than the standard which makes it easier to play with the arthritis in my hands.
Somewhat on the light and airy side as someone described it to me....http://youtu.be/YAOm_zNAvzE I opened it on Christmas eve at midnight, cleaned her up, put new strings on, used the bridge with it and played till about 4 AM. Like a kid in a candy shop.
Comment by Tradconnect Reviews on September 10, 2011 at 20:50
Great having something with a known history to it. What's it like to play?
Comment by Connie Rae Crone on September 10, 2011 at 20:34
You are a fortunate man Albert! :)

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