You should try to sell it on its condition, and make sure you get it in a good condition; you will need it for a long time. The best places to do this is to go to auctions – you will find out when they are. You should also visit a violin appraiser in your town who knows your community; if you want to know about things that need to be changed or repaired in your violin – ask. Also, there are many other places than going to auctions – such as a local auction and a local guitar repair or furniture dealer. Your local paper’s violin section will have something that will help you.
What’s the difference between antique woods, which are not made to sound, and modern woods, which can sound?
Arranging for a fine quality (unadulterated) violin to sound in a modern body will take some time, as in the beginning of our hobby it took me many years to find the perfect sound and tone for my instrument. My friend, Mark, a violist, did the same. This is why modern necks and violins are more expensive. The only drawback is that the neck will be of inferior quality if a great deal of work is done from scratch, as some people in my community have done. Also, some of these pieces are still in their original strings and strings. But most of these are not (as far as I can tell).
Why do they sound so different – what is wrong with them? Did they get glued/wound up and are no longer in good, original condition?
Viola strings from the 60’s are very old and the strings are not what they used to be. For example – the vintage violin violin from around 1970 is known to have a very old, broken, and badly damaged original string – the strings on this string now are broken or badly worn. You needn’t worry about it unless it makes a difference (which I haven’t yet heard about). You will probably hear the exact same, old, broken strings in modern violins.
If you need a new string – do the string maker provide a new string (if you are lucky), or is it more expensive in the long run to replace the old strings yourself, which can ruin the sound of your old instrument?
No! Most manufacturers provide string replacements (if you pay), which are free and very simple. If you need to keep an old string, try going to a specialist or a good violin repair shop in