If you want a dendrochronological analysis to find out how old your violin is, contact Peter Ratcliff.All of our instruments are assessed by Martin, a professional musician.
Overview of our guide to selecting and finding a violin: How do you recognise a good violin? The first thing to focus on is usually the grain of the wood not only on the body of the violin, but its neck and scroll as well.
Maple, which is used for the back, ribs and neck of most stringed instruments, often features interesting flaming, and this too provides visible evidence about the structure of the wood.
An old violin with a spruce top that has evenly-distributed fine to moderate grain and a back of beautifully flamed maple already provides initial clues that it may be a high-quality instrument.
Over the course of time, most musicians develop a deep and intuitive kind of interaction with their instrument, yet as soon as a decision has to be made about buying the best violin or the about the violin value, there are endless questions.
For many years our violin experts have helped musicians around the world as they look for the valuation of their violin or a fine stringed instrument.