One Man's Trash is Another Man's…$35,000 Violin

Friday, January 11, 2013 - 10:00 AM

A man who found a violin among some trash by the side of the road in San Antonio, TX, has learned that the instrument is a 1922 Giuseppe Pedrazzini violin.

Peter Shaw of Houston dealers Amati Violin Shop appraised the violin for an episode of the PBS show "Antiques Roadshow." The program was recorded in Corpus Christi, TX last August and aired on Monday night, as reported on the website of The Strad magazine.

The finder took the instrument to a dealer in San Antonio to authenticate the instrument and assess its value. “My wife has a violin that belonged to her grandfather and we thought that we could use it for parts to repair it,” he said. The dealer initially offered him $1,000 for the instrument.

As Shaw explained, the instrument was covered in dirt but once cleaned and restored it could be worth as much as $50,000. Giuseppe Pedrazzini was born near Cremona, Italy, and was known as one of the leading makers in the so-called Milan school of violin making. “It’s just a fine example of his work,” Shaw noted.

"Holy smokes, that was a pretty good day," said the finder. The instrument is now for sale.

 

Watch Appraisal: 1922 Giuseppe Pedrazzini Violin on PBS. See more from Antiques Roadshow.

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Marcella Barrera from San Antonio

I would like to find out the value on the violins that I have as well as the many parts that are needed to build a violin from scratch. I could send pictures of what I have, but not till later today, because I'm not home right now. Let me say that every thing I have is very old and in perfect shape. The cut out bridges look as if they were just cut yesterday. The piece that holds the strings (horse hair of some kind)starting from the hole is a black plastic looking piece that covers over the hole. Its about 4 to 4 1/2 inches long and follows along bottom the strings by narrowing as wide as the string width. I have about 20 different string strains. Black and beige. One of the violins have a paper label on the inside of it that says the name and year of it. If I new more about brands and makers. I could make out what it says. Its clear typing. Its just that
2 or 3 letters are faded a little. All these parts came with letters, music, tools, different wood pieces, ink, crayon colors, wooden pins, violin stencils cut out of plastic the size of the body ( left side and right. Also the stencils to make the swirled s like design that lay on the violin at the l. and r. The letters were wrote to a person that played and I believe was in the military. I don't recall the name but will get that as well as the pictures. Every thing that came with the violins is from the year 1942 till 1978. Thank you and I hope some one can help me with this information. I hope what I have listed will be of some kind of interest in helping me find the answers.

Jul. 23 2014 09:38 AM
melanrainbo from Michigan


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Mar. 23 2013 02:57 PM
vanonlanden from Michigan


Hi,
I totally agree that every new habit begins with mental shifts and thank you very much for your instruction it,s very helpful or At Superior Violins, you’ll find a wide assortment of the best string instruments for sale at affordable prices. Browse our assortment of violins.
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Mar. 17 2013 12:09 PM

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