Rare violins are age old violins either designed or used by famous persons. Rare violins are very costly, priced at thousands of dollars, some times even in millions. Most rare violins are of 17th and 18th centuries. Almost all of these are Italian, German, French, Dutch or English.

Most Rare violins were produced by great violin design families and used by great European masters. Rare violins speak for themselves, about their history, heritage and cultural advantage. Most Rare violins have been purchased by famous violinists or people who are interested in antiques.

Most famous rare violins were produced by the Stradivari family, especially by Antonio Stradivari. A Stradivarius violin made in the 1680s is worth several thousand dollars, and that of the Stradivaris’ “golden period” (1700 to 1720) is worth several millions. Only a few, less than 700, genuine Stradivarius instruments still exist. Some other famous craftsmen of rare violins are J.B. Guadagnini, Guarneri Del Gesù, Balestrieri, Carcassi, and Gagliano.

Rare antique cello rarely come up for sale. They are offered by companies engaged in selling of old and vintage violins. Some of these violins come after series of repairs and replacement of parts, others as original units. Almost all rare violins are in good playing condition and they produce sweet tones. There are many online companies which offer these instruments. But purchasing them on Internet is a risky thing.

Many rare violins are sold though auctions, either as public auctions or as online auctions. With the scratches and repairs on the instruments, price decreases. The lowest price for rare violins can be about $6000. A 1735 model Guarneri Del Gesù violin known as ‘The Ladenburg’ was sold for $3.5 million. A Stradivarius violin, ?The Christian Hammer?, made in 1707 was sold for $3,544,000 in 2006.

The world’s two most important rare violin collections are exhibited in the Music Museum at the Royal Palace (Palacio Real) of Madrid and Royal Academy of Music (York Gate Collections) in London.

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