So on my wife’s side of the family, I am the only one who plays music. So when a great uncle recently died in rural Nebraska, his father 's violin was part of the estate. Since I noted interest in the instrument it came my way.
So the fiddle is in pretty bad shape but the sound post is still in tact and it has a one piece back. The inside inscribe says "Franko Ruggeri anno 1699’ and “Repaired by Joseph H. Cannot, London 1896” It seems to be a German late 1800s copy of a Italian 17 th century model. So the local violin store says it can be brought back to life for $1500. Pricey and inherited from my wife’s side of the family, but played professionally by wife’s great great grandfather. My daughter seems interested in the thing. Part of me wants to restore it it, at the very least I will play it, andI think it would be very cool to keep it in family. (And I always want a fiddle)