Owner Interview: Claudio Gamberini Violin
INTERVIEWER: So Stefan, tell me a little bit about your experience at Antiques Roadshow today.
It was fun. I had a great time. INTERVIEWER: What did you learn about your violin today?
I learned that I guess it's fairly rare. It was really interesting to learn about the, the ridge and the differential, why it was so special, and the wood that's used is from this particular area, and it was a lot of information. INTERVIEWER: So where do you have the violin at home now?
It'll be changing locations. It's been in my closet, in the master bedroom closet for a while. I've had it out off and on. I had a friend play it about, you know, it's been maybe seven or eight years. He was a violinist. He played it. He liked it. He didn't know anything about its history other than it sounded nice, and he taught me how to play Mary Had A Little Lamb, and it's been kind of put away since then. INTERVIEWER: How much was the violin worth?
Anywhere from, depending on auction or private sale, $28,000 to $35,000 which was very surprising. INTERVIEWER: If you have one takeaway from today, what would it be, in terms of things that you learned?
I wanna learn more about it, actually. I wanna really understand what David had to say about it, it's origin. I find it very interesting. I actually asked my mom for it years ago because, to me, it's a piece of art. 'Cause I love the color of the wood on the back and the gradations, and it just, I thought it'd be cool to have at the house with some of my other instruments. I need to talk to my mom. I mean, she gave it to me, but, to me, it's a family piece, and I'll, we'll see what we want to do with it.
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