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21 April 2007 @ 11:36 pm
Hello everyone! I am a music educator with emphasis on instrumental music (band). My grandmother passed away today and in the will my father is inheriting a violin. I am fairly certain that it isn't a high-end violin, but he was listed in the will as getting the more expensive of the three she had.

Of course, everyone is trying to trick him with the brands and they mentioned a brand called "Mark Avalon". I have never ever heard of this so I may be referring to you guys for some information. I am driving down tomorrow to visit the family and to see the violins.

I am thinking that the brand of the instrument would be inside the instrument itself. They are nervous that my "Aunt" had switched out the violins out so I guess I'd be the one to make sure they are in their correct cases.

Has anyone ever heard of a "Mark Avalon" violin? Am I correct in thinking that this isn't a very good brand?

Cross posted to various music communities!

EDITED to add: He actually picked out a violin made by Marc Laberte. Does anyone have any information about this violin maker?
jurkk312jurkk312 on April 23rd, 2007 05:21 pm (UTC)
never heard of "Mark Avalon".

Marc Laberte was one of the head honchos in an instrument workshop whose name escapes me right now. his workshop didn't make top of the line instruments. but as i understand it their instruments, were above average.

he aint a stradivari but i'm sure his instruments are pretty good.

he was most active in th early to mid 1900s.