"Expert X had previously seen this instrument and felt the scroll was replaced. He valued at $1,500,000 to $1,700,000, but believes there is appreciation potential. . . . Beare noted some worm damage, but thought it appeared to be good at $1,250,000."
New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Report of the Trustee Review Panel concerning the Golden Age Collection, December 16, 2004
"This instrument embodies a typical case in which an original Stradivari label has been tampered with, thereby causing several problems in identifying the instrument as well as in determining its exact production date. . . Several experts believe the date has been changed from 1703. . ."
Antonius Stradivarius (Volumes I-IV), Jost Thöne, Jan Röhrmann, Alessandra Barabaschi, Jost Thöne, Jan Röhrmann, Alessandra Barabaschi, Antonius Stradivarius (Volumes I-IV), Cologne