This is just an incredible instrument. Aegidius Kloz made these violins in the late 1700's and they are very impressive. Many of these violins have sold for over $5000. This instrument has obviously had some repair over the years hence the discounted price. They are all professional repairs and there is a reason why they were done...because it is worth it. This thing sounds fantastic. Please inquire if you have any additional questions regarding this instrument. Thanks for looking!!!!