507 South Broad Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19147
No. Unfortunately, a professional appraisal requires an examination of the instrument since authentication and condition are important factors in the value of the instrument. We are happy to schedule an appointment for a proper appraisal, just call and set it up, and we do charge for appraisals. If you are not in the Philadelphia area, check with shops in your locale for assistance in this matter. For general information, you might also consult some of the many good books currently available about musical instruments. A well-stocked library or bookstore may be very helpful in this regard.
The Strad magazine publishes its directory online. You should be able to use this to locate a violin shop with appraisal services in your area. http://www.thestrad.com/