THERE IS A STORY TO TELL. THE STORY IT TELLS IS THAT IT IS A GERMAN COPY OF THE BEST: IT BRAGS THAT IT IS A STRADIVARIUS COPY. IT HINTS THAT IT WAS MADE PRE-WWII. I WOULD PUT IT AT AROUND 1920. THE LABEL SENDS US LOOKING FOR A "FRANZ FORSTER" BUT I SUSPECT THAT TO BE A NAME USED FOR CERTAIN INSTRUMENTS MADE IN WORKSHOPS BY MANY HANDS RATHER THAN THE WORK OF ONE MAKER. I AM NOT SELLING THE PEDIGREE; THE INSTRUMENT SPEAKS FOR ITSELF: PERFECT FOR ORCHESTRAL OR CHAMBER MUSIC DEPENDING ON STRINGS AND ADJUSTMENTS. ASKING $18,000. WITH CASE AND NEW JARGAR STRINGS.