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  • American Violin, Contemporary, 4/4 size, some Provenance (FFA-005)

    $500.00 $400.00
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    There are three violins listed under the "American Violins" category that were made by the same maker. This is one of them. They came to me by way of his widow. He was an amateur maker in Missouri. I regret that I do not know his name; however, as an amateur he did some things right and some things quite wrong. One of the things he did horribly wrong to this violin was the varnish. I cannot even begin to explain how offensive and ugly it was. I had to make a tough decision, which was to strip the varnish and start anew. You can still see the remains of the old varnish in the curves of the volute. However, I could see that the potential for a great violin was hiding inside this instrument. The top is a wide and straight-grained spruce, with maple ribs and two-piece maple back. The new varnish is a German varnish of a golden amber hue.

    A lot of work has been done on this fiddle, including re-graduation, new bass bar, highest quality sound post, and a complete proper set-up, which includes a new bridge, Pirastro Tonica strings, ebony nut, great quality ebony fingerboard and hand-carved boxwood pegs. T
    he tailpiece is a Wittner carbon graphite piece with gold-colored tuners built in. These new "space-age composite" graphite tailpieces are terrific. They are light, bring out tone, and are very well constructed. The tailcord is a Wittner steel tailcord. I use them on my own violins. They never stretch, are very light and thin, improve tone, and are very very strong. Unless otherwise noted, re-voiced violins are equipped with bassbars and sound posts made from tonewood master Simeon Chambers' 60-year-old Engelmann spruce. It's the best!

    The A peg hole was cracked and needed to be bushed. The crack has also been glued, pinned and a cheek replacement has been installed. There is no way that peg hole will open again.

    TONE: Surprise! A big, deep tone with sweet highs and very woody lows. The violin plays quite well, with evenness across the strings, a strong voice, and some very pleasing overtones. The violin is neither bright nor dark but a rather smoothly balanced range between.
    Sound Sample:
    Please be forbearing and keep in mind that I am no Paganini! This was recorded with a humble iPhone; if you do not have a sophisticated sound system on your computer, try to use headphones so that you can hear as much as possible what is being played. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jvXPxJL-t5E

    **As a rule, we do not include chinrests when a violin is purchased. We've found that customers are very picky about that, as they well should be. There is nothing worse than an uncomfortable chinrest. Many players prefer their own chinrests, and there are hundreds of different models out there. If you are a brand new player or someone who would be happy to receive a "Guarneri style" chinrest, we will include one at your request.

    PLEASE NOTE! There is no free shipping to Alaska or Hawaii or to countries other than the United States.

    TERMS OF SALE: Filius Fiddles, LLC guarantees all violins sold are functional and playable right out of the box. Any repairs done on the instrument are guaranteed upon arrival, less any abuse or negligence on the part of the owner. Starting from the date of delivery, you have two weeks during which to try out your new fiddle, let it settle in, make any string changes if so desired, and play it in different venues so that you can get a good idea of its ability. Should you care to return or exchange it during that two-week period, no problem! The buyer pays for return shipping. As long as there is no change in the integrity of the instrument, no sign of negligence or new damage, a full refund will be sent.

    Also, after that two-week period, should you wish to exchange the violin for one of equal or greater value, that is doable. Simply contact me and we can make that happen.

    PLEASE understand that sometimes in shipping a violin, the sound post may fall. This is because it is irresponsible to ship a violin under full string tension. Occasionally, with low string tension, the post may dislodge.  It happens. If so, your local luthier should be able to re-install it in about 10 minutes! Just make sure, upon arrival, that your violin's post is standing under the right foot (treble side) of the bridge. If not, do NOT tighten the strings.