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  • SOLD! Antique German Violin, Provenance unknown, 4/4 size (FFE-004)

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    SOLD! If you don't put faith in the magic of aged wood violins, you won't even want to look at this old fella. This is a very old violin, quite possibly late 18th to early 19th Century, and it has all the little dings and badges of a violin that has survived the ages. I can't call it "antiquing" because it is real. The violin may quite possibly hail from the Saxony region. The fingerboard is of a stained, high quality rosewood. The pegs and button are of rosewood as well, and the Wittner carbon graphite tailpiece is done in a rosewood motif. The scroll is beautifully carved.

    There are no open cracks or seams. There is a very tight, old surface fracture at the back of the scroll head which has been closed. There are old cracks on the F hole wings which have been sealed. There is a very old crack in the lower right rib which is securely sealed. Other work or repairs on this violin are re-voicing, which includes a new bass bar, re-graduation of top and back to proper thicknesses, new sound post, new bridge. 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! . Strings are Pirastro Tonica mediums.

    TONE: There are wonderful overtones emanating from this old violin. The notes are round, very full, and expanding. The violin is very exciting to play. The violin projects very well and tends toward a warmer or darker range of sound. The instrument plays well and feels very well-balanced in the hands. This violin is the perfect reason why they say, "The older the fiddle, the sweeter the tune."

    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://youtu.be/C6u92FrV5KM

    **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.