This is a turn-of-the-century 7/8ths violin. A "Ladies Violin" (not the one listed here) is listed in the circa 1910 "Musical Merchandise" part of the Lyon and Healy of Chicago Catalogue. Of course, they only indicate that the violin was imported from Germany. The marketers at that time were pushing these slightly smaller violins as "Ladies Violins", emphasizing that the instrument would be lighter and more comfortable for a lady whose hands, presumably, were a bit petite. This particular instrument has been thoroughly restored, including a repair to the lower treble F hole. The violin has undergone regraduation, a new bass bar, quality sound post and bridge, ebony pegs and fingerboard, Larsen strings and a Wittner tailpiece.
These new "space-age composite" graphite tailpieces are terrific. They are light, bring out tone, and are very well constructed. .
TONE: The tone of this violin is very smooth and round. There is absolutely no harshness or annoying brightness. It is warm and clear with full projection, and yes, it is comfortable to play!
**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. Very 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.