Back at the turn of the century, German shops were making and exporting a violin line known as "The Conservatory Violin". The quality of these instruments varied widely; however, for the most part they were good journeyman violins. Often they were sold to music students (hence "Conservatory") who wanted a dependable and affordable violin. This one here is one of the best I've ever encountered. It is in wonderful shape, the wood is very good, with a medium to narrow straight grain spruce top, a solid two-piece, slightly figured maple back and a fingerboard of excellent, old ebony. No cracks needed to be repaired. The pegs are ebony with "French Eye" accentuations, the strings are Helicore Medium gauge, and the bridge is high quality. The restoration went very well, and a Simeon Chambers bass bar and sound post have been fitted. The tailpiece is a Wittner "space age composite" piece, the same as I use on my own violins.
Tone: It's a beauty! Good wood on the bass strings, clear and clean treble strings, excellent volume, and the playability is terrific. I'm excited about this fiddle, and I believe it will make some player out there very happy. You'd have to pay much more at a commercial shop to a sound like this.
**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.
**Furthermore, should you prefer a traditional ebony tailpiece or a different set of strings, that's no problem. Simply make me aware of that.
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.