Fair prices for violins with character.
  • Antique German Violin, 4/4, provenance unknown (FFE-104)


    I can't say enough about this violin. It is one of my favorites for performance, and I am a little reluctant to list it for sale. However, I'm in the business, and if I don't sell great fiddles, what am I doing here? This is a terrific instrument. It is probably turn of the century, hand-made and solid. There is a crack by the left F hole that was poorly repaired many years ago by some luthier, but it is healed and solid now. The top is a medium straight grain spruce, the back is a beautiful, fully figured ONE-piece maple, the neck is well figured as well. The pegs are ebony with diamond brass accentuation, the fingerboard is beautiful, tight grained ebony, the strings are Helicore medium gauge, the tailpiece is a Wittner "space age composite" piece with four gold-accented fine tuners. A Simeon Chambers bass bar and sound post have been fitted.

    Tone: The tone is smooth, balanced, and with lovely overtones. It is warm, clear and full. The intonation and playability are a pleasure. This fiddle is ready to make some player very happy.

    **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.