This violin is an oldie, quite possibly late 19th Century or very early 20th Century, most likely from Germany or the Czech Republic. It has a charming varnish pattern, what with the maroon varnish and golden edging. It has seen its bumps and bruises in its day, but it has come through the restoration process very nicely. It is set up with rosewood pegs, an excellent Aubert (France) bridge, Helicore medium gauge strings, a Wittner "space age composite" tailpiece, and has had installed a Simeon Chambers bass bar and sound post. The fingerboard is a tight-grained ebony.
This fiddle would be an excellent starter for a student who wants old wood and dependable playability without spending a fortune. It would also be great as a second fiddle for someone afraid to take their expensive violin out somewhere, but who still wants a great fiddle to play. The tone lacks nothing in volume, is even across all four strings, and leans to the clear or brighter side of the spectrum.
**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.
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.