This is a beautiful, properly made Chinese violin, with excellent, straight, narrow grain spruce for the top, and with a well-figured, ONE PIECE maple back. The instrument has varnished with a quality spirit varnish, it has been re-graduated, and a Simeon Chambers bass bar and sound post have been installed. The bridge is an Aubert. The strings are Tonica. The tailpiece is a Wittner "space age composite" tailpiece, light, clean and with gold-accented fine tuners. The tail cord is a Wittner stainless steel cord, which never stretches!
TONE: This violin has no trouble expressing itself. The sound is full, clear, and inclined to the bright rather than the dark side. It is very playable, and the highs are quite sweet and clear. The wood needs to be played, and I suspect this violin will only improve with age.
**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.