This violin is why I love my work so much. It is an old one that has come through the restoration process with flying colors. Age estimate is at least turn of the century, hand-made Strad copy, possibly Germany. The top is a very narrow-grained spruce, a bit worn through the ages, no phony antiquing here! The back is a lovely, figured, ONE-piece maple back. The fingerboard is beautiful old ebony, tight grained and solid. To buy ebony like that these days will cost you. The pegs are ebony, with black-ball accentuation. The bridge is a high quality antique bridge from "R. Stein Chicago". The tailpiece is a Wittner "space age composite" tailpiece with fine tuners. A Simeon Chambers bass bar and sound post have been fitted, and the strings are Helicore Medium gauge.
A solid fiddle, for sure. The tone is evenly balanced across all four strings, with woody, round lows and a very sweet E string. The volume is impressive, and the intonation is right on. This one is a steal.
**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.