There are three violins listed under
the "American Violins" category that were made by the same maker. This
is one of them. They came to me by way of his widow. He was an amateur
maker in Missouri. I regret that I do not know his name; however, as an
amateur he did some things right and some things quite wrong. However, I
could see that the potential for a great violin was in each of the
three violins. This particular violin is as light as a feather. The varnish is a matte finish of a golden brown amber hue.
The top is a beautiful, straight/narrow grain spruce, and the ribs and back are of a stunning, wide-flamed maple. The nut, pegs and fingerboard are of quality ebony, and the strings are from Thomastik, I believe either Spirit or Alphayue. The tailpiece is a Wittner carbon graphite
piece with tuners built in. These new "space-age composite"
graphite tailpieces are terrific. They are light, bring out tone, and
are very well constructed. The tailcord is a Wittner steel tailcord. I
use them on my own violins. They never stretch, are very light and thin, improve tone, and are very very strong.
This violin has been re-voiced with great success. Re-graduation, new bass bar, and top quality sound post, along with a proper set-up and excellent bridge, has brought the best out in this fiddle.
TONE: Very rich, woody, balanced and firm. The lower strings are deep and sonorous and the treble strings are sweet and clear. The tone definitely leans to the darker, warmer side of the spectrum, no shrillness or edginess at all. This violin is a pleasure to play.
Sound Sample: Please be forbearing and keep in mind
that I am no Paganini! This was recorded with a humble iPhone; if you do
not have a sophisticated sound system on your computer, try to use
headphones so that you can hear as much as possible what is being
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
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
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