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  • American Violin, Contemporary, 4/4 size, some Provenance (FFA-14)

    $700.00 $400.00
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    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 played. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m53YcR-Fmds

    **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.