BIENFAIT VIOLIN 3/4 Size

My neighbour, violin teacher and professional performer, Ursula Kathryn Donnelly has kindly played and reviewed this very nice 3/4 size student late 19th / early 20th century violin.

This violin is a great violin for an intermediate student looking for something that can produce a far more listenable sound than the standard entry level violin brands. It’s the perfect entry violin for the serious player.

I played the Grave Adagio by Albinoni on it and found it to have a very clear, full bodied, no nonsense tone that could handle Baroque music very well. A great orchestral instrument.

The higher end is a little on the brighter side and the lower end also full toned without being harsh on the ear. All in all a very solid, dependable instrument.

Ursula Kathryn Donnelly

This violin is available to buy. Details on my website Disology.com. HERE

History, repair and refurbishment notes

This 3/4 size late 19th century / early 20th century student violin is almost certainly made in Saxony (Germany). However, I have encountered several professional dealers suggesting they are French and charging several hundred pounds for them. As you can hear from the video, this violin does sound very nice for a fractional size student violin.

When I received the violin it had clearly been stored for several decades, perhaps an entire century. The instrument needed a very good careful clean indeed. I then gave it a new set of strings.

For this instrument I chose D’addario Ascente, synthetic core strings, which are both durable, stable and very good. These strings produce a warm tone, but are more neutral than most and so allow the voice of a violin to really reveal itself. On which note, the video above will allow you to judge the instrument in that regard. The violin is fitted with a new bridge, which I tuned to the the instrument along with a Wittner composite integrated fine tuner tailpiece.

This lovely antique violin is properly set up and ready to play right out of the case.

This post is also available as a podcast HERE


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